NFL Odds & Week 10 Predictions: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
Dallas in Must-Win Position as They Visit Rivals Philadelphia
The Dallas Cowboys are 3-5 at the halfway part of the season and are already in must-win territory. The Philadelphia Eagles are in marginally better position at 4-4 as they both try to chase down 5-3 Washington in the NFC East.
Dallas made a splash before the trade deadline, adding WR Amari Cooper to what has been among the weakest group of wide receivers in the NFL. He made his debut last week against Tennessee and had a solid game scoring the game’s first touchdown and making five catches for 58 yards. But the Cowboys offense which has struggled most of the season continued along that path in that game as they lost 28-14 and put up less than 300 yards of offense. It was the fifth time in eight games that they’ve accumulated 303 yards or less and the sixth time they’ve scored 20 or less.
A big part of that reason is an offensive line that has really struggled this year. It started in training camp with the loss of center Travis Frederick and slotting in rookie right guard Connor Williams into the lineup.
QB Dak Prescott has been sacked 28 times already and the time given to complete passes has become razor thin.
The Eagles are coming off their bye and they also added some offense at the trade deadline with the acquisition of WR Golden Tate. Tate has been a consistent 1000-yard receiver in three of the past four seasons.
Philadelphia has had its struggles this year both in the secondary and on offense this year as they’re finding out that the Super Bowl hangover is real.
The running game has been hit with a lot of injuries including opening day starter Jay Ajayi and veteran Darren Sproles. The defense has managed to produce just seven turnovers all season. The offense has coughed it up 12 times.
In their last game the Eagles beat Jacksonville 24-18 in London. QB Carson Wentz threw for 286 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in the game.
He’s getting back to full strength coming back from his torn ACL. He’s completed over 70% of his passes in his last three games with eight touchdowns and the one interception. He has been sacked a lot however, going down 21 times in six games and four each in the two games before the bye.
Dallas is 29th averaging 19.3 PPG and 3rd allowing 18.9 PPG
Philadelphia is 21st averaging 22.3 PPG and 5th allowing 19.5 PPG
Philadelphia is -7.5 point favorites and the over/under is 44 points. I think this will be a grind it out affair. We should see an improving Cowboys offense now that Cooper has a game under his belt. The offensive line has to be better and I think it will be good enough to help Dallas cover. The Pick: Eagles 24-21.