Gear up for a tight one, as the Dallas Cowboys opened as slight 3.5-point favorites over the Philadelphia Eagles in their Week 14 matchup at AT&T Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4:25pm EST on December 9th.
Philadelphia’s offense relies upon Carson Wentz’s throwing arm. But perhaps they should think of changing that up, since they only average 21.5 points per game (21st). Although Zach Ertz leads the team with 978 receiving yards, he and Wentz have not done enough to keep the offense respectable.
This kind of effort has been required from Wentz, as their ground game has been pitiful, averaging a horrendous 4.2 yards per carry (23rd). Wentz’s 2,846 passing yards and 18 touchdowns (17th) is the only thing keeping Philadelphia’s offense respectable.
Teams have had a really tough time Wentz and Ertz (978 receiving yards and six TDs) this season, often leading to extra attention being allocated towards it, leaving other receivers in favorable situations. The two hooked up for 83 yards against the Redskins last week, and will look to harm Dallas’s defense the same way on Sunday.
Philadelphia’s defense has been so good due to their ability to stuff the run. They only spot their opponent 103.7 rushing yards per game (10th), compared to 264.3 through the air (26th). The Eagles’ stinginess against the run has resulted in them allowing just 22.2 points per game (12th).
Fortunately, Philadelphia’s defense avoids any sort of offensive juggernaut this week, when they line up across from the Cowboys. Dallas is scoring just 20.6 points per game (24th).
Scoring points in today’s NFL is awfully tough when you can’t throw the ball. This is what Dallas is facing, as their disgraceful passing attack has led to defenses stacking the box to slow Ezekiel Elliott, daring Dak Prescott to beat them with his arm.
Prescott has been able to efficiently complete passes this season, posting a 66.8 completion percentage, but has not been able to push the ball downfield consistently. And until he demonstrates he can, the Cowboys will continue seeing extra men at the line of scrimmage. The pivot has only posted 2,675 yards through the air with a 14:5 TD to INT ratio. Facing an Eagles defense this week that ranks 26th vs the pass offers a tremendous opportunity for Prescott to gain some confidence under center. The Cowboys have to find some creative ways to start connecting on some big plays through the air.
Flipping to the other side of the ball, Dallas’s defense has been outstanding. They’re allowing just 18.6 points per game, the second-fewest in the league. This is the result of their defense being strong in all aspects. The Cowboys only allow 91.3 rushing yards per game (4th) and 226.9 passing (7th) . Carson Wentz and company will have to work for every yard this week.
The last meeting between these two came on November 11th, 2018, when Dallas surprised the Eagles 27-20. The Eagles were 7.5-point home favorites in that game.