NFL Sunday Night Football Preview

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

TeamSpreadMoneylineTotal
Philadelphia Eagles+2.5 (-105)+120O 48.5 (-110)
Dallas Cowboys-2.5 (-115)-145U 48.5 (-110)

The NFC East lead is up for grabs at AT&T Stadium on Sunday night, when a banged-up Dallas squad that has lost three straight will collide with the inconsistent Eagles. With the outcome looking like a coin flip, bettors would be wise to head to the totals market for a prime-time play.

Cowboys are limping into Week 7

The Cowboys’ extensive injury list includes offensive linemen La’el Collins (knee) and Tyron Smith (ankle), and wide receivers Amari Cooper (quad) and Randall Cobb (back). Quarterback Dak Prescott has had a fine season, and has completed nearly 70% of his passes for 8.9 yards per attempt, but his rapidly worsening touchdown-interception ratio (11-6) raises an eyebrow. A litany of injured teammates won’t help.

Ezekiel Elliott (4.3 yards per carry, 113 attempts, five TDs) can only do so much out of the backfield against the Eagles’ second-rated run stoppers (72.8 yards allowed per game). However, Philadelphia’s secondary is porous (29th in passing yards allowed per game at 280.2), so Prescott could be sitting on a big game.

Dallas D is trending in the wrong direction

The Dallas defense has been sliding the wrong way over the last two games and has allowed an average of 358.5 yards in that span. Cornerbacks Byron Jones and Anthony Brown were both added to the Week 7 injury report with hamstring ailments, so it appears Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will enjoy one of his best outings of the season Sunday night. He, along with running backs Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders, have helped Philadelphia rack up the ninth-most points in the NFL through six weeks (26.8), just ahead of the Cowboys in 10th (25.5). Wentz should get solid protection from his offensive line, which has allowed the eighth-fewest sacks in the league (10). Dallas’ defense is a modest 14th in sacks this year (14).

The Over is 24-10 in the Eagles’ last 34 road games and has cashed in six straight Cowboys divisional tilts.

Pick: Over


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