So says the foolish Dallas Observer:

The Eagles are 8-1, but untested, with their best win coming over the Panthers on Oct. 12. Beating the Cowboys in front of what’s sure to be huge national TV audience in prime time will validate their hot start, solidifying the Eagles as the front-runner for the NFC’s top playoff seed. If the Cowboys can pull off the upset, they’ll curb growing fears about their ability to weather Ezekiel Elliott’s extended absence and pull themselves to within two games of the Eagles in the NFC East, with one game between the two clubs still to go.

So it’s a big game, worthy of its spot as NBC’s game of the week, but it’s a much bigger game for the Cowboys than it is for their rivals from Philadelphia. If the Cowboys win Sunday, it’s a bonus for a team that could use one, but if the Eagles lose, it could set them up for a second half collapse thanks to a rugged closing schedule: