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Week 16 Preview: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

Here we are, , and the Cowboys host the Eagles on Christmas eve.

The Cowboys (10-4) come into this week after dropping a close one in overtime to Jaguars last week. On the other hand, the Eagles (13-1) may be without for a few games due to a shoulder .

I have been looking forward to this matchup since the first meeting between the two, but unfortunately, we may have to wait again to see both these teams at full-strength.

The Cowboys' will need to find some answers quickly at the corner position, regardless of who starts Saturday for Philly.

Second-year was benched late in the game for after getting beat for two touchdowns. said on Monday that it'd be a competition for the cornerback spot opposite .

The Cowboys' defense is fighting the injury bug right now, and even with a playoff spot locked up, I still expect almost everyone to be out there until the season's final week, but how will they attack Philly this week?

Well, it depends on who starts on Sunday. The Cowboys need to gameplan for both Hurts and . It is hard to tell if the Eagles are playing mind games here or if they will sit Hurts.

No matter who starts at QB for Philly, this defense must find its again. They look tired, and that is no excuse. They are without , , , and now for a few games, so they need to regain that confidence with key players out.

As for the other side of the ball, you should not lose many when the averages over 35 points a game. We should see the debut of TY Hilton this week, an excellent sign for a WR room that, outside of , is not showing up consistently.

So what do the Cowboys need to do to win this game?

Look, I am not worried about the offense because you should win football games when you score over 30 every week. The defense has become so shaky. Yes, much is due to injury, but for a unit that was so dominant throughout most of the season to just become a weakness is weird, no?

IF Hurts plays this week, the game will be very tight; if not, the Cowboys will control the entirety of the game. Although the Eagles' has improved, and have a big day, and the Cowboys pull away from the Eagles late at home.

This game has been the talk of the media world for the last two months, and if Hurts doesn't play and the Cowboys win, it'll be just like when Philly beat Dallas at home with . A backup who can win you games but is not as good as your starter.

I have the Cowboys 34-26, the offense will make enough plays at home and the defense will find a big takeaway late to bring the Cowboys to victory.

Shane Taylor
Shane Taylor
Cowboys fan from the Midwest. Writing is fun, Staff writer for Inside The Star. Follow me on twitter @ShaneTaylor43

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