Cowboys Eagles Odds
The Dallas Cowboys (5-6) host the Philadelphia Eagles (3-8) Sunday night in NFC East division action. Oddsmakers have listed the Cowboys as a 10-point favorite and hav set the total at 43.0.
Why Dallas Covers
The Eagles have been the worst investment in the NFL this season by far. They are only 1-9-1 against the spread. Every other team in the NFL has covered the number at least three times.
Philadelphia has lost each of its last seven games and is 0-6 against the spread in its last six. Its last five defeats have come by an average of 15.2 points and four of these have come by at least 13.0 points.
The Eagles very well could be without their three best playmakers. Quarterback Michael Vick has missed the last two games following a concussion and has not yet been medically cleared to play this week.
Star running back LeSean McCoy remains questionable after suffering a concussion in Week 11 against the Washington Redskins.
We know for certain the Eagles will be without leading receiver DeSean Jackson, who has been placed on injured reserve after breaking two ribs last week.
Dallas also has the edge in preparation time. Because the Cowboys played on Thanksgiving day and Philadelphia played on Monday night, they will have had four extra days to prepare.
Dallas lost 38-31 to the Redskins last week, but it is on an outstanding 23-9 against the spread run after allowing 35 points or more in its last game.
Also, the Eagles are 0-6 against the spread this season versus good offensive teams that average 5.65 yards or more per play. Philly has lost these six by an average score of 28.6 to 17.6.
The Cowboys won the season’s first meeting 38-23 Nov. 11.
Why Philadelphia Covers
The Cowboys have been a poor investment in recent seasons, especially at home where they are on a 2-11 against the spread slide. They have won these games on average but only by 3.0 points.
Dallas has also been a lousy favorite. It is on a 6-20 against the spread skid when laying points. It has won these games on average but only by 1.7 points. It is on a 2-9 against the spread slide when laying points at home.
The Eagles are just 1-4 on the road, but the Cowboys are even 0-5 against the spread in their last five home games versus teams that have a losing road record.
Philadelphia is on a 52-34 against the spread run in the underdog role, and it is on a 38-21 against the spread run as a road underdog.
Dallas won the season’s first meeting, but the Eagles are a terrific 54-33 against the spread when out for revenge for a loss to an opponent over the last two decades. They are on a 13-5 against the spread run in road games when out for revenge for a same-season loss to an opponent.
Prior to that Nov. 11 defeat, the Eagles had won two straight against Dallas by double digits. They had also won three of four with the lone defeat coming by a single point.
Dallas has been a poor investment lately in division play. It is just 2-8 against the spread in its last 10 games against NFC East foes.