The Cowboys (3-5) are entering Week 10 with a must-win mindset. After losing by two touchdowns at home on Monday Night Football to the Titans, Dallas is quickly falling out of contention in the NFC. They will need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.
What has been the biggest reason for Dallas’ failures this season? Their poor offensive line play. Over the last four weeks, the Cowboys have struggled to run the ball and keep their quarterback upright. That combination has led to a 1-3 record.
On the year, Dallas is averaging just 19.2 points per game, and that number drops to 17.6 when you include their final eight games from the 2017 season. Despite the addition of wide receiver Amari Cooper, the Cowboys’ offense seems broken.
For the most part, their defense has played well this season, but injuries are starting to mount and it appears it can’t make up for their lackluster offense from week to week. At the midpoint of the season, the Cowboys just aren’t a very good team.
Here are some things for NFL betting fans to consider in this matchup.
Coming off a bye week, the Eagles (4-4) are right in the thick of things in the NFC East. However, they have been quite the mystery this season. No longer do they look like the team we saw from last season. Instead, their play resembles an 8-8 team, rather than a Super Bowl contender.
But over the final eight games, the team will try to get back on track and with a win over the Cowboys, they could be over .500 for the first time since Week 3.
The Eagles recognized some of their deficiencies on offense and were aggressive at the trade deadline. The team added receiver Golden Tate during their time off and are hoping he can give Carson Wentz another reliable weapon in the middle of the field.
On defense, the Eagles still have a ton of talent on their defensive line, but it is their secondary that has held them back from being one of the best units in the league. Dealing with injuries at cornerback and safety, the Eagles have been forced to mix-and-match in the secondary, and it has shown.
Philadelphia is allowing 269 yards per game through the air, 25th in the NFL. For the Eagles to make a run in the second half of the season, they are going to need to figure out a way to slow down their opponents’ passing games.
Dallas will be without left guard Connor Williams (knee), who was injured late in Monday night's contest. Starting tight end, Geoff Swaim (knee) missed last week's action but could return in time for Sunday night.
Defensive tackle David Irving hurt his ankle in practice last week and isn't expected back for the next few weeks. Linebacker Sean Lee aggravated his hamstring once again and is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks.
On the Eagles’ side of the ball, they will be without running back Darren Sproles once again as he aggravated a hamstring injury at practice. The Eagles are also expected to be without cornerbacks Jalen Mills and Sydney Jones as they continue to rehab from lower leg injuries.
The Cowboys are a seven-point underdog at 888Sport. Considering this is a matchup between two divisional teams, that spread seems somewhat high. However, the Cowboys have struggled mightily on the road this season, losing all four games and failing to cover the spread in all four contests.
Expect this game to be close, but for the Eagles to pull away late and cover the spread. Take Philly and give the 7 points at 888Sport.
Sunday’s matchup between these two teams has a relatively low over/under of 43 at Karamba. Both sides have top-five scoring defenses on the season and are somewhat struggling on offense.
Like last year's matchup in November, expect this to be a relatively low-scoring game in the first half with the scoring picking up in the final two quarters. Still, I’d bet this game to hit the under by a few points.
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