It’s week 11 and those dastardly Philadelphia Eagles are coming to town. Carson Wentz and his little pals have pretty much had their way with everyone except for one non-division tilt with Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs.
There has been a lot a chatter about the Cowboys’ downward slide. From some really questionable non-calls by the officials, some questionable coaching calls and of course, the team staying healthy. Many times. where there is smoke, there’s fire so I see some validity in all three of those points.
Sean Lee will be out for several weeks and this hurts badly. There is a noticeable weakness that opponents are taking advantage of when Lee is sidelined.
On the bright side, Anthony Hitchens has really stepped it up and is playing in top form. He finished with 10 tackles and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss during the trouncing at the claws of the Atlanta Falcons. He’ll have to pull double-duty in trying to plug up the run-game of the leagues’ second-most proficient offensive attack.
Just as big of an absence is felt by the loss of Tyron Smith. If Smith does return (not guaranteed to) he most likely won’t be 100%. Dak was getting man-handled by the Falcons defensive front as a result of this loss and I’m not sure what kind of OL band-aid can stop this hemorrhage of defenders from finding their way into the backfield.
But the bottom line is: The Cowboys need this win.
They must win here on Sunday and then receive some help from both the Giants and the Redskins to keep the Philadelphia Eagles out of a mathematical playoff lock.
“(We) know what we’re getting into, and they know what they’re getting into. So, it is a big game. It’s a huge game. And most importantly it’s a big game because it’s the next one that we play. Second to that, it’s the Eagles. It’s a rivalry, and they are leading our division right now. … If we want to make a run at winning this division, giving ourselves a chance to play late into the season, it’s a game that we have to win.” – Dak Prescott
America’s Team has a quite a few things going for them in this situation:
- First of all, America’s Team has only been listed as a home underdog one other time in the last two seasons, and they won that outing, thus, are 100% in this situation.
- Secondly, Cowboys are 6-4 head-to-head over the Philadelphia Eagles throughout the last 10 meetings (the Eagles have snatched away two out of the last three).
- Third, the ‘Boys are 9-4 while playing in Dallas over the last two seasons. This is just shy of a 70% home win-rate!
- Fourth, they are 4-2 after a loss winning 66.7% of the time in a bounce-back situation and also covering the spread 66.7% after a loss as well. With the line being just 3-points, to cover the spread is to most likely win as well.
- Fifth, with the Eagles well-rested and fresh off their bye, and the Cowboys just coming off of a seriously ugly loss to the Falcons, you would think that the Eagles would come in as at least one-touchdown favorites. Fact is, they are only giving up a field-goal. This just goes to show that even in Vegas, the rivalry factor is respected.
The rivalry factor definitely has to be considered. These are anything-goes-type games and surely this is why the Eagles are only small favorites. We’ll have to check the top betting sites later in the week as the line could actually move back towards the Cowboys and their home-field advantage, which would be indicative of a highly competitive game to come.
This will be the game of the season. So, clear your afternoon to get your eyes in front of this broadcast. Injuries or not, these men know what’s at stake, the playoffs. Hey Philly fans, prepare for battle.