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Watch some of the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys’ best plays this season as they face off on Christmas Eve

Watch some of the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys’ best plays this season as they face off on Christmas Eve

The Dallas Cowboys take on their fiercest NFC East foes on Christmas Eve, the Philadelphia Eagles, and though their hopes of securing a second straight division title have faded, they still have revenge firmly on their minds.

The Cowboys (10-4) have already clinched a playoff berth, but their attempts to nab the NFL’s best Eagles (13-1) were dealt a blow with a surprise overtime loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars (7 -8) last weekend. .

Until that loss, the Cowboys players could be forgiven for eyeing Saturday’s meeting with Philadelphia as a potential division decider, but they now trail the NFC leaders by three games with just three to play – and it’s the Eagles themselves who have more to play for. because, because they can clinch a first-round bye and home advantage through the playoffs with one more win.

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That’s not to say Dallas isn’t motivated. Quarterback Dak Prescott said this week: “If anything, this is about making a statement to ourselves.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said the team wants

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said the team wanted to “make a statement” during their game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Christmas Eve.

“When you look at the season, we’ve had games where we’ve played very well and games where we’ve bitten our feet, and we’ve had games where we didn’t succeed and we lost.

“It’s about doing our best, giving our best and proving to ourselves in all three phases that we’re a hell of a team and that we can go and do it against one of the best teams in the league, whether it’s either they are in our division or not.”

“Everyone is looking forward to this rematch”

The Eagles triumphed in the first meeting between the two teams in October, winning 26-17 at home in Week 6, something the Cowboys are keen to rectify.

Watch highlights from the first meeting between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6 earlier in the NFL season

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Watch highlights from the first meeting between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6 earlier in the NFL season

Watch highlights from the first meeting between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6 earlier in the NFL season

Prescott added: “I think everyone in this locker room is looking forward to this rematch.

“They’re having a hell of a season. They’re controlling fate winning the division right now, so you just want to come in and get another chance and make sure you put your best foot forward.”

Running back Ezekiel Elliott said the same thing. “You lose first, you can’t wait to see them again,” he said of the Eagles rematch.

“I wouldn’t say it’s something specific to this team. I think it would be like that with any team in our division. But, yes, we really want to see the team again. It’s part of being a competitor and loving this game.”

Prescott did not play in the first meeting between the two teams as he was returning from right thumb surgery, while Philadelphia star quarterback Jalen Hurts will be out for the game. Saturday.

Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback Jalen Hurts will be missing on Saturday with a sprained shoulder

Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback Jalen Hurts will be missing on Saturday with a sprained shoulder

Gardner Minshew will instead get the start for the Eagles, with Hurts needing more time to heal from a sprained shoulder he picked up in their last win over the Chicago Bears last weekend.

Parsons: I’m sure the Eagles hate me

Hurts, who was one of eight Eagles players named to the Pro Bowl on Wednesday, is considered a leading candidate to be named league MVP this season, having accounted for 3,472 passing yards and 22 touchdowns. passes this season, as well as a whopping 747 yards and 13 quick scores.

Despite being absent for Saturday’s matchup, Hurts still added to the intrigue due to a war of words that erupted between Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons and Eagles offensive tackle Jordan Mailata against the quarterback. -Philadelphia fullback.

Appearing recently on ‘The Voncast’ with Von Miller, Parsons asked: “When you look at the Eagles, is it Hurts or the team? It’s the system and the team.

Here's a look at some of Dallas Cowboys star linebacker Micah Parsons' best sacks in his NFL career so far

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Here’s a look at some of Dallas Cowboys star linebacker Micah Parsons’ best sacks in his NFL career so far

Here’s a look at some of Dallas Cowboys star linebacker Micah Parsons’ best sacks in his NFL career so far

“I’m not trying to make enemies. I love the game so much. And I understand it so much that when things go wrong, I just can’t hold it back. I almost have to say something. “

Mailata took offense, telling reporters that “Micah should be worried about his game”, while Parsons later said “I’m pretty sure they [the Eagles] hate me” as he clarified his comments.

“You have to stand on everything you say as a man,” Parsons said. “But no pun intended or any disrespect to Hurts, I think he’s doing very well this year.”

While the Christmas Eve matchup between the Cowboys and the Eagles in Dallas might not have the division riding, there’s still a lot at stake between these two great NFL rivals.

Watch Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys as part of Sky Sports’ live NFL triple header on Christmas Eve, kicking off at 9.25pm ​​on Saturday

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