Enjoy a battle of NFC East rivals Saturday night as the Dallas Cowboys (11-5) take on the Philadelphia Eagles (9-7). The Eagles will host this one at Lincoln Financial Field, with kickoff scheduled for 8:15 pm ET.
The Cowboys had their four-game winning streak snapped last weekend as they lost 25-22 to the Arizona Cardinal at home. Ironically, the Cardinals could be the team they match up with in the first round of the playoffs.
In the loss, Dak Prescott threw for 226 yards and three touchdowns. One of the biggest problems in the loss was the run game. Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard combined for just 19 yards.
The Eagles have been soaring, having won four games in a row. Last week they took care of another division foe as they took down Washington 20-16.
Jalen Hurts threw for 214 yards while rushing for another 44. Boston Scott led the ground game with 47 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 14 attempts.
The Cowboys are the favorites in this one despite playing on the road. They are -198 to win while the Eagles’ moneyline sits at +166. The spread features Philadelphia +3.5 (-108), and the over/under for total points is 43.5.
The Cowboys are tied for the sixth-best odds of winning the Super Bowl this year at +1200. The Eagles are +5000 to win Super Bowl LVI.
By The Numbers
Dallas has been the best offensive team in the NFL this season. They are currently averaging 29.9 points per game (23.5 on the road). The Eagles rank 12th, averaging 26.1 points per game.
Defensively, these teams are neck and neck. The Cowboys rank seventh in scoring defense allowing opponents an average of 20.8 points per game (19.4 on the road). The Eagles rank eighth, allowing 20.9 points per game (24.3 at home).
Could Cowboys Get Second Seed?
While it is certainly a long shot, the Cowboys still technically have something to play for this weekend. If they win, combined with a Buccaneers and Rams loss, it would push them up to the second seed. Otherwise, they are likely to end up with the fourth seed.
Between the chance to move up and trying to get back on track after last week’s letdown, the Cowboys will likely at least start quarterback Dak Prescott and some of their other weapons.
Prescott has thrived this year, throwing for 4,154 yards, 32 touchdowns, and just ten interceptions. His leading receiver has been CeeDee Lamb, who has 1,057 yards receiving and six touchdowns.
On the ground, the combination of Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard look to get back on track after a rough game last week against the Cardinals. The two have combined for 1,634 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Eagles Dealing With COVID Issues
The Philadelphia Eagles certainly took a hit earlier this week as they put 12 players on the COVID-19 list. Tight end Dallas Goedert, running backs Boston Scott and Jordan Howard, and center Jason Kelce were just a few of the players knocked out.
Still, the Eagles announced on Friday that Kelce was coming off the list, so it will be worth watching to see if anyone else comes back before game time.
It is also worth noting that the Eagles don’t have much to gain in this game, so it is possible that they could rest some starters. It would make sense to sit quarterback Jalen Hurts, who has been dealing with an ankle injury.
This season, Hurts has thrown for 3,144 yards, 16 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He also leads the team in rushing with 784 yards and another ten scores. If he does sit, it could be Garner Minshew taking over under center.
Take Dallas To Win And Cover The Spread
This game may come down more to who is not playing than who is. With the potential COVID conflicts and the possibility of starters sitting, the Eagles may not be a strong bet in this one.
On the flip side, the Cowboys appear to be rolling with their starters. For that reason, take Dallas to get back into the win column and expect them to cover the modest 3.5-point spread as well.