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Guaranteed: Eagles-Cowboys winner will be 1st in NFC East

Thu Oct 17 5:26pm ET
By SCHUYLER DIXON
AP Pro Football Writer

Players: Randall Cobb, Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz, Amari Cooper

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)


Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson views practice at the NFL football team's training facility in Philadelphia, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) reacts after a delay of game call in fourth quarter of their NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Minneapolis. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)


Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, top, tries to leap New York Jets' Darryl Roberts during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Doug Pederson had to downplay some trash talk from one of his linebackers the previous Philadelphia visited Dallas for a crucial NFC East meeting.

Now the coach of the Eagles is having to explain how he ended up on the bulletin board while the Cowboys respond the way they always have under stoic coach Jason Garrett. That is, by not responding.

Pederson said on his radio show that his Eagles were going to win Sunday night with the division lead on the line in a matchup of 3-3 teams coming off losses. He had to clarify to reporters that he never used the word ''guarantee.''

''For me it was about standing up, kind of taking ownership of where we are as a football team,'' Pederson said Wednesday. ''And just showing confidence in my guys and kind of instilling that into the players, that everything's going to be OK.

''Just like the Cowboys. Just like what Jason Garrett's going through right now. I'm assuming he's doing the same thing.''

Perhaps, but certainly not for public consumption with Dallas on a three-game losing streak after a 3-0 start.

''My response is we're excited about the challenge,'' Garrett said Monday. ''Obviously they're a great football team and we're going to focus on ourselves and what we need to do to prepare to play our best football on Sunday night.''

Before the Eagles' visit to the Cowboys last December, linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill told a television reporter the Cowboys ''always choke. So we'll go down there and make them choke.''

Dallas won 29-23 in overtime and went on to take the division title, beat Seattle in the wild-card round and lose to the Los Angeles Rams in a divisional game. The responses then from Cowboys echoed those now.

''I wouldn't want him to be coaching me if he wouldn't say that,'' Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott said. ''Just because he voiced it doesn't mean that's not what he's thinking and just because we're not voicing it doesn't mean we don't have our own thoughts and opinions on how this game is going to go. That's words.''

QB COMPARISON

Carson Wentz and Prescott are probably going to measure themselves against each other for years after coming into the league together in 2016.

Wentz was the No. 2 overall pick expected to be the future of the Philadelphia franchise. Prescott was the overlooked fourth-round choice who ended up starting all season and won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors after Tony Romo injured his back.

So here are the latest numbers: Prescott has the head-to-head edge 3-2 and the only playoff victory for either player. Wentz has the second contract after signing a four-year extension worth $128 million during the summer. Prescott is still waiting for a megadeal that should come eventually.

''Something that's always fun,'' Prescott said of the comparison. ''Something we'll be able to always, every matchup, look back and say what's our record against each other or this versus that. Something that will always be cool to track. Credit him for what he's doing, what he's done.''

SLOW STARTS

The Eagles have scored 24 points in the first quarter, but they've been shut out four times. The Cowboys are even worse with 20 points, including just three during the three-game skid.

Pederson is considering taking the ball if the teams wins the coin toss instead of deferring to the second half and giving the ball first to their opponent. The Eagles have won the toss 32 times since Pederson took over in 2016 and taken the ball just once.

''Put our offense out there and try to generate points early in the game and not fall behind,'' Pederson said. ''I think that's all part of trying to start fast.''

WHO'S IN, WHO'S OUT

The Cowboys figure to have several key players whose availability will be unknown until close to game time. Offensive tackles Tyron Smith (ankle) and La'el Collins (knee) returned to practice Thursday. Smith has been out two games and Collins one.

Receivers Randall Cobb (back) and Amari Cooper (thigh) appear further behind. Cobb was out against the Jets, and Cooper didn't play after the first series. Like Cobb and Cooper, cornerbacks Byron Jones and Anthony Brown missed the first two practices of the week. Both have hamstring injuries.

HELP COMING

The Eagles have struggled against the pass but have been without starting cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills, nickel corner Avonte Maddox and key backup Cre'Von LeBlanc. They are 13-5 when Darby and Mills start.

Darby and Mills could return to the field against the Cowboys. Both began the week practicing. Darby has missed a few games with a hamstring injury after returning from ACL surgery. Mills hasn't played since last October because of a foot injury.

Subbing for Darby and Mills, Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones had a tough time last week at Minnesota.

