Philadephia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys Betting Line
The Philadelphia Eagles (8-4) will be traveling to Texas this weekend to take on the Dallas Cowboys (4-8) in a divisional match-up that has a lot more meaning for the visiting team. With Dallas hosting the Superbowl this season, hopes were high that the Cowboys could contend for a spot in the playoffs. At this point in the season we all know that the Cowboys are out of the playoff picture, but they’ve been playing much better under new head coach Jason Garrett.
Eagles vs Cowboys Betting Lines at Top Online Sportsbooks
These lines are current as of Friday, Dec. 10th at 7:30 pm ET. Use the links below to view the latest lines at each online sportsbook.
• BetOnline.com: Eagles -3.5 (-110, -205 ML). Cowboys +3.5 (-110, +170 ML). 50.5 over/under.
• PlayersOnly.com: Eagles -3.5 (-110, -210 ML). Cowboys +3.5 (-110, +175 ML). 50.5 over/under.
Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys Prediction & Betting Tips
With the Eagles and the Giants sitting at 8-4 in the NFC East, every game from here on out is extremely important. A few weeks ago this spread would have been a lot bigger, but the Cowboys have been playing a lot better football since firing Wade Phillips. What’s really helped Dallas is the fact that the offense has finally woken up. In the past four games the Cowboys have scored 33, 35, 27 and 38 points while earning 3 wins.
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As we all know, the Philadelphia Eagles have one of the best offenses in the league, which means this game will likely become an offensive shootout. The Eagles rank 2nd in the league with an average of 28.7 points per game while the Cowboys aren’t far behind with an average of 24.5 points per game, ranking them 10th in the NFL. One area on offense where the Eagles have a decisive advantage is with the running game.
So far this season, the Eagles have been averaging 144 rushing yards per game, which is 5th best in the NFL. Dallas however, has been struggling with their 24th ranked running game and an average of 100 YPG. For the second week in a row, Marion Barber will be on the sidelines with a calf injury.
Philly should be able to control the running game in this match-up and keep their offense on the field longer. Dallas ranks 15th in the league with stopping the run this season and have been giving up an average of 107.8 YPG.
Both teams have great passing offenses and we should see them airing it out on Sunday night. Dallas ranks 5th in the league with an average of 265.9 passing YPG while the Eagles have the 7th best passing offense with an average of 256.7 passing YPG. Since both teams are close in the passing game, we need to take a look at the defense. Dallas ranks 28th in the league in stopping the pass, which isn’t going to get it done against the Eagles. Vick should be able to pick apart the Cowboys secondary and if not he should be able to pick up yards in the running department.
I’m not crazy about the –3.5 point spread in this game, but I don’t see the spread moving down to a field goal. Philadelphia should be able to expose the weak Cowboys defense and I don’t see Dallas keeping up on the scoreboard. This game means a lot to the Eagles and there’s no way that they’ll be taking the Cowboys lightly after watching them beat the Colts last week.
I’m going with the Philadelphia Eagles -3.5, hoping the Eagles offense is rolling on Sunday. For the over/under, I’m taking the over at 50.5 at Sportsbook.com. If you’re going under, do it at Bodog.com where the o/u is at 51.