Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles will face each other in the third round of the NFL 2021 season on Monday evening. The hosts celebrated their first victory last weekend, and they want to keep up where they left off. The away side wasn’t that successful a week before, as they come from a defeat to the Niners.
Dallas Cowboys didn’t enjoy their preseason, as they lost all four matches. The Steelers defeated them in the Hall of Fame game, while they also lost to the Cardinals, the Texans, and the Jaguars. On the other hand, the Eagles could do better than snatching a draw in the preseason, besides suffering two defeats. The Steelers and the Patriots kept them away from winning while they drew against the Jets. They look forward to an improvement after an abysmal last season.
Dallas Cowboys – Can they challenge the division title?
The Cowboys head to this game with a 1-1 record and after beating the Chargers on the road last weekend. They opened the campaign with a narrow 31-29 defeat to the defending champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dallas had a furious start into the previous match, and they secured a 14-3 lead already after the first quarter. Although the Chargers equalized at the end of the third period, the cowboys managed to see off the opponents.
Dallas looks pretty good with Dak Prescott, and they would lie to challenge the NFC East title. The Cowboys rushed for 98 yards on 31 carries while forcing two turnovers against Los Angeles Chargers last weekend. Prescott passed for 237 yards and one interception on 23-27 against the Chargers, and his overall pass completion rate is 76.5%. Tony Pollard logged 109 yards and a TD on 13 attempts, while CeeDee Lamb had eight catches for 81 yards.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Ezekiel Elliott, Cedrick Wilson, CeeDee Lamb, Cedrick Wilson, Dalton Schultz, Tyron Smith, Connor Williams, Tyler Biadasz, Zack Martin, Terence Steele
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Tarell Basham, Osa Odighizuwa, Brent Urban, Randy Gregory, Leighton Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith, Micah Parsons, Anthony Brown, Jayron Kearse, Damontae Kazee, Trevon Diggs
Quarter Back: Dak Prescott
Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
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Philadelphia Eagles – Will they improve this season?
The Eagles had a poor previous campaign as they managed to win only four times. Philadelphia finished the regular season at the bottom of the pile in the NFC East, and this time, they hope for a better record. They opened the season well, beating the Falcons on the road 32-6. However, they lost to the Niners in the last round, and therefore, head to Week 3 with a 1-1 score. The Eagles couldn’t get their offense going against San Francisco, and they scored only 11 points.
Eight penalties for 57 yards lost had a huge impact on their defeat, and Philadelphia allowed their rivals nearly a 35-minute possession. With those figures, they really could hope for a better result. In that effort, the Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts passed for 190 yards and rushed for 82 yards with a TD. Hurts threw for a total of 454 yards and three touchdowns this season, with a 67.2% success rate. Last weekend, Quez Watkins had two grabs for 117 yards in the clash against the Niners.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Miles Sanders, DeVonta Smith, Jalen Reagor, Quez Watkins, Dallas Goedert, Andre Dillard, Isaac Seumalo, Landon Dickerson, Nate Herbig, Lane Johnson
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Josh Sweat, Javon Hargrave, Milton Williams, Derek Barnett, Alex Singleton, Eric Wilson, Genard Avery, Darius Slay, K’Von Wallace, Anthony Harris, Steven Nelson
Quarter Back: Jalen Hurts
Kicker: Jake Elliott
Expert Pick #1 – Dallas Cowboys -4 @-110
Looking into the betting trends, we can see that the Cowboys covered the spread five times on the previous six occasions, while the Eagles are 1-6 ATS in the last seven outings. Philadelphia’s tight end Zach Ertz is questionable for this clash, while Dallas have more options at receiver. I’ll take the hosts to cover the spread at home as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 52 @-110
The Eagles went Under nine times in their last 12 matches, and they might struggle in the offense once again. The Cowboys have also been involved in low-scoring games lately, and this one might stay under a 52 margin. Therefore, I’ll take the Under as a second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Dallas Cowboys to win by 7-12 @+360
I’ll take a bit longer odds for the third pick for this matchup, and I believe the Cowboys should win this one with a moderate margin. Taking them to win by a 7-12 margin seems to be a reasonable choice, and the returns could be more than decent.