By Ed Benkin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Dallas Cowboys will never be “just another game” for Eagles Nation and Sunday night’s contest will certainly be no exception.

When the Eagles visit the Cowboys Sunday evening, a share of first place will be on the line. The Eagles are one game behind the Cowboys in the NFC East and this will be the first of two meetings this season between the two longtime rivals.

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Tight End Zach Ertz has been in Philadelphia long enough to know the importance of beating the Cowboys.

“Everyone knows Cowboys-Eagles is the biggest game of the year,” said Ertz. “Whether it’s home or away, it really doesn’t matter. Any time we play them during the year, it’s going to be a big game.”

Josh Huff is hoping for another big game on special teams. Huff took a kick back for a touchdown last week and is also hoping to contribute more on offense. Huff understands the importance of “Dallas Week” especially after the Eagles suffered their first division loss in Washington.

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“It’s the Cowboys,” Huff said. “It’s a rivalry but at the same time, our job is to win the NFC East and we didn’t get off to a good start when we lost to Washington. There are still plenty of games left and Dallas is just another obstacle we’ve got to get over.”

For the second straight week, the Eagles will be facing a team coming off a bye week. The extra rest did not help the Minnesota Vikings at the Linc last Sunday and Eagles Coach Doug Pederson does not believe it will make a difference in Dallas Sunday night.

“It doesn’t bother me,” said Pederson. “I don’t make the schedule, but I would rather have continued to play 3-0 and not have a bye, either, so it kind of works the other way for us. It is what it is at this point and we’ve just got to handle them one game at a time. For us, it’s about just maintaining the momentum and just keep building off of last week and keep playing and fighting.”

The Eagles would have plenty of momentum if they can beat the Cowboys in Dallas. It will also make Monday morning in the Delaware Valley a lot happier place to be.

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“We’re really excited about Sunday night,” Ertz said. “I’m sure they’re the same and it’s a lot of fun. Football is supposed to be fun and this game is going to be fun.”