Oct 30, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek (87) and guard Todd Herremans (79) on the line prior to the snap during the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Cowboys 34-7. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles game preview, odds and predictions


The Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins on Sunday night to stay in the lead of the NFC East division. They share that lead with the Philadelphia Eagles, their opponent on Sunday. Both teams are coming off of wins into this match up.

The Eagles offense has been rejuvenated under Chip Kelly and humming with Nick Foles under center. They lead the league in rushing with an average of 178.5 yards per game. They also have the 9th ranked pass offense with an average of 271.3 yards per game. There one weak link is their pass defense, which ranks 31st in the NFL with a 314.5 yards per game average.

Foles has been on fire since coming in to the starting role in replace of Michael Vick who is injured. he has completed 38 of 57 passes for 493 yards, thrown 5 touchdowns and no interceptions in two games.

The Cowboys are more all over the place. Their run defense is average, and their pass defense is near atrocious, they’re ranked 30th in the NFL. On offense they’re better, they have the 11th pass offense with 265 yards per game. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, they’ll most likely be without starting running back DeMarco Murray. That means they’ll be starting rookie Joseph Randle.

Randle struggled in the game against Washington. He carried the ball 11 times for 17 yards, but if he can gain the form he showed in the preseason he can be more than serviceable.

The Cowboys defense is banged up, they’ll be with out DeMarcus Ware more than likely. This game seems like it is destined to be a shoot out.

Date: October 20
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
TV Info: FOX
Line: Philadelphia -3
Over/Under: 55½

Breaking down the odds here is interesting. I don’t think this game has a three-point difference heading its way. The Cowboys have been significantly better against the spread then the Eagles. So far this year, the Cowboys are 5-1 against the spread, but a mediocre 1-1 ATS at home. When it comes to the over/under, they’re 3-3. In Dallas’ last four games in Philadelphia they’re 1-4 ATS, but that was all against a different coaching staff.

The Cowboys have gone under in 10 of their 13 last road games. The Eagles have been 3-3 against the spread, but 5-1 against the over/under this season. Philadelphia is also 0-5 ATS over its last 5 home games.

Prediction:

Dallas-                35

Philadelphia-  30

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