The Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles are set to square off in Sunday Night Football betting action this week at Lincoln Financial Field. But before you make your NFL picks for the big game on Sunday, check out some of the great NFL betting trends that we have for the duel!
Dallas Cowboys Notes: If Dallas can find a way to win this game to get to 4-3 with the easiest portion of its schedule coming up, it would be a huge boost, and it would keep the New York Giants from opening up a two game lead on the field in the NFC East. The Cowboys are underdogs in this game, a role that they have relished of late. They have covered seven in a row as pups, including five of which have come on the road. Dallas is also 9-4-1 ATS in its last 14 games overall, but it is only 1-4 ATS in its last five home games against teams with a losing record. Of course, this is no average team with a losing record that we are talking about, as this is a Philly team that was once amongst the favorites to win the Super Bowl.
RB DeMarco Murray made a bit of history last week. He ran for 253 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. That made him the first rookie in the history of the league to have a game in which he ran for over 250 yards and averaged over 10.0 yards per carry. Murray could have good sledding again this week against a Philadelphia team that has averaged allowing 123.8 yards per game on the ground, No. 23 in the league.
The Cowboys are a relatively healthy team right now. Sure, they don’t have RB Felix Jones, and the likelihood is there that RB Tashard Choice isn’t playing either, but aside from that, there isn’t much to fret about. As long as Murray stays upright and continues to run hard, these backs are going to be limited to complimentary roles anyway. Kyle Kosier has a foot injury and Terence Newman has an injured hand. Both are listed as questionable.
Philadelphia Eagles Notes: The Eagles are off of their bye week, and they have a great chance to inch closer to the .500 mark once again. This division is still wide open, but losing a second home game against a divisional foe just won’t cut it in all likelihood, especially in a conference where, for the second straight year, someone that wins 10 games is likely being kept out of the postseason. Philadelphia has covered four of its last five spreads after its bye week, but aside from that, its NFL trends are as ugly as could be. The Eagles are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games as favorites, and they have failed to cover five games in a row as home favorites.
The man of the hour is likely going to be WR DeSean Jackson. Jackson had 210 yards and a touchdown last year when these two teams met up in Big D, and he has averaged over 88 yards per game as a receiver in his five games in total. The key to remember with D-Jax is that he and QB Michael Vick have had some big, big games together, and they have the ability to get the ball 80 yards up the field in a hurry. Jackson only has 24 receptions this year, but he does have 456 yards, an average of 19.0 yards per reception. If the Eagles can get the ball in his hands 6-8 times in this game, don’t be surprised if there are some big, big plays that ensue.
There really are no excuses on the injury front. DE Brandon Graham, the team’s first round draft pick two years ago has been out for the whole season thus far with a knee injury, and he isn’t going to be ready to give it a go, but aside from that, pretty much the rest of this team from the outset of the season is going to be in the lineup on Sunday Night Football.
Head To Head: Last year was dominated by the road team in this series. The Cowboys snuck out of the City of Brotherly Love with a 14-13 win in the final week of the regular season, while the Eagles won 30-27 when these two teams met just a few weeks before that in Dallas. The Cowboys covered both spreads though, and they have covered five in a row dating back to 2009. Philadelphia hasn’t won a home game in this series since 2008, and that was an ugly 44-6 win for the hosts.
Aaron Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.