Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys Betting Odds Preview - NFL Week 13
The Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles will meet for the second time this season and this time on Sunday Night Football. The Cowboys continue to keep games close on the strength of their second half passing game but it is hard to say that they have played well this season. Philadelphia started the season 3-1 with big wins over the NY Giants and the Baltimore Ravens but things have since gone downhill for the club. The Eagles are now 3-8 having lost their last 7 games. The Cowboys are 5-6 and have not beaten a good team since their Week One defeat of the Giants.
These two teams played each other in Philadelphia on November 11th and the Cowboys won 38-23. Eagles QB Michael Vick was knocked out of that game with a concussion and has still not been cleared to play. The game was actually tied at the end of the 3rd quarter but, as has become the norm for the Cowboys, the Cowboys scored a ton of points in the 4th quarter to seal the victory. The spread on that game was 3 points with an over/under of 43.5 points.
This week the Cowboys are again the favorite to win at a spread of 9 points and an over/under of 43 points
The good news for Philadelphia is that they still have a decent run game even though their starting RB LeSean McCoy is out with a concussion. RB Bryce Brown had a strong day last weekend against Carolina racking up 178 yards and backup QB Nick Foles managed to keep the pass game going just enough to open up the run game. Sadly Philadelphia’s leading receiver DeSean Jackson was placed on the IR list this week after sustaining a rib injury in last Sunday’s game. Things look bleak on offense for the Eagles. Since Michael Vick’s injury the Eagle’s offense has put up 6 points against the Redskins and 22 points against the Panthers. It will be a surprise if they can match the 23 points they scored against Dallas last time when their star QB, RB and WR are all not playing due to injury.
The Dallas offense has averaged 22 points a game this season but that average has been pulled down by a couple of bad games. More often they are above 24 points, or at least have been against average defenses. Philadelphia has an average defense that allows about 26 points a game. The Dallas run game is the worst in the league but QB Tony Romo manages to find enough passes to get the Cowboys points. WR Kevin Ogletree might be out this week but the team is hoping to return WR Miles Austin from injury so one step forward, one step back.
Probably there is no one that thinks the Eagles have a legitimate chance of winning this weekend, the question is by how much? At a 9 point spread and an over/under of 43 points that score would be 26-17. But with so many key players out it is hard to imagine the Eagles getting much of a passing game going which should allow the Cowboys to isolate the Eagles’ run game. The Cowboys’ offense has consistently struggled but has found ways to come back in the 4th quarter. On the road the Eagles have not scored more than 16 points this season so they will probably be slightly lower this week. A more probable score would be 26-13. Take the Cowboys to beat the spread but the under bet seems to be a safer bet. However if Vick returns the spread seems more likely as does a 43 point total.
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