The Philadelphia Eagles (9-4) lost to the Seattle Seahawks in week 14. The Eagles were held to a season low 139 yards of total offense. The most troubling statistic for the Eagles was time of possession. The Eagles held the ball on offense for only 18 minutes. A lot of teams struggle against the Seahawks’ defense and the Eagles need to move past this and address their offense issues.
The Dallas Cowboys (9-4) bounced back in week 14 getting a win on the road in Chicago against the Bears. The Cowboys went back to their bread and butter offense: handing the ball to DeMarco Murray and limiting the pressure on Tony Romo. The Chicago Bears have made a lot of teams look good this season and the Cowboys certainly took advantage. Dallas played with a lot of confidence and swagger. They will need that attitude going into a hostile Lincoln Financial Field in a game that could decide the winner of the NFC East.
Eagles Vs Dallas Week 15 Odds
Here are the odds from Betonline.ag
Cowboys +3 (+105)
Eagles -3 (-125)
Eagles: The tape from the Seahawks game is not pretty. The coaching staff should do themselves a favor, and throw it out. Mark Sanchez was the mediocre quarterback that everyone thought he was before the season. The Eagles need to play to their strength. In the loss to the Seahawks, the Eagles had no speed. The strength of this team is the Chip Kelly tempo. The Eagles offense and defense play at such a high tempo that opposing defenses struggle to match the same level of conditioning as the offense. Philadelphia cannot allow their opposing defenses to dictate the offense tempo. Also, Darren Sproles must have a bigger impact on the game. Against the Seahawks, Sproles had zero receptions and four carries for zero yards. The Eagles seemingly left Sproles out of the offensive game plan and made it easy for the Seahawks to zero in on LeSean McCoy. The Eagles need to use a medley of running-backs to vary the pace. The more the offense runs through the ground game, the better their chance of victory.
Cowboys: A commitment to the running game made Dallas a top-tier team in the first half of the season. Poor quarterback play combined with lack of commitment to the run has done in Dallas in all of its losses. One area were Dallas excels is on the road. Dallas has played very well on the road this season with a 6-0 record. This week will go a long way in determining the division winner. In the past few seasons, Dallas and Philadelphia have split the series. With the Eagles already winning a game two weeks ago, Dallas must win this Sunday. With so many teams in playoff position, the loser of this game could find themselves on the outside of the playoffs with double-digits in the win column. Dallas has missed the playoffs four seasons in-a-row.
The more psychical team will determine the outcome of this game. The Eagles went into “Jerry’s World” on Thanksgiving and embarrassed the Cowboys on national television. This week is far from a pay-back game though. This game is about redemption. The Cowboys have played meaningful football all season. They have played with a purpose and have far exceeded expectations. Dallas needs to come out on Sunday and set up the run early. This will force the Eagles to play at a slower tempo. The Eagles have struggled against a grind-it-out style of play all season. Whichever team stops the run will win the game. Expect the Cowboys to out run the Eagles on their way to a victory.
Dallas Cowboys 34 Philadelphia 27