An NFC East showdown is on this weekend, as the Dallas Cowboys head to Philadelphia to square off against the rival Eagles. Both teams are 7-7 and tied for the top spot in the division, so there couldn’t be much more pressure for both teams to win. The Cowboys are coming off a stomping they put on the Rams, while the Eagles are coming off two straight wins, including a nailbiter against the Redskins.
The Cowboys’ win over the Rams was just what the doctor ordered, as owner Jerry Jones said. They just need to win this game to secure the NFC East. The same can’t be said for the Eagles, who have to win out to control their own fate.
Unfortunately, both teams can’t win this weekend, so it’s all on the line now. The Cowboys are favored by 2.5 points with the over/under set at 46.5 headed into the contest. Check out our betting preview for this key NFC East contest.
What the Doctor Ordered
Well, the doctor ordered 160 total yards and two touchdowns out of superstar runner Ezekiel Elliott, leading fans and pundits alike to ask, why not all along? Where was this rushing game when Dak Prescott was forced to throw the ball around 40 to 50 times a game? The Cowboys are facing a rushing defense that ranks third in the league, so they need to block up front if they want another 117 on the ground from Elliott.
Take away some interceptions, and Prescott still isn’t having a bad season. He has completed over 65 percent of his passes and thrown for over 4,300 yards. The defense has to slow the Eagles down to keep this loaded offense in it. It can be one of the more explosive in the league.
Flying Somewhat High
While sitting atop the NFC East, 7-7 is nothing to brag about for Philadelphia. The Eagles have underplayed at several points of the season, and fingers have even been pointed at quarterback Carson Wentz.
Wentz has thrown 25 touchdowns to seven interceptions on the season. He’s thrown for 3,431 yards and has competed 63.4 percent of his passes. He just needs more targets to throw too, as Zach Ertz can’t do it alone.
Running back Miles Sanders has been a pleasant surprise coming out of the backfield, as he’s run for 687 yards in nine starts this season. He’s been quite the receiving target as well, as he also has 483 yards through the air and five touchdowns. A heavy dose of Sanders and Ertz is what the Cowboys will see, but can they stop them?
The Ins and Outs
Philadelphia is only 5-9 against the spread this season, while Dallas is 8-6, covering 57.1 percent of the time. Dallas is a team with way bigger upside offensively in this game. Philadelphia’s defense has the upside on the other sideline. The world should be in for a classic NFC East battle.