NFL: Oct. 16 Cowboys at Eagles

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The Rams won the Super Bowl a year ago with their famous “F them picks” strategy for trading draft picks for veteran players, but this season the Rams have fallen to earth, and many have questioned whether the Rams’ approach is a long-term strategy for a team.

But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made a surprising comment Wednesday, pitting this year’s NFC champion Eagles against last year’s Rams. Jones said both the Rams and Eagles are all in to win this year, and Jones wants the Cowboys to build for the long haul.

“Anyone who thinks they can’t take a chance has read the tea leaves wrong. But I think longer term,” Jones said. “And I’d be very hesitant to bet it all on one year. There are many possibilities for that year. Basically, we’re seeing two teams that have had some real success put it all out there and pay later, in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

But while Jones provided the exact score the Rams paid for a year later, the Eagles had a fundamentally different approach. It’s true that the Eagles traded a first-round draft pick for a wide receiver. AJ Brown, but they did so after a series of trades that put them in good shape, with multiple first-round picks. And the Eagles have two first-round picks in the 2023 NFL Draft. The Eagles currently have more cap space than the Cowboys do for 2023. So it’s hard to see how Jones can justify any question that the Eagles are all in while the Eagles are thinking long term.

Still, Jones thinks the Rams and Eagles are the same.

“It’s amazing to have two teams empty the bucket and come to the Super Bowl in the last two years,” Jones said. “But if you miss it, it’s a long journey.”

Jones said he doesn’t think the Cowboys should be too aggressive of a team to make trades and free-agent signings, or too hesitant to take chances.

“I like where we are now, more in the middle,” Jones said.

The Eagles are favored in the Super Bowl right now.

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