The Dallas Cowboys have dropped five games since quarterback Tony Romo broke his collarbone, but that only puts them one game behind the Philadelphia Eagles heading into their game on Sunday Night Football. Many thought Chip Kelly’s Eagles would be a powerhouse this season, but they’ve been far from it, posting just a 3-4 record, good for third in the NFC East. Although their season hasn’t gone as they’d hoped, they still find themselves as -3.0 road favorites against the Cowboys.
Sunday Night Football: Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Point Spread: Packers -3 Over/under: 45.5 Date: Sunday, November 8, 8:30pm ET Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
After rushing for just two yards on 13 carries against his former team in their first meeting this season, expect DeMarco Murray to be extra motivated in his return to Jerry World. The offense has been inconsistent at best, with Murray being a big part of the problem. Ryan Matthews has seen better numbers on the ground, while quarterback Sam Bradford will need to be more accurate facing a very talented Cowboys pass rush. In the first meeting between the two teams, Bradford went 23 for 37 for 224 yards and a touchdown, but threw two interceptions. He’ll need to limit mistakes to split the season series.
Despite the Eagles giving up big yardage through the air, they may not have much to worry about facing Dallas back up Matt Cassell. In last week’s game, Cassell threw for just 97 yards and no touchdowns. All focus will likely be on stopping the run, where Philadelphia is ranked 13th in the league giving up just over 100 yards per game. If they can contain Dallas’ rushing attack, they’ll force a very limited Cowboys passing attack to score points.
With a stagnant offense, the +3 underdog Cowboys defense has done all it can to keep this team in games. Greg Hardy has come on strong after returning from suspension, tallying three sacks a forced fumble and an interception in three games. The rest of the Dallas pass rush accounts for 10 sacks and matches up favorably against a shaky Philadelphia offensive line. Turnover prone Bradford is likely to see another multiple turnover game if that line is unable to keep the Cowboys out of the backfield.
Dez Bryant has returned for Dallas but had an uneventful game with Cassell throwing the ball. Last weeks leading receiver was McFadden with six catches for 49 yards, meaning when Cassell throws, he simply checks down to play game manager. The game plan this week will need to feature a bit more creativity and risk taking if the Cowboys offense is going to score a touchdown. Something they failed to do last week, when all 12 of their points came on four successful field goal attempts.
Sunday Night Football Prediction
The Eagles aren’t exactly setting the league on fire, but they’ve managed to show flashes of being a good team. As for the Cowboys, if Romo were healthy this game would probably tilt towards Dallas. But since Romo isn’t healthy and left void of any offensive production, the Eagles should split the season series.