Week 2 Monday Night Football preview
Philadelphia Eagles +7 (1-0) at Dallas Cowboys -7 (1-0) Total: 46.5
8:30 PM ET, Monday September 15, 2008 on ESPN
Even though it is only the second week in the NFL season this is a huge NFC East matchup. Every game within the division is important, as it is the toughest division in the NFL. The Redskins (1-1) and the Giants (2-0) both won yesterday, so the game means that much more.
Both teams looked legit last week, but the Cowboys played the Browns, who are now 0-2 again, and the Eagles beat the Rams as 8.5-point favorites. This game will be the true test to see if the Eagles are once again NFC contenders.
Donovan McNabb looked great last week, albeit against the little lamb defense, and Tony Romo looked sharp against the Browns. They covered easily as 6-point road chalk over at Bovada.
The NFC East is a division with great WRs, so the Eagles signed CB Asante Samuel away from the Patriots and he might match up against Terrell Owens, which will be a battle.
The key to this game will be if each team to get to the opposing team’s QB. Another key to the game is if the Cowboys D can stop Eagles RB Brian Westbrook. The Eagles will blitz Romo early and often, as the only way to throw him off his game is to keep him under constant pressure.
The Cowboys will have their first look at rookie spark plug DeSean Jackson of the Eagles, as he gives McNabb another weapon and he can take it to the house every time he touches the ball, whether it be receiving or returning kicks.
Is the power shifting in the NFC East or are the Cowboys still the team to beat in the division? After tonight’s game both these questions will be answered.
My Pick: A lot of people are jumping on the Eagles bandwagon and they looked great in Week 1, but they beat the Rams, who were also crushed by the Giants yesterday. The Cowboys are the same old bunch that can score and play D.
Look for the Cowboys to win this game and cover the 7-point spread. But beware the fact the Eagles have won two straight here and are 6-0 ATS their past six games on the highway.