NFC East Total Pick: Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Dallas Cowboys (4-1 SU, 4-1 ATS) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (5-0 SU, 3-2 ATS)
NFL Football Week 6
Date/Time: Sunday October 16th, 2021. 8:20PM (EST)
Where: Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, PA
Point Spread: DAL +6/PHI -6 (Make Dal a +25 underdog or the Eagles a +13 underdog by placing either in a giant 19 point NFL teaser found at Wagerweb!)
One of the most anticipated games in weeks will take place on Sunday Night Football this week when the Dallas Cowboys meet the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field for the top spot in the NFC East. Following last week’s 20-17 victory against Arizona, the Eagles are now the only unbeaten team in the NFL and perceived challengers for the NFC Championship. However, the visiting Dallas Cowboys have found momentum in the most unexpected place in backup QB Cooper Rush, who has won 4 straight games as a starter. The re-energized Cowboys will be getting 6 points in their road trip to Philly this week and will have yet another chance to keep the Cooper Rush mania alive.
Despite reports of starting QB Dak Prescott returning to practice and throwing again following a thumb injury, backup QB Cooper Rush has already been named the starter for this week’s road trip to Philadelphia. Obviously, Prescott was not expected to be back this week, but if Rush can knock off the top team in the NFC and continue the Dallas win streak to 5 games; Head Coach Mike McCarthy will have the most unlikely controversy on his hands on which QB should be the starter moving forward. Before we kick off any controversy, Dallas must find a way to get past the Eagles this week, which will definitely not be an easy challenge.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles Betting Analysis
Despite the praise for Cooper Rush, he is still a game-managing style quarterback. However, as the Cowboys proved last week against the Rams, a strong defense and mistake-free football can carry a team a long way. The Cowboys’ defense was huge in last week’s 22-10 victory over the Rams. The defense produced a touchdown off a fumble recovery and sacked QB Matt Stafford 5 times while consistently disrupting the potent LA passing attack. For this Sunday’s match-up against elusive QB Jalen Hurts, the Cowboys will need another big effort from the pass rush and force Hurts into uncomfortable situations.
To be fair, Hurts is having a great season despite modest stats of 1,359 passing yards with four touchdowns and two picks. Hurts has been better this season, avoiding mistakes and making more reliable throws. Combined with Hurts’ relentless threat to pick up yards with his feet, the Eagles have been more efficient this season on offense and are keeping more drives alive. In this week’s match-up with Dallas, Hurts will take aim at an interesting match-up that includes Eagles’ receivers A.J. Brown, Devonta Smith, and TE Dallas Goedert against the Cowboys’ secondary. In many ways, I believe the Eagles have the advantage in these individual match-ups, especially over the middle of the field. However, those match-up advantages are dependent upon the Eagles withstanding the Cowboys’ pass rush.
Another component that has been lost in much of the discussion this week involves the Eagles’ defense against a rather predictable Cowboys offense. For all of the praise QB Jalen Hurts has gotten this year, the Eagles’ defense should have gotten just as much credit. Defensively, Philadelphia has given up just 55 points over the last four games, which is among the best in the NFL. With Rush behind center, Dallas has returned to the heavy ground game with tailbacks Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. However, I believe the Eagles’ run defense has passed the eye test this season, and I think things will be difficult for the Cowboys to move the football on the ground.
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Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles Betting Trends
- The Cowboys are 4-0 ATS in the last four games with QB Cooper Rush
- The Cowboys are 7-2 ATS in the last nine games against Philadelphia
- The Cowboys are 6-0 ATS in the last six games on the road
- The Cowboys have hit the “under” in five of the last six games
- The Eagles are 4-2 ATS in the last six games
- The Eagles are 4-2 ATS in the last six games in October
- The Eagles have hit the “over” in six of the last seven games at home
- The Eagles have hit the “under” in 5 of the last seven games at home against Dallas
Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles Betting Prediction
I think the defenses hold a big advantage in this match-up, and I expect a very close game which may lead to a negative game script for both offenses. As a result, I think the “under” is the play here.
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