Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 4:25 pm Eastern, TV: Fox, NFL Sunday Ticket
Opening Line: Philadelphia -5
Current Line: Philadelphia -6 1/2 (-115)
Opening Total: 55 1/2 (over -120)
Current Total: 54 1/2
Opening Money Line: Eagles -235 / Cowboys +195
Current Money Line: Eagles -290 / Cowboys +245
The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles renew their rivalry Sunday in Philadelphia. This is the 113th time they will play against each other. Even more intensity was added to the rivalry when running back DeMarco Murray signed with the Eagles as a free agent after leading the league in rushing last season for the Cowboys.
Dallas leads the series 63-49. The two teams split the season series last year with both teams winning by double digits on the road. The Eagles won in Dallas 33-10 on Thanksgiving Day. Two weeks later Dallas won in Philadelphia 38-27.
Dallas is coached by Jason Garrett. The Cowboys opened the season at home with a wild 27-26 come from behind victory last Sunday night against the New York Giants. Dallas was a 7 point favorite against the Giants and the total was 52.
Philadelphia is coached by Chip Kelly. The Eagles opened the season with a 26-24 loss on Monday night at the Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles were 3 point road favorites and the total was 55.
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The Cowboys and Giants traded field goals in the first quarter. Dallas took a 6-3 lead with less than 5 minutes to go in the second quarter. New York would score 10 points in the last two minutes of the first half with a defensive touchdown and a field goal after an interception to take a 13-6 lead. New York would expand the lead to 16-6 with a third quarter field goal. Dallas would score on a touchdown pass from Tony Romo to tight end Gavin Escobar late in the third to make it 16-13. After another interception, New York scored on first and goal from the one to make it 23-13 with 8 minutes left in the fourth. Romo threw a touchdown pass to Jason Witten with 5:08 left to make it 23-20.
What followed was one of the craziest sequences in recent history. New York drove all the way to the Dallas two yard line and had first and goal. The Giants were stuffed on first and second down. After a time out, New York quarterback Eli Manning inexplicably threw the ball out of the end zone stopping the clock. Dallas had no timeouts. The Giants kicked a field goal to make it 26-20 but left Dallas about a minute and a half. The Cowboys drove down the field and Romo threw a 19 yard touchdown pass to Witten with 7 seconds left. Dallas would win 27-26 despite giving the Giants 17 points off turnovers.
Dallas had 436 yards including 356 passing and 80 rushing yards. New York had 289 total yards including 190 passing and 99 rushing yards. Dallas had 27 first downs to 18 for the Giants. The Cowboys had 5 penalties for 44 yards and the Giants had 3 for 35. Dallas had the only 3 turnovers of the game. Dallas had possession for over 37 minutes.
Romo threw for 356 yards with 3 touchdowns and two interceptions. Running back Joseph Randle had 16 carries for 65 yards, along with 3 catches for 42 yards. Darren McFadden had 6 carries for 16 yards along with a catch for 19 yards.
The win was costly though as receiver Dez Bryant suffered a broken foot. He could be out 10-12 weeks after surgery this week. Bryant had 5 catches for 48 yards before the injury. Running back Lance Dunbar had 8 catches for 70 yards. Witten had 8 catches for 60 yards and 2 touchdowns. Terrance Williams had 5 catches for 60 yards. Cole Beasley had 4 catches for 49 yards.
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Atlanta scored the first 10 points of the game before Philadlelphia got on the board with a field goal. Atlanta would expand the lead to 20-3 by halftime. Murray had an 8 yard touchdown run and caught a 5 yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to make it 20-17. Atlanta kicked a field goal early in the fourth to make it 23-17. Ryan Mathews scored on a one yard rushing touchdown to give the Eagles a 24-23 lead. The Falcons kicked a field goal with 6:27 left to make it 26-24. Philadelphia had two more possessions but they ended with a missed 44 yard field goal and an interception. The Falcons ran out the clock to seal the upset.
Philadelphia had 399 total yards including 336 passing and 63 rushing yards. Atlanta had 395 total yards including 290 passing and 105 rushing yards. The Eagles had 23 first downs to 21 for the Falcons. Philadelphia had 10 penalties for 88 yards and Atlanta had 7 for 57 yards. Each team had 2 turnovers. Atlanta had possession for over 35 minutes.
Philadelphia quarterback Sam Bradford completed 36/52 passes for 336 yards with a touchdown and 2 interceptions. Running back Darren Sproles had 5 carries for 50 yards along with 7 catches for 76 yards. Murray had 8 carries for 9 yards with a touchdown, along with 4 catches for 11 yards and a touchdown. Mathews had 3 carries for 4 yards and a touchdown, plus 3 catches for 24 yards.
Receiver Jordan Matthews had 10 catches for 102 yards. Tight end Zach Ertz had 3 catches for 46 yards. Riley Cooper, Miles Austin, Josh Huff, Brent Celek, and Nelson Agholar will get targets as well.
Dallas is 6-0 ATS on grass, 4-0 in road games, 5-1 after gaining more than 350 total yards, 5-2 after failing to cover, and overall, 7-3 after rushing for less than 90 yards, and 1-4 after passing for more than 250 yards. The road team is 6-1 ATS and the underdog has covered the last 5 games in this series. The Cowboys are 9-4 ATS including 5-1 in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is 5-2 ATS after passing for more than 250 yards, 11-24-1 at home, 5-15-1 against teams with winning records, 4-13-1 after allowing more than 350 total yards, 3-11-1 in September, 1-4 after rushing for less than 90 yards, overall, against NFC teams, and on grass, 1-5 in week two, and playing on a Sunday after a Monday game.
Dallas has a lot of weapons on offense, but the loss of Bryant hurts a lot. Murray wasn’t very impressive in his debut for the Eagles despite the two touchdowns. This should be a high scoring game. I Think The Cowboys stay within the spread and could even pull off the upset.