Don’t get complacent
The Cowboys have been playing with a lot of desperation over the last four weeks. They have treated each game as a must-win situation. Now Dallas is the favorites to win the NFC East and their opponent is the more desperate team. The Cowboys will need to match Philadelphia’s intensity and desperation if they are going to pull off the victory.
Contain Zach Ertz
Zach Ertz is one of the NFL’s best tight ends and Carson Wentz’s favorite target. As a defense, you aren’t going to completely shut down Ertz, but Dallas must do a better job against him than they did in their first matchup. Four weeks ago Ertz caught 14 passes for 145 yards and two Touchdowns. Dallas won the game but it was closer then it should have been thanks to Ertz. Dallas must have a better game plan against Ertz this time around.
Zeke must be the workhorse
Ezekiel Elliott has been nothing short of amazing over the past four games. He has accounted for 666 yards and 5 Touchdowns. Dallas will need to continue to ride Zeke to victories by using him in both the running and passing game.
Take advantage of the Eagles secondary
While establishing Zeke is important, it is equally important to beat Philadelphia through the air. The Eagles secondary has been ravaged by injuries all season and it is by far their biggest weakness. That should mean huge opportunities for Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Cole Beasley. When the receivers get open, and they will, Dak Prescott must be on target and find them for big plays down the field.
Play mistake free
Jason Garrett loves to talk about being sound in all three phases. The only way Dallas loses this game is if they make mistakes and give Philadelphia easy opportunities. That means don’t turn the ball over and give Philadelphia a short field. They also need to not make dumb penalties that stop their own drives or extend drives for Philadelphia. If Dallas can execute the way they have been and do these five things they will win the game and all but guarantee their spot in the playoffs.