Preview: Philadelphia at Dallas

When: 8:30 PM ET, Sunday, October 30, 2016
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Two of the NFL's most bitter rivals will square off with first place in the NFC East at stake when the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz was all the rage after leading Philadelphia to a 3-0 start, but fellow rookie Dak Prescott has guided the Cowboys to five consecutive wins.

Prescott sought to deflect the hype of the rookie quarterback matchup, telling reporters: “I really don’t measure myself to anybody. ... I’m not into the whole comparing myself to somebody else. That’s where you get lost.” Tony Romo was back at practice in limited fashion Thursday for Dallas, which went into last week's bye off a pair of impressive 14-point victories over Cincinnati and Green Bay, both playoff teams last season. Philadelphia suffered back-to-back losses -- both on the road -- following its bye week before bouncing back with a 21-10 win over previously unbeaten Minnesota last week. To show how tightly the Cowboys-Eagles rivalry has been contested, they have split the season series over the past three years, with the away team winning each meeting.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC. LINE: Cowboys -4. O/U: 43

ABOUT THE EAGLES (4-2): Wentz has cooled off considerably since his torrid start -- he has five touchdown passes and zero interceptions in his first three games, but has three scoring passes and three picks while throwing for a total of 555 yards in the last three outings. With the passing game struggling, Philadelphia has been linked to trades involving wide receivers Torrey Smith (San Francisco) and Alshon Jeffery (Chicago), but coach Doug Pederson shot down such talk, telling reporters there's "no legitimacy" to the rumors. Philadelphia has limited four of its six opponents to 14 points or fewer.

ABOUT THE COWBOYS (5-1): The surprising success of Prescott notwithstanding, Dallas invested the No. 4 overall pick in running back Ezekiel Elliott and is receiving plenty of bang for its bucks. Elliott leads the NFL with 703 rushing yards and is the first rookie in history to grind out at least 130 yards in four consecutive games. Prescott is expected to get back his top wide receiver with Dez Bryant poised to suit up Sunday for the first time since suffering a hairline fracture in his knee in Week 2. The Cowboys rank No. 17 in total defense but have held four straight opponents to 17 points or fewer.


1. Elliott is bidding to become the seventh player in league history to rush for 130 yards in five straight games.

2. Philadelphia has had a kickoff return for a touchdown in back-to-back games -- no other NFL team has one.

3. Cowboys TE Jason Witten has at least six catches in his last three versus the Eagles.

PREDICTION: Cowboys 23, Eagles 16

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Philadelphia 4-2 W1 26.0 14.7 3-0 1-2 4-1 0-1 0-0 0-1 2-2
Dallas 5-1 W5 26.5 17.8 2-1 3-0 3-0 2-1 0-0 1-1 4-1

Last Meeting

Philadelphia Dallas
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/8/15 PHI 33 DAL 27 459 172 287 411 134 277

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
PHI S. Bradford 69.4 295 1 0
DAL M. Cassel 65.8 299 3 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
PHI D. Murray 18 83 4.6 1
DAL D. McFadden 27 117 4.3 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
PHI J. Matthews 9 133 14.8 1
DAL C. Beasley 9 112 12.4 2
TDs Player TD
PHI J. Hicks 1
DAL C. Beasley 2
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
PHI C. Wentz 63.8 1324 8 3
DAL D. Prescott 68.7 1486 7 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
PHI R. Mathews 67 262 3.9 3
DAL E. Elliott 137 703 5.1 5
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
PHI J. Matthews 25 354 14.2 2
DAL C. Beasley 33 390 11.8 3
TDs Player TD
PHI R. Mathews 4
DAL E. Elliott 5

Quickchart Matchup

Philadelphia Off vs  Dallas Def
322.2 yards
358.3 yards
4.1 yards/rush
4.4 yards/rush
6.8 yards/attempt
7 yards/attempt
Dallas Off vs  Philadelphia Def
401.5 yards
307 yards
4.8 yards/rush
4.5 yards/rush
7.9 yards/attempt
6.2 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Philadelphia Overall Dallas
4-2 W/L 5-1
4-2-0 ATS 5-1-0
3-3-0 O/U 2-4-0
26.0 Pts For 26.5
14.7 Pts Against 17.8
Philadelphia A/H Dallas
1-2 W/L 2-1
1-2-0 ATS 2-1-0
3-0-0 O/U 1-2-0
24.0 Pts For 26.0
21.7 Pts Against 17.0