The Dallas Cowboys (4-1) and Philadelphia Eagles (5-0) face off in Week 6 with AFC East supremacy on the line.
The Cowboys, against all odds, are riding a four-game winning streak. The team’s season began with a catastrophic season-opening loss against the Buccaneers, in which Dak Prescott injured his calf.
That injury required surgery, sidelined Prescott for several weeks and put him in the hands of backup quarterback Cooper Rush.
Rush’s managerial experience was limited to a career stint against the Minnesota Vikings in 2021.
In that game, he posted an impressive stat line: 47-for-30 for 325 yards with two touchdowns (including the game-winner) and an interception.
Now entering Week 6 of the 2022 season, Rush has yet to lose a career start and has given the Cowboys momentum in the second third of the season.
The Eagles are the only team in the league that hasn’t lost yet. A win on Sunday would make them the fourth team in the Super Bowl era to go 6-0 on the season and have a positive turnover differential in each win.
The biggest reason they haven’t lost a game so far this season? The crime of explosion.
The Eagles are one of the most efficient teams in the red zone and have one of the best passing games in the league.
They have scored 18 of the 20 times they have entered the red zone, with touchdowns on 13 drives. That’s a 90% success and 65% touch score. Eleven of those 13 red-zone touchdowns have come via the running game, with six coming from quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Hurts and the Eagles will feel the pressure from the Cowboys defense on Sunday.
Through five games, Dallas has allowed just five touchdowns and is third in the league in points allowed per game.
Running back Micah Parsons has recorded multiple sacks in three of the first five games this season. In Week 5, he won NFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording five tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. All that to say, it won’t be easy for either side to rise to victory.
A strong offense paired with a well-matched defense can turn into a shootout and rely more on special teams.
Cowboys kicker Brett Maher is one of the league’s most accurate kickers, making 13-of-14 field goal attempts, including some from longer ranges.
The Eagles’ shooting guard situation is a little uncertain.
In week 5, 22-year-old Cameron Dicker made his debut. After signing with the team just days earlier, “Dicker the Kicker” kicked two extra point attempts and two field goals, including a 23-yard winner. It was an impressive enough performance to earn him NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors, but his inexperience could show in his subsequent performance.
The AFC East battle kicks off Sunday night at 8:20 PM ET.
Week 6 features a rematch of last season’s dramatic playoff game between the Buffalo Bills (4-1) and the Kansas City Chiefs (4-1).
Ahead of this week’s matchup, both teams boast the league’s biggest turnovers. Kansas City is averaging 31.8 points per game, while Buffalo is averaging 30.4.
The matchup also features two of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the league: Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen.
The couple is not a stranger, as it will be the fifth time in three seasons. Since entering the league, they have competed for AFC supremacy, consistently pulling away as the division’s first and second quarterbacks.
Mahomes currently leads the league with 15 touchdown passes, with Allen close behind with 14.
Tune in to the quarterback showdown Sunday at 4:25 PM ET.
Seattle Seahawks newest cornerback Tariq Woolen has made a case for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
He leads all rookies with three interceptions this season and has an interception in his last three games. To make matters worse, he recorded a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown.
With an interception in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals, Woolen would have become the third rookie since 2000 to record at least one interception in four consecutive games.
The Seahawks and Cardinals face off Sunday at 4:25 PM ET.
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