The Dallas Cowboys are scheduled to play against the Philadelphia Eagles on the road in a key NFC East battle in Week 6 of the 2022 NFL season.
The line opened last week with the Eagles a 1-point choice. The number has since moved up significantly to Philadelphia a favorite in the 6-6.5 range at DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, and PointsBet with word that Dallas QB Dak Prescott (thumb) won’t be returning as the Cowboys starter just yet.
Let’s take a look at the latest Cowboys vs. Eagles odds on Sunday Night Football as well as our prediction.
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NFL · Sun (10/16) @ 8:20pm ET
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Cowboys-Eagles NFC East Battle on SNF
From 2001 through 2017, the Eagles gave the Cowboys their most lopsided loss of the season nine times, including 37-9 five years ago in the worst game of Prescott’s career (based on passer rating: 30.4). But since then, the script has flipped.
In the past three seasons, Dallas has given Philly its worst loss. In fact, last year the Eagles’ two most one-sided defeats came against Dallas with Prescott throwing eight TD passes with no INTs.
This week, though, backup Cooper Rush will make his fifth straight start as the Cowboys go for their fifth straight victory — against the spread, too.
The Eagles already have five straight wins (3-2 ATS) behind QB Jalen Hurts and are the league’s only unbeaten team. Yet they have only a one-game division lead over Dallas and the NY Giants entering this week’s play.
Philadelphia is a well-balanced club, with its 12 rushing TDs tops in the league and with Hurts the NFL’s eighth-ranked passer. But then again, only once in five games have the Eagles played a defense ranked in the top half of the league. Dallas is ranked seventh.
RB Miles Sanders leads the ground attack with 414 yards and a 4.8 norm and standout WR A.J. Brown, acquired in an offseason deal with Tennessee, averages 15.8 yards on a team-high 28 catches. Plus, TE Dallas Goedert has a team-best seven catches of 20-plus yards.
The Eagles’ play in the secondary has been particularly stout, too, with Philly having the NFL’s second-best defensive passer rating. But the kicking game has to be a concern with the ankle injury to PK Jake Elliott (questionable), who sat out last week’s nail-biter in Arizona, a 20-17 triumph.
As for that Dallas offense, Rush ranks as the league’s 12th-best passer and hasn’t thrown any interceptions to go with four TDs. BUT, he hasn’t gone against a defense that is ranked in the top 10 in yards yielded. Philly is No. 4.
And unlike last year when the running game was a liability for Dallas, that’s not the case this year with RBs Tony Pollard and Zeke Elliott showing off their breakaway and bulldozing ability. That’s helped make life easier for Rush.
On defense, during the winning streak, the unit has had 18 sacks and 43 QB hits but hasn’t faced a QB nearly as mobile as Hurts. To date, the highest-ranked offense Dallas has faced was Washington’s 19th-ranked unit two weeks ago in a 25-10 victory. Philly is No. 2.
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Cowboys vs. Eagles SNF Prediction
The key battle in this game could come down to how well the Eagles’ offensive line keeps Hurts safe in the face of one of the league’s top defensive front sevens, led by Micah Parsons and his six sacks, tied for first in the league.
Philly’s line is considered one of the best in the league. But a quick glance at the team’s injury report shows that four of the regular starters are listed as questionable. However, since most played through their leg/ankle injuries to finish last week’s win in Arizona, the guess here is they’ll lumber through those issues and give it a go in this showcase game on national TV.
And if that’s the case, the Eagles’ standout running game and solid receiving corps should thrive.
Dallas, meanwhile, has had only seven offensive TDs in Rush’s four-and-a-half games behind center. And in front of the noisy and hostile Eagles fans in the Linc in prime time, he’s not likely to add much to that total. There could even be a few false start penalties along the way. The Cowboys already have had nine this year, tied for second-most by anyone.
Prediction: Eagles 28, Cowboys 13