Tate, Ea­gles ready for Cow­boys on Sun­day Night Foot­ball

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS -

to lead the Detroit Li­ons to a 26-24 vic­tory at Dal­las ear­lier this sea­son.

The Ea­gles ac­quired Tate, one of just two play­ers with 90 or more re­cep­tions in the past four sea­sons, for a third-round draft pick just be­fore the trade dead­line. An­to­nio Brown is the other re­ceiver in that exclusive 90-plus club.

Tate is an un­der­neath weapon for Ea­gles quar­ter­back Car­son Wentz, whose big­gest headache be­yond the banged-up of­fen­sive line go­ing for­ward could be how to di­vide the touches fairly.

“I think the idea of keep­ing ev­ery­one happy first and fore­most stems from the cul­ture we have in place,” Wentx said. “We re­al­ize one week it might be some­one with 100 yards and a cou­ple TDs and the next week it might be some­one dif­fer­ent. I’m re­ally not wor­ried about it. I know the play call­ing will take care of it­self. But that’s a lux­ury that we have. We can spread the ball out. We can find the mis­match each given week and take ad­van­tage of it.”

The Ea­gles aren’t 100 per­cent in front of Wentz as tack­les Ja­son Peters and Lane John­son are nurs­ing mul­ti­ple in­juries. Cow­boys de­fen­sive end De­mar­cus Lawrence (6.5 sacks) won’t mind.

The Cow­boys (3-5), on the other hand, are un­der .500 at the mid­way point of a sea­son for the first time in three years. They’re coming off a 28-14 de­feat at home to the Ten­nessee Ti­tans that was so hideous, Roger Staubach backed fel­low Cow­boys Hall of Fame quar­ter­back Troy Aik­man, who said the or­ga­ni­za­tion needs an over­haul from top to bot­tom.

For the Ea­gles, it’s also Cow­boys week.

“When you’re in Philly, that’s all you hear,” de­fen­sive end Bran­don Gra­ham said. “As long as you beat the Cow­boys, (fans are) happy. Ob­vi­ously, they want more than that and we do, too. But it’s Cow­boys week, and if you can’t get up for this, you’re in the wrong spot.”

Quar­ter­back Dak Prescott and the Cow­boys hope to run the ball against the Ea­gles, as run­ning back Zeke El­liott is their chief threat.

But the Cow­boys added wide re­ceiver Amari Cooper, who has deep speed. It cost them a first-round pick. The Ea­gles re­port­edly of­fered a sec­ond-rounder for Cooper.

The Ea­gles also are aware the Cow­boys are up­a­gainst-the-wall des­per­ate.

“I’ve heard what Troy says, that they need to go all the way up­stairs with it,” Gra­ham said. “That’s their prob­lem. At the end of the day. But I do know that they’re go­ing to come in here try­ing to get a win. We’ve got to stop Zeke El­liott. You’ve got to make sure you stop their run be­cause he’s the en­gine in their of­fense. You get him go­ing and that helps out Dak a lot.”

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