''Jalen's an experienced player,'' defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said. ''He's tough. He's very competitive. Good tackler. It will be nice to get all those things back.''

Player Notes
Colin Kaepernick Nov 14 2:53am ET

The Denver Broncos will have a scout in attendance for free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick's (49ers) workout on Saturday, Nov. 13, according to general manager John Elway.

From TheHuddle

Tyler Lockett Nov 14 2:43am ET

Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (shin) returned to Seattle on Wednesday, Nov. 13, after spending the previous two nights in the hospital, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Lockett is expected to be ready to play when the team returns from its bye on Sunday, Nov. 24.

Fantasy Spin: Seattle's bye came at the right time for Lockett, who gets 13 days to recover from his shin contusion. There's unlikely to be more news on his injury this week but do keep an eye on things next week just to ensure everything is proceeding as planned.

From TheHuddle

Austin Hooper Nov 14 2:33am ET

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) is considered 'week to week' by the team, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure, who added that head coach Dan Quinn denied an earlier report that Hooper will be sidelined for a month.

Fantasy Spin: Hooper is obviously one of the top fantasy tight ends this season, so the fewer games he misses the better. At this point all we're sure of is that Hooper won't play Sunday against the Panthers so make alternate plans, but don't cut Hooper unless you have no other option.

From TheHuddle

Julian Edelman Nov 14 1:40am ET

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman will get a juicy matchup in Week 11 against a leaky Eagles secondary. Edelman has been as solid as a rock all season, posting 63 receptions for 663 yards and four touchdowns through his first nine games this season. Now he will face an Eagles Defense that is allowing the eighth most fantasy points to opposing receivers this season. They have surrendered 12 touchdowns to receivers and 11 different receivers have scored 10-plus fantasy points against them. The Patriots passing game should be able to exploit the Eagles, making Edelman a low-end WR1 for Week 11.

From RotoBaller

Mohamed Sanu Nov 14 1:40am ET

New England Patriots wide receiver Mohamed Sanu will look to build off his excellent performance in Week 9 when the Patriots take on the Eagles in Week 11. In his second game with his new team, Sanu caught 10 passes for 81 yards and one touchdown. The veteran now will face an Eagles Defense that is allowing the eighth most fantasy points to receivers this season. Sanu actually caught four passes for 16 yards against the Eagles in Week 2 but he played for the Falcons at the time. The Eagles secondary has allowed seven 100-yard receiving games to receivers this season, a number Sanu could conceivably achieve in Week 11. Sanu will carry WR2/3 value into Sunday's matchup.

From RotoBaller

New England Patriots Nov 14 1:40am ET

The New England Patriots Defense will look to get back to its elite ways in Week 11 against the Eagles. The defense was exposed in Week 9 by the Ravens and have had an entire bye week to stew about it. They will face an Eagles offense that has been inconsistent this season and has allowed 12 sacks over their last four games. Before the Ravens game, the Patriots defense was on pace to break all sorts of fantasy records. Now they will have a chance to get back on track in Week 11 and should be considered a top-five fantasy play among defenses this coming Sunday.

From RotoBaller

Sony Michel Nov 14 1:30am ET

New England Patriots running back Sony Michel will try and get his season on track against the Eagles in Week 11. It won't be easy as the Eagles Defense has allowed the eighth fewest fantasy points to opposing backs this season. Outside of the Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott rushing for 111 yards against them in Week 7, no other running back has posted more than 63 rushing yards in a single game. Michel's fantasy status has been saved by his six rushing touchdowns this season but must drastically improve upon his 3.3 yards per carry. The second-year running back could disappoint with this difficult matchup in Week 11.

From RotoBaller

James White Nov 14 1:30am ET

New England Patriots running back James White is coming off the bye week with 44 receptions for 404 yards this season heading into Week 11's action. The veteran will go up against an Eagles Defense that is allowing the eighth fewest fantasy points to running backs this season. The Eagles have been tough on the run all season and have surrendered only one receiving touchdown to an opposing running back all season. The Patriots will still look to exploit the underneath passing game and White should see a solid amount of targets. But don't expect the world out of White in fantasy for Week 11.

From RotoBaller

Tom Brady Nov 14 1:20am ET

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Co. will be ready to roll of their bye week when they play the Eagles in Week 11. After a disappointing loss to the Ravens, the Patriots offense will look to get back on track against an Eagles Defense allowing the 15th most fantasy points to opposing passers. Brady is having another top-10 fantasy season at the quarterback position but has posted only modest totals the past few games. The Eagles secondary is still a mess but the defensive unit has allowed only an average of 15.1 fantasy points to quarterbacks over their last three games. But Brady is no average quarterback and should post top-10 totals once again in Week 11.

