Prepare for some old-fashioned defensive football as the Dallas Cowboys (3-5) take their 3rd-ranked defense to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the 6th-ranked defense of the Philadelphia Eagles (4-4) on Sunday Night Football (November 11th at 8:20pm EST).
Online sports betting sites are putting a lot of stock into these stingy defenses, as they’ve set the game total at just 43.0, with the Eagles opening as 6.0-point favorites.
The Cowboys’ defense has been the strength of the team all year. Not only are they badgering QBs, ceding only 217.1 passing yards per game (5th), but they have also stuffed opposing ground games, allowing a measly 99.9 rushing yards per game (10th).
The minimal yards Dallas is giving up (4th in total defense) is matched by the 18.9 points they allow per game, which ranks 3rd in scoring defense.
The Dallas offense, on the other hand, has been a mess. It sits 26th in scoring, 27th in total yards, and 25th in DVOA. Even with Amari Cooper finding the end zone in his first game with the team (5 catches, 58 yards, 1 TD), Dallas still only managed 14 points in their Week 9 home loss to Tennessee (28-14).
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 6, 2018
The only thing they have going is the ground game, which ranks sixth in yards (128.8 YPG) and fourth in yards per carry (4.8).
Concerningly for Jason Garrett and company, the offense has been significantly worse on the road, averaging just 13.5 PPG in four games (all losses). The Cowboys were unable to crack 20 points against any of Carolina, Seattle, Houston, or Washington.
Cowboys vs Eagles Statistical Comparison
|19.3 (26th)||PPG||22.3 (21st)|
|317.1 (27th)||YPG||366.9 (15th)|
|128.8 (6th)||Rushing YPG||106.6 (18th)|
|188.4 (29th)||Passing YPG||260.3 (14th)|
|18.9 (3rd)||PPG Allowed||19.5 (T5th)|
|317.0 (4th)||YPG Allowed||352.9 (17th)|
|99.9 (10th)||Rushing YPG Allowed||83.8 (2nd)|
|217.1 (5th)||Passing YPG Allowed||269.1 (25th)|
|-2 (20th)||Turnover Differential||-5 (T25th)|
Dallas will need to play its best road game of the season by far to leave Philadelphia with a win. Apart from one brutal quarter against the Panthers in Week 7, the Eagles’ offense has been starting to click. Carson Wentz has had a passer rating north of 115 in each of his last four starts.
Josh Adams finally infused some life into a languishing rushing attack in Week 8, gaining 61 yards on just 9 carries against Jacksonville in a 24-18 win in London.
The Eagles defense is predicated on stopping the run. Philadelphia allows just 83.8 rushing yards per game, second-fewest in the league. Jacksonville quickly learned how tough it is trying to move the ball on the ground against the Eagles defense, as they only managed 70 rushing yards in the game, and 43 of those came from QB Blake Bortles.
While Philly’s record isn’t on par with last year, when they ran away with the NFC East, it’s hard to pin that on the D.
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— Redner Redner (@phillyspecial09) November 6, 2018
Philadelphia’s capability for turning an offense one-dimensional only makes Fletcher Cox (4.0 sacks) all the more dangerous.
That’s very bad news for a Dallas offense that is pretty one-dimensional on its own.
The Eagles swept the season series last year, routing Dallas 37-9 in Philly and then recording a 6-0 shutout in a meaningless Week 17 matchup with Nate Sudfeld at QB for most of the game.