By Teddy Brenner
The NFC East-leading Eagles host the woeful Dallas Cowboys Sunday night at the Linc.
The Birds are 2-4-1 and Dallas is 2-5.
And Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton may unable to clear the league’s concussion protocol this week.
There have been only six games this season in which a quarterback attempted 50 or more passes, and Dallas is responsible for three of them — including the 54 that Dalton attempted against Arizona in Week 6. This is a team that needs to throw the ball to have a shot at mitigating its very bad defense.
Backup quarterback Ben DiNucci is the 2020 seventh-round pick out of James Madison, and he hasn’t attempted even 40 passes in a game since an October 2018 loss at home to Elon University.
Despite their flaws, the Eagles have a considerably more intimidating pass-rush and secondary than Elon did, so Dallas would likely turn to running back Ezekiel Elliott rather than leave everything in a rookie quarterback’s hands.
Based on what we’ve seen from Elliott so far this season, that won’t work.