By Jack Ryan

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was sacked eight times last Sunday by the Atlanta Falcons, so he knows what awaits him Sunday night as the Eagles head to Dallas.

He told SiriusXM NFL Radio yesterday that it’s a must-win game.

“I definitely checked out the Eagles,” Prescott said when asked about whether he’s watched the 8-1 division rivals. “(We) know what we’re getting into, and they know what they’re getting into. So, it is a big game. It’s a huge game. And most importantly it’s a big game because it’s the next one that we play. Second to that, it’s the Eagles. It’s a rivalry, and they are leading our division right now. … If we want to make a run at winning this division, giving ourselves a chance to play late into the season, it’s a game that we have to win.

“I look at every game as a must-win. This one it holds a lot of importance in it. As we get late in the season, the number of games are going down. You’ve got to shorten that gap and they’re a couple of games up on us. So we have to do what we can and beat them. That starts this Sunday, it starts today.”

The Eagles have won seven straight games and own the best record in the NFL. Facing a penetrating Eagles defensive line will be a challenge for Prescott and the backup running backs, with or without Smith on the field.

Following last week’s pummeling loss, the Cowboys need to get their season back on track versus the best team in the NFL in a huge three-game homestand (versus the Eagles, Chargers and Redskins).

“We are excited for that challenge,” Prescott said. “We know we got a couple games coming up in a short stretch here. But no better time than to do it than after suffering a loss like that. The only thing you want to do is just get back out there and play another game to rebound. So, having these games coming up on us fast will be a good chance for us to just go out there prove the character of this team and bounce back the way that we know we can.”

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