Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles MNF Week 3 Betting Preview, Odds, and Prediction
Date: Monday, September 27, 2021
Game Time: 8:20 PM ET
Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
TV Network: ESPN
Dallas Cowboys (1-1-0 SU, 2-0-0 ATS)
Philadelphia Eagles (1-1-0 SU, 1-1-0 ATS)
The Philadelphia Eagles came crashing back down to earth on Sunday, losing to the San Francisco 49ers 17-11 at Lincoln Financial Field to the chagrin of their fans. The season home-opener didn't go to plan, although it fell in line with the NFL odds as the Niners covered the closing 3-point spread.
The Dallas Cowboys recovered from a heart-breaking 31-29 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1 by beating the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. It was a nail-biter from start to finish, but the Cowboys got the job done with a game-winning field goal to clinch the narrow 20-17 win.
Lookahead lines had the Cowboys -4.5 and the point total on 49.5 points before Week 2. Following the weekend, the line reopened with Cowboys -4 and the point total on 51.5 points. Some shops have Eagles +3.5, likely down to the volume of early betting going towards Philadelphia plus the points.
Dallas Cowboys Odds & Overview
If the first two games were a sign of what's to come, then Dallas fans are in for a rollercoaster ride. Those were nail-biters that the Cowboys dished up in Tampa Bay and Los Angeles, both decided by a handful of points and in the final minutes of the game. The team that possessed the ball last won on both occasions.
In Week 1, the Bucs got the ball in the final minute and won. Tom Brady rose to the occasion in the way only a seasoned veteran and proven champion can, marching Tampa Bay down the field to set up a game-winning field goal against Dallas. In Week 2, Dak Prescott took a page from TB12 and marched the Cowboys down the field to set up a game-winning field goal against the Chargers.
Prescott was never in doubt, nor the talent and quality of the offense around him. They're clicking at full cylinder after two games and littering the stats sheet. Dallas defense, however, has the Jekyll and Hyde about it. Dan Quinn's arrival should sort out the defense in due course and with more games under their belt. But, for now, the chinks in the armor are still there, making it the weakest link.
Philadelphia Eagles Odds & Overview
The Philadelphia Eagles sent seismic shockwaves through NFL betting markets following a 32-6 beatdown over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1. Then, they gave the San Francisco 49ers a run for their money at home in Week 2 before taking the 17-11 loss.
The Eagles were supposed to be a rebuild -team, not an NFC East contender. Jalen Hurts took over from the beleaguered Carson Wentz late last season, and after Wentz' departure, he became the starter in Philadelphia. New head coach Nick Sirianni didn't draft Hurts, so there was doubt whether he would stick with the second-year quarterback in 2021. So far, he has, and the Eagles are in modest shape as a result.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles Odds
|Eagles||+155||+3.5 (-115)||Over 51.5 (-110)|
|Cowboys||-180||-3.5 (-110)||Under 51.5 (-110)|
Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles Betting Predictions
The NFC East is an unpredictable division. All preconceived notions have been known to go out of the window, and nothing is ever as it seems. So, don't be surprised if this game delivers a few surprises or if it goes against the grain.
Underscoring Dallas' odds is home-field advantage and momentum. However, the Eagles are notorious dangerous floaters with a tradition of embracing the underdog status to great effect. As a result, Mike McCarthy's Cowboys can't take anything for granted in this pivotal divisional showdown.
The never-say-die mentality led the Eagles to Super Bowl glory a few years back. And it was this attitude Sirianni was careful to preach in the offseason, leading to the Eagles upsetting the Falcons in Week 1. Few predicted the Eagles would stun the Falcons in quite so convincing of a fashion. But they did. Arguably, the Eagles came close to upsetting the Niners too. But the offense fizzled down the stretch, and the opportunity slipped through their fingers.
The point is: the Eagles might not be as bad as preseason markets projected they'd be. Should Jalen Hurts and Co. upset the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, however? It would be a statement win that would go towards validating Philadelphia's NFC East credentials.
NFL Picks: Eagles +4 (-110)