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Dallas Cowboys vs Philadelphia Eagles Pick & Prediction, Sat Jan 08 08:15 PM

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OPENNER
45.5

-7 +110
CURRENT
45o -110

-263
MONEYLINE
+225

51
SCORE
26

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A fun NFC East matchup is on the way, but we probably won't be seeing many starters. The number one seed in the NFC is already locked up by the Packers, so the Cowboys might rest players.

Now, there is still positioning to play for, but they might not want to risk any injuries. Especially because they could be facing the Eagles again in the NFL playoffs next week.

The Eagles have their own spot in the playoffs, too, after the Vikings lost last week. With their spot pretty much decided, we wouldn't be surprised to see players out of the lineup either. The Eagles projected matchup in the playoffs is the Los Angeles Rams.

We doubt that they'd want to come into that game shorthanded. Still, they don't want to surrender a second game to Dallas.

Cowboys vs. Eagles Betting Odds

TV: NFL Network

MONEY LINE: Cowboys (-300) vs. Eagles (+250)

SPREAD: Cowboys -7.5 (-110) vs. Eagles +7.5 (-110)

GAME TOTAL: Over 42.5 (-110) vs. Under 42.5 (-110)

Cowboys at Eagles Preview for Week 18

The Dallas Cowboys have already punched their playoff ticket, so they'll be in regardless. To us, we see this as a sign that they'll rest most of if not all of their starters.

Don't expect to see Dak Prescott at all in this one. This means that Cooper Rush will get the nod at starting QB, but that's not a bad thing. Cooper Rush is a strong and intelligent quarterback, don't underestimate him.

He'll also get some help from Tony Pollard and Corey Clement, the backup running backs. We all know how incredible Pollard is, so the Cowboys' offense shouldn't suffer.

There is also a good chance that most of the defensive starters play. That being said, they'll still have to cover a 7.5-point spread against the Eagles on Saturday.

Although they've got a playoff spot clinched, the Eagles don't want to be swept by Dallas. They already lost earlier in the season, and a second one might hurt morale before the playoffs.

However, they can't risk any injuries to their starters because they'll likely play the Rams in the first round. This puts the Philadelphia Eagles in a very rough position on Saturday.

We think that most of the core group will stay intact; our real question is about Jalen Hurts. They have Gardner Minshew as a backup, and we think the Eagles will go with him.

Worse news, the Eagles are down three running backs. This leaves them with their fourth-string running back Kenneth Gainwell to get the start. They'll likely bring up another running back to fill the position.

Cowboys at Eagles Prediction

Cowboys 20 - Eagles 24

Each of these teams has big decisions to make in terms of starters. Considering there could be plenty of players sidelined in this one, we like the Eagles.

Dallas has a great offense, but we aren't sure how many starters will actually see the field. The safer bet is going with the home team that has gone 6-1 in their last seven games.

The Eagles might not be as great against the spread as Dallas, but they'll have more starters in. An interesting trend to note is that Philadelphia has gone 7-2 ATS in their last nine games in January.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Philadelphia is 7-2 ATS in their last nine games played in January.

2. The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia's last ten games.

3. The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last six games at home.

Best Bet: Philadelphia Eagles +7.5

PREDICTION
Dallas Cowboys
27
20
Philadelphia Eagles

Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz threw two touchdown passes and Rodney McLeod returned a fumble for a score as the host Philadelphia Eagles recorded a 23-9 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.

Travis Fulgham and Jalen Reagor caught touchdown passes for the Eagles (3-4-1), who have won three of their past five games. Boston Scott rushed for 70 yards on 15 carries and Fulgham had six catches for 78 yards.

Wentz completed 15 of 27 passes for 123 yards but committed four turnovers -- two interceptions, two fumbles. He has thrown an NFL-worst 12 interceptions this season.

Rookie Ben DiNucci was 21-of-40 passing for 180 yards with a long gain of just 15 in his first NFL start for Dallas (2-6), which lost its third straight game. DiNucci, a third-stringer before Dak Prescott's season-ending ankle injury in Week 5, started because Andy Dalton was sidelined with a concussion.

Greg Zuerlein kicked three field goals for the Cowboys, who have just 22 points in the past three games Prescott has missed. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 63 yards on 19 carries and Michael Gallup had seven receptions for 61 yards.

Dallas outgained Philadelphia 265 to 222 but was just 4 of 16 on third-down conversions.

The Eagles moved ahead for good with 1:54 remaining in the third quarter when Wentz hit Fulgham on a 9-yard touchdown pass. The ensuing two-point toss to Reagor gave Philadelphia a 15-9 lead.

Dallas reached the Eagles' 21-yard line in the fourth quarter before DiNucci lost the football when he was sacked by T.J. Edwards. A battle for the ball ensued, and it was batted upfield before McLeod picked it up and raced 53 yards for a score with 5:18 remaining.

A short time later, the Cowboys were backed up on their 11, and long snapper L.P. Ladouceur was instructed to snap the ball out of the end zone to set up a free kick. The safety extended Philadelphia's lead to 14.

The Cowboys had allowed at least 20 first-half points in six consecutive games before the much-improved defensive play that allowed them to lead 9-7 at the break.

Zuerlein's 49-yard field goal started the scoring before the Eagles took a 7-3 lead when Reagor caught a 2-yard scoring pass from Wentz with two seconds left in the quarter.

Zuerlein connected again from 49 yards to pull Dallas within one with 9:46 left in the second quarter. He later made a 59-yarder in heavily windy conditions with six seconds remaining to push the Cowboys ahead.

--Field Level Media

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