It was a wild, wild slate of games for the NFL in Week 3, and the exclamation point might be waiting in the Monday night clash between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles. The former is feeling good after avoiding an 0-2 start to the 2021 season after escaping the Los Angeles Chargers with a three-point victory at the buzzer, but the latter stumbled mightily when it went up against the San Francisco 49ers — losing by six points in a contest that saw Jalen Hurts and the offense muster only 11 points over four quarters. And in the first home game for Dak Prescott in his return to football, it stands to reason if the Eagles struggle to put up points at AT&T Stadium, they’ll likely find themselves on a two-game losing streak.
The Cowboys enter the game as -3.5-point favorites, per Caesars Sportsbook, but Prescott and Co. are hoping to avoid a third consecutive cardiac game, while the Eagles look to right the ship in a stadium Hurts knows well from his days at Oklahoma.
Key personnel losses headline this NFC East battle, with starting right tackle La’el Collins serving a suspension while both All-Pro pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence and receiver Michael Gallup heal up on injured reserve. On the other sideline, the Eagles are absent starting offensive guard Brandon Brooks, starting pass rusher Brandon Graham and starting tackle Jordan Mailata. Add in Cowboys safety Keanu Neal landing on the COVID/Reserve list this week and the outcome of this game will boil down to one thing:
Whose next man up is better, and whose stars shine the brightest.
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