Week 8 - Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys

The 4-2 Philadelphia Eagles travel to Dallas to take on the 5-1 Cowboys this Sunday night with both teams coming off important victories. Dallas won it’s 5th game in a row with a 30-16 victory over Green Bay at Lambeau Field. The Cowboys will get a big boost with the return of Dez Bryant who has missed the last 3 games due to injury. Philadelphia stopped a 2 game losing streak with an impressive 21-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings who were previously unbeaten. The Eagles Defense is ranked 3rd in the league allowing an average of 14.7 points per game. These two teams met twice last year with each team earning a victory but this contest will feature 2 rookie quarterbacks who have their teams playing very well.

Dak Prescott continued his incredible rookie season by outdueling Aaron Rodgers and finished with a passer rating of 114.7. He completed 18 of his 27 passes for 247 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. His favorite target was Cole Beasley who had 6 catches for 58 yards and 2 touchdowns. Terrance Williams also had a nice game with 4 catches for 75 yards. Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott led the running game with 157 yards on 28 carries. He is the league leader in the NFL with 703 rushing yards on the season. Defensively, they forced 4 turnovers and did a great job stopping the rush allowing only 78 yards on 24 carries. They sacked Rodgers once and had 4 tackles for losses. This was the 4th game in a row their defense allowed 17 points or less. Dallas has not allowed a running back or receiver gain 100 yards in a game this season.

Philadelphia’s defense led the way again as they forced Minnesota into 4 turnovers and had 8 tackles for losses. Sam Bradford finished with a quarterback rating of 7 as Philadelphia sacked him 6 times for a loss of 35 yards, recovered 2 of his fumbles and had an interception. Offensively, rookie Carson Wentz completed 16 of 28 passes for 138 yards 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. No receiver had more than 40 yards as Josh Huff led the way with 4 catches for 39 yards. Ryan Matthews led a balanced running game with 56 yards on 14 carries. As a whole, they only had 1 offensive play that gained more than 20 yards and finished with only 239 yards of total offense.

Philadelphia has gone 4-2 against the spread this season including 1-2 on the road. The Cowboys also have gone 4-2 against the spread so far including 2-1 as the favorite. Dallas is a 5-point favorite in this game and will enjoy the benefit of home field advantage. They have averaged 26 points per game over their last 3 games and will be getting Dez Bryant back. Philadelphia has gone 1-3 since starting the season with 3 straight victories but is tied for third in the league with 20 sacks.

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