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Eagles should be able to win NFC East easily

Eliot Shorr-Parks
November 06, 2018 - 7:09 am

The Eagles’ fans, coaches and players got a sneak peak of their next opponent on Monday night when the Dallas Cowboys played the Tennessee Titans at “Jerry World.”

They must have all slept pretty well after watching the game. 

The Cowboys looked awful in their 28-14 loss to the Titans, a game that left owner Jerry Jones answering questions about a potential coaching change before the end of the season. 

Quarterback Dak Prescott struggled once again, throwing for just 243 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while being asked five times. Running back Ezekiel Elliott was not much better, finishing with 61 yards on 17 carries. New receiver Amari Cooper, a player that team used a first-round pick on a trade last week, had just 58 yards receiving. 

The loss dropped Dallas to 3-5 and was the second embarrassing loss by an NFC East team this week as the Washington Redskins — who are first in the division — were dealt a 38-14 loss by the Atlanta Falcons at home.

The two losses by the divisional rivals sent one clear message to anyone in Philadelphia watched either game — the Eagles have no excuse to not win the NFC East this season.

Forget the fact that the Eagles are still one game behind Washington, or only one game ahead of the Cowboys, in the NFC East. This is their division to win, and anything other than a division title at the end of this season will be a massive disappointment,.

The Eagles might have been dealing with injuries to start the season, but as they begin the second half of their 2018 campaign, they have everything they need to win the NFC East. Quarterback Carson Wentz is healthy and playing better each week. They just acquired receiver Golden Tate, adding him to an arsenal that includes Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews. Their defense enters this week’s slate of games allowing the fifth-fewest points per game. 

Unlike the Cowboys and Redskins, the Eagles are supposed to win with their current nucleus. There are not supposed to be any questions about if head coach Doug Pederson is the right man for the job, like there are in Dallas about Jason Garrett. Wentz is supposed to be beating out Prescott for division titles, securing his place as the best quarterback in the division. The Eagles have the best offense, the best defense, the best quarterback and the best head coach in the division. 

Of the Eagles’ eight remaining games, five are against NFC East opponents, and three of those five are at home. They should not only be able to win the division, they should win it convincingly. 

Just like they knocked out the Giants back in Week 6, the Eagles have to drop the Cowboys to 3-6 this upcoming Sunday, ending Dallas’ season and beginning their own run to a division title. 

Anything other than that should be considered a massive disappointment. 

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