Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles Picks, Odds, Prediction 12/29/13
Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) at Dallas Cowboys (8-7)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm (AT&T Stadium)
The Line: Dallas Cowboys +2.5 -- Over/Under: 55.5 See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles face off on Sunday Night football for the final game of the 2013 NFL regular season.
The Dallas Cowboys had their chances to take control of the NFC East and while they failed to take advantage of them they have a chance to erase those failures from memory if they win this game and win the NFC East. It has been a while since the Cowboys made the post season and without making it there should be some big changes on the Dallas sidelines. Tony Romo may not be able to go in this one and if he can’t it will be Kyle Orton who has plenty of experience but he has thrown just five passes this season. DeMarco Murray has looked dominating at times and other times he seems to fizzle out in the second half, a time when most of the best backs get better. Dez Bryant is one of the most talented receivers in football but he still makes plenty of mistakes but he has 85 catches for 1,134 yards with 12 touchdowns while Jason Witten is steady as ever with 61 receptions and eight touchdowns. Barry Church has 127 tackles, Sean Lee has 99 tackles, and DeMarcus Ware is still one of the premier pass rushers and defenders in the NFL. The Cowboys are averaging 27.8 points and 336.3 yards per game while defensively they are allowing 27.2 points and 418.6 yards per game. Dallas has shot themselves in the foot this year and if they don’t win here it will be the reason they aren’t in the playoffs.
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The Philadelphia Eagles have turned it around and in Chip Kelly’s first year as Head Coach they are a win away from winning the NFC East. The Eagles offense has been lighting up the scoreboard and the defense has been doing enough to keep Philly in contention. Nick Foles has taken over as the starting QB and with 25 touchdowns and just two interceptions he has been impressive. LeSean McCoy does it all in the backfield rushing for 1,476 yards and nine touchdowns and he has 51 receptions. DeSean Jackson has 79 receptions and nine touchdowns and Riley Cooper has 44 receptions and eight touchdowns. DeMeco Ryans has 120 tackles and 4 sacks, Mychal Kendricks has 94 tackles, and Trent Cole has 8.0 sacks. The Eagles are averaging 27.9 points and 420.7 yards per game while defensively they are allowing 24 points and their opponents are gaining 392.7 yards per game. The Eagles have been improving and while they aren’t where they need to be if they want to win a Super Bowl they appear to be headed in the right direction.
Dallas is 5-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 1-4 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four games. Philadelphia is 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, 3-9-1 against the spread against a team wit a winning record, and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games. Philadelphia is 3-7 against the spread in the last 10 meetings of these two.
This one should be a shootout and this one easily goes over the total. My stronger pick is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.