This debate is going to be loud, insufferable, and fruitless, and it will be the most Philadelphia way to spend the weeks leading into the divisional round.
Standing in for starter Nick Foles, Eagles quarterback Nate Sudfeld was unable to match Prescott's lone score despite completing 18-of-22 passes (81.8 percent) for 116 yards. Foles was excellent in his first start after Carson Wentz went down for the season, tossing four TD passes in a 34-29 win at the Giants on December 17. He followed poor throws to his receivers with taking big sacks and the Eagles were consistently punting from near their own end zone. Carolina's offense has excelled since then, racking up a franchise-record 548 yards and 30 first downs against Miami.
Foles' third drive was his most concerning. But the suddenly struggling kicker pulled his attempt to the left from only 23 yards out for the miss, the day's misery thankfully coming to an end.
A federal appeals court has set a Thursday hearing as attorneys for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott seek a longer-lasting injunction to stop his six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations. He was the first player to reach 100 against the Eagles since Washington's Matt Jones ran for 135 yards in Week 6 past year.
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott
A memorable chapter of Eagles vs. Cowboys this was not. "There are ways to make it count that way", said Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith. Dak Prescott completed 56.7 percent of his passes, but did not have a turnover, finishing with an 85.3 passer rating.
On the ensuing possession, Dannell Ellerbe stopped Elliott on fourth-and-1 at the 42.
With under five minutes remaining in the first quarter, Foles had his pass intended for wide receiver Alshon Jeffery intercepted by cornerback Chidobe Awuzie at the Dallas 48 yard-line. The offense went three-and-out on the first unit's fourth and final series. The Eagles are 7-0 at home and could go undefeated for the first time since 1992.
"We're seeing guys come back at a higher rate and equaling performance at a much more consistent pattern than what at least historically has been talked about, and kind of been the black cloud around this injury in the past", said Dr. Kirk McCullough, who along with Anderson released a study in 2014 on the results of their mini-open repairs on National Football League athletes. You saw Belichick earlier this morning going with the short sleeves and shorts in the cold, while Eagles punter Donnie Jones went the opposite. That does open up a position on the roster to fill, and the suspicion is the Eagles may use this to activate second-round draft pick Sidney Jones. Jones ruptured his Achilles tendon before the draft. With that in mind, it might not be a bad idea to stash key players like defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and linebacker Nigel Bradham there, too. RB Jay Ajayi also was inactive.
Iranians protest at corrupt clerics as inflation soars
The protests were mostly directed at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's government, the Nazar media network reported. What began as a protest against economic conditions and corruption has turned political.