The Eagles and Cowboys are just hours away from kicking off the season finale, and with 11 players still on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, a few under-the-radar names could have big evenings.
Dallas has talked about playing to win, but with Trevon Diggs at home and several other players on the COVID-19 list, Mike McCarthey could decide to take his foot off the gas and let the chips fall with the No. 4 seed.
Saturday night will still feature a heated rivalry and we’re looking at 6 bold predictions that could impact the NFC playoff picture.
1. Kenneth Gainwell logs 100-yards rushing
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At the time of this writing, Jordan Howard and Boston Scott were still on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, meaning Kenneth Gainwell and likely Jason Huntley will log the bulk of the carries.
Look for Gainwell to show why Philadelphia is so high on his dual-threat ability.
2. Gardner Minshew dazzles again in relief of Jalen Hurts
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If the Eagles are without some of the key pieces along the offensive line, then it’s likely that Jalen Hurts gets a rest day. Minshew is looking to prove that he can be a starter, and shredding the Cowboys for 250+ yards on Saturday night gets him closer.
3. DeVonta Smith passes DeSean Jackson
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The Eagles rookie is just 40 yards shy of passing Jackson and deserves the opportunity if only for one-half of play.
4. Tyree Jackson 50+ yards receiving
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With Dallas Goedert and Jack Stoll on the COVID-list, Jackson could have a monster evening.
5. Tarron Jackson logs multiple sacks
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The Coastal Carolina star should get the opportunity to log a ton of snaps and pressure opportunities.
6. Eagles pull off the upset
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Philadelphia is without 11 key figures and could play without several more, but the playoffs are all about momentum and there’s none bigger than heading into the postseason on a winning streak and with double-digit wins.