It certainly has been a crazy year, and perhaps there’s no better indicator of that than the current play of the four NFC East teams. All of Washington, the Giants, Dallas, and Philadelphia entered Week 8 play with losing records – and given the fact that one of them has to make the playoffs, big opportunities still exist for these mediocre clubs.
Two of those will face-off Sunday night in primetime in a game that somebody must win – we think. For Dallas, it hasn’t been an easy path since losing quarterback Dak Prescott. Andy Dalton couldn’t fill the void, and has since been injured. As a result, the Cowboys will desperately turn to undrafted rookie, Ben DiNucci against the Eagles. This year certainly isn’t playing out the way many anticipated with Dallas.
For Philadelphia, though they just boast two wins – the same as Dallas, they’re starting to get healthier with the division firmly up for grabs. Miles Sanders is still out, but both Dallas Goedert and Jalen Reagor return for Philly, which should really help Carson Wentz and the Eagles’ offense.
Although both of these teams aren’t great, it is still a bigtime rivalry in a primetime spot. And yes, there are playoff implications on the line. Can the Cowboys survive to make something of their season? Or will the talented Eagles finally seize control of this lowly division? Read on below for our take on those questions, as well as our betting prediction for Philadelphia vs. Dallas on Sunday night.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles Betting Odds:
Dallas Cowboys +10 (-110)
@ Philadelphia Eagles -10 (-110)
Over 42.5 (-110)
Under 42.5 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles Pick:
After the way Andy Dalton has been playing of late, you never would have thought of saying he’ll be a big loss – though that’s exactly the case for the Cowboys as they enter a key divisional showdown. Without the concussed Dalton, they’ll have to turn to Ben DiNucci, an unproven rookie who gives this squad really no chance at success. He wasn’t supposed to play this season, and quickly he’ll be forced into a tough situation against a stellar Eagles defensive front.
In limited FCS viewings, DiNucci is a good runner – though look for Philadelphia to do quite well to bottle him up. They should win the battle at the line of scrimmage quite easily against the lowly Cowboys – and basically live in the backfield for all four quarters. DiNucci likely needs time for his reads, and don’t expect all that much against the Philly front seven.
The Cowboys are likely going to run Ezekiel Elliott into the ground, though he has looked dreadful early in 2020. If it’s not turnovers, it has been completely ineffective play featuring minimal burst. Philly also is quite stellar against the run and if they load the box to limit Zeke, they’ll surely take their chances against DiNucci.
For the Eagles, this really should be a great bounceback outing for Carson Wentz and an opportunity for him to find his game with key personnel back. It also helps that Dallas boasts a pretty brutal defense in all facets, meaning the Eagles should be able to move the ball with ease.
While talk throughout the week has surrounded the fact that the line movement has gotten out of control, it really isn’t taken with much merit. Dallas does nothing right at the moment, and given their rash of injuries and an unproven rookie at quarterback – it’s hard to envision Dallas having any success in Week 8. This is already a beatdown Cowboys squad, ready to quit on the season. Expect Philly to rout their rivals by double-digits on Sunday night.