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ARLINGTON, Texas – First quarterback Dak Prescott and the Cowboys lost to Jacksonville.
Then his Eagles vis-a-vis Jalen Hurts was essentially ruled out for Saturday’s game with a shoulder injury.
So there is less appeal for this clash between section rivals; it was thought to be the last chance for Dallas (10-4) to overtake the Eagles (13-1) at the top of the National.
Even with a win on Christmas Eve, Dallas would have little hope of catching Philadelphia. The Cowboys lost 40-34 to the Jaguars last weekend.
“It’s about building momentum to feel confident going into the playoffs,” Prescott said of the game against Philadelphia.
The Giants beat Washington on Sunday, giving Dallas a spot in the playoffs.
By the end of the season, a Dallas loss or Philadelphia win would give the Eagles the division title.
Philadelphia won 26-17 against Dallas in October at Lincoln Financial Field.
Hurts injured his right shoulder in a 25-20 win over Chicago last week.
The situation opens the door to a first start this season for Gardner Minshew.
Since returning from a broken thumb in Week 7 (after missing five games), Prescott has had the most interceptions in the NFL, with 10.
The Eagles should count on the return of tight end Dallas Goedert.
When Minshew started when Hurts was injured last year, Goedert had 105 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Jets.
Goedert missed five games with a shoulder injury. He was injured in Philadelphia’s only loss this season (in November, against Washington).
Without Goedert, the Eagles bet on wide ends AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith. Now the passing game will once again have three main options.
“Dallas Goedert is an asset regardless of who we have as quarterbacks,” head coach Nick Sirianni said.
The Cowboys will try to improve their home record to 8-1. Their lone loss at Arlington came as the season opener, when the Buccaneers prevailed 19-3.
Dallas is expected to have renowned wideout TY Hilton, who will be signed as a free agent Dec. 12.
He spent his first 10 seasons with the Colts, leading the NFL in receiving yards in 2016.