Week 10 pre­view

Philadel­phia traded third-round choice to Li­ons for vet­eran wide re­ceiver.

The Times-Tribune - - SPORTS - BY ROB MAADDI

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.

O-line woes

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.

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