Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys: 10 Story lines to watch

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Remarkably, it continued after the break, as this became the first time in Cowboys history that the team played to a scoreless tie through three quarters.

Eagles: Graham (ankle) and Mills would've played if the game mattered. The unit has avoided injuries for most of the year, with the exception being Hicks. On the other hand, the Philadelphia Eagles were on the outside looking in at the playoff picture.

Elliott ran for 103 yards, falling 17 short of 1,000 in only 10 games.

Jones had "mini-open repair" surgery performed by Dr. Robert Anderson to fix the Achilles - a less invasive procedure that has netted good return rates for National Football League players since it was introduced in 2012. And wouldn't you know it: the Cowboys flubbed the extra point when they finally reached the end zone. With the No. 1 seed in the playoffs locked up, Foles and numerous offensive starters were pulled after one quarter of play to avoid injury. But he has followed up with two poor performances. He finished 19-for-23 for 134 yards and had a 22-yard scramble. It's tough in that situation where you know you're going to maybe only get a quarter, maybe a couple series, and you're coming out. As long as Foles is playing, the entire offensive line will need to be in to protect him, as a Foles injury would be absolutely devastating. Yet, while one more key injury has the potential to devastate the Eagles, there isn't a whole lot of choice in the matter.

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The Eagles running game, led by Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, and Corey Clement, managed just 78 yards on the ground as a group.

Plus, if the goal is to get the offense some additional reps with Nick Foles under center, would you want him standing in the pocket behind anything less than the best five offensive linemen? Hollins caught a deep touchdown early in the year and Gibson has been inactive all year, so why not let them get a few snaps in the second half? Dallas would love to finish their season with a bang but it could come at a cost in the form of a lower draft pick, and while that may not be on the minds of any of the current players it could be at the forefront of management and coaching staff, though I'm sure a one or two spot drop would be well worth the feeling of winning a road game against a bitter division rival.

Theres always a fine line for coaches of teams that have top playoff spots locked up this time of year. Going against the Eagles backups for most of the game should make their day easier, but don't sleep on the Eagles backups on defense. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs came back from the procedure in just over five months and posted double-digit sacks in each of his next two seasons. But with or without Elliot, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has really struggled in his second season.

With one week left in 2017 NFL season, numerous league's elite team's have already made a decision to rest their starters for the playoffs.

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