OUR regular season ended last week. We defeated the Raiders for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, and effectively ran out of things to compete for in the 2017 regular season. At this point we can either reserve our starters for the playoffs (when we’ll NEED them), or we can risk their health to get them some reps.
We have nothing to play for and neither do the Cowboys. In fact, the Cowboys want to get their back-up QB some playing time, just to get a look at him during live fire. Smart move. Even smarter would be if we got an extensive look at our own back-ups. Besides, wouldn’t it be nice to say our back-ups help us sweep the Cowboys?
So let’s talk about the Four Things we need to focus on this week versus the Cowboys :
1) No key injuries: The easiest way to do that would be to shelve the starters for a week. We’ll see what happens.
2) QB crash course: Our chances of getting to the Super Bowl behind QB Nick Foles are already shaky. If something happens to him, logic would suggest that we’re already dead in the water. This is especially true if QB Nate Sudfeld’s first look at live action, is after a cart wheels Foles away. The coaches have to get a good look at Sudfeld, in order to get an idea of how to guide him during live action.
3) Stay deep: Don’t give up any long passing scores. Don’t let Dallas head out of here with any glimmer of hope for 2018.
4) Cooler heads prevail: This will likely be a chippy game, with a lot of frustrated Cowboys players trying to start fights that trigger suspensions. Keep a cool head.
If we do all these things, we’re just about guaranteed to win. Now that we’ve covered what should happen, let’s get into what likely will happen:
Some players (on both sides) are going to recognize this as their chance to audition for bigger roles on their current team, or for a spot on other teams, next year. It’ll be uneven and ugly, but it won’t be boring. I think Dallas takes this game if they play their starters more than we do.
PREDICTION: EAGLES 13 – Cowboys 17