The Dallas Cowboys are the league’s only undefeated team on the road but they will have to avenge a lopsided defeat against a bitter rival to keep that perfect mark intact. Dallas will pay a visit to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night in a showdown for first place in the NFC East. The Eagles crushed the Cowboys 33-10 in Dallas on Thanksgiving night and a victory Sunday night will essentially give them a two-game lead with two to play.
“Our attention has to go to Dallas and on winning the NFC East,” Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly said. “We’re not concerned with anything else besides that. Control what you can control. And that’s what we can control right now.” Dallas has been off for nine days since winning at Chicago 41-28 on Dec. 4 and regained a share of first place in the division when Seattle knocked off the Eagles 24-14 last week. The teams have split the last 10 meetings, but the Cowboys have won their last two in Philadelphia.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC.
LINE HISTORY: The opening line of Dallas -3.5 and total of 55 has not shifted all week.
INJURY REPORT: Cowboys – DE Demarcus Lawrence (Prob-Chest), S Jeff Heath (Prob-Thumb) Eagles – QB Nick Foles (Ques-Collarbone)
WEATHER FORECAST: Expect party cloudy conditions with temperatures in the high 37-40°F range. Winds are expected to gust between 6-8 mph.
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “This game is basically a must-win for the Cowboys as a loss would put them one game behind the Eagles with only two games remaining, plus Dallas would lose the head-to-head tie-breaker since Philadelphia won the earlier meeting on Thanksgiving Day. The Cowboys were thoroughly outplayed in that game as the Eagles held a 464-267 total yard edge. However, the Cowboys have actually been better away from home this season as they currently have the best road record in the league at a perfect 6-0 SU.” Covers Expert Steve Merril
WHAT BOOKS SAY: “The line has remained Philadelphia -3.5 all week, with a 10 cent adjustment on the juice in favor of Dallas making it Eagles -3.5 (even). Dallas is getting 63 percent of the cash and 65 percent of bets.” – Mike Jerome of Topbet.eu
ABOUT THE COWBOYS (9-4 SU, 7-6 ATS, 7-5-1 O/U): DeMarco Murray is running away with the league’s rushing title with 1,606 yards and has eclipsed 100 in 11 of 13 games this season, but he was held to a season-low 73 yards on 20 carries by Philadelphia. Quarterback Tony Romo had his worst game in last month’s meeting, getting intercepted twice and sacked four times while failing to throw a touchdown pass for the only time this season. Romo bounced back by tossing three touchdowns – two to Cole Beasley – against the Bears and will be looking for Dez Bryant, who last week went over 1,000 yards for the third straight season. Dallas has only 19 sacks and is permitted 251.9 yards through the air.
ABOUT THE EAGLES (9-4 SU, 8-5 ATS, 8-5 O/U): Philadelphia’s vaunted offense was brought to a halt by reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle, which limited the Eagles to 139 total yards while holding the ball for nearly 42 minutes. Mark Sanchez had his worst game since replacing an injured Nick Foles, throwing for only 96 yards, while LeSean McCoy managed 50 yards on 17 carries after shredding Dallas for 159 yards and a touchdown on Thanksgiving. Wideout Jeremy Maclin had eight catches for 108 yards in the previous meeting with the Cowboys while rookie Jordan Matthews has five TD receptions in his last six games and has emerged as a favorite target of Sanchez.
*Eagles are 5-14-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
*Over is 5-0 in Cowboys last 5 road games.
*Road team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
*Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Philadelphia.
COVERS CONSENSUS: 54.31 percent of Covers users are on the Cowboys +3.5, with 63.6 percent backing the over.