The Dallas Cowboys are reeling following three straight losses. After a 3-0 start to the season, Dallas will limp into Week 7 with a .500 record. With injuries adding up on both sides of the football and the schedule getting tougher the rest of the way, that rosy 3-0 start is quickly becoming a forgotten memory.
Next up is a visit from the Philadelphia Eagles, who have been talking some smack before the game. Head coach Doug Pederson originally guaranteed a win this week and then backpedaled a little bit. That will add some sauce to an already spicy Week 7 matchup.
- Opening Line: Dallas -2.5
- Current Line: Dallas -3
- Over/Under: 42.5
- Location: Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Texas
- Start Time: 8:20 PM ET
- Last Meeting: Eagles 23 at Cowboys 29 (12/9/18)
Philadelphia’s defense will need to step up if they are going to have any shot at winning this game on the road. The Eagles gave up 38 points in an ugly loss to the Vikings last week as their secondary was carved up by Kirk Cousins, who had been having an awful season. Philadelphia has allowed an average of 24.8 points per game.
Meanwhile, quarterback Carson Wentz continues to do everything he can to keep the Eagles above water. Wentz threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s loss to Minnesota. As good as Wentz has been, Philadelphia will likely turn to running backs Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders hoping to run the football more this week. With the defense struggling through injuries and inconsistencies, the Eagles will need to focus on keeping the ball on the ground and winning the time of possession battle.
Meanwhile, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Cowboys took the same approach with running back Ezekiel Elliott. Dallas is dealing with some major injuries to players like wide receivers Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb as well as starting tackles Tyron Smith and La’el Collins. If those four are limited or can’t go, then it will put even more pressure on Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott. The good news is that the tackles returned to practice on Thursday, although the wideouts are still absent.
Even with the injuries, Prescott will need to be better in order to keep Dallas in a playoff position. He had nine touchdowns and two picks in his first three games but has just two touchdowns and four interceptions in the last three. The defense is starting to crumble, giving up 23.3 points over their last three games, so they’ll need the offense to step up and do their job.
- Eagles are 8-3 ATS in last 11 October games
- Philadelphia is 1-4 ATS in last 5 vs. NFC opponents
- Dallas is 10-1 ATS in last 11 vs. NFC East opponents
- Over is 6-0 in Cowboys last 6 games vs. NFC East opponents
If there is one time that you want to bet on the Cowboys, it’s usually when they are playing at home against division rivals. Dallas is 10-1 ATS in its last 11 games versus NFC East opponents. After three straight losses, we can expect the Cowboys to get some healthy bodies back and find a way to get back into the win column. However, I’m not laying any points with them right now.
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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati Bengals (+4)
Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Giants (-3)
Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions (+2)
Los Angeles Rams vs. Atlanta Falcons (+3)
San Francisco 49ers vs. Washington Redskins (+9.5)
Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills (-16.5)
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Tennessee Titans (-2.5)
New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears (-4)
Baltimore Ravens vs. Seattle Seahawks (-3)
New England Patriots vs. New York Jets (+9.5)