Free NFL Picks & betting preview for the Week 2 battle between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Dallas Cowboys scored the most improbable win of week one in the NFL, while the Philadelphia Eagles experienced a very bitter defeat on Monday Night Football at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons. Dallas needs to play better, while Philadelphia needs to finish better. Which team is going to get the win in this divisional game in the NFC East?
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Neither team played consistently last week, but Dallas found a way to win while Philadelphia found a way to lose. Dallas was decisively outplayed most of the night by the New York Giants, but was improbably saved from disaster by the Giants and quarterback Eli Manning making all the wrong decisions inside the final two minutes of the game. The Giants were up, 23-20, and had first and goal close to the Dallas goal line. Manning, it was learned, told his running back to not score, believing that the Giants would be able to run out the clock, when in fact this was not the case. New York needed to get a touchdown and create a two-score lead, but it didn’t do everything it could to achieve that goal. Manning then threw an incomplete pass on third down instead of being sure to make the clock run, which is why he told his running back not to score in the first place. The Giants then made the final mistake on fourth down of kicking a field goal, which gave Dallas a chance to win… which the Cowboys did. Tony Romo engineered a clutch drive which ended on a game-winning touchdown in the final 10 seconds. Dallas stole one.
The Eagles played a competitive game with the Atlanta Falcons, but first-half mistakes on offense and a leaky second-half defense led to a loss for Chip Kelly’s team. It was a bitter defeat, since it ruined a strong second half from new starting quarterback Sam Bradford, who looked good and showed promise that he can be the quarterback of the future in Philadelphia.
NFL odds opened with the Eagles being a 5-point choice. Then the line moved up to 5.5 and then 6 points. Now it stands back at 5. There is always so much controversy swirling around Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly, and his decisions late in the loss to Atlanta came under fire. The Eagles are not an “old reliable” in the regular season the way they are in the preseason. It’s a different betting situation.
The Cowboys have defensive end Randy Gregory out indefinitely with an ankle injury. Defensive end Greg Hardy is, of course, serving a suspension and therefore will not play. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick is on the injured reserve list with a knee injury. Linebacker Rolando McClain is also serving a suspension; like Hardy, he will not play in this game. Most of all, Dez Bryant – who suffered an injury in the season opener on Sunday night against the New York Giants – will miss four to six weeks with a foot injury.
The Eagles are in much better shape than the Cowboys. They have center David Molk on the injured reserve list with a bicep injury. That’s the main concern. Other than that, Seyi Ajirotutu is questionable for this game with a concussion, and linebacker Marcus Smith is questionable with a hamstring. That’s it.
Handicapping The Game
The Cowboys are 1-0 and the Eagles are 0-1, but Philadelphia badly needs this game. Tony Romo might be better than Sam Bradford, but Dallas is really banged up at a lot of important positions. Give the edge to the Eagles here.
NFL Pick: Philadelphia -5 at Bodog