Up In Smoke Tour: Cowboys heavy dogs at Eagles Sunday night

Featured in this article:

  • Dallas is 0-7 against the spread this season.
  • The eight other NFL teams to start a season 0-7 ATS were 6-2 ATS in Week 8 (since 1988)
  • Philadelphia is 2-6 ATS in their last eight games.

First the Cowboys lost Dak for the season and now – thanks to this head shot via Washington’s Jon Bostic – Andy Dalton will spend the better part of the next few weeks in concussion protocol.

Injuries aside, Dallas is a lifeless franchise these days and, since the late 1980’s, just one of nine teams to start a season 0-7 against the spread after an embarrassing 25-3 loss to Washington last Sunday.

The injury plagued Eagles needed two touchdowns in the game’s final five minutes last Thursday night to eke out a 22-21 victory over the one-win Giants. Philly is 2-4-1 straight up, but fell to 2-5 against the spread by failing to cover -5 at home.

Week 8: Dallas Cowboys vs Philadelphia Eagles Game Info
Date: November 1, 2020, 8:20 p.m. ET
Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
TV Coverage: NBC
Opening Odds: Eagles -2.5 | O/U 47.5
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Line Movement

Philadelphia opened as 2.5-point home favorites, but due to Dalton’s injury and expectation seventh-round draft pick Ben DiNucci makes his first career start this Sunday, the Eagles are now 7.5-point favorites. With the downgrade at quarterback, Dallas’ moneyline crashed down to +265 at several online sportsbooks.. The point total opened at 47.5, but pulled back to 44 with both rosters banged up. The UNDER has hit in nine of the Eagles last 11 home games.

The Cowboys’ recent betting trends are tough to buy stock in as most were accomplished with Dak Prescott behind center. However, Gilles Gallant over at Odds Shark did note that the other eight teams to start a season 0-7 against the spread were 6-2 ATS in Week 8 and 62.3% ATS the rest of the season.

Dallas News and Notes

If the Cowboys fail to round up the usual free agent quarterback suspects and sign a veteran trigger this week, Ben Dinucci will make his first career start. The seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft out James Madison has an interesting collegiate resume. He originally started his career as a member of the Pittsburgh Panthers where he passed for just over 1,000 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions in 11 games. He then transferred to FCS powerhouse James Madison where he completed 70 percent of his passes with 45 touchdowns and 18 interceptions during his junior and senior seasons. Whether or not his skills translate to the pros remains to be seen. He only attempted three passes against the Football Team and still managed to fumble the ball twice.

Some free agent names that could supplant Dinucci before Sunday are Ryan Fitzpatrick, now that Tua will likely start the rest of the season, Jacoby Brissett, now that Philip Rivers is the definitive No. 1 starter and, oh yeah, Colin Kaepernick. Could you imagine CK7 suiting up for Jerry Jones and America’s Team? Peak 2020 roster move there.

As for the Cowboys defense, you hate to claim that a unit quit on the season before the end of October. However, they let Kyle Allen and Antonio Gibson basically do whatever they pleased and the Football Team racked up nearly 400 total yards and dominated time of possession. Dallas’ league-wide rankings are cringe-worthy:

  • 34.7 points allowed per game (rank 32nd)
  • 178.3 rush yards allowed per game (32nd)
  • 6.0 opponent yards per play (24th)
  • 50.51 percent opponent 3rd down conversion rate (27th)
  • 4.0 opponent red zone attempts per game (24th)

You can’t win like this even with a healthy quarterback as evidenced by the outcomes when Dak Prescott was healthy. The Cowboys’ two wins are a one-point victory over the Falcons and three point win over the Giants. Combined those two teams have two wins.

Philadelphia News and Notes

The Eagles own the top spot in the NFC East at 2-4-1.

When the better part of your offensive roster is nursing some form of injury, the quarterback typically has to get creative to move the chains. This is likely why Carson Wentz completed 25 passes to eight different receivers in the win over the Giants and targeted 10 overall. While the emergence of guys like Travis Fulgham are welcomed, all eyes will be on the 5-foot-6 Boston Scott Sunday night. The hybrid running back was quiet for much of the Giants game until the lights shined the brightest and then he stepped up. While he’s not built for in-between the tackles, smash-mouth running, Wentz and head coach Doug Pederson no doubt have ways to get him involved in play-action and various passing down situations. The Cowboys and their season are on tilt, they just need one final shove from Scott.

On the injury front, Desean Jackson will miss the next six to eight weeks due to an ankle injury suffered in the win over the Giants. The good news is that fellow receiver Jalen Reagor was activated from injured reserve following September thumb surgery. No word on if he’ll be active for the game against the Cowboys, but with so much of the Eagles off on the mend, it would be somewhat surprising to see Reagor inactive come Sunday.

Betting Pick: Eagles -7.5

Only if the Cowboys sign a veteran quarterback off the waiver wire does this point spread move. And as one Philadelphia media outlet headline read: “If the Eagles can’t beat these Cowboys, who are without Andy Dalton, just blow it up.” The “it” being the Philly franchise and Eagles’ backers bank accounts.

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