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Will Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper Continue Elite Play vs Eagles at Home?

The Dallas have their first East showdown of the on Monday night when the come to . At 1-1, the Cowboys are riding a ton of momentum after taking the defending champion Tampa Bay down to the last play in a two-point loss and winning a hard-fought battle with the by three.

This will be the Cowboys’ home opener for the 2021 season. Dallas has won three consecutive games at home against the Eagles, and it’s been fueled offensively by two players, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper.

Elliott has amassed 789 rushing yards in eight career games (98.6 yards per game) against the Eagles. While his 91 yards per game in Philadelphia is impressive, he’s been even better against the Cowboys’ biggest rival at home.

Elliott’s first battle played against the Eagles at AT&T Stadium came in the middle of an 11-game win streak for the Cowboys in his season. Elliott picked 96 yards in a game the Cowboys won in overtime 29-23. He’s gained 113, 111, and 105 yards in his last three which give him an average of 106 yards per game on 5.9 yards per rush for his career against the Eagles at home.

The Cowboys are 4-0 at home when Elliott plays against the Eagles with the only loss coming in 2017 when he was serving a six-game .

Cooper’s first home game in this back in 2018 is one he’ll never forget. He hauled in 10 receptions for a then career-high 217 yards (had 226 yards vs Packers in 2019) and three touchdowns which included the game-winning score in overtime. He caught all five of his targets for 106 yards against the Eagles at home in 2019 added another 121 on four receptions last season.

This means Cooper averages 148 yards and a touchdown on six receptions every time the Eagles are the opposing team in Arlington. It might be slightly tougher this time around for Cooper to have a big game as he’s playing with a cracked rib. However, he’s played with before and played well during his time in Dallas.

The winner of Cowboys-Eagles will take early control in the which gives the game even more significance. Elliott spoke early in the week about what the rivalry with the Eagles means and was candid in his personal feelings about them.

“It means a lot,” Elliott said. “I mean definitely probably our biggest rival, especially since I’ve been here. Probably the team I don’t like the most. But Philly week is always fun. I know AT&T is going to be electric Monday night.”

The Cowboys want to continue their home winning streak against the Eagles more than anything but it’ll be interesting to see if it continues to be driven by Elliott and Cooper offensively like it has for the last three seasons.

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  1. Have to respectfully disagree with GaryB in that Graham, though a potent pass-rusher is not near the impact player that Fletcher Cox is on that DL. Cox’s presence alone can force Martin to not be able to shift and assist Steele. Zeke and Pollard’s success will still depend on the OL and less on the PHI LB’ers. Where we can do damage to the PHI LB’ers is to make them matchup w/Jarwin and Schultz. Would also suggest that (a) every team basically dinks-and-dunks simply because it’s the high percentage play, but (b) the Eagles have the speed to take the top of our entire allotment of CB’s.

  2. Again, a balanced offensive plan (like with the last wIn), IMO, is the recipe for success. Use our two headed RB attack to control the POS, and keep our banged up defense off the field as much as possible. Hopefully get a couple more TOs, which I think we are the leagues’ best. DP just had to continue his efficient play. He had great percentage ratio last game.

    There should be a lot of emotion with home opener and Nationally televised Monday Night game, so team should be well motivated. Flip side, division games are usually tough and our D line is short handed. Still, we should have enough to get a W.

  3. I feel like if we can jump out on them quick and get a couple of scores we should be all right! With this being Daks first game back home I hope this will give our guys that much more incentive to want to make a good showing! I have a lot of respect for the Their QB JH for the way he handled hisself after being benched at Alabama but I just don’t think he is that much of a threat! They will be starting a rookie at guard for his first start of the season from my neck of the woods (Landon Dickerson) I hope he plays well but losses by about 50! I believe that EE will have a decent game along with Dak! Excited about tomorrow night ! Go Cowboys!!

  4. We will not be able to stop their run game, We’re really decimated on our D lien and their guys have massive weight advantage. Our LBs are gonna have to be stout, and they have speed guys who will likely abuse Brown. Not feeling as optimistic as some of you guys seem to be. They always play us tough, anyone else feeling bad vibes?

  5. The Eagles have a good DL but lost their best one (Graham). Their LBs are average so I expect both TP and EE to have good games, which will open up things for Dak. Cowboys OL looked good last week, especially surprising was Steele.

    The Eagles will try to dink and dunk their way to a victory, as they aren’t confident in the the ability of Hurts to drive the ball downfield. Shutting down the running game, covering and tackling in the flat and keeping Hurts in the pocket will be a few keys to victory.

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