According to Vegas, the Philadelphia Eagles were expected to beat the Tony Romo-led Dallas Cowboys in Week 17 of the NFL season.
This was before Romo was ruled out for the season with a herniated disk, though. With Kyle Orton at the helm of Dallas’ offense, Vegas feels even better about the Eagles’ chances of beating the Cowboys in Dallas this Sunday.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, the spread of the Eagles vs. Cowboys game went up 4.5 points once Romo was ruled out:
With news that Tony Romo is out for season, the point spread at Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook has changed from Eagles -3 to Eagles -7.5.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 24, 2013
The Eagles are now expected to beat the Cowboys by over a touchdown, at least according to Vegas, and conventional wisdom would tell you that’s a pretty safe bet.
Remember, this is the same Eagles team that went out on Sunday Night Football and absolutely obliterated the Chicago Bears, 54-11. It’s also the same club that has won six of its last seven games, and ranks No. 1 in the NFL in rushing yards per game with 161.9.
The Cowboys on the other-hand barely beat a very bad Washington team, 24-23, this past weekend; and are two weeks removed from their second-half meltdown against the Green Bay Packers.
Even with Romo, it would have been tough for the Cowboys to beat the Eagles. Without him, you’ve gotta like taking the action on the point spread.