Cowboys Eagles Betting – Eagles Get On Winning Track Before Playoffs
The sports wagering sites were expecting a lot more out of the Dallas Cowboys and a lot less out of the Philadelphia Eagles this season. As week 17 approaches in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys are out of the playoffs and the Eagles are still fighting for the number two seed in the NFC. But Dallas interim head coach Jason Garrett has one last chance to make his case to become the full-time Cowboys head coach, and he intends to use this game to improve his chances.
- What: NFL betting
- When: Sunday, January 2nd, 4:15 PM ET
- Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
- Pick: Philadelphia Eagles (no line)
What’s On The Line
The Eagles (10-5) have a very good reason to win this game. If the Eagles win and the Chicago Bears lose then the Eagles are the number two seed in the NFC and the Eagles get the extra week off to heal and rest. The Cowboys (5-10) are playing for their interim coach Jason Garrett. If the ‘Boys want Garrett to be their coach whenever the next NFL season happens, they will need to win this game to give him a chance.
Offensive Matchups: Cowboys Eagles Betting
Michael Vick is hurt with a bad leg and may not play this game. The good thing for the Eagles is that they really do have a high level of confidence in back-up Kevin Kolb. After all, Kolb started the season as the number one quarterback. The other pieces for the Eagles are in place including wide receiver and kick return specialist DeSean Jackson and running back LeSean McCoy.
The NFL football betting experts are not giving the Cowboys much of a chance in this game, and probably with good reason. The Cowboys will try and prop up injured back-up quarterback Jon Kitna rather than go with the fiery third-stringer Stephen McGee. Rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant is out for the season and all of the Cowboys’ running backs are banged up pretty bad.
Betting Edge: Eagles
Defensive Matchups: Cowboys Eagles Betting
The Cowboys started the season with a decent pass rush, but over the course of the season it has backed off considerably. The Cowboys were not able to get a lot of pressure on Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton last week, although they did manage to sack him once. Both of the Eagles’ quarterbacks have to be pressured to get them off their game. Without any real pressure to speak of, the Cowboys need to rely on their linebackers to stop the run. This may be a case of bending but, hopefully, not breaking for the Cowboys defense.
The Minnesota Vikings running attack, consisting of quarterback Joe Webb and running back Adrian Peterson, ran right over the Eagles defense. The Eagles linebackers looked confused much of the game, and when Webb started to improvise the secondary seemed to start running around rather than staying with their assignments. However, when Webb dropped back to pass the Eagles were able to apply pressure. Philadelphia can take away the passing game and make the Cowboys rely on their hobbled running game.
Betting Edge: Eagles
Notable Injuries: Cowboys Eagles Betting
The Cowboys have some serious injuries on offense that will affect this game. Wide receiver Sam Hurd (head), quarterback Jon Kitna (abdomen) and wide receiver Jesse Holley (knee) have all been held out of practice this week. If Hurd and Holley cannot go, then the Cowboys are severely depleted at the wide receiver position.
Quarterback Michael Vick (quadricep), cornerback Asante Samuel (knee) and wide receiver DeSean Jackson (foot) were all held out of practice and may not play due to the shortened week and the coming playoffs.
Betting Edge: Cowboys
Outlook and Pick: Cowboys Eagles Betting
This game basically comes down to the Dallas third string playing the Eagles second string. It is situations like this, where teams are fighting injuries and struggling just to field a full roster, that are strong arguments against an 18 game season. But the Eagles have more quality players to put on the field that the Cowboys do, and that will be the difference.
Tony’s Pick: Philadelphia Eagles