A unified vision has made the Dallas Defense an elite group – Todd Archer, ESPN.

A laughingstock of the NFL just two seasons ago, the Dallas Cowboys defense has become a top unit. Players and team staff cite organizational solidarity as the driving force behind this dramatic turnaround.

“Statistically when we started in 2020 we had some tough days, especially the stoppage of the run,” said coach Mike McCarthy, alluding to a running unit that allowed an average of 155, 8 yards in five games in 2020. “It’s definitely a different defense. It’s a different staff that’s adjusting to the system and all of those things.

Linebacker Micah Parsons, who spent the 2020 season training after pulling out that year at Penn State due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said no one around the defense mentioned him then. how mediocre it was.

“But I watched TV. I watched footy. We all saw it,” Parsons said. “No reason to talk about it. I would like to talk about this year.

Cornerback Trevon Diggs was a rookie in 2020. What is the reason for the turnover?

“Framing. Fellowship,” he said. “Being together, playing together, just being around each other, knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses and just executing.”

Two top special teams contributors placed on injured reserve – Dallas Cowboys Staff Writers, dallascowboys.com

The Dallas Cowboys are mostly on the mend, and some injured players are closer to returning. However, on Saturday the team made a few roster changes that are sure to alter their special teams unit for at least the next few weeks.

“Running back Malik Davis will make his NFL debut Sunday night in Philadelphia. The undrafted Florida rookie, who made impressive runs in the preseason, was elevated from the practice squad to the roster on Saturday.

Davis will replace injured tailback Rico Dowdle, who missed all week of practice with an ankle injury and has now been placed on the disabled list.

Dowdle has played mostly on special teams and has yet to be selected this season.

The Cowboys placed Simi Fehoko on injured reserve, which would keep him out for at least four weeks. Fehoko apparently suffered a shoulder injury in training, although he was not listed on the injury report this week.

That means rookie Jalen Tolbert should be active this week. Additionally, veteran James Washington could also return from a foot injury in the coming weeks.

Philadelphia activates former first-round injured reserve – Sage Hurley, philadelphiaeagles.com

The Eagle has landed. Offensive tackle Andrew Dillard is active, the ream announced on Saturday afternoon, and will be in uniform when the Eagles face the Cowboys on Sunday night.

“Andre Dillard is back after spending more than a month on injured reserve. The Eagles activated the fourth-year left tackle on the active roster for the first time this regular season, just in time for Sunday’s showdown. against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field.

To make room for Dillard on the active roster, the Eagles placed defensive end Janarius Robinson on injured reserve. Robinson was added to the injury report on Friday with an ankle injury. The Eagles also raised safety Andre Chachere from practice squad for Sunday night’s game and placed tackle Jarrid Williams on practice squad injured reserve.

His return bolsters an offensive line that has dealt with multiple injuries over the past two games. Starting left tackle Jordan Mailata suffered a shoulder injury in the wet win over the Jaguars in Week 4, leaving him sidelined against the Cardinals, and center Jason Kelce suffered a shoulder injury. ankle.

Although both are scheduled to play on Sunday, the addition of Dillard to the line adds depth to a positional group that has a very physical game against the Cowboys’ dominating pass.

A familiar face returns with a hostile enemy – Todd Brock, Cowboys Wire.

Former All-Pro and longtime Philadelphia Eagle Jason Peters returns to “The Linc” to face his former team. For the future Hall of Famer, it’s just business.

While previewing what would be his 18th chapter in the bitter Cowboys-Eagles rivalry, Peters said this week, “It’s just another game for me.” It will be his first, however, representing Dallas.

But he also knows very well that it is more than just a game. He has already drawn the ire of Eagles fans this week ahead of Sunday’s tilt. Yes, he called them”[expletive] idiots,” but that’s not what Philadelphia fans are crazy about; they revel in that reputation (and Peters then reemphasized the context of the remark, calling it a compliment that speaks to their passion).

What annoys the Eagles faithful is that their longtime OL faithful now wears the colors of their sworn enemy. Peters is still close to several of his former teammates and has spent much of the week exchanging messages with them ahead of Sunday night’s reunion.

But once the coin is returned, Peters will be well-informed of where he is and what he hopes to accomplish during his overnight visit.

“Philly; this is my city,” he said. “Just to go back, it will be great to beat them.”

Bleeding Green Nation assesses what the numbers mean for Cowboys offense vs. Philadelphia defense – Johnny Page, BGN

As they say, the numbers don’t lie. The numbers have a lot to say about how the Eagles defense should approach limiting Cooper Rush and the Cowboys offense.

1st downhill game

Despite teams stacking the box, the Cowboys can still manage it well from 12 out. On carries with 12 people, they have 55 carries for 251 yards (4.6 yards per carry).

The Eagles have been really good against 12 man runs this year which is a good sign. They allowed just 98 yards on 25 carries (3.9 yards per carry). It’s a big game.

Don’t blitz so often

When a team rushes 4 and pressures Cooper Rush, he’s 11/24 for 142 yards on 30 dropbacks with 6 sacks taken. It’s bad and if the Eagles can put the pressure on with 4 rushers in this game it will give them a huge chance to win.

On the other hand, when a team sends 5 or more rushers, Rush is 20/31 for 237 yards and only took 1 sack. When he sees the blitz he gets rid of it and it may be a good idea to send 4 and play the cover to force Rush to hold the ball this weekend.

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