3 things to know as Eagles face the Cowboys in Week 16

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Dave Zangaro
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3 things to know as Eagles face the Cowboys in Week 16 originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Eagles are clinging to hope of somehow pulling out an NFC East title in 2020 but they’re going to need to win and they’re going to need some help.

The Eagles (4-9-1) are in North Texas to face the Cowboys (5-9) at AT&T Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

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And here are three things to know:

1. The Eagles are technically in last place of the NFC East heading into Week 16 but they’re still alive in the division. The Eagles might control their own destiny heading into the final week of the NFL season or they might be dead in the division race.

The Eagles have to win their final two games in order to win the division but they’ll also need some help. If Washington beats the Panthers on Sunday, that will end the Eagles’ chances. The Eagles need to beat the Cowboys and also need Washington to lose. Initially, that Washington-Carolina game was scheduled for 1 p.m. but it has been pushed to 4:05 p.m. (The Eagles also need the Giants to lose one of their two remaining games.) If the Giants lose to the Ravens, Washington loses to Carolina and the Eagles win, it'll set up a game to decide the division between the Eagles and Washington next week. 

If you’re less concerned about the division and more concerned about draft pick, the Eagles are right now in the seventh spot with a 4-9-1 record. There are three teams with 4-10 records, so the Eagles have a chance to jump them.

2. All eyes will again be on rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts as he returns to his home state for his third career start. The rookie out of Oklahoma and Alabama has performed very well in his first two starts. He helped the Eagles beat the Saints and was even better last week in a loss to the Cardinals. Against Arizona, Hurts completed 24 of 44 passes for 338 yards with 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He also rushed for 63 yards and another score.

How will he follow up his performance in Arizona last week? Well, this Cowboys defense is pretty bad so he’ll have a chance to shine through the air and on the ground.

3. The Eagles are 2.5-point road favorites in this game and the over/under is 49.5, according to PointsBet. The Eagles in early November were 10.5-point home favorites against the Cowboys and covered in that game with a 23-9 win. But the Cowboys also started the overmatched Ben DiNucci in that game. That is the only game this year in which the Eagles have been favorites and covered the spread.

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