Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys Preview, Picks, Betting Predictions: Philly On The Spread

Dak PrescottWeek three of the NFL season is coming to a close but not before a Monday night matchup today between NFC East rivals, the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles (8.15pm ET Monday; TV: Live on ESPN).

While not the most historic rivalry the NFC East has to offer, the bad blood between the Eagles and Cowboys has taken center stage over the last few decades as there is no love lost between the franchises and their fans. For Eagles fans, beating Dallas matters. For Cowboys fans, beating Philadelphia matters. This mentality can be seen and felt beyond the fandoms and in the locker rooms. Take an interview with Eagles tackle Lane Johnson for example, when he checked Philadelphia Phillies’ star Bryce Harper on his previous Cowboys fandom. Now, of course players on other teams may not be fans of their new city’s football team but Harper made it clear. He couldn’t be in Philadelphia and not be an Eagles fan, it would be disrespectful. As Harper told Johnson, he changed his ways.

That sort of mentality is not rare to see in either Philly or Dallas as everyone in those two cities knows just how much it means to win against their hated rivals. There may not be a victory that means more in the regular season for either franchise as legions of players have passed down their mutual hatred of the opposing franchise. The Philly/Dallas rivalry is an intense one that has seen some pivotal meetings over the years. Sure this may only be the third week of the season, but for both Philadelphia and Dallas, two teams looking to find where they stand on the ladder of the NFL’s ranks, this meeting will be very important. The NFC East is ripe for the taking with no one really looking like they’ll run away with it. Perhaps today will provide a little more insight into just how close or not, this race will be between the Eagles and Cowboys. Keep reading this preview to discover our predictions, and ultimately, betting picks for the matchup.

Comeback Player of the Year?

Tonight, Dak Prescott will do something he hasn’t done since October 11th of last year. He’ll take the field at AT&T Stadium in front of thousands of cheering Cowboys fans. Dallas opened their 2021 season with back-to-back games on the road, but now, they are headed home in a game that is special for more than one reason. The energy will of course be there solely because of the matchup, but beyond that, fans will once again get to see their star suit up at home, for the first time since his season-ending injury at home against the New York Giants in 2020. Prescott had started the year hot, building on what had been a fantastic 2019 campaign. The now sixth-year QB, Prescott hit career highs in 2019 in total yards, touchdowns, completions and more. In just five games the following year, Prescott was on pace for even greater success.

As such, an injury derailed a promising season, meaning all eyes are on Prescott in 2021, where he has to be the early front runner for comeback player of the year. Two games is a small sample size but already, Prescott is putting up some great numbers. He has completed a career high 76.5 percent of his passes for 640 yards. He has just the three touchdowns and two interceptions, but in the guts of the game, Prescott has looked the part, helping the Cowboys to a comeback win over the Los Angele Chargers in week two and a competitive outing against the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the season’s first game.

While the Cowboys offense is more than just Dak, right now, he’s carrying the load as Ezekiel Elliott continues to struggle to find the special sauce that made him such an unstoppable force just a few years ago. Fortunately, where the Cowboys are struggling in the running game right now, they are making up in the passing game where Prescott has his pick of the litter when it comes to offensive weapons. Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup (prior to the injury that landed him on the IR) certainly represent a formidable trio. Add to that solid help at tight end and surprise season of Tony Pollard, and you can see a formula for the Cowboys to have a decent year.

Passing the Torch to Jalen Hurts

Well, it may not have quite been a passing of the torch. It was more like a taking of the torch from the bench and firmly inheriting it when your predecessor decided he no longer wanted the job he had just signed a six-year contract for. Jalen Hurts’ time in the NFL has been interesting. He was drafted in the second round by the Eagles at a time when Philadelphia didn’t need a new quarterback. He was then thrust into the starting role as Carson Wentz’ struggles led to him being benched. When Wentz wanted out and got his wish last offseason, Hurts found himself with a new number and a new title. He was QB1.

The Eagles introduced Hurts as their starter alongside new head coach Nick Sirianni in what many imagined would be a lost year for Philadelphia. Then Hurts didn’t play in the preseason leaving many to wonder what the Eagles were hiding. Well, that all came clear in week one as the Eagles were hiding a much-improved Hurts. In week one, Hurts put together numbers that no other NFL QB ever had, completing 77.1  percent of his passes, three touchdowns and another 62 yards rushing on the ground. In week two, Hurts’ numbers came back down to earth in an Eagles loss where significant mistakes were made. Philadelphia certainly had their chances but ultimately they lost to the San Francisco 49ers, a team with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations.

Philadelphia is still learning if Hurts is their guy but thus far, he has certainly looked the part. Hurts has shown flashes of brilliance and while everything didn’t go right last week, he wasn’t all to blame.

Our Preview’s Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys Predictions & Betting Picks Conclusion

Philly vs Dallas. Dallas vs Philly. No matter how you slice it, this game will carry all the intensity this rivalry is known for. Both teams have a lot of talent, with difference makers on both sides of the ball. Dallas’ secondary is strong whereas Philly’s front seven may be among the best in the league.

Prescott is having a great comeback year while Hurts is establishing himself as an NFL starter. Elliott is off to a slow start but Eagles’ Miles Sanders has yet to break out the way he did last year as well.

We already mentioned Dallas’ big three, but Philadelphia has speed on the outside with Devonta Smith, Jalen Raegor and Quez Watkins. This will be a close game and the odds from the American-facing online sports betting sites know it. The Cowboys are just 3.5 point favorites at home. It’s a tough spread to bet on given the rivalry nature of this game but we’re going to take the Eagles to best the spread in what should be a field goal decided game.

So, for the final verdict of our predictions, this is the one advised betting pick of this Monday night, ESPN-televised NFL game preview:

  • Bet the Philadelphia Eagles +3.5pts on the spread @ best odds of -115 with Bovada. It is -118 with BetOnline. To get better odds you have give up half a point as it is +3pts for +100 (evens) with Intertops.