Arguably the match of the round pits two top-five teams against each other in the top end as the Eels make their annual pilgrimage to Darwin.
The Eels shook off both their shocking backline injury toll and a scrappy Easter Monday loss to Wests Tigers to put together a hugely disciplined and professional 80 minutes against the Knights.
Meanwhile this year's surprise packets the Cowboys continue to impress, proving far too strong for a disappointing Titans outfit in Anzac Round.
The standard goes up this week but the North Queenslanders should adapt well to Darwin's heat and humidity; it's a ground they have won two of their three previous trips while the Eels have won six of seven - with their only loss coming against the Cowboys in 2017.
Sportsbet Betting preview: Eels v Cowboys
Eels: The Eels are 1-17 with no late changes. Brad Arthur has gone with the same team that downed Newcastle, with Dylan Brown again in the centres.
Cowboys: Late changes an hour before kick-off with Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow joining the bench in jersey No.19 having recovered from a knee injury. Jake Granville drops back to 18th man. Reuben Cotter and Tom Gilbert move into the starting side and Coen Hess and Heilum Luki go to the bench.
Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton GuthersonFullback for Cowboys is number 1 Scott Drinkwater
Winger for Eels is number 2 Hayze PerhamWinger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
Centre for Eels is number 3 Will PenisiniCentre for Cowboys is number 3 Valentine Holmes
Centre for Eels is number 4 Dylan BrownCentre for Cowboys is number 4 Peta Hiku
Winger for Eels is number 5 Bailey SimonssonWinger for Cowboys is number 5 Murray Taulagi
Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Jake ArthurFive-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Tom Dearden
Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell MosesHalfback for Cowboys is number 7 Chad Townsend
Prop for Eels is number 8 Reagan Campbell-GillardProp for Cowboys is number 8 Jordan McLean
Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed MahoneyHooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece Robson
Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior PauloProp for Cowboys is number 16 Reuben Cotter
2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Jeremiah Nanai
2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Isaiah Papali'i2nd Row for Cowboys is number 15 Tom Gilbert
Lock for Eels is number 13 Nathan BrownLock for Cowboys is number 13 Jason Taumalolo
Interchange for Eels is number 14 Makahesi MakatoaInterchange for Cowboys is number 10 Coen Hess
Interchange for Eels is number 15 Ryan MattersonInterchange for Cowboys is number 11 Heilum Luki
Interchange for Eels is number 16 Oregon KaufusiInterchange for Cowboys is number 17 Griffin Neame
Interchange for Eels is number 17 Bryce CartwrightInterchange for Cowboys is number 19 Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
Replacement for Eels is number 18 Wiremu GreigReplacement for Cowboys is number 14 Jake Granville
- Referee: Todd Smith
- Touch Judge: Dave Munro
- Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein
Nathan Brown v Jason Taumalolo: Brown has worked into the season nicely for Parramatta after a delayed start while Cowboys wrecking ball Taumalolo has really come into some form over the past few weeks. Brown possesses a bit more ball-playing finesse than the North Queensland skipper, who on his day is one of the most damaging ball-carriers in the NRL.
In-form Eels halfback Mitch Moses continues to stretch his lead atop the season try-assist tally, with one more against the Knights taking him to 13 - five clear of next-best Cameron Munster and Ben Hunt.
Match: Eels v Cowboys
Round 8 -
Venue: TIO Stadium, Darwin