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Eagle Eye: Eagles-Cowboys predictions
Running back Chris Polk (shoulder) is listed as out for Sunday's game against Dallas. (AP)
Update 1:31 p.m.
Each week throughout the season I answer Eagles questions from my Twitter timeline and e-mail. This week, I address the No. 3 running back situation and the offensive line’s performance with Nick Foles.
Q. Eagles won't go into Sunday with two RBs. Who would they cut?
A. Good question, but it sounds like an avoidable situation. Chris Polk practiced in full Friday despite his shoulder injury but was officially ruled out for Sunday's game against Dallas (see story). Polk will not be available to occupy the No. 3 role. James Casey appears fully recovered from the groin injury that kept him out against the Bucs. Casey played an H-back role in Houston and has two career carries. He’s not the ideal ball carrier, but if the Eagles lose LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown to injury, they’re probably not beating the Cowboys anyway. Their other option is Matthew Tucker, who was signed from the practice squad on Saturday. To make room for Tucker, the Eagles released cornerback Jordan Poyer, a rookie seventh-round pick who has played in only one of the last four games.
Q. Do you both think and see that the O-line seems to play better when Foles is in?
A. I watched the tape and didn’t notice a tremendous difference. Foles was under duress plenty against an aggressive Tampa front. The difference is, Foles got the ball out quicker and didn’t take an abundance of sacks, and that makes it seem like the offensive line did its job better. Foles also capitalized on Tampa’s zone and found his checkdowns early, another way of keeping the pressure off. In general, though, I think the line had its best game since the season opener. Jason Kelce rebounded from his disaster, Todd Herremans has picked up his play, and the offensive tackles -- Jason Peters and Lane Johnson -- did their jobs. Evan Mathis was his usual consistent self. Did that have something to do with Foles? Maybe a little. We’ll see going forward if there’s more of a correlation.
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