The Philadelphia Eagles have gotten off to a flying start to the 2022/23 season and will go into their clash against the Dallas Cowboys with a 5-0 record.
The game is set to take place at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday at 8:20 PM.
The Cowboys are also off to a great start and have gone 4-0 without Dak Prescott. Quarterback Cooper Ruch is now 5-0 in starts following a 22-10 win over defending Super Bowl champs, the Los Angeles Rams. The team’s defense was stellar in last Sunday’s win, with defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence returning L.A QB Matthew Stafford’s fumble 19 yards for a touchdown, the second of his career.
Philly remains the only unbeaten team in the NFL on the back of a 20-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, but there are concerns regarding the team’s defense, given the way Kyler Murray got to move the ball against it in the last few possessions.
The first four drives four Arizona saw them forced to punt and throw an interception before punting twice again. The last five were in stark contrast as they scored a TD, a field goal, punted, scored another TD, and then missed a field goal. The first field goal drive could have easily been a TD had Marquise Brown not dropped a slant in the open field.
The defense mostly set up in a three-man front with two stand-up edge rushers, one linebacker, and five defensive backs. They remained in a nickel towards the end, with Kyzir white in action.
The Cards managed to turn things around and nearly snuck in a win because of their response to their pass-rush pressure. Murray was pressured on 11 plays during the first half and only got three yards on those plays, per TruMedia. However, five of them still resulted in gains for the offense.
Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon will likely insist on tackling in the upcoming fixture against Dallas.
While the Eagles are undefeated, they’ve failed to cover the spread on two occasions so far this term, when a six-point favorite against the Detroit Lions in Week 1 and a 5.5-point favorite against Arizona on Sunday.
The Eagles are favored to win their matchup against the Cowboys on the weekend, with Pennsylvania betting sites offering odds on the game, as well as other futures. They’re current 1/2 favorites for victory, while Dallas has been attached to odds of 2/1.
Philly is also favored to win the NFC East this season, with bookmakers placing odds of 1/3 on their chances.
Dallas is the second favorite at 3/1, with the New York Giants at 10/1 and the Washington Commanders at 125/1.
Nick Sirianni’s side is the outright favorite to come out of the NFC at 5/2. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are behind in second place with 4/1 odds, while the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers are both at 13/2.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys went 2-0 against the Eagles last season, both in pure results and against the spread.
When the teams met last September, Prescott threw for three TDs in a return from an ankle injury, with Dallas covering the spread as a 3.5-point home favorite in a 41-21 win. The QB threw five TDs against Philly in a 51/26 win in January. The Eagles had rested Jalen Hurts ahead of an NFC wildcard game; backup QB Gardner Minshew started in his place.
Dallas is 3-0 in match results, and ATS, in their last three meetings, with the Over 3-0.
The NFC East hasn’t had a repeat champion since the Eagles won four consecutive divisional titles from 2001-2004 when Andy Reid was in charge. While the Cowboys have been a surprise force with Prescott out injured, and their defense has been remarkably formidable, the Eagles are more likely to come out on top when the teams play it out on Sunday.
Philadelphia has a much better offense, and their team is more complete.
The team is functioning like a well-oiled machine under Sirianni this season and doesn’t look like it’s about to slow down in spite of the defensive foibles late against the Cardinals on the weekend.
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