Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys Preview: First Place in the NFC East on the Line as Cowboys Host Eagles

By | September 27, 2021

It’s still early, but tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys is an important one. The winner will be the only team in the NFC East with a winning record after three weeks, and that is a valuable advantage to have, even at this point of the season. Coming into the season, the Cowboys were the NFL betting favorite for the division, and their margin will only increase with a win tonight at AT&T Stadium.

After being the latest victim of Tom Brady’s last-minute magic in a heartbreaking loss to the Bucs, the Cowboys flipped the script on the Chargers with their own last-second field goal last week. Now the Cowboys are at home for the first time this season and will be aiming to continue their recent run of home success against the Eagles.

The Eagles opened their season with a road rout of the Atlanta Falcons but fell in their home opener against the San Francisco 49ers.

Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) vs Dallas Cowboys (1-1), ESPN, 8:15 p.m. ET

Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys NFL Betting Odds

Spread

  • Philadelphia Eagles +3 (+100)
  • Dallas Cowboys -3 (-122)

Total

  • OVER 51.5 (-110)
  • UNDER 51.5 (-110)

Moneyline

  • Philadelphia Eagles +150
  • Dallas Cowboys -178

Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys odds are via FanDuel Sportsbook as of Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 3:55 p.m. ET. Want to see NFL betting odds from several top online sportsbooks for every NFL matchup throughout the season? Check out our NFL odds.

Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys NFL Betting Consensus

Spread (at +/-3)

  • 33% Philadelphia Eagles +3
  • 67% Dallas Cowboys -3

Total (at O/U 51.5)

  • 33% OVER 51.5
  • 67% OVER 51.5

Moneyline

  • 33% Philadelphia Eagles
  • 67% Dallas Cowboys

Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys Matchup: NFL Betting Picks, Odds, Stats and More

Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys Betting Outlook

In their Week 2 defeat to the 49ers, the Eagles outgained the 49ers, but it did not amount to anything as San Francisco left Philadelphia with a 17-11 win. The Eagles made several forays into the right end of the field, but a blocked field goal and a turnover on downs inside San Francisco’s five-yard line proved to be the difference.

Jalen Hurts has been productive statistically in the first two games. He has completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 454 yards and three scores, and he has run for 144 yards and a touchdown on an average of 8.5 yards per carry. More importantly, the Eagles have not turned the ball over yet. Hurts and the offense will need to be more clinical against teams with top-tier offenses–failing to score a touchdown on a drive in which you had a 91-yard completion and had two cracks at the end zone from the 1 is not indefensible–but that efficiency from a young quarterback is a positive sign, especially when you consider how some other young QBs are faring right now.

New coach Nick Sirianni has shown some boldness early on, going for it on fourth down three times and attempting two two-point conversions. None of the fourth-down conversion attempts have been successful, so we will see if he continues taking those chances or if he will be more pragmatic as the season progresses.

Defensively, there isn’t much to complain about over the first two weeks. But the Eagles have yet to force a turnover. Turnovers can flip the game in your favor, especially when your offense is still a work in progress.

Adaptable Dallas Offense Should Continue to be Productive

America’s (most-hated) Team emerged from two tough road games with a split, which isn’t a bad result all things considered. Tonight’s game starts a three-game homestand and a fairly favorable stretch. Five of their next seven games are at home, and both road games (at Minnesota and Atlanta) are winnable.

Offensively, the Cowboys have shown some adaptability over their first two games, which will serve them well. After throwing it almost 60 times against the Bucs, the offense was more balanced against the Chargers. Dak Prescott was efficient, completing 23 of 27 passes, while the rushing attack piled up almost 200 yards on over 30 attempts.

After failing to stop the Bucs in key moments, the Cowboys broke less against the Chargers. They ended two scoring drives with interceptions, held them to a field goal after an interception gave the Chargers the ball in plus territory, and stopped them inside the 25 once, which led to a missed field goal.

There are injury issues for both teams, but the Cowboys must be vigilant up front on both sides. If they can be, they should win this one going away.

NFL Betting Trends to Consider for Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys

  • The Cowboys are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight-up road win.
  • The Eagles are 2-4 ATS in their last six road games against NFC East teams. In their last 12 games overall against NFC teams, they are 4-8 ATS.

Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys Best Bet

Dallas Cowboys -3

The Eagles did a good job of holding their own against the 49ers, and though the offense is still working on its efficiency, Hurts has the skills to test the Cowboys. But this is the home opener for the Cowboys, and it is Dak’s first home game since his season-ending injury last year. The Cowboys have won five of their last six home games against the Eagles, and that run of success will continue tonight.

Prop Watch: Tony Pollard OVER 32.5 Rushing Yards & OVER 20.5 Receiving Yards

Pollard had one of the most productive days of his NFL career against the Chargers, rushing for 109 yards on 13 carries and catching three passes for 31 yards. That should lead to regular opportunities tonight. Even if he falls short of his rushing total, he should have no problem with the receiving yards prop.

Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys Score Prediction

Dallas Cowboys 27, Philadelphia Eagles 17

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