In a battle for the first place in the NFC East, the Dallas Cowboys visit the 3 point favorite Philadelphia Eagles at 8:20 PM ET at Lincoln Financial Field in a Sunday Night in America showdown.
NFL Betting Odds:
Dallas Cowboys +3
Philadelphia Eagles -3
Both teams arrive to this game with a 5-2 records and are looking to keep their momentum going after winning big games in the last couple of weeks.
For an upset the Cowboys will need Miles Austin to keep playing like a superstar like he has the last 3 games. Austin has emerged as Romo’s go to guy with 21 catches, 482 yards and 5 TD during the 3 games winning streak.
Romo also has also improved his game. He hasn't thrown an interception in a career-high three straight games while passing for eight touchdowns. "I'm seeing things. It's as simple as that," said Romo, who has won 12 consecutive November starts. "I'm not throwing and hoping."
The Eagles passing defense (ranked 10th) will be Romo’s first real challenge on the season. Expect Philadelphia to go after Tony Romo as they rank second in the league in sacks. This won’t be a comfortable game for Dallas on offense.
But it won’t be a comfortable game for Phily on offense either. The Cowboys D loves to blitz DaMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff; both are difficult to handle in a one on one situation. "Defensively, they're flying around," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "They're blitzing from all over the place."
The Cowboys will have a lot of trouble if Donovan McNabb is as sharp as he was last Sunday against the Giants. Dallas may need to be not only blitzing all the time but also bring tight coverage in the secondary.
McNabb will be looking for DeSean Jackson to connect big plays. Jackson leads the NFL with 6 receptions with over 40 yards.
"I've just been put in some great positions to score long touchdowns," Jackson said. "Whatever we need to do to make it work, that's what we're going to do. I want to keep winning, keep making plays and hopefully make it to the Super Bowl."
NFL betting fans keep in mind the last time these two teams faced each other Philadelphia crushed Dallas 44-6 at Lincoln Financial Field.
"I think we all remember so much -- I know I do and so many players on this team remember -- how we left Philadelphia last year," owner Jerry Jones said.
NFL Betting tip: If you’re betting on the game total remember it has gone OVER in 7 of Dallas's last 9 games and it has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 8 games.
Last 6 Head to Head Matchups
- Dec 28, 2008 DAL 6, PHI 44
- Sep 15, 2008 DAL 41, @PHI 37
- Dec 16, 2007 DAL 6, @PHI 10
- Nov 4, 2007 DAL 38, PHI 17
- Dec 25, 2006 DAL 7, @PHI 23
- Oct 8, 2006 DAL 24, PHI 38
My pick: Eagles. Over.