The Dallas Cowboys (8-3) are coming off a Sunday night victory over the New York Giants. Dallas was down at half-time before storming back in the second half to seal the victory. Tony Romo is having an (under-the-radar) MVP caliber season. The Cowboys’ offensive-line has a lot to do with Romo’s success as well as the success of running-back DeMarco Murray. Against the Giants, Romo threw for three touchdowns. DeMarco Murray rushed for 121 yards and eclipsed the 100 yard mark again this season. If the Cowboys are to win on Thanksgiving, they will need both Romo and Murray to play at a very high level.
The Philadelphia Eagles (8-3) blew out the Tennessee Titans in week 12. The Eagles defensively have dominated games all season. Against weaker opponents, the Eagles defense has come up big. The Eagles offense, however, has been going in the opposite direction. While the Eagles defense has consistently made big plays this season the offense, and in particular the passing game, has regressed mightily. With a Thanksgiving Day match-up with Dallas, the Eagles offense is going to have to play turnover free football, if the Eagles have any chance of pulling off the upset against the Cowboys.
Cowboys Vs Eagles Week 13 Odds
Here are the odds from Betonline.ag
Eagles +3 (+100)
Cowboys -3 (-120)
Cowboys: The offensive-line of the Cowboys has created a monster in running-back DeMarco Murray. The Cowboys are in great position to win the division and make the playoffs. With the Chip Kelly led Eagles as the only thing standing in their way, Dallas must rise to the occasion. The Cowboys have two distinct advantages: 1) Tony Romo is better than Mark Sanchez. Romo may have his detractors, and he has not been clutch in the defining moments of his career, but Romo is 8-1 in Thanksgiving Day games. 2) The Cowboys are playing at home on a short week. So far this season, the home team has won nearly 70% of Thursday games. If Dallas is going to win this week, Tony Romo will need to out play Mark Sanchez and the rest of the Eagles offense.
Eagles: The defensive-line of the Philadelphia Eagles has consistently blitzed all season. The Eagles have been very successful blitzing and defensive-end Connor Barwin is having a career year. The Eagles, however, might want to consider not blitzing Tony Romo. Romo is notoriously elusive in the pocket and does a great job avoiding the rush. If the Eagles come with the blitz it might play right into the hands of the Dallas’ offensive attack. A more suitable plan of attack might be to rush only three or four defenders and load up in coverage with the extra man. If the Eagles can sit back and confuse Romo with extra men in coverage and force turnovers, then the Eagles will have a shot at the upset.
The Eagles have consistently relied on their defense to create points, but their best advantage comes on special teams. If the Eagles pull off the victory, then field position will certainly play a vital role in the outcome. The Eagles need a short field for the offense to create scoring chances. This Eagles’ offense is better suited at quick short strikes than long methodical drives. If Mark Sanchez has to carry the Eagles’ offense, then the Cowboys will have the advantage. The Cowboys are certainly the better offensive team, but the Eagles have given Romo nightmares in the past. Chip Kelly will need to come up with a strategy to stymie DeMarco Murray and the Dallas running-game, but if he can do that and make the Cowboys one-dimensional, then the Eagles, in “Jerry World,” will pull off the upset.
Philadelphia 37 Dallas 31