NFL Betting Preview: Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles – Sunday December 31, 2017
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
When: Sunday December 31st at 1:00 PM ET
Spread: Cowboys -2.5
Quick Pick: Cowboys -2.5 for 2 units
BetDSI has the Cowboys favored by 2.5 over the Eagles. One year after having the best record in the NFC the Cowboys will miss the playoffs. They had a chance to still make the playoffs, but were eliminated when they lost to the Seahawks last week. The Eagles have clinched the 1 seed in the NFC, but will enter the playoffs with a huge question mark at quarterback after Wentz went down with a season ending injury and Nick Foles hasn’t looked half as good as Wentz. These two teams have played each other 117 times with the Cowboys leading the series 65-52. The Eagles won the meeting earlier in the season by a score of 37-9 and have won 3 of the last 4 against the Cowboys. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Eagles.
The Eagles are 13-2 SU and 10-5 ATS. The Eagles have already clinched the 1 seed in the NFC, so the starters will likely see a lot of playing time in this matchup. The passing game has suffered since the injury to Carson Wentz who was the favorite to win the MVP after throwing for 3,296 yards with 33 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Since the injury Nick Foles has starter the last two games throwing for 498 yards with 5 touchdowns and 1 interception.
The running game for the Eagles has been below average on the season and will hinder their playoff run if they have to rely on Foles. LeGarrette Blount leads the team in rushing with 729 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Eagles will not have a 1,000 yard receiver, but will likely have three receivers over 800 yards with Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor.
The defense has been one of the best at getting to the quarterback in the NFL and have arguably the best depth on the defensive line in the NFL. The defense ranks 6th in points allowed per game, 1st in rushing yards allowed per game and 20th in passing yards allowed per game.
The Cowboys are 8-7 SU and 7-7-1 ATS. The Cowboys had one of the best records in the NFL and were close to playing for the NFC Championship last year, but this season the offensive line has been banged up at times, Dak Prescott has struggled at time and Ezekiel Elliot was suspended for six games during the season. Dak Prescott has thrown for 3,145 yards with 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and added another 341 yards rushing with 6 touchdowns.
Even with missing six games due to suspension Elliot is close to 1,000 yards rushing with 880 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns. This may be Dez Bryant’s last game as a Cowboy as he refuses to take a pay cut and is no longer the elite receiver he once was. He leads the team in receiving with 66 receptions for 814 yards and 6 touchdowns.
The defense has played better in recent weeks, but still remains an average defense ranking 16th in points allowed per game, 11th in rushing yards allowed per game and 13th in passing yards allowed per game.
Zeke goes for over 120 in a win reaching 1,000 yards rushing for the second consecutive season
The Eagles will rest their starters as they don’t have anything to play for after clinching the 1 seed in the NFC. The Cowboys will look to end the season with a win and I look for them to rely heavily on Ezekiel Elliott and the rushing attack in order to get the win. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.
Pick: Cowboys -2.5 for 2 units