Week 8’s “Sunday Night Football” game could be pivotal in determining a winner in the awful NFC East division.
The Cowboys (2-5) have a chance to jump to the top of the standings at home if they can beat the Eagles (2-4-1), who hold a half-game lead thanks to a Week 3 tie with the Bengals.
Things won’t be easy for Dallas as its offense turns to third-string QB Ben DiNucci, a rookie taken in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of James Madison. They’ll likely have to lean heavily on the run game with Ezekiel Elliott, who’s had his own troubles with ball security this season.
Philadelphia is definitely favored in this one. The Cowboys are reeling after a 25-3 loss to the Washington Football Team, and the Eagles, despite having a weak record like the rest of the NFC East, have looked competitive throughout most of the season. After a couple tough losses and a tie to start the year, they beat the 49ers, hung tough with the Steelers and Ravens and beat the Giants 22-21 on Thursday Night Football in Week 7.
Cowboys vs. Eagles score
Cowboys vs. Eagles live updates, highlights from ‘Sunday Night Football’
9:50 p.m. — HALF: Cowboys 9, Eagles 7.
9:48 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, COWBOYS. Zuerlein hits an incredible 59-yard field goal, into the wind, off the upright and in to give Dallas a 9-7 lead with 6 seconds left in the half.
9:47 p.m. — Timeout, Dallas. Cowboys use their last timeout with 18 seconds left in the half, second and 7 at the Eagles’ 42-yard line.
9:44 p.m. — TURNOVER ON DOWNS. Wentz’s pass on fourth and 1 falls incomplete and Dallas takes over at its 44-yard line with 29 seconds remaining.
9:41 p.m. — Dallas goes three-and-out, so Philadelphia gets it back at its 47-yard line with 1:43 to play in the half.
9:37 p.m. — 2-Minute Warning. Dallas has it, second and 13 and its 17-yard line, one timeout remaining. Philadelphia has all three timeouts.
9:35 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. Trevon Diggs drags his shin in the end zone and picks off Wentz. Dallas gets it back at its 20-yard line with 2:14 remaining.
9:29 p.m. — Dallas is having some fun with the playcalling tonight, like on this fake reverse by Tony Pollard for a 14-yard gain. But they can’t keep the chains moving. Greg Ward returns the punt 23 yards to the Philadelphia 49-yard line, 3:14 left in the half.
9:24 p.m. — The Eagles tried to run the “Philly Special” on third down but Wentz couldn’t get open. Cowboys get the ball at their 20-yard line, 5:29 left in the first half.
9:13 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, COWBOYS. Zuerlein hits another one from 49 yards and trims the Eagles’ lead to 7-6 with 9:46 remaining in the half.
9:06 p.m. — FUMBLE. Philadelphia goes for it on fourth down and Wentz is drilled again and fumbles. Dallas has it at the Eagles’ 46-yard line, 11:30 left in the first half.
8:59 p.m. — Dallas has to punt and Philadelphia gets it back at 30-yard line, 14:01 left in the second quarter.
8:52 p.m. — END OF 1Q: Eagles 7, Cowboys 3. Dallas has it, first and 10 at its 26-yard line to start the second quarter.
8:50 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, EAGLES. Philadelphia takes the lead on a 2-yard pass from Wentz to Jalen Reagor. It’s 7-3 with 2 seconds left in the first quarter.
8:38 p.m. — FUMBLE. This time DiNucci coughs it up and Brandon Graham gets it back for the Eagles at their 17-yard line, 5:48 left in the first quarter.
8:35 p.m. — FUMBLE. Carson Wentz takes back-to-back sacks and fumbles on the second by Donovan Wilson, who recovers to give Dallas the ball at the Philadelphia 25-yard line.
8:29 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, COWBOYS. Greg Zuerlein hits from 49 yards out and Dallas gets points on its opening drive to lead 3-0 with 10:11 left in the first quarter.
8:25 p.m. — Dallas gets creative on the opening drive with a double reverse to CeeDee Lamb.
8:23 p.m. — The Eagles kick the ball off and Ben DiNucci will lead the Cowboys out for the opening drive.
(Updates will begin at 8:20 p.m. ET)
Cowboys vs. Eagles start time
All “Sunday Night Football” games in 2020 have the same start time of 8:20 p.m. ET. There are Sunday night games scheduled for every week of the season except Week 17, though the NFL has the ability to flex a game into a Week 17 “SNF” window.
‘Sunday Night Football’ schedule 2020
|Week 1||Sept. 10 (Thu.)||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans|
|Sept. 13||Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||Green Bay Packers vs. Tennessee Titans|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||TBD|