Under the bright lights of prime time football in the heat of the Eagles-Cowboys rivalry, Philly legends are born. Coming off 10 days' rest and a thrilling comeback victory, the Eagles are in a position to assert their NFC East supremacy over a Dallas team that is falling apart in real time.
Reinforcements are on the way for the Birds in the form of first-round rookie wideout Jalen Reagor, who returns to the lineup after a thumb injury that's kept him on the sidelines since Week 3. Reagor has missed out on key first-year reps while other receivers in the 2020 draft class have shined. There is one simple way to get Reagor acclimated to this offense from the first snap of tomorrow night's game: tell him to go long and tell Carson Wentz to throw it as far as he can.
I think back to 2010 when the Eagles played on Monday Night Football against Washington down in Landover. On the first play from scrimmage, Michael Vick faked a handoff to LeSean McCoy, rolled out and launched a bomb to DeSean Jackson for an 88-yard touchdown. It set the tone for an iconic 59-28 thrashing.
Jackson is injured, having potentially taken his last snap in midnight green. With Reagor back in the fold, it'd be poetic for the TCU product to step into his role as the next great Eagles deep threat.
Doug Pederson's play-calling this season has teetered towards vanilla, but against an ailing Dallas defense, there's never been a better opportunity to shut up Reagor's critics who've already called him a bust after just two career games.
Once Wentz lines up under center, it shouldn't matter if every person in that stadium knows what play is coming. Wentz has the arm for it. Reagor has the speed.
Just imagine the Merrill Reese call unfolding. Wentz does a little play-action boot and sees Reagor streaking down the sideline, burning Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs. Unleashing a throw that hits Reagor in stride at the Dallas 35, Wentz puts Reagor's rookie campaign back on track and sets the tone for a blowout victory.
Thank me later for the advice, Doug.