Sunday Night Football NFL Betting Preview: Eagles vs Cowboys
The Sunday night extravaganza in Week 9 features the Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) visiting the Dallas Cowboys (2-5) and we have an exclusive NFL betting preview prepared for all pro football fans. The Eagles are coming in from their bye week, while the Cowboys dropped their fifth consecutive game to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8. This is really a desperation game for both teams as the one who loses will likely be too far behind the others to contend in the NFC East.
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The Eagles would be 4-4 with a win, tied with the Giants and (possibly) the Redskins. The Cowboys would be 3-5, a game behind the Giants but a good shot to head back to .500 soon with Tampa Bay coming up the next week, followed by the return of Tony Romo against the Miami Dolphins. Here are some of the key players to watch this week:
Sam Bradford (Philadelphia, QB)
Bradford is having an awful season this year. When he faced the Carolina Panthers, he only threw for 205 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. That means in his last two games, he has one score against four picks. If you are looking for reasons why Chip Kelly might be considering leaving the City of Brotherly Love to go back to the college ranks, one might be the fact that his Nick Foles-for-Sam Bradford trade has failed miserably.
Matt Cassel (Dallas, QB)
He’s marginally better than Brandon Weeden was, but if Jerry Jones has learned anything from this season (although the probability of that guy learning anything is slim to none), it’s that you need a decent #2 quarterback in this league, just in case your main man goes down to an injury that takes longer than a week or two to heal. Cassel was terrible against the Seahawks (who, admittedly, have a stellar defense), throwing for only 97 yards. The Eagles’ defense is more forgiving than the Seahawks’ was, but if the Cowboys are going to win, it will be because of the running game and the defense, not Cassel’s arm.
DeMarco Murray (Philadelphia, RB)
By now, everyone realizes that Murray heading to Philadelphia was a mistake. The Cowboys (again that genius, Jerry Jones) erred by not opening up the vault to give Murray his deal, because leaving the running game in the hands of Joseph Randle just turned out to be a terrible idea, since he’s gone off the deep end in his personal life to the point that the Cowboys have had to release him. Murray had 18 attempts against Carolina in Week 7 for a paltry 65 yards. In Dallas, behind that terrific line, he’d be feasting on the opposition.
Darren McFadden (Dallas, RB)
Have you seen how well McFadden is running the ball behind the offensive line in Dallas? If a retread like McFadden can show signs of life, can you imagine the numbers that Murray would be getting? Against Seattle, he had 20 carries for 64 yards, but again the Seahawk defense is a stout one. Against the Eagles, there should be a lot more holes for him to run through.
Dez Bryant (Dallas, WR)
Bryant returned from his broken foot injury in Week 8, but Richard Sherman covered him like a blanket, limiting him to two catches for 12 yards. Bryant is a singular talent, but he has Matt Cassel back there throwing the ball, so don’t expect great things from Bryant until Romo is back.