The Dallas Cowboys beat the NFL odds last week, but things didn't end the way they wanted to. Now they have to face a Philadelphia Eagles team fresh off the bye.
Jason's 2015 record as of Nov. 1: 25-21-2 ATS; 0-1 ML (-1.00 units); 18-26 Total
If for some reason you decided to record Sunday's game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Seattle Seahawks, you might as well delete it. It was a horrible football game in just about every way imaginable. The teams were struggling, the officiating was awful, and Seahawks WR/KR Ricardo Lockette might never play again after getting stretchered off the field. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lockette and his family.
Sorry to start on a down note, but these things need to be acknowledged. The Cowboys ended up losing that game 13-12, although they did cover as 4.5-point home dogs, getting paid for the first time since Week 2. Their opponents that week: the Philadelphia Eagles, who come into Arlington this Sunday night (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC) looking for revenge as 2.5-point favorites on our Week 9 NFL odds board.
You Got Shermed
It's been a bad year all around for the Cowboys (2-5 SU and ATS). They won their first two games, including that 20-10 victory over the Eagles (–7 at home), but QB Tony Romo broke his collarbone in Philly and hasn't played since. Brandon Weeden did a fair job in relief, but Dallas couldn't generate enough offense. Matt Cassel has been even worse.
To be fair, the Cowboys have been playing some tough defenses lately. WR Dez Bryant (foot) made his return last week after missing five games, then was hounded by CB Richard Sherman the whole day, making just two catches for 12 yards. Life won't get any easier this week; the Eagles defense went into the bye ranked No. 3 overall (No. 4 pass, No. 5 rush) on the efficiency charts at Football Outsiders.
Fix Yourself, Sammy
That bye week is a godsend for the Eagles (3-4 SU and ATS). They expect to have LT Jason Peters ready to roll after he needed to be carted off from their 27-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers (–3 at home) in Week 7. RB Ryan Mathews (groin) and WR Jordan Matthews (hand) should be active, as well. And the extra week will help head coach Chip Kelly work out some of the bugs in his No. 23-ranked offense (No. 26 pass, No. 16 rush).
The Eagles were pulling in unanimous consensus at the open, with twice as much money coming in on Philadelphia at press time. We're not inclined to go against the grain with our NFL picks this week. There's no question the Eagles aren't being all that they can be with QB Sam Bradford at the helm, so don't go betting whatever farm you still have left to bet with. But when it comes to the Cowboys, these dogies aren't likely to get along until Romo comes back.
Free NFL Pick: Take the Eagles –2.5 at GTBets