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what­ever at­ten­tion he’s get­ting right now. It is well de­served.”

The good news for Ped­er­son and the Ea­gles is that un­der the modern play­off for­mat, at least four teams have made the post­sea­son the year af­ter they missed it.

The more sober­ing news is that the Ea­gles are one of two red hot teams sport­ing se­v­engame win streaks. The other is the Saints, who started 0-2. The only other team to win seven in a row af­ter los­ing the first two games of the sea­son is the 1993 Cow­boys, who went on to win the Su­per Bowl.

Ped­er­son, just the same, hasn’t done any­thing wrong since fail­ing to run the ball in the loss to the Chiefs in Week 2.

“We, as a coach­ing staff and I be­lieve the play­ers feel this is a guy you want to fol­low be­cause you be­lieve in him,” Re­ich said. “His in­tegrity is im­pec­ca­ble. His work ethic is sec­ond to none. He’s just the kind of guy you like work­ing for.”

••• The Ea­gles have seen enough of of­fen­sive tackle Tay­lor Hart, the con­verted de­fen­sive end, to cut him in fa­vor of jour­ney­man tackle Will Beatty, not to be con­fused with Ned Beatty.

Beatty (6-6, 319) hasn’t seen ac­tion since 2016, when he ap­peared in six games for the Giants. He started in four straight sea­sons for the Giants, who took him off the board late in the sec­ond round of the 2009 draft.

Hart prac­ticed for one week but was de­ac­ti­vated on game day.

••• Ea­gles de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Jim Schwartz wouldn’t com­mit to play­ing Ron­ald Darby this week­end, which was not the way the cor­ner­back rep­re­sented his re­turn to ac­tion af­ter be­ing shelved with a dis­lo­cated an­kle in the sea­son opener.

Just the same, Schwartz con­ceded that when Darby re­turns he would likely per­form at left cor­ner­back, where Ea­gles in­ter­cep­tions co-leader Jalen Mills (three picks) has played re­mark­ably well. Mills would move to the other side.

Darby also has been get­ting snaps on the right side, per Schwartz.

“Those guys can all play both po­si­tions,” Schwartz said. “They can all play both sides. I think that’s im­por­tant. Again, this is fur­ther on

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••• NOTES: The Ea­gles lead the NFL with 32 touch­downs. Ertz tops the squad down the line. But if we get in with six TDs. Nel­son Agholor po­si­tions where we want to and Al­shon Jef­fery have five match a re­ceiver, he has the apiece … Only the Rams (32.9 abil­ity to do that.” points) av­er­age more points

Schwartz also con­firmed per game than the Ea­gles, the ob­vi­ous – newly signed vet­er­an­lineback­erDan­nel­lEllerbe who put up 31.4 weekly … Dat­ing to last sea­son, the Ea­gles would­com­pete­with­JoeWalker have scored 20 or more for snaps in the mid­dle. points in 13 straight games,

The soon-to-be 32-yearold the long­est ac­tive streak of old Ellerbe (6-1, 236) also any team in the league … The could help in sub-pack­ages. Ea­gles have won two of the

“He hasn’t been on the last three games ver­sus the field for a pretty long time, Cow­boys, who won in over­time so there’s a sem­blance of get­ting last year at AT&T Sta­dium. back in foot­ball shape,” The Birds are three­p­oint Schwartz said. “We’ll let that fa­vorites Sun­day night play out and see where it … Cow­boys de­fen­sive end DeMar­cus goes. But it’s good to have a Lawrence leads the vet­eran player there that has league with a ca­reer-best 11 a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence, and he’s ½ sacks. Team­mate David Irv­ing got both of those. … I think has 6 sacks in his last we’ll start him prob­a­bly five games, four of them at learn­ing all three po­si­tions. AT&T Sta­dium … Ref­eree Then also the nickel and the Bill Vi­novich and his crew nickel SAM po­si­tion, and of­fi­ci­at­ing the game. In essence, we’ll see where it goes.” that means no funny

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Dal­las Cow­boys quar­ter­back Dak Prescott (4) hands the ball off against the At­lanta Fal­cons dur­ing an NFL foot­ball

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