Week 10 preview
Philadelphia traded third-round choice to Lions for veteran wide receiver.
Eagles welcome Tate as they renew rivalry with Cowboys.
PHILADELPHIA — It didn’t take Golden Tate long to learn his new team’s biggest rival.
Tate, the playmaking wide receiver acquired from Detroit last week, will make his debut with the Philadelphia Eagles (4-4) against the Dallas Cowboys (3-5) tonight.
“I’ve read my social media, so our fans have expressed the passionate dislike of the Cowboys,” Tate said. “It’s going to be a great game. I’m happy that my first game gets to be at home against such an intense opponent.”
Tate had his best game this season against the Cowboys, catching eight passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns Sept. 30.
“I think it gives me an advantage,” Tate said. “I’ve seen those guys. They are going to run the same defense, and I’m on another team with a completely different playbook.”
The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles are coming off a bye week and trail the Washington Redskins (5-3) in the NFC East. The Cowboys are reeling following a 28-14 loss at home to Tennessee on Monday night.
“One hundred percent, it’s a must win,” running back Ezekiel Elliott said. “Being a division game, that makes it that much more important. Must win.”
Dak & Carson
When Dak Prescott led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record in 2016 while fellow rookie Carson Wentz was 7-9 with the Eagles, some thought Dallas got the better franchise quarterback — and in the fourth round. The Eagles traded a slew of draft picks to move up and select Wentz at No. 2 overall.
But Prescott is 12-12 since with 32 TDS, 18 interceptions and an 87.4 passer rating. There are even questions whether he’s going to be the long-term answer in Dallas.
Meanwhile, Wentz is 14-5 with 46 TDS, only nine picks, and a 104.5 rating in the past two seasons, though he missed last year’s playoffs after tearing his ACL. He’s undoubtedly the present and future in Philadelphia despite having to watch Nick Foles lead the team to its first NFL title since 1960.
The difficulties continue for Dallas’ once-vaunted offensive line, which has surrendered 28 sacks of Prescott, just four shy of his career high halfway through the season. Rookie left guard Connor Williams had arthroscopic knee surgery after getting hurt in the loss to Tennessee and will miss at least one game.
The Cowboys appear set to leave Joe Looney at center. He’s been there all season in place of four-time Pro Bowler Travis Frederick, out with a nerve disorder. If Looney stays put, left guard will be filled by either Adam Redmond or Xavier Su’a-filo.
At New Orleans, Dez Bryant’s season is over before it had even begun.
The Saints placed the newly acquired Bryant on injured reserve Saturday, promoting receiver Keith Kirkwood from the practice squad to the active roster before today’s game at Cincinnati.
Bryant was injured during his second practice with New Orleans on Friday. A person familiar with the situation said Bryant has a torn Achilles tendon. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the Saints have not announced details of the veteran receiver’s injury.
At Orchard Park, N.Y., Buffalo is going with newly signed journeyman Matt Barkley as their starting quarterback, rather than provide turnover-prone Nathan Peterman another chance.
The Bills ruled out injured rookie Josh Allen on Saturday and announced Barkley is expected to start against the New York Jets today. Barkley gets the nod ahead of Peterman despite having just two weeks of practice experience since signing Oct. 30.
At Florham Park, N.J., The Jets signed quarterback Davis Webb from the practice squad and placed tight end Neal Sterling on seasonending injured reserve.
Webb will serve as the backup to Josh Mccown today against the Buffalo Bills. Rookie starter Sam Darnold is sidelined with a strained right foot, so the 39-year-old Mccown is starting in his place.
Former Lions receiver Golden Tate, right, had his best game this season against the Cowboys, catching eight passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns Sept. 30.