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Eagles vs. Cowboys betting

The Eagles remain in the playoff hunt despite starting the year 4-8 and can put huge pressure on Dallas with a Week 16 win visiting the Cowboys.

Dallas opened as small 1-point home chalk and a loss would imperil the Cowboys' NFC East title. If the Eagles win here and next week against the Redskins, while Dallas loses its finale against the Giants, the Eagles would be 8-8 champions because of a better division record.

So plenty of motivation on both sides, for the Eagles and their 15-3 SU mark in December games and for Dallas, which is a lame 2-8 ATS in 10 recent home games during December.

View Philadelphia vs Dallas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks have set the Cowboys as 3-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total is listed at 50.5 at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cowboys rated this week at No. 6 and the Eagles sitting at No. 3. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 27-25 result in favor of the Cowboys this week.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Dallas's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 24.9 PPG, against a Eagles defense that ranks No. 19 this week at 22.2 PPG. The Cowboys aerial game is averaging 270.9 yards per game, more than the Eagles secondary allows through the air, 213.8 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Eagles feature the league's No. 12-rated road run defense, allowing 112.7 yards per game. Dallas, meanwhile, ranks No. 3 in rushing offense at home.

Philadelphia won its last outing, a 45-19 result against the Jets on December 18. The Eagles covered in that game as a 3-point favorite, while the 64 combined points took the game OVER the total. New York wasn't able to contain LeSean McCoy in their last game and the result was a 45-19 Week 15 loss against the Eagles.

Last time out for Dallas, they were a 31-15 winner as they battled the Buccaneers on the road. The Cowboys covered in the match as a 7-point favorite, while 46 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Last time out, Tony Romo threw for 3 scores and 249 yards in leading his team past Tampa Bay at Raymond James Stadium.

Philadelphia Eagles Trends:
When playing in December are 8-2
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 3-7
When playing within the division are 7-3

Dallas Cowboys Trends:
When playing in December are 5-5
When playing on turf are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing within the division are 5-5

A few Eagles at Cowboys trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Philadelphia's last 13 games on the road
Philadelphia is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing Dallas
Philadelphia is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Dallas
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Dallas's last 16 games at home
Dallas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Dallas's last 10 games

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Washington, Sunday, January 1
Dallas at NY Giants, Sunday, January 1