I must say that I’m concerned about the Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott and their running game. The Birds defense is going to be required to stop that running game with a seven-man front or they can make it an eight man front by bringing a safety up into the box. In doing that, they will run the risk of one of the Dallas wide receivers getting behind cornerbacks Leodis McKelvin, Nolan Carroll or Jalen Mills.
Regardless of the counter move by the Cowboys, the Eagles must stop or contain the Dallas ground game. They can’t let Elliott and that offensive line take over the game and pound their defense into oblivion. They must counter it with an eight-man front
I don’t know if you have noticed, but McKelvin, Carroll and Mills have all shown a vulnerability to the deep ball. If you move one of the Eagles talented safeties, either Malcolm Jenkins or Rodney McLeod up on the line of scrimmage to create an eight man front, it leaves the defense vulnerable to a big play deep.
I’ll be interested in seeing what Jim Schwartz does if the Cowboys running game starts having some success. He could attempt to run blitz them or send a safety or cornerback off the corner.
Will Dallas’ young quarterback Dak Prescott recognize the blitz, then audible to a play that will take a shot downfield against the man-to-man coverage outside? I don’t like the potential matchup of Terrance Williams on McKelvin, Carroll or Mills in a foot race for a deep ball. I do believe all of them can matchup well against Dez Bryant because he’s not a speed guy. I think Williams can outrun any of our cornerbacks because neither of them has great speed. I think Carroll is the fastest with McKelvin and Mills being slower. I think this is a tough matchup for the Birds secondary.
In the slot, I don’t like the matchup for Malcolm Jenkins versus Cole Beasley. Jenkins matches up well versus big receivers, but small quick receivers give him problems. Beasley is small and quick.
So far in the first six games of the season, Prescott has done a great job of taking what defenses have given him. Will he continue with that attitude or will he take more shots down the field? It’s simple, the Eagles defense line has two assignments and they’re not easy ones, stop Elliott on the ground and get pressure on Prescott to throw him off his game.
I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing what adjustments are made during this battle for first place in the NFC East. The Cowboys offense is a tough matchup for the Eagles defense, but Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz may have some schemes and adjustment to make the difference.