Cowboys Given Slight Edge Over Eagles in NFC East Odds with Both Struggling

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Dak Prescott leads the NFL in passing yards, but will it be enough to carry the Dallas Cowboys to a NFC East title in 2019? Photo by Keith Allison (Flickr) [CC License].
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Who wants the NFC East title more?

Judging by how the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles have played lately, the division is definitely up for grabs heading into the final stretch of the season.

The Cowboys are on a two-game losing streak and sit at the top of the division at 6-6. The Eagles have dropped three straight and slipped to 5-7.

Sportsbooks released  their latest NFL divisional odds and give the Cowboys the slight edge at -180 to win the NFC East.

2019 NFL Divisional Odds

Team Odds
Dallas Cowboys -180
Philadelphia Eagles +225
Washington Redskins +15000

Odds taken on Dec. 2

The Cowboys were previously odds-on favorites at -200 across all sportsbooks on November 25, however, after a Thanksgiving Day loss to the Buffalo Bills on home field, Dallas saw its odds slip to -180.

Philadelphia entered its very winnable Week 13 game against the Miami Dolphins at +148 across all sportsbooks.

After such a promising start to the season where the Cowboys won three straight games, things took a turn for the worse when the team followed it with three straight defeats. Since then, the Cowboys have posted a 3-3 record, including their Week 13 loss to the Bills.

If there’s one strong cause for concern, it’s that all six of Dallas’ wins this season have come against teams well out of the playoff picture — Giants twice, Redskins, Dolphins, Eagles and Lions.

Dak Prescott Leads NFL in Passing Yards

Are the Cowboys wasting away a career year from Dak Prescott? The fourth-year QB is leading the NFL with 3,788 passing yards and is starting to run away with the stat heading into Week 14. Prescott has thrown 23 touchdown passes, which is second to only Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson, who have 24 apiece.

Even running back Ezekiel Elliott is fifth in rushing with 909 yards this season, averaging an eighth-best 82.5 YDS/G.

The Eagles are also a mess, dropping three straight and five of their last seven games after 13 weeks of action. Philadelphia lost close games to the Patriots and Seahawks, but with a chance to move back to .500, the Eagles were beaten by the Dolphins on the road in Week 13.

Eagles Have Favorable Schedule Down the Stretch

Doug Pederson has some work to do in order to get the Eagles back into playoff contention, let alone win the NFC East title. However, with four games remaining in the regular season, Philly just may have the advantage based on schedule alone.

Yes, the Eagles are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Dolphins, but all four of the team’s games down the stretch are against divisional opponents.

Philadelphia is two games below .500 but will be well-rested to take on the New York Giants at home on December 9 on Monday Night Football. It’s the first of two meetings against New York, as the Eagles also have Washington and a must-win game against the Cowboys on their schedule.

Dallas has a slightly tougher road to winning the NFC East, with games against the Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams as well as the Eagles.

Up to this point of the season, both teams have been inconsistent and neither can be trusted in terms of betting on with confidence. However, it’s hard to ignore the Eagles schedule, which could produce four straight wins and an NFC East title if all the right pieces fall into place.

Pick: Philadelphia Eagles (+125)

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