Ray Didinger predicts close Eagles win: 'This is a beatable Cowboys team.'

Dave Uram
October 18, 2019 - 11:19 am
Dec 9, 2018: Dallas Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin runs against Philadelphia Eagles free safety Corey Graham and outside linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Sunday night will be the biggest Eagles game of the year, when the 3-3 Birds take on the 3-3 Cowboys in Dallas. Ray Didinger of 94WIP Sports Radio and NBC Sports Philadelphia predicts a 27-24 Eagles win, saying "This is a beatable Cowboys team." And the Voice of the Eagles, Merrill Reese, has three keys to an Eagles victory. 

"First of all, playing in Dallas has never really been a problem for them," Didinger said. "They lost there last year, but they won four of the last six in that building. They know that building. They know those fans. Eagles fans will be down there in pretty good numbers. I don't think the home field advantage is all that huge for the Cowboys. Certainly, the Eagles have not had any problems winning down there."

Didinger said he doesn't expect last week's loss against the Minnesota Vikings to hold the Eagles back.

"It just seems to me when the Eagles have been in this position the last couple years, coming off a really bad loss, they generally respond quite well to it," he said.

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In 2017, the Birds won 43-35 over the Los Angeles Rams after losing 24-10 in Seattle against the Seahawks. And remember who won the Super Bowl that year.

In 2018, after losing 48-7 to the Saints in New Orleans, the Eagles won five out of six to close the season and make it to the playoffs. So, Didinger says he sees Philadelphia in the same position his year.

"I expect the Eagles to come back and give you a big effort this week," he said. "The Cowboys have problems of their own. They've lost three games in a row, including one to the Jets last week. These are not the Jimmy Johnson Cowboys."

And what is it going to take for the Eagles to beat the Cowboys? Reese shared his "Keys to the Game" Friday morning. 

"No. 1: Reverse the trend and start fast," he said. "Coming from behind only works once and a while. Take the lead and build upon it.

"No. 2: Stop the deep passes. The Eagles have been torched repeatedly this season and nothing is more deflating. Sacking (Cowboys quarterback) Dak Prescott is difficult, but rush him and don't allow him to get into a rhythm.

"No. 3: (Cowboys running back) Zeke Elliott is going to get his yards, but don't allow him to run wild and have a field day. Last week he rushed for over 100 yards, but the Jets, of all people, still managed to win. Slow him down somewhat and cover No. 82, their tight end Jason Witten. He is still their go-to guy, and send him back to the TV booth."