It’s a Week 8 Sunday night showdown for NFC East supremacy as the 2-5 Dallas Cowboys are in Philadelphia for a clash with the 2-4-1 Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
The records might not give you the impression, but the winner of this pivotal battle will be the divisional leader and in the driver’s seat for a playoff spot halfway through the season. This is the first of two meetings between the two rivals, with the second scheduled for two days after Christmas in Dallas, in Week 16.
Dallas Cowboys Betting Preview: Good Luck, New Guy
The Cowboys’ underachieving season went from bad to worse when they lost Dak Prescott to a gruesome ankle injury in Week 5 against the Giants. Many felt they had the best backup in the league in Andy Dalton, but after taking a vicious cheap shot in Washington last week that resulted in a concussion, Dallas is forced to turn to rookie seventh-round draft pick, Ben DiNucci, from James Madison University.
Even with Dalton, the Cowboys were 0-2 with losses to Arizona and the Washington Football Team. DiNucci will have his full arsenal of skill position players at his disposal Sunday, but whether or not he’ll be able to perform is anyone’s guess.
Philadelphia Eagles Betting Preview: Getting Healthier
The Eagles have been bitten by the injury bug harder than any other team except for the San Francisco 49ers this season. However, Philadelphia is starting to get some players back in the nick of time.
Unfortunately, Miles Sanders will miss his second straight game, but the offense will get back tight end Dallas Goedert and rookie wide receiver Jalen Reagor. The two should inject some much-needed life into an offense Carson Wentz has improvised through much of the year.
Philadelphia is still waiting for returns from Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, and DeSean Jackson, but Travis Fulgham has undoubtedly been a revelation, with 23 receptions for 357 yards and three touchdowns this season.
Cowboys at Eagles Betting Odds & Lines
MyBookie has the Eagles as 11-point favorites in this one, with an over/under of 43. The Cowboys enter this primetime matchup 0-7 ATS and would become just the third team since 1970 to start 0-8 if they fail to cover against Philly, joining the 1991 Bengals and 2003 Raiders.
Free Betting Pick
The Eagles aren’t much better than the Cowboys, entering the game with a 1-3 home record. They needed a miracle to come from behind to beat the Giants last Thursday by a single point as a 4.5-point favorite.
However, the Cowboys have scored 13 total points in the two games without Prescott under center, and this should be a coming out party for an Eagle team that should take a stranglehold over the division from here on out.
It wouldn’t be surprising if the Cowboys were held off the scoreboard entirely, so taking the under 43 would be advised as well. Despite Dallas’ talented receivers, not to mention Ezekiel Elliott, the Eagles should soar to victory and cover the spread.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Philadelphia Eagles (-11)