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NFL Week 17 Preview: Cowboys at Eagles

By PFF Analysis Team
Dec 28, 2017

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SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 22: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys rushes with the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Dallas Cowboys visit the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17 of the 2017 NFL season. PFF previews the top player matchups of the game.

PFFELO Ranking: 12

Coverage by: Aaron Jones

Matchup: Dallas Cowboys offense vs. Philadelphia Eagles defense

C Travis Frederick Dallas Cowboys

T La'el Collins Dallas Cowboys

PFFELO Ranking: 3

Coverage by: Mike Alessandrini

Matchup: Philadelphia Eagles offense vs. Dallas Cowboys defense

Eagles RB elusive rating

  • TE Trey Burton vs. S Byron Jones – With starting tight end Zach Ertz not expected to see his full share of snaps this week, Trey Burton could see significant playing time. In the two games Ertz has missed this year, Burton torched the Rams with 71 yards and two touchdowns and accumulated 41 yards and one touchdown against the Broncos. On the season, the tight end is averaging 1.63 yards per route run, a mark that ranks 11th at his position among players with at least 20 targets. For Dallas, Byron Jones has not been as consistent in 2017 as he was in 2016. Jones has earned a 73.7 overall grade this season, the lowest of his young career. He has allowed five touchdowns in primary coverage while picking off just one pass.
  • G Isaac Seumalo vs. DI David Irving – Seumalo could see snaps at all three interior offensive line positions this week with a number of starters expected to rest. The 2016 third-round selection has struggled when called upon this season, surrendering eight total pressures in his only two starts earlier in the year. Overall, he has allowed 12 pressures on 146 pass-blocking snaps and earned a 41.8 overall grade. On the other side of the line, David Irving struggles in run defense (48.0 grade), but is a productive pass-rusher. His 11.3 pass-rush productivity ranks third behind Aaron Donald and Geno Atkins among interior defenders. The former UDFA has seven sacks and 30 total pressures in 215 pass-rush snaps.

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