Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys
Line: Philadelphia -10.5
Where: Lincoln Financial Field
When: Sunday, 11/1, at 8:20 p.m. ET
Things continue to spiral downhill for the Dallas Cowboys, who are now 0-7 against the spread.
They have already lost star quarterback Dak Prescott for the season and are off to a 2-5 start.
Now, backup quarterback Andy Dalton is dealing with a concussion and is ‘out of Sunday
night’s game against Philadelphia.
The Eagles, who were 2-point favorites in the pre-season look-ahead line, are now 10.5-point
favorites after the injury news. Sunday’s total is set at 43 after opening at 47.5, making it the
lowest total in the league this week.
Dalton was held out of practice on Thursday, although he did participate in the quarterback
meeting. Rookie Ben DiNucci will get the starting nod.
Dallas is coming off back-to-back blowout losses to Arizona and Washington, but is still very
much alive in the NFC East. DiNucci is a seventh-round draft pick from James Madison who
was forced into action last week after Dalton was knocked out of the game.
He completed two of three passes for 39 yards, but he was also sacked three times and fumbled
twice. DiNucci will be facing a stout Philadelphia defense if he does make his first career start.
The Eagles boast the No. 7 pass defense in the NFL, allowing 220.4 yards per game.
While all the talk surrounds Dallas coming into this contest, Philadelphia has some question
marks of its own. The Eagles are dealing with injuries to key offensive linemen and skill players
Running back Miles Sanders and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery both missed practice on Thursday
and have been ruled ‘out.’ Offensive linemen Lane Johnson and Jack Driscoll are also
unknowns heading into this game.
The Eagles somehow find themselves in first place in the division, despite their 2-4-1 record.
They are coming off a 22-21 win against the Giants, which snapped a two-game losing skid.
Their losses during that stretch were understandable, though, as they fell to Pittsburgh and
Baltimore as heavy underdogs.
Quarterback Carson Wentz is trying to piece things together with the limited weapons he has at
his disposal. Wentz is completing 58.6 percent of his passes and has a 10-to-10 touchdown-to-
Wide receiver Travis Fulgham has become the top target in the passing game, leading the team
with 357 receiving yards in just four games of action. Wentz should find some success against a
Dallas defense that has allowed the most points and rushing yards in the NFL.
he Cowboys are 0-7 ATS for the first time in team history and are 0-5 ATS in their last five
road games. However, they are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games against the NFC East.
Philadelphia has not been much better, going 2-6 ATS in its last eight games. The ‘under’ has
cashed in five of the last seven meetings between these teams and the Eagles have gone ‘under’
in nine of their last 11 home games.
The Pick: Dallas +10.5
Dallas might wind up being the most contrarian pick in the NFL this week. I simply do not trust
Philadelphia’s limited offense to blow anyone out right now, including this atrocious Dallas
defense. The market always finds a breaking point and the Cowboys are going to cover in one of
their next several games. There’s no better time to play the contrarian side than now, as the
quarterback uncertainty is creating even more value. If Ezekiel Elliott can avoid fumbles, he will
be a huge factor. Bettors might be able to wait until Sunday afternoon to get an even better line
on the Cowboys.