The Philadelphia Eagles have climbed to second in the NFC East following their 28-13 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday. For the second week in a row, they will face a division foe with playoff aspirations on the line. On Sunday, Zach Ertz and the rest of the Eagles will be in Dallas to take on the NFC East leaders, the Cowboys.
This game could be the deciding factor for these two teams’ playoff chances, as the winner will have a clear path to the playoffs.
The Eagles have heated up at seemingly the right time this season as they will be looking to stretch their win streak to three games. Just four weeks ago, the Eagles hosted the Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field, but could not close the game out in the winning end, falling the Dallas 20-27.
Since Week 10, the Eagles have only lost one game to the New Orleans Saints. Recently, the team has gotten back to who they are as a football team, and they have begun playing more like they did during their Super Bowl run last season.
“We’ve got a lot to play for number one,” coach Doug Pederson said. “A chance to kind of dig ourselves out of a hole that we’ve created for ourselves early in the season.”
Pederson said that he challenges his guys to do their job and take things one play at a time. The Eagles are in a good spot right now to control their own destiny and overcome the adversity they’ve faced so far this season.
The last time the two teams met, Carson Wentz completed 32-of-44 passes for 360 yards, two touchdowns and one pick. He fed No. 86 all night long. Ertz caught 14 passes for 145 yards and two scores.
While those numbers were nice, Zach just wants to do whatever will help the team win, whether that is blocking to free up the run game or helping get other receivers favorable matchups in the passing game. Zach just wants to do whatever he can to get this team back to the playoffs, and that undoubtedly starts with a win in Dallas on Sunday against a familiar foe.
“This is going to be my 12th time playing them, so they know me, and I know them,” Ertz said. “It’s going to come down to how fresh can we be for that game?”
Ertz emphasized that right around this point in the season, the toughest part is fatigue and getting their bodies right. It is beyond the point of fixing the little things, but making sure everyone is healthy and ready to play is what will bring them success and hopefully a division title.
Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 E.T. at AT&T Stadium and will be aired on Fox.