It’s an NFL Christmas miracle! With Christmas Day falling on a Sunday this year, football fans are treated to a delicious weekend spread of NFL football. There’s a full day of games on Christmas Eve, a tripleheader on Christmas Day, and a Monday night game as a palate cleanser.
The Christmas Day tripleheader is filled with backup quarterbacks facing off due to injuries those teams have faced. Christmas Eve has the marquee matchup of the weekend – the 13-1 Philadelphia Eagles traveling to Texas to play the 10-4 Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys are favored by 1.5 points at home, and the game has a total of 51.5 points. Let’s dig in and take a closer look at this marquee matchup of Christmas weekend.
NFL Christmas Treat Preview – Dallas Cowboys: Still Making Cowboys Fans Crazy
This past Sunday’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars was classic Cowboys. The Cowboys blew a 17-point lead in the second half, eventually losing to the Jaguars in overtime on a Dak Prescott pick-six.
The Cowboys clinched a playoff berth in the loss after the Washington Commanders lost to the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football. This will be the first time since 2007 that the Cowboys have gone to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons under the same head coach. Unfortunately, the loss does affect their chances of winning the NFC East. The Cowboys need the Eagles to lose all three of their remaining games this season to win the NFC East.
NFL Christmas Treat Preview – Philadelphia Eagles: Flying High, Making a Statement
At 13-1, the Philadelphia Eagles appear to be the class of the NFL. They’ve been led by presumptive MVP quarterback Jalen Hurts, who willed his team to victory in Chicago, with three touchdown runs to secure a 25-20 win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
With the Cowboys’ loss against the Jaguars on Sunday, the Eagles can lock up the #1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the NFL playoffs with a win against the Cowboys on Christmas Eve. The Eagles and Cowboys are a storied NFC East rivalry, so there’s something a little more personal at stake in Saturday evening’s game.
Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons went on record on a podcast earlier this year claiming that Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts’ MVP-caliber season wasn’t the product of Hurts’ abilities. Parsons claimed that Hurts benefited from the talent the Eagles’ front office had put around him.
The Eagles’ front office has done a great job building the roster around Hurts. They drafted Alabama wide receiver Devonta Smith in the draft. They acquired A.J. Brown from the Titans via trade. They’ve built a stellar offensive line that gives Hurts the time to throw the ball and opens holes to run through and make plays with his legs.
On Christmas Eve night, I see the Philadelphia Eagles going into AT&T Stadium and making a statement against the Dallas Cowboys. I expect the Eagles will not unleash their full complement of plays and strategies in this game, but I expect them to come out and make a statement that they are the best team in the NFL against their hated division rivals.
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