Eagles vs. Cowboys: NFC East Title Odds
The Philadelphia Eagles are road favorites over the Dallas Cowboys in a Week 17 showdown for the NFC East, with a playoff berth at stake.
And the Cowboys will be playing without starting QB Tony Romo, who had back surgery this week and is done for the season. Kyle Orton is expected to start for the Cowboys in place of Romo on Sunday.
The Eagles opened as 2-point favorites over the Cowboys, but that line was sitting at seven points late in the week at Bovada on the Romo news. Dallas won the first meeting in a 17-3 low-scoring affair in Philadelphia. That was one of the last solid performances the Cowboys have received from their defense.
The Cowboys won both meetings with the Eagles last season, with both games going OVER the total.
Dallas has won all five divisional games so far this season, while the OVER is on a 7-1 run in Philly road games lately. In Week 17 games, the Cowboys have been chokers with a 1-9 ATS streak.
Supporters of the Eagles have seen them go 9-6 and 8-6-1 ATS so far this season, while the Cowboys are at 8-7 and 8-7 ATS. In totals betting, the Cowboys are 9-6, while the Eagles are 9-6.
The visitors opened as 2-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark (including BetOnline), while the total was hovering around 52.5 at most shops.
The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 6-rated Eagles taking on the No. 19-rated Cowboys in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 28-25 win for the Eagles on Sunday.
Philadelphia won its last outing, a 54-11 result against the Bears on December 22. The Eagles covered in that game as a 3-point favorite, while the 65 combined points took the game OVER the total. Tony Romo threw a pair of TD passes in Dallas's last match, defeating Washington 24-23 in Week 16 action on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Dallas's No. 4-ranked offense (27.8 PPG) against a Eagles defense that ranks No. 16 at 24 PPG. The Cowboys passing attack has averaged 239.73 yards per game, less than the Eagles give up through the air (285.2 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the Eagles own the league's No. 11-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 108 yards per game when on the road. Dallas, on the other hand, rates No. 24 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
A few Eagles at Cowboys trends to consider:
Philadelphia is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Philadelphia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Philadelphia's last 18 games
Philadelphia is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Dallas is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games
Dallas is 5-13 ATS in its last 18 games at home
Dallas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Philadelphia home to , Wednesday, December 31st
Dallas home to , Wednesday, December 31st