THE RUNDOWN: Cowboys vs. Eagles

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) leaps over Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Tre Sullivan (37) for a first down at Lincoln Financial Field.Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas has a chance to take a commanding lead in the NFC East with a win over Philly.

The Cowboys host Philadelphia in a key NFC East game on Sunday at AT&T Stadium. Dallas (7-5) has a game lead over the Eagles (6-6) and Washington (6-6) in the division.

Dallas is a 3.5-point favorite and ESPN's Matchup Predictor gives the Cowboys a 67.2-percent chance to win.

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TV: 3:25 p.m. CT on Fox.

SERIES HISTORY: 116th regular-season meeting. Dallas leads 64-51. The Cowboys and Eagles have split the NFC East regular-season home-and-home each of the last five seasons. In 2017, the Eagles won in Dallas, 37-9 and the Cowboys won a Week 17 matchup in Philadelphia, 6-0. Dallas will try to avoid another season split after the Cowboys won in Philly, 27-20, on November 11.

BY THE NUMBERS: 361.25 – The Cowboys’ average yards per game during their four-game winning streak, 29.45 yards better than their season average. Dallas ranks 24th in the NFL in total offense, but their average in the last month would be good enough for 16th.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: DE DeMarcus Lawrence has to get hot at the end of the season to match his 14.5 sacks from 2017. But that doesn’t mean he’s slumped this season. Lawrence has 8.5 sacks going into the last four games of the regular season, but he’s proving more versatile than ever. He has 50 total tackles with a forced fumble and an interception. Lawrence’s career high for total tackles is 58.

GAME PLAN: When the Cowboys defeated Philadelphia, 27-20, in November, the Eagles couldn’t stop Ezekiel Elliott. Dallas’s star running back rushed for 151 yards on 19 carries and finished with 187 total yards and 2 TDs. Obviously, the Eagles will try to find an answer for Elliott. If the Eagles succeed, it will be up to Dak Prescott to find Amari Cooper and perhaps even a tertiary offensive weapon. Dallas wide receiver Cole Beasley might be out with a foot injury, so it could be a chance for Allen Hurns and Noah Brown to get more involved in the passing game.

Philadelphia piled up 421 yards of total offense in its loss to the Cowboys, even without Darren Sproles in the lineup. Eagles tight end Zach Ertz burned Dallas with 14 catches 145 yards and 2 TDs, so he’ll try to keep up that pace. Dallas will need linebackers Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith to limit Philadelphia’s ability to make plays with Ertz and its running backs. Of course, if the linebackers hold up, there’s still the task of pressuring Carson Wentz and keeping him from finding Golden Tate and Alshon Jeffery.

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