Just six days after failing miserably under the lights, Philadelphia (3-8, 1-4 road) returns to primetime to take on Dallas (5-6, 2-3 home) on Sunday Night Football.
The Eagles’ well-reported nosedive took another turn for the worse as the Carolina Panthers sauntered home with a 30-22 victory, leaving Philadelphia staring blankly at a seven-game losing streak.
The Cowboys meanwhile have had their own struggles – not least last week’s division loss to Washington – but remain within touching distance of the Wild Card chasing pack.
Division Foes Square Off
Dallas will be looking to defeat Philadelphia for the second time this season, keeping its postseason hopes alive in the process.
The Eagles should be fighting for respect and their figurative lives, but whether the team shows up remains to be seen. Plenty believe that head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Michael Vick will both be goners by the end of the seas, while Bovada has Philadelphia as 5/1 to lose its remaining five games of the season, conjuring up a 12-game losing streak.
Whilst this will not be the big time division rivalry we’ve come to expect over the years, there is plenty at stake as the two sides take the field in Cowboys Stadium this Sunday night.
Home Sweet Home?
When Jerry Jones built the modern spectacle that is Cowboys Stadium, he expected its residents to win. For one season, he got his wish. The Cowboys posted a 6-2 home record in 2009, the $1.3 billion stadium’s inaugural season. The team even went on to defeat Philadelphia 34-13 in the playoffs that season.
Since the 2009 season, the Cowboys have been anything but dominant at home. 2010’s 2-6 home record was a woeful low point, and part of a 9-12 record at the stadium that has seen the Cowboys almost succumb to irrelevancy.
The Cowboys are 16-14 at Cowboys Stadium all time, and host a Philadelphia Eagles side that has so far posted a 2-2 record at the venue.
Looking for an Edge
Dallas leads the all-time head-to-head 60-47 but it has been Philadelphia that has gotten the better of recent matchups. Since Andy Reid took over coaching duties in 1999, the Eagles have posted a 17-11 record against the Cowboys, including an 8-6 record in Dallas.
Dallas has not won a home game against the Eagles since Jan. 9, 2010, the side’s sole playoff victory since 1997. That win actually came six days after the Cowboys defeated the Eagles at Cowboys Stadium in Week 17 of the regular season.
The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 38-28 in Week 10, a game that saw Texas side come back from a 17-10 deficit late in the first half. Prior to the victory, Dallas had lost three of five against the Eagles.
Whilst the Eagles have fared well against the Cowboys in recent years, bookmakers like Dallas at home, in this game at least. The Cowboys opened as nine-point favorites, a figure that has risen to 10½ ahead of kickoff.
The Eagles have been horrific when it comes to covering the spread. The team’s 1-9-1 ATS record is the worst in the league. Dallas hasn’t fared much better (4-7-0 ATS), but compared to the Eagles, the Cowboys look like a safe bet.
The over/under is set at 43. Both teams have seen the total go over in five games and under in six games this season. The game earlier this season saw a massive 66 points put up on the board, which would suggest taking the over was sensible, but in reality that was the first time the two teams had combined for more than 43 points in four games. The last ten games between the sides have split evenly in going over and under the 43-point marker.