NFL Sports Betting Odds: The Cowboys Host the Philadelphia Eagles
Saturday, December 24, 2011
by Bovada Sportsbook
It’s pretty simple for the 6-8 Philadelphia Eagles: They have to win Saturday at Dallas and then next week at home vs. Washington. Philly also must have the Giants lose on Saturday to the Jets and then beat the Cowboys next week in New York. If all that happens, the Eagles, Giants and Dallas Cowboys will each finish 8-8 but Philadelphia will win the NFC East. First things first: Winning Saturday. The Eagles opened as 3-point underdogs on Bovada’s NFL football odds.
By the time the Eagles take the field for this 4:15 p.m. ET game, they will know the Giants-Jets result. A Giants win would make this meaningless for the Eagles. The Cowboys, meanwhile, could clinch the NFC East with a win and Giants loss. If both Dallas and the G-Men win then the division goes to next week’s winner.
Dallas (8-6) ended a two-game losing streak last Saturday with an easy 31-15 win at Tampa Bay. Tony Romo threw for three scores and ran for another and Felix Jones, starting for the injured DeMarco Murray (out for season), finished with 108 yards on 22 carries -- his second straight 100-yard performance. He has been battling a hamstring injury and hasn’t practiced this week as of this writing but is still expected to play.
The Eagles have won two straight since Michael Vick returned to the lineup. They looked hugely impressive last week in crushing the Jets 45-19. Vick threw for 274 yards and a touchdown, and also ran for a score. But the real star was RB LeSean McCoy. He rushed for 103 yards and three scores and now holds the Eagles records for most total TDs in a season with 20 and most rushing TDs with 17.
The Eagles crushed Dallas 34-7 in Philly back on Oct. 30. McCoy had a career-best 185 yards and two TDs. When McCoy gets more than 20 carries this season, the Eagles are 4-1. When he gets less than 20 carries, they're 2-7.
The Cowboys are just 1-4 ATS in their past five as a favorite. The home team has covered four of the past five in this series.
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