The NFC East title comes down to this. If the Cowboys win, they’re in. If the Eagles win, they set up a win-and-in scenario next week against the Giants. Both at 7-7, neither team has looked like a Super Bowl contender of late. However, both have an opportunity to make a statement to the rest of the league on Sunday. Read on for our betting preview and get your picks in for Action 247’s $500 Game of the Week. Free to play, 7 picks, and a real $500 cash prize.
Game of the Week Props
1. Spread — Cowboys -2.5
2. Over/Under — 46.5
3. Carson Wentz passing touchdowns — O/U 1.5
4. Dak Prescott passing + rushing yards — O/U 342.5
5. Ezekiel Elliott carries — O/U 20.5
6. Total touchdowns scored — O/U 5.5
7. More receptions: Zach Ertz vs. Amari Cooper
Dallas snapped a three-game losing skid last week by getting its first win against a team with a winning record–a 44-21 shellacking of the Rams. The win was much needed, temporarily silencing the rumblings about Jason Garrett’s hot seat, Jerry Jones’s controversial interviews, and Dak Prescott’s contract uncertainty. The defense, led by veteran linebacker Sean Lee, shined in the win. The running game was a bright spot also as Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard combined for 248 yards and 3 touchdowns. Vegas is on the Cowboys side against Philly, favoring them by a field goal on the road. Dallas will have to carry over the momentum created last week to cover.
It’s been a roller coaster in Philadelphia all year. Carson Wentz has looked like a shell of his former self, which can be partially explained by the amount of injuries the Eagles have suffered at the wide receiver position. Combine the recent defensive struggles and you get a shaky team that is home underdogs in a do-or-die game. Philadelphia’s last three opponents have a combined record of 9-33. The three-game stretch included a loss to the tanking Dolphins, an overtime win at home against the Giants, and a last-second victory over the Redskins. That doesn’t exactly scream playoff bound. The Eagles will have to turn things around quickly to beat the Cowboys. We think it will be too little, too late.
Action 247 Prediction: Cowboys -2.5
In a tough divisional matchup in which both teams know each other very well, don’t expect a shootout. A slugfest is much more likely with a couple key plays deciding the game. Keep in mind: the under has hit in the last five Eagles home games, with an average point total of 33.2.
Action 247 Prediction: Under 46.5
Carson Wentz Passing Touchdowns O/U 1.5
Wentz might as well have you and me to throw to on Sunday. Opponents have been double-teaming tight end Zach Ertz over the middle and forcing wide receiver replacements Greg Ward Jr. and JJ Arcega-Whiteside beat them. Ward Jr., who had a breakout performance last week against the Redskins, has emerged as Wentz’s favorite target with Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery out. However, the passing game has just been too inconsistent to bank on two or more TDs from Wentz.
Action 247 Prediction: Under 1.5
Dak Prescott Passing + Rushing Yards O/U 342.5
Prescott is a stat stuffer machine. He is averaging 326 total yards per game and has had four games in which he went for 400+ total yards. He is certainly capable of putting the Cowboys on his back and going for over 342.5 passing + rushing yards. Just don’t expect that on Sunday. Dallas should rely more heavily on its running attack after Elliott and Pollard shredded a Rams defense that looked impressive in previous weeks.
Action 247 Prediction: Under 342.5
Ezekiel Elliott Carries O/U 20.5
Elliott is averaging just under 20 rushes per game through the first 14 weeks of the season. His workload has steadily increased in the second half as he’s rushed 20+ times in six of the last nine. Elliott is coming off the best game of his year, rushing for 117 yards and 2 touchdowns on 24 carries against the Rams. In a must-win game, Dallas should get their money’s worth from Elliott and his $90 million contract.
Action 247 Prediction: Over 20.5
Total Touchdowns Scored O/U 5.5
We’re going under 5.5 total touchdowns for the same reason we took the under 46.5 points. Touchdowns will be at a premium in this one. Both sides have playmakers all over the defensive side of the football. Look for both offenses to come out relatively conservative early on.
Action 247 Prediction: Under 5.5
More Receptions: Zach Ertz vs. Amari Cooper
In 2019, Cooper has accumulated 1,073 receiving yards on 71 receptions compared to Ertz’s 888 yards on 84 receptions. The flashy bet is Cooper, the safe bet is Ertz. Cooper has the higher boom potential, but there have been times this year when he has completely disappeared (0 receptions against the Patriots in Week 12). Ertz, despite facing an increasing number of double teams, has been reliable week in and week out. With the season on the line, Wentz will look for his trusted tight end to pick up first downs and convert in the red zone.
Action 247 Prediction: Zach Ertz
Philadelphia continues to be hampered by key injuries on offense. Starting wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is out for the year and fellow receiver Nelson Agholor is questionable for Sunday’s tilt with knee problems. The status of running back Jordan Howard, who has missed the past five games, is a bit more optimistic, but he is still listed as questionable. Rookie running back Miles Sanders has carried the load in his absence. The Eagles hope defensive end Derek Barnett can return to the lineup after being sidelined the past two contests.
There’s been speculation that Prescott has been playing with a fractured index finger on his throwing hand–something Jason Garrett has refused to confirm or deny. The news about the hairline fracture was reported by FOX color commentator Troy Aikman, who announced that Prescott notified him of the injury before the Rams game. With star linebacker Leighton Vander Esch out, Dallas will continue to lean on Sean Lee, who had his first career game with both a sack and an interception against the Rams.
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