A year ago, the Dallas Cowboys were the clear front-runner in the NFC East. Today, the Philadelphia Eagles are in that role. The Eagles, who had a bye last week, have the NFL’s best record (8-1) and have won seven consecutive games. This is the fifth time in franchise history the Eagles have started a season 8-1 or better (1949, 1960, 1980 and 2004) and the team advanced to the NFL Championship/Super Bowl in each of the previous four instances. Dallas is 5-4 and coming off an awkward 27-7 loss at Atlanta. It was their first game without suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott and injured left tackle Tyron Smith and it showed. The rivalry is still very much intact and will be with young quarterbacks such as Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz leading their respective teams. “Anytime you’re playing a division rival it just seems like there is more riding on it, just because the division title is the No. 1 goal,” Wentz said.