It’s Dallas Week in Philadelphia.
The Eagles will travel to Texas Thursday for a Thanksgiving showdown with the Cowboys, and the winner of the divisional clash will determine who gets to sit alone atop the NFC East.
But before the Eagles play the ‘Boys for the first time this season, here are five takeaways from Philadelphia’s 43-24 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday:
1. Somehow, special teams continues to be one of the Eagles’ greatest weapons. On the opening kickoff vs. Tennessee, rookie wide receiver Josh Huff set a franchise record with a 107-yard touchdown return, setting the tone for an afternoon of special teams production. Rookie kicker Cody Parkey saw his streak of consecutive field goals come to a halt, but he still made all but one of six tries to cap off five scoring drives for the Eagles.
2. LeSean McCoy looked like the LeSean McCoy of old against Tennessee. Although he certainly hasn’t been nonexistent this season, McCoy came into the Eagles’ Week 12 game having averaged under four yards per carry. On Sunday, however, the running back helped take pressure off quarterback Mark Sanchez, who completed 30 of 43 passes but had two interceptions in his third start for the injured Nick Foles. McCoy finished with 130 yards and a touchdown on just 21 carries.
3. The Titans got a valiant effort from rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who threw for 345 yards against an Eagles secondary that again struggled to prevent big plays. But he was also no match for Philadelphia’s pass rush, which came alive to the tune of five sacks and three forced fumbles. Cornerback Brandon Boykin had his first interception of the year to add to the defense’s performance, but outside linebackers Connor Barwin (2 sacks, 1 forced fumble) and Trent Cole (2 sacks) were the stars.
4. Although he had two turnovers, Sanchez found a way to spread the ball around vs. Tennessee. Nine different players caught a pass from Sanchez on the day, with rookie receiver Jordan Matthews (6 receptions, 77 yards) leading the bunch. Tight end James Casey was responsible for the Eagles’ lone third-quarter score, a 14-yard TD on just his third catch of the season that extended Philadelphia’s lead to 17 points.
5. With around 10 minutes remaining in the Eagles’ game against the Titans, broadcasts revealed chants of “We want Dallas” from the Lincoln Financial Field crowd. Several Eagles have already gone on to address their longstanding rivalry with the Cowboys, who will host the first of the teams’ two meetings this year. But Philadelphia could be without a few players come Thursday. Tight end Zach Ertz and inside linebacker Emmanuel Acho suffered injuries vs. Tennessee and their status remains unclear.