Top spot in NFC East up for grabs as Ea­gles eye upset win at di­vi­sion ri­vals Cow­boys

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>> AR­LING­TON: The Philadel­phia Ea­gles will be at­tempt­ing to pull into a tie for first place in the NFC East with a win at Dal­las to­day.

Af­ter their 28-13 vic­tory over Washington on Mon­day night, the Ea­gles pulled into a twoway tie for sec­ond place with the Red­skins at 6-6 and just one game be­hind the Cow­boys at 7-5.

The Ea­gles hadn’t won two straight games since last year’s post­sea­son which cul­mi­nated with the fran­chise’s first ca­reer Super Bowl ti­tle.

“I think this group, first of all, is a re­silient group, as you know,” Ea­gles head coach Doug Ped­er­son said. “I’ve said that a lot. This group doesn’t let a lot bother them. I think what you’ve seen now these last cou­ple weeks, we’ve started get­ting some guys back healthy a lit­tle bit. We’re not there yet, but we’re get­ting close.”

Philadel­phia re­ceived a huge boost with the re­turn of run­ning back Dar­ren Spro­les, who had missed the pre­vi­ous 10 games with a ham­string in­jury. Spro­les scored on a 14-yard touch­down run and sparked the team.

“It just felt so good, man, just to get in there,” Spro­les said. “To have a knee [in­jury] last year, then have a ham­string this year, it just felt great. It felt great to get in there.”

De­fen­sive tackle Tim Jerni­gan (back) and left tackle Ja­son Peters (bi­ceps) are ex­pected to play to­day while cor­ner­back Jalen Mills (foot) and line­backer Jor­dan Hicks are out.

The Cow­boys pulled off a stun­ning 13-10 vic­tory over New Or­leans in their last game, end­ing the Saints’ 10-game win­ning streak. The Cow­boys will be in search of their fifth straight win af­ter be­gin­ning the sea­son 3-5.

“You’ve got to un­der­stand, there’s no more room for er­ror for us,” Cow­boys cor­ner­back By­ron Jones said. “... This is the time you got to win. You can’t look back. You can’t go back.”

The Cow­boys’ de­fence was st­ingy and the of­fence was ef­fi­cient enough to pro­duce an­other win against the Saints. Run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott compiled 136 total yards — 23 car­ries for 76 yards and six re­cep­tions for 60 yards. He also scored on a 16-yard screen pass.

“I think they un­der­stand where we are,” Cow­boys head coach Ja­son Gar­rett told re­porters. “Our backs con­tinue to be against the wall. We have to con­tinue to fight, con­tinue to bat­tle. We’ve done some good things the last few weeks, but that doesn’t mat­ter now.”

Wide re­ceiver Cole Beasley (foot) and left tackle Ty­ron Smith (stinger) are both ex­pected to play, though Smith is listed as ques­tion­able.

The Cow­boys beat the Ea­gles 27-20 in Philadel­phia in Week 10.

The Cow­boys’ Ezekiel El­liott, No.21, runs with the ball against the Saints.

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