Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles: Preview and Pick
11 Replies | 429 ViewsOn 10/14/2013 06:57 PM in NFL
At the star of the season, many experts pegged the Dallas Cowboys as a team that could win the NFC east, but few thought that the Philadelphia Eagles would have a chance. Now just a few weeks into the NFL season, not only is the Eagles a contender in the NFC but they have a realistic chance at winning the division. This game could provide pivotal at the season end when the division is decided.
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles Odds
The NFL opening odds for this week shows just how close this game is expected to be. The line opened with a pick ‘em as the point spread but the line has moved drastically since its opening. After an impressive game against the Washington Redskins the public is jumping on the Cowboys bandwagon and over 81 percent of the early wagers are flying in on the Boys. This has moved the line a big three points and in favor of the Eagles, which is odd considering on who the public is betting on. This could be an indication of early smart money on Philadelphia.
The Eagles are known for a high passing and scoring offense but they are actually one of the best teams in the NFL at running the rock. The Eagles averaged 5.0 yards per rush inside the tackles on Sunday (99 yards on 20 rushes), which opened up the play-action game for Nick Foles in his first start of the season. Foles' average pass after play-action fakes traveled more than 9 yards downfield (2.8 yards without play action), and he connected on a pair of throws deeper than 35 yards downfield for touchdowns to DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper.
If the Cowboys have a tough time stopping the run it could be a long day for Dallas.
The latest sports betting trends for this game are a good indication of the outcome. The total has gone OVER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 12 games when playing at home against Dallas and the total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 8 games at home. Dallas is 4-2 straight up in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia which includes 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia. Philadelphia is 0-5 straight up in its last 5 games at home and 4-14 straight up in its last 18 games overall, but it is worth noting that this is an entirely new Eagles football team.
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles Pick
With plenty of time to go before kickoff of this week, I will wait to announce my pick when we get closer to game day. Check back the day of the event for my pick on this great game.