The betting slate for Week 3 of the NFL season closes on Monday Night Football with a critical division matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. The NFC East was the worst in the league last season putting added importance on the head-to-head meetings.
After splitting their first two games on the road the Cowboys head home where they’ve won three straight over the Eagles averaging over 34 points in those outings. Dallas opened as a 4-point favorite on the NFL betting line for their home opener.
The Week 3 MNF matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys will take place at ATT Stadium at 8:15 p.m. ET on September 27 and will be televised on ESPN.
Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys Odds
Philadelphia Eagles +3.5 | Dallas Cowboys -3.5 [BET NOW]
Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys Money Line
Philadelphia Eagles +155 | Dallas Cowboys -180 [BET NOW]
Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys Over/Under
Over/Under 52 [BET NOW]
The line has bounced around a half-point on either side of the opening of Dallas -4 and has settled at -3.5. The Cowboys are playing as a favorite for the first time this season after going 2-0 ATS in their first two games. They covered the 10-point line in a 31-29 loss to Tampa in the opener and beat the Chargers outright 20-17 catching 3-points.
The Eagles were favored in their first two games going 1-1 SU and ATS. They were laying 3-points to the Niners last week and lost outright 17-11. The teams split the previous four meetings with each club getting a pair of covers. The UNDER is 3-1 in that span and the total of 52 is the highest since the first meeting of the 2015 season.
I guess the big question is what Eagles team shows up on Monday night. Will it be the one that crushed Atlanta 32-6 in the season opener or the one that scored just 11 points in last week’s 17-11 setback to San Francisco? Jalen Hurts will play a major role in whatever team appears.
Taking over as the starter for the final four games of last season, Hurts struggled with his accuracy throwing the football. He completed just 51.9 percent of his passes in that span with five touchdowns and three interceptions. Philly went 1-3 SU and 2-2 ATS averaging a little over 20 points. Hurts had a magnificent game in the opener completing 27 of 35 (77.1%) for 264 yards and three touchdowns. Things took a turn for the worse last week. Hurts was 12 of 23 (51.2%) for 190 yards and Eagles scored just 11 points.
One thing the Eagles need from Hurts is consistency, and while he was consistently below average throwing the ball he’s been able to create plays with his feet. He’s not Lamar Jackson good running the ball, but he’s close. Hurts leads the team with 144 rushing yards and is averaging 8.5 yards per carry. Valuing the football will be huge against a Dallas defense that’s forced a league-high six turnovers already.
With Dak Prescott back behind center we expected the offense to be productive, and the group hasn’t let us down. Prescott had a huge game in the opener showing no after effects from his devastating ankle injury. He threw for 403 yards and three touchdowns against Tampa. While the numbers weren’t as lofty and he failed to throw a scoring pass, Prescott was efficient against the Bolts and more importantly the Boys got a victory.
After totaling just 60 rushing yards on 18 carries against the Bucs, the Boys had a more balanced attack last week going for 198 yards. Tony Pollard rushed for 109 yards and Ezekiel Elliott added 71. They each scored a touchdown as well as the unit produced 419 total yards. They will need to score more points, but that will come as long as the ball continues to move up and down the field.
The defense continues to give up chunks of yardage but stiffens when it matters. The unit allowed just one touchdown on four LA red zone trips last week and creating turnovers has also thwarted opponent drives. The Cowboys have a league-best six takeaways and +4 turnover margin through two weeks.
Eagles vs Cowboys Prediction
Our Prediction: Dallas Cowboys -3.5 / UNDER 52
While the Cowboys have been the best at forcing turnovers, the Eagles have yet to cough it up. This is one stat that always plays a role in the outcome of games. The Dallas defense remains leaky and if the Eagles can generate plays on the ground and not turn the ball over they can win.
When Hurts has to throw the ball he’s been awful, though he could test a secondary that’s allowed big plays and a lot of yards. The Cowboys will score enough points to cover the spread, but games within this division have a tendency to be grind-it-out affairs giving me confidence in betting the UNDER.
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