The Sunday Night the 8th of November we had the Week 9 SNF Edition with the 3-4 Eagles of Philadelphia (NFC East) playing rival 2-5 Cowboys of Dallas (NFC East) at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas with the kick-off scheduled for 8:35 PM ET and seen on NBC TV.
If you Bet on NFL football the early betting odds have the Eagles of Philadelphia favored at -3 with the Over/under at 44 and -160 on the Money Line, while the Cowboys of Dallas are the underdogs at +3 and +140 on the ML. This game sees 2 NFC East rivals that are struggling playing in a division where the 1st place Giants of New York is at 4-4. Yes, the Eagle are playing the injury plagued Cowboy who are last in the Division and the fans wonder who will win this important showdown in this NFC East Division.
For the fans of the 3-4 Eagles of Philadelphia your team suffered their 4th lost this past week on Sunday night as offense struggled and they lost the undefeated Panthers of Carolina 27-16. Their QB S. Bradford apart from passing for a mere 206 yards was intercepted 1 time and sacked some 5 times and the team could not get a forward action going with the exception of RB R. Matthews who had 6 carries for 1 TD and 98 yards in the game. Thus, the Eagles in that game offensively were unable to compete with the Panthers of Carolina.
Fans should not expect their QB Bradford too much better statistics against the Cowboys, as their defense has only allowed opposing QB’s some 215 yards or less in the ultimate 2 games. However, in this game they may move forward with their running game as the Cowboys have allowed opponents this season some 4.2 yards on each carry.
Defensively the Eagles had a better game as the CB’s Maxwell and Carroll II each had an interception against the Panthers as did free safety Jennings. Defensively they expect to do better against Dallas as their QB Cassell in his first 2 starts this season has had a ratio of 3 interceptions to each TD passed. Philadelphia in their ultimate 5 games against the Eagles is with 1 win and 4 losses against the spread.
If you are fan of the 2-5 Cowboys of Dallas it just may be that your starting QB T. Romo will return this week as his backup QB Cassell has struggled as he passed for only 323 yards in those 2 games and had a 57% completion rate, and their latest defeat was when the Seahawks came from behind to beat Dallas 13-12. We were just informed that Romo will not return until week 11 of this 2015 season.
If the Cowboys are to win this game, then they need a big game from QB Cassell, and he will also need help from his running backs. Their RB led by McFadden and the rest to step up and break out against the struggling run defense of the Eagles that is 16th in the NFL and has allowed some 110 yards each game to date.
With QB Romo still out and the Cowboys offense struggling to make 1st downs, they turned to FG kicker D. Bailey for their points as he made 4 of his 4 field goal attempts for 12 points, and the only points the Cowboys scored in that last loss to the Seahawks.
With the Cowboys offense struggling, their defense has done their best to keep the team in the game with play form G. Hard who did not record a sack, but did have a important intercept against the Seattle QB R. Wilson plus he had 4 tackles, 1 for a loss, a deflected pass and 3 hits on QB Wilson in their loss. To date Hardy leads the Cowboys defense with 3 sacks to date, and in this game with the struggling Dallas offensive line Hardy should achieve since Dallas in Week 7 allowed some 5 sacks. Dallas in their ultimate 5 games at home is with 1 win and 4 losses against the spread.
The prediction for this rival game is that the Eagles return to the win column with an important win over Dallas their NFC rival.