After an embarrassing loss to the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday, the Cowboys will look to bounce back and get back to two games over .500 in their pursuit of a playoff appearance. The good news, they’re playing at home, the bad news, the 8-1 Philadelphia Eagles are coming to town.
The Eagles have been nearly perfect this season, a week two loss in Kansas City to the Chiefs is the only blemish on their record for 2017. The team has also overcome injuries to Darren Sproles and Jason Peters, two veterans who have been the team’s big-name players for the past few years.
The Eagles have lifted themselves to the best team in the NFL behind their offense, led by second year quarterback, Carson Wentz.
Everyone knows who Carson Wentz is, that would be too easy of an enemy profile, this week’s profile will be done on someone who has benefitted from Wentz’s MVP-like performance. Nelson Agholor has gone from draft bust to a solid offense piece for the Eagles.
Coming out of the University of Southern California, Agholor and second-year receiver Jordan Matthews were viewed as the replacements to DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. That was quickly shot down after Agholor and Matthews proved to be duds rather than studs.
In 2017, Agholor has already surpassed his career highs in receiving yards and touchdowns with seven games left to play.
Agholor has nearly mirrored the performance of Alshon Jeffery, only trailing Jeffery by five receptions and 72 yards, the two are tied with five touchdowns apiece. Come Sunday, Agholor may surprise some Cowboy fans who only see him as a drop-machine.
In fact, Agholor’s catch percentage of 69% is a career high, it also is better than the likes of Doug Baldwin, Larry Fitzgerald and Julio Jones.
The Cowboys today announced that safety, Jeff Heath missed Wednesday practice. With the team already having to worry about containing Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffery and Jay Ajayi, Dallas will need as many hands on deck as possible if they wish to contain the forgotten offensive option of the Eagles.