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Why the Eagles-Cowboys rivalry might mean more than ever this year - NBCSP
The Bears and Packers have a terrific rivalry that goes back to 1921. But they haven’t both had a winning record the same year since 2010. The Steelers and Ravens have an outstanding rivalry. But they’ve only reached the playoffs the same year once since 2015. The Browns and Bengals? Great rivalry. But believe it or not they haven’t both had playoff seasons the same year since 1988 – and that was the Browns franchise that’s now the Ravens. Eagles-Cowboys is the NFL’s best rivalry and these days it’s better than ever because both teams are legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Eagles-Cowboys will always be important and it will always be heated and it will always be meaningful. But when the stakes are this high? There really is nothing like it.

Eagles opposing player to stop, Week 14 edition - BGN
The Eagles squirmed to a 28-23 victory over Dallas a month ago. The Eagles’ defense, now a far more tired unit than originally faced Dallas, will surely be squirming again having to face CeeDee Lamb. He torched the Eagles for 11 receptions on 16 targets for 191 yards receiving the first time these teams met—though, the Eagles kept him out of the end zone. Does seeing Lamb a second time provide any advantages? What was learned? “We’ve got to do a better job of getting around him, too,” Eagles’ defensive coordinator Sean Desai said. “He had a lot of catch and run yards on us, underneath stuff and catch and run stuff. Make sure there’s bodies underneath that can help us. We did a good job overall in terms of limiting them in the red zone and keeping points off the board, but we’ve got to do a better job earlier and just get around him a little bit more.”

Eagles at Cowboys preview + Run The Ball?! - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski preview the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 14 road matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. The guys also talk about the Run The Ball argument and make their picks against the spread! Interact with us on social media: @BrandonGowton, @JimmyKempski, @BGN_Radio, @BleedingGreen. Check out Wrong Crowd Beer Company: wrongcrowdbeer.com! (21 or older, please enjoy responsibly). Use discount code BGN15 at RighteousFelon.com for 15% off your order! Same promotion applies at WildRangerPet.com. Buying, selling, or renting a house? Contact Kristin Roach at RoachRealtors.com

Hype Trap Bet: Life moves pretty fast ... Timing is critical in betting - ESPN
Jalen Hurts to win MVP (+350). Forget that portfolio for a second and let’s just look at the current lines. In the MVP market, Jalen Hurts currently ranks... anyone?... anyone?... Bueller?... Third at +350. And Hurts has how many touchdowns... anyone... anyone... 31 combined passing and rushing touchdowns, the most in the league. And where does Hurts’ team sit in the standings... anyone... anyone... First in the league at 10-2. Then there’s the schedule the rest of the season. Philly ends the year with the Giants, Cardinals and Giants. Where’d I hear that? From my best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend who heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at “31 Flavors” last night. If the Eagles beat the Cowboys on Sunday night, they will move to 11-2 and will likely finish 15-2 or 14-3, locking up the NFC’s top seed and home-field advantage, and I’d be hard-pressed to find another QB to match his stats. Grab a “Save Ferris” button to help spread the word — you can essentially get +350 odds on the Eagles to win this weekend.

Game Preview – PHI at DAL - Iggles Blitz
CeeDee Lamb destroyed the Eagles in the first game, going 11-191. Bradley Roby missed that game, but will play on Sunday. He doesn’t have the ability to shut down Lamb. Roby does know how to play the nickel position and he will do a better job of covering than what the Eagles did in the first game. Lamb was wide open way too much. He’ll still make plays, but the Eagles need to make it more difficult. And if Roby can make a play, that will help. Kevin Byard played in the first game, but he was still learning the defense. He’s played better in recent weeks and could help in this game. TE Jake Ferguson has been hot so maybe Desai will match up Byard on him in some looks.

Spadaro: 6 prime-time storylines to follow vs. Cowboys - PE.com
What does the return of TE Dallas Goedert mean for the offense? The Eagles hope that it means a lot. Dallas Goedert is one of the NFL’s premier tight ends who is a catch-and-run nightmare for defenses, an excellent in-line blocker, and a weapon in the red zone. He does it all, in other words. The Eagles carved out two wins in the three games Goedert missed, but having him back offers quarterback Jalen Hurts another option and creates another favorable matchup for the Eagles. It’s going to be fascinating to see how the Eagles work Goedert back into the offensive equation, but you can be sure that the coaching staff would really like to get him involved in every way possible. Goedert said during the week that he feels great and that he will play as much as the coaches allow.

Cowboys vs. Eagles: Each team’s X-factor player for Week 14 - Blogging The Boys
Philadelphia Eagles X-factor: D’Andre Swift. It isn’t a secret what the Eagles want to do on offense. They want to use their elite offensive line and their talented ball carriers to lean on you and grind a team down to nothing. Chief among them is D’Andre Swift who the Eagles are better off feeding than not. They have the ability to throw the ball with their talented pass catchers, but the recipe has always been about pounding the rock and letting Swift make plays on the ground. For that reason Swift is the x-factor this week. If the Cowboys are able to control the line of scrimmage and are able to slow down the rushing attack, it will force the Eagles into doing it another way. Make no mistake that the Eagles have the talent to beat you in a multitude of ways, but teams do best when they are able to slow them on the ground, and that should be the Cowboys plan of attack this week.

Giants holding out hope Dexter Lawrence will play vs. Packers - Big Blue View
After Dexter Lawrence practiced on a limited basis Saturday for the second consecutive day, the New York Giants are hopeful that the star defensive tackle will be able to play Monday night against the Green Bay Packers. Lawrence missed the Giants’ Week 12 game against the New England Patriots with a hamstring injury. “I’m hopeful,” said head coach Brian Daboll. “Hopefully he’ll be ready to go in a couple days here. That would be the plan.” Starting right tackle Evan Neal (hamstring) has been ruled out. He will miss his fourth straight game and sixth in the last seven.

2024 Salary Cap Update - Over The Cap
Per multiple sources within the NFL that does not appear to be the case and many are working with a salary cap limit for next year of about $242 million and so I will be adjusting the numbers accordingly on OTC. The NFL meetings this week may give more clarity on the range of possible cap limits but there is enough of a consensus at the moment for me to drop the numbers now and then adjust up if there is an indication that they will be higher.

Why Jayden Daniels won the Heisman Trophy - SB Nation
We now know the winner of the 2023 Heisman Trophy. LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels. Daniels beat out a pair of prolific passers in Michael Penix Jr., and Bo Nix, as well as Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., to secure the award for the most outstanding player in college football this season. As reflected in the final voting, it came down to the three quarterbacks. Daniels edged out Penix at the top of the board, with Nix finishing third and Harrison in fourth. All three quarterbacks put up prodigious numbers this season. In fact, using data compiled from CFB Stats, here is a comparison of all three quarterbacks and some passing, and rushing, numbers.

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