8:15 pm ET (ESPN) | AT&T Stadium
A bitter rivalry from the NFC East takes center stage in wrapping up Week 3.
For the 121st time, the Philadephia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys will meet, but there’s a slightly different feel to this one.
Second season quarterback Jalen hurts and rookie head coach Nick Sirianni lead the Eagles (1-1) in the road game with the Cowboys (1-1), who are led offensively by Dak prescott on his comeback tour already on the defensive Micah Parsons in the middle of his dynamic rookie campaign.
Sirianni added a little to the preparation by donning a “Beat Dallas” jersey during the lead-up to the game and each team is looking to advance despite a monumental shortage of contributors (for the Eagles, Brandon brooks and Brandon graham; for cowboys, Demarcus lawrence and La’el Collins).
It’s a millennial rivalry that Dallas leads 67-53, but it features many new faces. All eyes are on the lone star state to wrap up week 3.
Here are four things to keep in mind on Monday night when the Cowboys host the Eagles:
1) Jalen vs Dak, round 1
When Jalen hurts was showing up to the NFL world in 2020, Dak prescott he was recovering from a broken ankle. Thus, Monday will be the first meeting between the quarterbacks. He may be the first of many in what could be a generational rivalry between the 23-year-old Eagles signal caller and the 28-year-old Cowboys gunman. For now, it’s a Week 3 showdown with every QB looking to maintain an impressive start to the season. Prescott is averaging 320 yards per game so far and, based on early accounts, he appears to be the same quarterback he was before his injury. However, Hurts, statistically at least, is off to a better start, with a passer rating of 108.0, four total touchdowns and no concessions to his Cowboys counterpart’s 99.1 rating, three total TDs and two turnovers. Hurts has also rushed for 144 yards (second among quarterbacks behind Lamar jackson) to lead the NFL’s No. 2 running game. In an old NFC East rivalry, a new showdown is on the marquee.
2) Class of 2020 First Round WR Clash
In a highly publicized 2020 NFL Draft first-round wide receiver class, Lamb CeeDee found success as a rookie, while Jalen Reagor he fought for much of the campaign. Lamb has been stellar so far this season, while Reagor scored a TD in Week 1 but cooled off in Week 2. Lamb and teammate Amari Cooper have a lot of notoriety as part of a Cowboys WR corps seen as one of the elite in the league. However, if the Eagles want to keep up in the NFC East now and beyond, Reagor and the 2021 first round DeVonta Smith you will also be called upon to emerge as a formidable couple. Like Reagor, Smith has his problems in Week 2 against the 49ers, but against a Dallas defense ranked 31st against the pass, this portends to be a correct game for the Eagles WR tandem. Cooper and Lamb seem to have a harder time dealing with a third-place Eagles defense off the pass. It could be the best time for Reagor and Smith to show that there is another dynamic receiving duo in the East.
3) Will Micah’s wonderful beginning continue?
Since his preseason debut in the Hall of Fame, Micah Parsons it has deserved attention and admiration. Under the spotlight that comes with playing for the Cowboys, Parsons has lived up to the hype and has gone from being a spectacular line-to-band linebacker to a phenomenal passing runner. With Demarcus lawrence Injured, Parsons completed and stepped forward to the tune of two tackles, one sack and four QB hits. Parsons has become a must see and now he will have Randy Gregory in front of him. Parsons has dazzled every step of the way in his rookie campaign and will be aiming to do so again in his debut Monday night.
4) Can Hargrave maintain a stellar game?
Brandon Graham’s loss during the season should not be downplayed. It’s a huge hit for the Eagles on the field and in the locker room. A later question will be how much the hitherto sensational game of Javon hargrave, and if Hargrave’s game will suffer or if he will step up even more. Hargrave boasts an 89.9 Pro Football Focus rating which is third among the NFL’s defensive tackles, with his two sacks, four QB hits and four tackles for losses, all leading Philadelphia. For the Eagles to stay afloat on Monday and beyond, six-year veteran Hargrave will need to maintain his excellent game.