Eagles/Cowboys is always fun, especially with the way in which both offenses have a tendency to get up and down the field.
Philadelphia began its season with a pretty devastating loss to the Falcons – a game many agree they probably deserved to win and definitely could have had they shown up in the first half. Their offense was electric in the second half vs. Atlanta, but it remains to be seen if they can do that against a tougher Cowboys stop unit.
For Jerry Jones’ Cowboys, it was a miraculous and downright fortunate Week 1 victory hosting the rival Giants. Had it not been for some poor clock management and a few questionable decisions from the opposition, Dallas would enter Week 2 a desperate team. But here we are, and the ‘Boys enter this one a 1-0 team. However it wasn’t all good for the Cowboys in their opening week as stud receiver Dez Bryant is out for the foreseeable future due to a foot injury. Dallas is heavily reliant on moving the football through the air, so it’ll be interesting to see how the team adjusts in the absence of their star receiver. It is going to be an explosive match-up tomorrow so read on below for a full game breakdown and an official pick for this NFC East showdown.
Cowboys vs. Eagles Betting Odds:
Dallas Cowboys +5 (-110)
@ Philadelphia Eagles -5 (-110)
Over 55 (-110)
Under 55 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Cowboys vs. Eagles Pick:
I am not too sure how this spread is too high to be perfectly honest. The Eagles showed they could move the football for about a quarter and a half last Monday night, and let’s keep in mind they did so against one of the league’s worst defenses. Even though they likely should have won, it was by no means an impressive outing from Chip Kelly’s team. The Cowboys are still a well-rounded group even without Bryant, and I officially believe the hype train for Philly is entering overdrive mode.
Philadelphia’s defense on Monday night was comical, especially in the opening half. They garnered absolutely zero rush on Matt Ryan and it’s not as if Atlanta boasts a quality offensive line. I have zero clue how the Eagles are going to get to Romo in this one. Dallas has an excellent O-Line and are renowned for the time and space they give to Tony Romo. Even without Bryant, the likes of Witten, Beasley and Terrance Williams should all still be considered legitimate threats. With ample time in the pocket, Romo and the Cowboys should face minimal resistance in moving the chains and should be able to pick apart the Eagles’ struggling and simply overrated secondary.
Even on the ground you’ve got to like Dallas’ chances. The Falcons’ rookie Tevin Coleman ran all over Philly, so look for the Cowboys multi-faceted backfield to enjoy some elements of success. With Dallas establishing a two-pronged offensive approach, look for that to confuse the Eagles on defense. While the Cowboys might struggle without Bryant, they will do enough to hang around on Sunday evening.
Don’t get me wrong, the Eagles are a dangerous group. But this spread at its current price is suggesting Philly is a far superior group, and that’s just not the case. They possess an offense loaded with potential but have yet to deliver, combined with a porous defense. Dallas has done this before, and has a better defense than the Eagles, along with an experienced offense led by Tony Romo and a stellar offensive line. While the Cowboys might fall short, a spread of more than a field goal screams value to me. Roll with the veteran-laden Cowboys to hang around and score a late cover on Sunday.
PICK = Cowboys +5 (-110)