From RotoBaller

Chicago Bears Nov 14 1:10am ET

The Chicago Bears Defense will go up against a Rams offense in Week 11 that was manhandled by a feisty Steelers Defense last week. Los Angeles' offense has taken a step back this season and quarterback Jared Goff has already thrown nine interceptions this season. The Bears defense still is posting decent fantasy numbers but the takeaways have been on the decline over the past month. The Rams will be without multiple starters on their offensive line for this important game and the Bears defense will be an appealing choice with Khalil Mack and Co. can take advantage in Week 11.

From RotoBaller

David Montgomery Nov 14 1:00am ET

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery will face a Rams Defense that is allowing the 11th fewest fantasy points to opposing backs this season. Montgomery's touches have been on the rise but, for the most part, his yardage is capping around 60-80 total yards a game. This is will be a challenging marker to hit against a Rams defense that hasn't allowed more than 66 rushing yards to a single running back since Week 5. The rookie does have three touchdowns over his last three games and will need a score to post RB2-type fantasy numbers in Week 11.

From RotoBaller

Tarik Cohen Nov 14 1:00am ET

Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen will look to make an explosive play on Sunday Night Football when the Bears take on the Rams in Week 11. Cohen is coming off one of his more active games of the season, posting 37 total yards with one touchdown against the Lions last week. Cohen is a threat in the passing game but the Rams Defense has not allowed an opposing running back to post more than 35 receiving yards against them since Week 1. The Bears offense is still a major work in progress, making Cohen a very risky FLEX play in most fantasy formats for Week 11.

From RotoBaller

Taylor Gabriel Nov 14 1:00am ET

Chicago Bears wide receiver Taylor Gabriel will take on a Rams Defense that is allowing the 12th fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season. Gabriel caught four passes for 39 yards and one touchdown in last week's win and could see plenty of targets with teammate Allen Robinson being shadowed by top corner Jalen Ramsey. The Rams secondary, however, has been tough on wide receivers this season. Outside of a three-touchdown meltdown against the Seahawks, the Rams have allowed only four touchdowns to receivers all season. Gabriel should see at least one deep target in the game and will be no more than a dart-throw in deeper fantasy formats for Week 11.

From RotoBaller

Mitch Trubisky Nov 14 12:50am ET

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky will try and bring his team back to .500 against the Rams in Week 11, Trubisky bounced back after a horrific showing against the Eagles by throwing three touchdowns against the Lions last week. But he will have a more challenging test this week against a Rams Defense that is allowing the 11th fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. They have, however, allowed an average of 281 yards passing over their last six games, The season is on the brink for both teams but Trubisky can't be trusted to deliver in fantasy for Week 11.

From RotoBaller

Allen Robinson Nov 14 12:50am ET

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson will have a tough test against the Rams in Week 11. Robinson has been the only consistent source of production for the Bears this season, heading into the game with 53 receptions for 618 yards and three touchdowns. But he should see plenty of Jalen Ramsey shadowing him throughout the game and the Rams are allowing the 12th fewest fantasy points to receivers. In addition, outside of allowing three touchdowns in Week 5 to Seahawks receivers, the Rams have surrendered only four touchdowns to receivers all season. Touchdowns have already been hard to come by for the Bears offense this season and Robinson could struggle to post WR2 numbers in Week 11.

From RotoBaller

Damontre Moore Nov 14 12:23am ET

The San Francisco 49ers signed free agent DE Damontre Moore to a one-year deal on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

From TheHuddle

Ronald Blair Nov 14 12:13am ET

San Francisco 49ers DL Ronald Blair (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

From TheHuddle

Adam Gase Nov 13 11:53pm ET

New York Jets head coach Adam Gase will return for the 2020 season, owner Christopher Johnson said Wednesday, Nov. 13. In fact, the owner said no changes will be made to the coaching staff during or after the season.

From TheHuddle

Aqib Talib Nov 13 11:53pm ET

The Miami Dolphins will not activated CB Aqib Talib (ribs) from the Reserve/Injured list, so he will miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

From TheHuddle

M.J. Stewart Nov 13 11:33pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers S M.J. Stewart (knee) will miss 'possible three to four' weeks due to the knee injury he suffered in Week 10, head coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday, Nov. 13.

From TheHuddle