Bet Cowboys -3 vs. Eagles for Thanksgiving Day NFL Action

Steven Suarez

Monday, November 24, 2014 6:40 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 6:40 PM UTC

Dallas and Philadelphia meet up on Turkey Day, with the NFL odds favoring Tony Romo and the Cowboys at home. Let's see who deserves backing with our sports picks for Week 13.

Odds Overview
The early Week 13 NFL odds board has Dallas favored by a field goal, which we're not at all surprised by. These division games, especially in the NFC East, always seem to be close.

We have another high total posted, with the current O/U all the way up at 51.5. Given how much offensive talent will be out on the field, we can see why.


Dallas Cowboys
Well, they didn't make it easy on themselves, but the Cowboys did what they needed to do to get a 31-28 road win over the Giants on Sunday Night Football in Week 12.

A Dez Bryant touchdown with just over a minute to go proved to be the difference. Dallas was down 14-3 early on in the first half, but they stuck around and had little trouble moving the ball against New York's porous defense, and Romo's composure down the stretch guided the road team to the win.

In all, Romo was 18-of-26 for 275 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions, though he did lose a fumble. That can't take away from a highly efficient performance from the quarterback, who linked up with Bryant for two scores and also found Cole Beasley and Jason Witten for TDs.

DeMarco Murray wasn't able to reach the end zone, but he eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark again, totaling 121 yards on 24 rushes while also adding two catches for 22 yards. It was an excellent showing from the entire Dallas offense.

It's going to be a short turnaround for the Cowboys now, though, as they'll have only a few days to rest up for another divisional showdown. Their offense is going to have to be every bit as effective if they're to keep pace with the Eagles, who are putting points on the board with reckless abandon.


Philadelphia Eagles
A week after getting tossed around like a ragdoll by the Packers, the Eagles did the same to the Titans in Week 12. They ended up winning 43-24 at home to push their record to 8-3 for the season.

There was little to no resistance for the Philadelphia offense. The Eagles had 462 total yards of offense and recorded 26 first downs in the 19-point win.

Mark Sanchez had 307 passing yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, with James Casey of all people securing the touchdown catch. It was a good day at the office for LeSean McCoy, who ran 21 times for 130 yards and a score. Darren Sproles also found the end zone in the victory.

That's three wins in four weeks for Philadelphia, who are at the summit of the division, having a small edge on the Cowboys with their 2-0 NFC East record. Sanchez's replacing of the injured Nick Foles hasn't changed much at all for this high-powered offense, but we're interested to see if it can continue in a tougher environment against Dallas in Week 13.

Coming in, the Eagles are ranked fourth in the NFL in passing yards per game and 12th in rushing. Defensively, they're #30 in stopping the pass and #16 against the run, which doesn't particularly bode well with an impending date with Romo, Murray and Bryant on Thanksgiving.


NFL Pick
This should be one heck of a game, featuring a lot of offensive fireworks from both sides.

That being said, we feel more confident in Dallas at this juncture in time. The Cowboys have been better defensively and the home-field advantage will play a big part here on Thursday. We know they have the offense to keep up with the Eagles, too.

In getting an early start with placing our NFL picks for Week 13, we like the value on Dallas to get the job done at home, staking their undisputed claim atop the division in the process.

Free NFL PickCowboys -3 at 5Dimes

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