Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
Date and Time: Sunday, November 11, 2018, 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Opening NFL Odds: Philadelphia -6.5, 43
Cowboys at Eagles TV Coverage: NBC
Dallas simply had no answers for the Titans defense last Monday night. Though Dak Prescott managed to throw for 243 yards and a pair of touchdowns, he also threw a costly interception in the end zone in the first half. On top of that, he was simply unable to take advantage of Tennessee downfield with the Cowboys longest playing from scrimmage checking in at just 37 yards which amounted to a dump-off to Ezekiel Elliott. Even with Amari Cooper in the fold, Dallas was still simply unable to stretch an opposing defense. If that once again holds true in tonight’s matchup, the Cowboys will likely get blown off the field.
Reason being, Philadelphia possess one of the more stout run defenses in the league with it conceding an average of just 83.8 yards per game. Only the New Orleans Saints have given up fewer yards per game on the ground than that of the Eagles. With that, Zeke is likely to have his hands full trying to penetrate Philly’s defensive front regardless of the fact that it’s given up a healthy 4.5 yard per carry ( No. 21 ). In the end, it’s amounted to a grand total of 0.5 rushing touchdowns per game allowed. That stat checks in right behind Tennessee and the Titans bottled Elliott up for 61 yards on 17 total carries without a scamper into the end zone.
That means Dallas’ likely plan of attack will come via the pass with the Eagles nowhere near as dominant at defending the pass. For the season, Philly has conceded an average of 269.1 passing yards per game ( No. 25 ) but only 6.7 yards per pass attempt ( No. 10 ). That means they’ve kept the damage in front of them and not given up many big plays down the field. With Dallas simply unable to stretch the field all season, therein lies the team’s advantage with Cole Beasley and company likely eager to eat. If unable to do just that, it’s going to be a long night for those that took the points with Big D at the best offshore sportsbooks.
Save for a 34 point eruption against the Giants the last time the Eagles took the field in prime time, the offense is yet to truly go off with Carson Wentz under center. Not to say they did with Nick Foles the first couple weeks either. Regardless, the unit enters this bout refreshed and energized coming off a bye, and it has a new weapon in the form of Golden Tate that has fans of the franchise and NFL bettors eager to see how his presence on the field shakes the offense up. As it stands, it rates out as average with it No. 15 overall and No. 21 in scoring. A weak Titans offense just combined for 340 total yards and dropped 4 TD on the Cowboys’ heads. If ever there was a spot Philly’s offense rose to the occasion, this is likely it.
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These division rivals split their pair of meetings last season. The Eagles trounced the Cowboys 37-9 as 6 point road favorites, but then got shutout at home 6-0 in the second go round. Mind you, Philly nearly rested its entire team in that Week 17 tilt and went off the board as 3.5 point underdogs. Nate Sudfeld took a majority of the QB1 snaps for crying out loud! With that, don’t let that score prevent you from loading up on the home based Eagles in the first of two clashes still remaining with the Cowboys.
I think it’s a lost season for a Dallas team that likely needs a complete reshaping of the franchise. Their act has grown stale. The ground attack was supposed to be their primary weapon to utilize against all opposition, but it’s already failed to come through on countless occasions. It won’t be going off here tonight, and I’m not the least bit sold Dak and company will be able to take advantage of the Eagles’ Achilles Heel defensively. Should the Cowboys actually find a way to come out strong, I’d have no reservations whatsoever reinvesting at online sportsbooks on the Eagles at a reduced price on the readjusted in-game betting lines. Both against the spread and on the moneyline; Philadelphia isn’t losing this one!