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#129 Philadelphia
Eagles 42.5
#130 Dallas
Cowboys -3.5

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 4:25pm

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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys

Where and when:  AT&T Stadium, Irving, Texas, Sunday, 4:25 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

The Philadelphia Eagles will travel to AT&T Stadium in Irving, Texas, for an NFC East showdown with the Dallas Cowboys at 4:25 Eastern Standard Time on Sunday afternoon. This contest will have huge division implications as Dallas captured the top seed within the division only a couple weeks ago while the Eagles are currently in second place and looking to reclaim their spot atop the division. Both teams enter this matchup on winning streaks as the Philadelphia Eagles have won two straight after they were 28 – 13 home winners over the Washington Redskins as they won their 2nd straight division game as the defense for Philadelphia shut down the offense for the Redskins in the second half as they were able to put up only 235 yards of total offense for the game.

The Dallas Cowboys, on the other hand, continued their winning ways over the New Orleans Saints as they were able to capture the 13-10 home win over the NFC South-leading Saints as a 13-0 first half lead for Dallas Cowboys proved to be a key stat thanks to an early touchdown pass from Dak Prescott to Ezikiel Elliot along with two Brett Maher field goals.

These two teams met last on November 11th has the Cowboys picked up the 27-20 road win over the Eagles as they covered as  seven-point underdogs in the matchup. Interestingly enough, the Eagles are 5-2 against the spread in the last 7 meetings in Dallas while the road 11-3 against the spread in the last 14 meetings amongst these two teams.

Cowboys continue their mission with win over Saints

The Dallas Cowboys have had a wonderful run recently as they have won four straight games, primarily due to the way in which their defense has been keeping opposing offenses off the field. In fact, in their last four outings, the Cowboys defensive unit has allowed opponents to score only an average of 16 points per game. The unit flexed their muscles continuously versus a high-scoring New Orleans Saints at home in their last matchup as the visitors were only allowed to obtain a total of 176 total yards on the day while Drew Brees passed for only 127 yards, a touchdown, along with an interception in the loss.

On the other hand, Dak Prescott passed for 248 yards and a touchdown to Ezekiel Elliott, who had 60 receiving yards on the day, along with 76 yards on 23 carries on the ground for the Cowboys. The negative for the Cowboys in this game was that Prescott was sacked 7 total times in the contest while the team went 1-5 inside the red zone while also fumbling the ball twice. Of course, they will come into this game looking to cut down on mental mistakes experience in their last outing; However, they may want to ensure that this type of mindset is installed inside their framework sooner than later as the Philadelphia Eagles defense has only allowed teams to score an average of 18 points during their current two-game winning streak.

Defense is catalyst for win versus Skins

While the Eagles defensive unit have struggled in defending the pass in 2018, their rush defense remains their saving grace as they rank 10th in the league in allowing a tad over 103 yards per game to their opponents. In their last outing versus the Redskins,  the Eagles gave up just around their average as Adrian Peterson led the Redskins with 98 yards on 9 attempts along with a touchdown, a 90-yard run, early in the second quarter which put the Redskins up early by a 10-7 score.

Nonetheless, Peterson only had eight yards rest of the way as the Redskins certainly struggled with Mark Sanchez under center as he passed for only one hundred yards in the contest, in relief of Colt McCoy who left the game with an injury. With that being said, the Eagles picked up an easy win over the Redskins in their last outing and will certainly come into this game with much more confidence and momentum in which to put up a fight versus a Cowboys team that has won five of their last six games, overall, at AT&T Center.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

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I will back the Cowboys in this matchup as I believe that the Philadelphia Eagles will struggle in which to get anything going on the offensive end versus a Dallas defense that has been very aggressive in recent weeks. The Eagles have no semblance of a rushing game at this point in the season, which means that Wentz will have to drop back more times than he would like in which to somehow take advantage of a secondary for Dallas that has played very solid in 2018. With that being the case, expect the Cowboys to pull away late as Prescott and Elliott will, once again, have   solid nights on the offensive end for the home team as they will pick up the victory while covering the spread in the meantime.

Prediction: Pick:  Dallas Cowboys – 175

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With the way the Cowboys defense has played lately, I will gladly and strongly pick the under in this contest as the Eagles will certainly have their fair share of issues early on and throughout the game in attempting to solve this aggressive unit. With that being the case, do not look for Dallas to light things up either as they will score just enough in which to control the pace of the game while maintaining the ball  in which to unleash their ball control rushing attack with Elliot throughout.

Prediction: Pick:  Under 45.5

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As stated, there is no doubt in my mind that both teams will certainly bring the focus and intensity for this matchup as the division is certainly riding on the results. On the other hand, the Eagles are coming off a momentum building win and will certainly keep this game tight throughout, despite the Cowboys currently being on a high due to  an impressive winning streak. In all, expect the Eagles to keep the aggressive defense for Dallas off balance throughout this matchup as its running game will make a slight appearance in which to take some of the pressure off Wentz and the passing game.

Prediction: Pick: Philadelphia Eagles +3.5

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I will back the Eagles at the half with the plus points as they seemingly play very well at AT&T Center when analyzing recent matchups as they are winners of the spread in five of the last seven games in Irving, Texas, overall. With that being said, expect Carson Wentz and Company to have a great night  early on within the offensive end as they will do their best in which to keep the Dallas defense off-kilter. For the half, look for the Eagles to be locked into a very competitive matchup versus the Cowboys in this contest with the possibility of taking the lead, outright, at the break, overall.

Prediction: Pick: Philadelphia Eagles +3

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The offense for Philadelphia has loads of potential, however, they are continuing to work Wentz back into the lineup after missing the first half of the aeason due to injury. The Cowboys, on the other hand, have scored some critical touchdowns in their last few outings yet have not found their  fire on the offense as of yet. With that being said, look for the under to be the play during the first half of this contest as both squads will move the ball, yet will have little to show for it in the form of points scored.

Prediction: Pick: Under 21.5

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Look for the Cowboys to also play a pretty decent first-half versus the Eagles in this contest on Sunday. In fact, I expect them to come up with a couple more critical plays in the first half in which to boast a very small lead going in at the break due to their ability to use Elliott as a running back/receiver. I really do not see the Cowboys having a successful night on the ground as Philly is ranked high within the league in stuffing the run, however, Elliot has shown that he is turning into a sure-handed receiver out of the backfield as the Cowboys will utilize him in the passing game, throughout.

Prediction: Pick: Dallas Cowboys -165

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