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Dallas Cowboys (5-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-2)
Sunday November 8th, 8:20PM Eastern
Betus.com betting line – Eagles -3
The battle of the NFC East will take center stage this Sunday night as the Dallas Cowboys return to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles as both teams are tied at 5-2 in the division. The last trip the Cowboys made to Lincoln Financial they were blown out in a big way 44-6 ruining their postseason in week 17 to conclude the Cowboys season just 1 year ago. The Eagles completely dominated the New York Giants last week in a similar victory 40-17 behind Donovan McNabb who threw 3 touchdown passes. However, the Cowboys offense is slowly and quietly putting the pieces together. The Cowboys have scored 75 points in the last 2 games and they will look for the offense to help them grab control of the NFC East on the big stage this Sunday night.
There are a lot of contributing factors to the Cowboys success on offense. However, the emergence of a big time playmaker at the wide receiver position has possibly been the biggest difference from earlier in the season. WR Miles Austin has exploded over the last few weeks catching 21 passes for a lucrative 482 yards in the last 3 games. Austin has been tough to bring down after the catch and Tony Romo finally has a go to guy that poises a down the field threat as well. Tight end Jason Witten is perhaps the most consistent target on offense, but having Austin as the big play threat has helped the entire passing game.
The Cowboys running game has been huge for the team in 2009. Tailbacks Marion Barber, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice all bring a lot to the table. The running game has been very quiet in recent games, but that has been because the Romo and the air attack have been very effective. When the Cowboys meet up with the tough Philadelphia defense this Sunday, most would expect to be less big plays on the offensive side of the ball. However, that scenario means the Dallas running backs will be more involved than they have been in recent weeks. If those guys can move the chains, Romo has played extremely well in recent weeks and they should bring a solid balanced attack to the table. Romo has actually not thrown a single pick in 3 straight games and if the Cowboys avoid mistakes their chances will be strong.
The Eagles have been sort of inconsistent this season. Philadelphia was handled fairly easily by the New Orleans Saints, but then bounced back dominating inferior opponents like the Chiefs and Buccaneers. However one week later, Philadelphia dropped a game to the Oakland Raiders who still only have two wins on the year. All those occurrences led up to last week’s showdown with the Giants in a game that was suppose to be a grudge match. However, the Eagles offense destroyed what is apparently a struggling Giants defense. McNabb has been playing well completing 61% with 7 touchdowns without any turnovers in the last 4 games.
McNabb will be a difference maker this Sunday as he attempts to exploit the Dallas secondary. The Eagles have not run the ball well this season as they have not gotten much production from RB Brian Westbrook. Rookie LeSean McCoy could likely be the future for the Eagles running game, but he is still in learning mode. Those factors most likely lead us to believe the pressure will be on the Eagles passing game. WR DeSean Jackson houses the biggest playmaking ability with extremely quick speed and he will be targeted often. If Jackson does not make some plays, the Eagles could be surprisingly outmatched.
Pick – Dallas +3