Before the season, the NFC East was generally regarded as the weak link in the NFL. But suddenly, we have a Sunday night game that is taking place between a pair of titans.
The Philadelphia Eagles are the last undefeated team still standing. The Dallas Cowboys have resurrected themselves from near death to be the second-hottest team in the NFL. So this is exciting for two of the most rabid fan bases in the NFL.
They’ll tangle at 8:20 PM ET at Lincoln Financial Field. And at BetOnline, the Eagles are laying some points:
Philadelphia Eagles -6.5
Dallas Cowboys +6.5
Over 42 Points -110
Under 42 Points -110
Tell the truth – did you really feel like the Cowboys could be in a position to tie for the the best record in the NFL with Dak Prescott and his injured thumb on the sidelines? No, you didn’t. You figured it would be more like two years ago when Prescott went down for the year and Dallas faltered.
But they didn’t have Cooper Rush that season. And now he is more composed, with 118 attempts without an interception. So that’s what the Cowboys have going for them.
The conventional wisdom on the part of the oddsmakers (which is partially a reflection of public perception) is that the Eagles are a dynamic side that has punished opponents on the ground and has now started to do the same through the air. Indeed, it is nice to have a receiver like AJ Brown in the fold to join former Alabama Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith and tight end Dallas Goedert. But to be honest, Jalen Hurts’ arm has not always been reliable.
At least that was head coach Nick Sirianni’s perspective when he made a change in focus in the offense, concentrating more on running the ball. Since he did that, about midway through the 2021 season, the Eagles have had the highest run-play percentage of any NFL team.
The leader in the backfield is Miles Sanders, who’s got 414 yards, but Hurts is a big part of that too. And that is why the health of Dallas’ monster linebacker Micah Parsons is a major consideration.
If you pardon the sacrilege, Parsons is the closest thing the NFL has to a Lawrence Taylor-type, which is to say he is an athletic linebacker who can cover every inch of the field and rush the passer to the extent that offensive coordinators have to game-plan around him. Indeed, he was the favorite at BetOnline to win the Defensive Player of the Year award.
What we have with the Cowboys is a team that has so much potential to run the ball. Let’s face it – Ezekiel Elliott is a former NFL rushing champion, and Tony Pollard is like one of those bombs that have yet to go off – a big play threat who can score from anywhere on the field, whether it’s a carry, a catch or a special teams play.
But we’re expecting that defense may prevail here by setting high odds at NFL betting sites. The Cowboys have allowed just four TD passes in five games and haven’t let any team score 20 points. That list of teams includes both of last season’s Super Bowl participants (Cincinnati and the L.A. Rams) as well as the Super Bowl champion from two seasons ago (Tampa Bay). So they are fully capable of getting the job done. We are willing to grab the points with them in a game that should go under the total.
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