Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles Betting Preview and Free Pick

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles Betting Preview and Free Pick

Facing the cowboys this week

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The Dallas Cowboys go to Lincoln Financial Field and oppose the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night. Dallas is trying to take down the last undefeated team in the league, while also reconfiguring the NFC East.

Philadelphia is currently a six-point favorite in the game (total at 41½), as per NFL odds.

 

Dak-less Dallas & NFC East Hunt 

Somehow the Dallas Cowboys have a chance to lead the NFC East after a half-dozen games. That was thought to be highly improbable once quarterback Dak Prescott went down with an injured thumb, but here they are at 4-1.

With understudy Cooper Rush filling in admirably, if the Cowboys win against the Eagles and the 4-1 New York Giants lose at home to the Baltimore Ravens, Dallas is sole leader in the NFC East (via tiebreaker/win over Philly).

Despite Rush leading the way, Dallas doesn’t have a great passing offense. Rush is just accomplishing what’s been necessary.

Dallas is the 27th-ranked passing offense in the NFL, 15th in rushing with Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard handling the chores. Elliott is leading the team with 305 rushing yards, while Pollard has 248.

The Cowboys’ formula is keeping games close to the vest and finding a way. Dallas hasn’t scored over 25 points in a game all season, but haven’t allowed more than 19. It was a second-half shutout last Sunday, Dallas downing the Super Bowl-champion Los Angeles Rams in Inglewood, 22-10.

Defense is ranked third in points allowed this season (14.4 per game).

With the Eagles owning one of the best offenses in the NFL, this will be a huge test facing the visitors. 

 

Phlawless in Philly

The Philadelphia Eagles, at 5-0, are the only remaining undefeated team in the NFL. They defeated the Arizona Cardinals on the road last week, only closing the sale when the Cards missed a game-tying field goal in the last minute.

Jalen Hurts is 1-2 SU vs the Cowboys in his career.

According to NFL special odds this season, Philly is 2-1 favorite (+200) to lead in wins.

The Eagles have proven that their offseason acquisitions (wide receiver AJ Brown, linebacker Hassan Reddick, and cornerback James Bradberry, among others), have changed the trajectory of this franchise. Philly now has a chance to take a two-game lead over the ‘Boys in the division.

Philadelphia is in the top 10 in nearly every major category to date. The Eagles are seventh in passing yards per game, fourth in rush yards, fifth in points, seventh in points allowed.

The only issue of consequence has been the not-so-special teams.

Philadelphia isn’t at the very top of anything, but is solid in every facet of the game, and no team can outshine it over the course of a game. Arizona was close last week, but the Eagles booted a game-winning field goal with less than two minutes left in the game.

Quarterback Jalen Hurts is having himself an MVP-caliber season to date. Hurts has benefited greatly after the Eagles acquired Brown, ex of the Tennessee Titans

Offense is looking great at the moment. Hurts is No. 7 in passing yards, Miles Sanders is fourth in rushing yards, Brown fifth in receiving yardage. In other words, defense of Dallas surely has its hands full Sunday night.

 

Eagles to Remain Perfect

Philadelphia will continue soaring. They will defeat Dallas Sunday night, taking a commanding lead in the NFC East. While this game can be marketed as a great Eagle offense against a great Cowboy defense, it has to be noted that while the Eagles have a top-tier defense, Dallas struggles on the offensive side of the ball. It’s the Eagles’ consistency on both sides of the scrimmage line that earns them the win.

Take the Eagles -5. They will probably win by a touchdown or more. While Micah Parsons, Trevon Diggs and the Cowboys’ defense are great at forcing opposition turnovers, they don’t have the ability to shut down someone such as Brown. Expect Hurts to go to him often.

Philly will certainly do more passing than usual, daring the Cowboys to try and stop it.