Betting Preview: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys
The Philadelphia Eagles (5-0) will face their toughest test of the season this Sunday night, with Micah Parsons and his Dallas Cowboys (4-1) come to town.
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Eagles vs. Cowboys (Sunday, 8:20 PM)
|Eagles||-6.5 (-110)||-265||O 42 (-110)|
|Cowboys||+6.5 (-110)||+225||U 42 (-110)|
Odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.
Although the Eagles will enter this Week 6 matchup with an undefeated 5-0 record, they’ve posted a 3-2 record against the spread through five games. Dallas enters Week 6 with a 4-1 overall record and against the spread.
Despite coming off back-to-back double-digit victories against Washington and Los Angeles, Dallas is 6.5-point underdogs coming into this primetime showdown. With Cooper Rush set to make his fifth straight start under center, this spread shouldn’t shock anyone.
The Eagles are the lone undefeated team in the league and Vegas is giving them their due.
Read More: Final Injury Report: Eagles OL fully healthy for Week 6, Dallas WR ruled questionable
Eagles Player Props
- Jalen Hurts passing touchdowns: UNDER 1.5 (-155)
- Miles Sanders rushing yards: OVER 64.5 (-115)
- Dallas Goedert receptions: OVER 4.5 (+105)
- DeVonta Smith receiving yards: UNDER 51.5 (-115)
I feel pretty confident in each of these prop bets for Week 6.
Eagles QB Jalen Hurts has thrown multiple touchdowns in just one game this season, Week 3 against Washington. Hurts has shown the ability to hit the long ball and strike in a moment’s notice, but against this stingy Dallas pass defense and elite pass rush, expect the Eagles to rely on the ground game as much as possible.
As solid as Dallas’ defense has been this season, they’ve been susceptible to the run. They’re 18th in run defense, allowing 117.6 yards per game on the ground. Just a few weeks ago against Jacksonville (the best run defense in the league at the time) Miles Sanders had his best rushing performance to date, racking up 134 yards on 27 carries. Now that the Eagles offensive line is completely healthy, Nick Sirianni’s offense should have no issue pounding the rock against Dallas.
On the receiving end, Dallas Goedert has been on of Hurts’ top targets in recent weeks. Over the past two games, TE1 has accumulated 13 receptions for 167 yards. He caught at least five passes in each of the past two contests.
Tight ends have wrecked the Cowboys defense this season. Opposing tight ends have caught at least five passes in four out of five games against Dallas. Since Goedert is the only tight end who’s a legitimate receiving threat for Philly’s offense, expect the team to get him the ball early and often.
The brings us to DeVonta Smith. He’s been pretty consistent this season, going over 50 yards receiving in three of the first five games this season. However, Dallas hasn’t allowed many receivers to get going against their stout secondary. They’re seventh in pass defense, allowing 193.8 yards per game. Smith will be involved in the offense, as he always is, but I’m expecting a run-heavy gameplan from Sirianni and Co.
Eagles Anytime TD Scorer
- Jalen Hurts: +115
- Miles Sanders: +120
- AJ Brown: +135
- DeVonta Smith: +190
- Dallas Goedert: +205
- Kenneth Gainwell: +425
- Quez Watkins: +450
Hurts reaching the end zone with his legs is almost a foregone conclusion at this point. He’s found the end zone six times with his legs thus far; there’s only been one game where Hurts didn’t score on the ground. It’s the safest bet of the week.
Sanders is an interesting one. Dallas has surrendered just one rushing touchdown this season and Sanders has posted a donut in the TD column in three games. Nevertheless, I’m convinced the Eagles will run the ball down Dallas’ throats on Sunday. And when Philly commits to the run, they REALLY commit to it. Sanders managed to score twice against Jacksonville two weeks ago, a Jacksonville defense that hadn’t allowed a single TD prior to that matchup.
If you’re feeling like a real sicko, throw a few bucks on a Quez Watkins anytime TD scorer. His only touchdown of the season came in the team’s last primetime matchup, Week 2 at home against Minnesota. Maybe Hurts hits him with another bomb in this one. It’s certainly plausible.
First TD Scorer
Much like scoring anytime is a lock for Hurts, the first TD of the night feels like a formality for QB1 as well. He’s scored the first TD in each of the past two games and I’m not expecting that streak to end Sunday night. Throw a few bones on Hurts first TD scorer at +600 and let the winnings pour into your account.
Mandatory Credit: The Associated Press