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SNF Week 8: Cowboys vs. Eagles odds, preview & prediction

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October 29th, 2020

The NFC East has proven to be a highly competitive division in 2020, if not necessarily strong. First place will be on the line this Sunday night (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC) as the Dallas Cowboys (2-5) visit the Philadelphia Eagles (2-4-1) at Lincoln Financial Field. Here is our betting preview.

Mon, November 2 2020, 12:20 AM

Philadelphia Eagles

Spread

-9

Moneyline

-405

Total

O 43

Dallas Cowboys

Spread

+9

Moneyline

+310

Total

U 43

Eagles on the rise

Since an embarrassing 0-2-1 start, the Eagles have gone 2-2. They managed to upset the defending NFC Champion 49ers and hung close with both the Steelers and the Ravens before beating the Giants last Thursday night.

Carson Wentz had arguably his best performance of the year against New York, producing a season-high passer rating of 91.1. Wide-out Travis Fulgham has become a reliable option for Wentz, accumulating 23 receptions, 357 yards, and three touchdowns since being signed from the practice squad in Week 5.

Running back Miles Sanders (knee) appears set to rejoin the team on Sunday after missing Week 7. He’s third in the NFL in rushing yards per game (86.8, minimum five starts).

Cowboys doing awful without Dak

In the two games since Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending ankle injury, the Cowboys have been outscored 63-13. Andy Dalton’s passer rating is a dismal 64.4 for the year, and now it looks as though he’ll be unable to suit up in Week 8 due to a concussion, paving the way for seventh-round draft choice Ben DiNucci to make his first NFL start.

All-Pro halfback Ezekiel Elliott has looked lost in his last two games, accumulating just 94 yards on 24 carries with no touchdowns.

Cowboys and Eagles statistics

TeamPassing YardsRushing YardsPassing Yards AllowedRushing Yards Allowed
Dallas Cowboys
316.1 (1st)
101.9 (24th)
229.9 (12th)
178.3 (32nd)
Philadelphia Eagles
226.9 (24th)
118.6 (15th)
220.4 (7th)
130.4 (24th)

Dallas’ defense is dreadful

The Cowboys’ stoppers are among the worst in the league in yards allowed per game (408.1, 28th) and are dead-last in points allowed per game (34.7). Things may only get worse with this unit following the trade of Everson Griffen and the release of Dontari Poe.

Can the Eagles cover the spread against the Cowboys in Week 8?

Neither team is trending well

Trend bettors won’t want to hang their hat on either side in this one. The Eagles are just 2-5 against the spread this year, while the Cowboys are the only team in the NFL yet to reward their backers even once (0-7). One might say Dallas is "due" to cover, but betting them would be as logical as betting on red in roulette just because black came up seven times straight.

Score prediction: Eagles 27, Cowboys 13

NFL pick: Eagles -9

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