NFL Betting Preview
Dallas Cowboys (9-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (8-6-1)
Sunday, 4:15PM Eastern
Betting Line – Bookmaker.com – Eagles -1.5, over/under 42.5
The final game of the regular season takes place this Sunday with a classic NFC East battle for playoff hopes. Week 17 promises to hold a number of exciting games with teams battling for postseason positions with the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles game being no different. Despite a loss last week, Dallas is still one win away from sealing a playoff birth. Philadelphia actually controlled their own destiny a week ago, but a loss to the Redskins ruined the majority of their chances. The Eagles still have a chance even though they will need a bunch of help. Still this NFC East battle has always hosted great games and this match-up should be another great battle.
Philadelphia stumbled last week in their 10-3 loss to the Redskins. The Eagles now will have to beat the Cowboys and hope for Chicago and Tampa Bay to both lose. While that may seem far fetched, this NFL season has proven that anything can happen. The Eagles have won 3 of their last 4 games with big help from an emerging offense. Philadelphia sports one of the better defenses in the NFL and they will be facing a very talented Cowboys offensive attack. On the season, the Eagles rank 3rd in the league in total defense holding teams to 272 yards per game. Philadelphia also host a 2nd ranked secondary that has only allowed 180 yards per game. The Eagles secondary will face a big challenge when Tony Romo and company come rolling into town. Philadelphia will look to capture a big victory at home and pray for some help in order to make the postseason.
The Cowboys elite offense has mellowed down a little towards the end of the season. However, the Dallas defense has played very well in the last few weeks. Before last week’s meltdown to the Ravens, the Dallas defense had held teams to only 13.8 points per game. QB Tony Romo has been rock solid this season racking up 3,265 yards and 26 touchdowns despite nearly missing a month of football. Wide receivers Jason Witten and Terrell Owens both have over 900 receiving yards this season and have totaled 14 touchdowns between the two. The Cowboys offense will look to move the ball through the air against a tough Eagles secondary. Dallas must win this game to make the playoffs because a loss would officially eliminate them from postseason play.
What to watch for…
The Cowboys beat the Eagles 41-37 earlier this season in an offensive shootout. This match-up will be considerably different. Look for the defenses to control the game. Eagles’ running back Brian Westbrook had a total of 3 touchdowns in that game and the Cowboys must find a way to contain him this time around. The running game will also be key for the Cowboys. If running back Marion Barber can have a big performance, the Cowboys should fair well.
Dallas is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games, but has only gone 1-4 ATS on the road in their last 5 games. The Cowboys have found the under total in 4 of their last 6 games as well. Philadelphia is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games. The Eagles have also gone on the under total in 6 of their last 9 games. Philadelphia is also 4-1 ATS against the Cowboys in their last 5 games in this rivalry.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles Pick – In cold weather this match-up has favored the under strongly in recent years. Expect a defensive game. Take the under 42.5