A pair of NFC East rivals will close out the regular season on Saturday night, with both teams already clinching playoff spots. However, there is still a lot to play as the NFC East champions Dallas Cowboys could overtake their current No.4 seed and the Philadelphia Eagles could also move north from their No.7 spot. current. If the Eagles win and the 49ers lose on Sunday, Philly would become the No. 6 seed. However, Philly still has a chance to advance with a loss if the Niners lose and the Saints win on Sunday. For the Cowboys to progress, however, they must win on Saturday. Dallas must beat the Eagles and Rams and Cardinals to lose. If that were to happen, the Cowboys could capture the No.2 seed with a loss from the Buccaneers or the No.3 seed if Tampa Bay wins. There are a lot of moving parts in the NFC seeding and it starts on Saturday when the Dak Prescott Cowboys take on the Jalen Hurts Eagles.
Here are three things to watch out for:
- Scoring offense # 1 versus precipitation offense # 1. Despite concerns over the Cowboys’ offense, which collected just 22 points in a Week 17 loss to the Cardinals, Dallas is still No. 2 in all-out offense, No. 1 in scoring and No. 3 in passes. Meanwhile, the Eagles are bragging about the No. 1 offense on the ground. Philadelphia’s rise to become the NFL’s most prolific running team is a rather astonishing turn of events given that first-year head coach Nick Sirianni seemed so reluctant to run the ball in the 2-5 start. of the team. Now Philly are one of the hottest teams in the league, having won four in a row heading into Saturday and looking quite like a team ready for a playoff shake-up. The Cowboys, meanwhile, are looking to get back on track for the playoffs while aiming to launch their mercurial attack at a pivotal moment. Dallas lost 41 points to Philadelphia in a Week 3 win with Prescott throwing three touchdowns and Ezekiel Elliott rushing for two. As the playoffs await both teams, Saturday provides an opportunity for each of these highly ranked offenses to build some momentum ahead of the playoffs and it could be a high scoring game.
- Smith’s quietly stellar rookie season. With Ja’Marr Chase and Jaylen Waddle highlighting historic rookie campaigns, first-round receiver DeVonta Smith has posted a stellar season somewhat under the radar. Smith is enjoying one of the best rookie seasons for a wide receiver in Eagles history. Smith leads Philly with 61 receptions, 875 receiving yards and five touchdown receptions. The Heisman Trophy winner needs just 38 receiving yards to break DeSean Jackson’s rookie team record 912 yards in 2008. Beyond that, Smith may become the Eagles’ first player with 1,000. receiving yards from tight end Zach Ertz in 2018 and the first Philly wide receiver to hit 1,000 since Jeremy Maclin in 2014. Alabama’s product was capped at three catches for 28 yards in this week’s game. Philadelphia 3 with Dallas. If he can come out on Saturday, a few milestones could be in store – and maybe an Eagles win, too.
- Zeke is aiming for 1,000. Mile-yard seasons on the field are rare in the NFL these days. At the start of Week 18, there are just five players with 1,000 rushing yards, which would be the least in an NFL season with 16 or more games, according to NFL Research. The previous low is seven, both in 2015 and 1991. Elliott is the only player expected to enter the field in Week 18 within 100 yards of 1000. Two-time running ground champion Elliott missed 1,000 yards by 21 last season. This year, it is 75 meters. Achieving some statistical success could reignite Zeke and the Cowboys’ rushing offense ahead of the playoffs.