Not a lot was expected out of the Dallas Cowboys or Philadelphia Eagles this season.
Sure, every team and their fans hope for the best, but the preseason predictions for both teams did not equate to a late October showdown in the NFC East.
But that’s the case on Sunday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
The Cowboys and Eagles are first and second in the NFC East.
They got there in attention-getting fashion.
Both are led by rookie quarterbacks in Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz. At one time, the pair were dueling over the record for most passes attempted without an interception to start an NFL career. Wentz’s streak ended at 134. Prescott’s record-setting effort was stopped at 176.
It fits the description of a big game: NBC Sunday Night Football, soldout stadium, rivalry, and superstars aplenty. Wide receiver Dez Bryant is expected to return to the Cowboys lineup.
“I know they've got a good team, know they've got a good defense,” Prescott said. “It will be a great game Sunday night.”
Here are some other notables:
▪ Dallas has an 18-9 record in games after a bye. This is the first time since 2010 that Dallas has played at home after a bye and are 7-2 in those games.
▪ Dallas leads the all-time series 64-50.
▪ Dallas and Philadelphia have combined to win 25 of a possible 45 NFC East titles.
▪ Dallas is making its second appearance on NBC’s Sunday Night Football this season. They beat Chicago 31-17 on Sept. 25.
▪ Philadelphia has 12 takeaways this season, including seven fumble recoveries.
▪ Philadelphia has 20 sacks, tied for third most in the NFL. They have 10 sacks on first down. Fifteen of their sacks have come in the second half.
▪ Philadelphia has a kickoff return for a touchdown in back-to-back games for the first time in franchise history. Wendell Smallwood had an 86-yard touchdown return against Washington and Josh Huff had a 98-yard touchdown return against Minnesota.
Opp. Scoring average
Dallas Cowboys regular-season schedule
Giants 20, Cowboys 19
Cowboys 27, Redskins 23
Cowboys 31, Bears 17
Cowboys 24, 49ers 17
Cowboys 28, Bengals 14
Cowboys 30, Packers 16
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