By David F. Cohen
The Eagles’ great defense reasserted itself last Sunday with a beatdown of the formerly undefeated Minnesota Vikings.
And this Sunday night in Dallas comes another test:
Stopping running Ezekiel Elliott, the rookie back who leads the NFL with 703 rushing yards.
Two weeks ago against Washington, the Eagles had 11 missed tackles which were the worst in the league. Last week in a victory against Minnesota, the team missed only six.
Zeke leads the league with 5.1 yards per carry.
And Dallas’ offensive line will make it even more difficult. According to Football Outsiders, Dallas has the No. 1 ranked run blocking unit and the No. 9 ranked pass blocking line.The Eagles front-seven will certainly have it’s hands full.
Philly has the ninth-ranked run defense but gives up an average of 102.7 yards per game. Against Elliott and the Cowboys, that number will likely increase.
Before trading up to the No.2 slot in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Eagles were linked to Elliott in many draft rumors. They will see first-hand just how good Ezekiel Elliott is on Sunday night in Dallas.