Pro Football Picks: Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, 10/20/13, 1:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Philadelphia PK
Current Betting Line:  Philadelphia -3
Opening Total:  56
Current Total:  55.5
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The Philadelphia Eagles have lost eight straight homes games

The Philadelphia Eagles have lost eight straight homes games

Dallas snapped a two-game losing streak by picking up a 31-16 victory over the Washington Redskins as 5.5-point home favorites last week, while going UNDER the betting total of 52.  The Cowboys rank second in the NFL in averaging 30.5 points per game, which is important to consider when looking over the pro football odds page, considering their Week 7 opponent is fourth in that category at 27.7.  Quarterback Tony Romo has compiled a 7-6 record in this rivalry, as he comes off a 170-yard performance against the Redskins.  Dallas is 7-13 SU and 7-12-1 ATS in games where the line is between +3 to -3.

The Cowboys are allowing 308.2 passing yards per game, which is ahead of only the Eagles and Denver Broncos in that category.  Dallas has lost both of its road games this season, but its opponent has lost eight in a row in the City of Brotherly Love for the first time since 1936-37.  Offensively, the team will need someone to step up in the running game, as starter DeMarco Murray is listed as doubtful with a knee injury suffered last week.

Philadelphia returns home after winning back-to-back games for the first time under head coach Chip Kelly, including a 31-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as 2.5-point favorites last week.  The Eagles have won the statistical battle in four of their six contests in a new offensive system, which can’t be ignored when making your pro football picks.  Former Arizona Wildcats star Nick Foles will lead the offense, as starting quarterback Michael Vick is injured.  He’ll be facing a defense that’s allowed more than 475 yards in three games.  Philadelphia is 8-6 SU and 8-5-1 ATS versus NFC East opponents since 2011, with the UNDER going 8-6 in those 14 opportunities.

The Eagles should be able to move the football, considering Kelly’s offense at Oregon averaged 50 points in three meetings against the USC Trojans from 2010-12.  That statistic is important due to USC’s defensive coordinator being Monte Kiffin during that span, as he currently occupies that position for America’s team.  Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy should be able to run wild.

Sports bettors will likely back the Eagles due to their 5-2 ATS mark in their last seven October contests.

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