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How Much Have Cowboys Improved Since 1st Meeting with Eagles?

It almost feels like folk tale at this point, to say the from week 10 to 14 was destined to sink a 2018 season that's gone from 3-5 to 7-5 atop the . The Cowboys are undefeated over this stretch with wins over the Eagles, Falcons, Redskins, and Saints. Their midseason turnaround has set up a high-stakes meeting with the Eagles again this Sunday.

With so much focus on how the Cowboys began this winning streak from the lows of a week nine loss to the Titans, it's easy to lose sight of the improvements this revitalized team has made over recent weeks.

The effect has generated all the headlines on for the Cowboys, while rookie continues to play his way into the national spotlight for a Dallas that most recently held the Saints to ten points.

Cooper is averaging 2.4 yards of separation over the last four weeks. On the season, Michael Gallup is averaging 2.6, but just 1.9 before the arrival of Cooper. This average for the first-year receiver comes from just two qualifying games, not reaching the minimum five targets any other week.

The combination of Cooper and Gallup on the outside is one the Cowboys should have confidence in for a long time. Still reaching their full potential, the ability for this duo to open up the offense – and the Cowboys ground game – has been evident.

is averaging 5.15 yards per carry. Despite this number decreasing with each win, Elliott's effectiveness in the Cowboys first road win of the season is what set the tone for this being a season worth saving. His 151 yards at the Eagles was the first of three straight games over 100 yards, a streak snapped last Thursday against the Saints.

Elliott's 16 game pace at his yards per rush over the last four games is 1,876 yards. This would be a new career high, and ahead of the pace current rushing leader is on for the LA Rams.

The Cowboys getting back to their basics doesn't stop with Elliott. The five blocking for him, including a new left Xavier Su'a-Filo, are now coached by former Cowboys . Taking over for , the Cowboys are back to dominating games in the trenches on both sides of the ball.

, , , , Daniel Ross, and have all contributed on a deep deployed by DC . This unit excels at occupying blocks, allowing Vander Esch and to look as great as they have. This “Hot Boyz” front seven that flies to the ball is second in the league for average points allowed. Over the last four games, the Cowboys have allowed an average of just 74 rushing yards.

is playing like one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. In the Cowboys win over the Saints, even Jourdan Lewis made a reappearance on a defense he played well in as a rookie. With Jones, Lewis, and Chidobe Awuzie coached by the Cowboys are formidable against not only the run but the pass too.

The quarterbacks they've beaten recently prove this, as , , and Drew Brees have all struggled against the Cowboys. The 421 yards conceded to the Eagles at the start of this run is actually the most since a week five overtime loss to the Texans. This is something the Cowboys can look back on now, a clear sign of improvement from the last time they fought for their East lives.

Reality for the Cowboys is that early season losses, put behind them with and personnel changes, have one of the hottest teams in football in must-win mode against the defending champions on Sunday. This young and confident team doesn't want it any other way, with this outcome being more than a best case scenario if proposed over the first eight weeks.

Four weeks remain for the Cowboys to continue peaking at the right time.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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At 1st I thought that the Eagles were just down and not hitting on all cylinders when we played them 4 weeks ago, and I’m not kidding when I say our Boyz has been kicking A$$ over the last few weeks! Our D has been top 3 and the how we have been playing is even more impressive! Man 2 Man the whole game vs Saints… Kuddos to Kris Richard, because he has our Def playing like a Championship D and we haven’t even been totally healthy, BUT what team is this time of yr! Super amped for what Direction our (3 youngest team) in the NFL. We have a awesome young super talented core group on both sides and it will take most of what cap space we have next year in order to keep what we have and I’m in HOPES that we can manage to buy a FS (Earl Thomas) and that would be the final move besides making a HC change! Garrett is a solid middle grade coach, but he doesn’t have the drive and motivation that let’s say Kris Richard has and that should be AMERICA’S TEAM Head Coach in 2019! He has made all the right moves and will put our team in Championship mode IMO! So even IF we didn’t make the playoffs this yr to ensure that then that means I’m ALL IN…..

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