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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys Pick-Odds-Prediction 10/20/13

Dallas Cowboys (3-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)

NFL Football: Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)

The Line: Philadelphia Eagles -2.5 -- Over/Under: 56 See the Latest Odds


The Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys face off on Sunday in Philadelphia in NFL action with first place in the NFC East going to the winner.

The Philadelphia Eagles started the 2013 NFL season with a win on Monday Night Football over the Redskins but that was followed by three losses but now they have won their last two and are tied for first place in the NFC East. The Eagles offense is putting up big numbers averaging 27.7 points and 449.8 yards per game as they are the number one rushing team in the NFL averaging 178.5 yards per game. Michael Vick missed last week’s game and he is questionable for this week and if he isn’t ready to go or if the Eagles make a decision to go elsewhere it will be Nick Foles who started last week in Tampa Bay. Vick has rushed for 307 yards and a touchdown but LeSean McCoy has rushed for 630 yards and three touchdowns and he has 15 catches out of the backfield. DeSean Jackson who has 34 catches and five touchdowns, Jason Avant who has 19 catches, leads the Eagles receivers and Riley Cooper has 12 catches. Defensively the Eagles are among the NFL’s worst allowing 29.8 points and a 32nd ranked 420.2 yards against per game with six interceptions, 13 sacks, and four fumble recoveries. DeMeco Ryans has 51 tackles, Nate Allen has 43 tackles, and Mychal Kendricks has 41 tackles. The Eagles offense is set up for the quick strike but it has put their defense on the field for an average of seven minutes more per game.

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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys Pick-Odds-Prediction 10/20/13

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The Dallas Cowboys are playing solid football but it hasn’t given them solid results each time out but it has been good enough to be tied for first place in the NFC East. The Cowboys offense is averaging a 30.5 points per game which is good enough for second best in the NFL and 349.8 yards per game. Tony Romo has completed 70.2 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions while being sacked 14 times. DeMarco Murray just about single handily handles the Cowboys rushing attack averaging 4.7 yards per carry with three touchdowns and he has 24 receptions out of the backfield. The Cowboys receivers are led by Dez Bryant with 34 catches and six touchdowns, Jason Witten with 31 catches and three touchdowns, and Terrence Williams with 18 catches and two touchdowns. The Dallas defense allows 25.3 points and 413.2 yards per game with six interceptions, 17 sacks, and seven fumble recoveries. The Cowboys will be without their best defender, DeMarcus Ware, for this one but they are led by Sean Lee with 60 tackles, Barry Church with 47 tackles, and Bruce Carter with 37 tackles. Dallas is hoping this is the year they make it back to the playoffs.

Philadelphia is 5-2 against the spread against the NFC, 6-15-1 against the spread in their last 22 games overall, and 6-21-1 against the spread in their last 28 home games. Dallas is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games, 7-16 against the spread against the NFC, and 4-10 against the spread against the NFC East. The road team has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.

While neither of these teams are among the NFL’s elite it is nice to see them face off in a meaningful game like we have here. Neither of these teams have lit it up against the spread and neither can stop the other but in what looks to be a shootout I will take the home team, the Eagles, laying less than a field goal.

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