September 02, 2021
Cowboys vs Eagles Odds, Spreads & Betting Lines – Sports Betting
The feud between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles has been boiling for decades. Sports commentators have ranked it number one overall in the NFL in 1992 and 2014.
Typical of the NFC East, the results of their games are often bitterly contested. But in the Superbowl, there can only be one champion. So which team is truly the best?
This article can help you understand the odds for the Eagles and the Cowboys. We trace the rivalry between the two NFL teams, including stats from last season, the transitions in Philadelphia, the Cowboys’ past performances, and betting trends during the 2020 NFL season.
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The Cowboys-Eagles Rivalry
In the second game in Dallas history, the Eagles came in as Super Bowl championship winners. But they just barely survived with a 27-25 victory over the winless Cowboys that season.
The two NFC East rivals have played each other 124 times, including four postseason games, between 1960 to 2020. Dallas has taken 14 of 23 overall playoff meetings since 2009. Overall, the Cowboys have recorded more wins with 70 games, while the Eagles have won 54 matchups.
Philadelphia has one of the most loyal and passionate fanbases in sports history. Ever since the Dallas Cowboys joined the Eagles’ division in 1961, Eagles fans haven’t had a lot to cheer for. Meanwhile, the Cowboys, “America’s Team,” have won five Super Bowls.
From 1967 to 1980, the Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys just four times in 27 events. Philadelphia finally flexed their muscles by easily defeating Dallas as a one-point underdog in the 1980 NFC East championship.
Memorable Matchups and Infamous Moments
November 12, 1979: Philadelphia lost their first eight games at Texas Stadium before they finally beat Dallas, which had played in three of the last four NFL championships. Philadelphia’s victory enabled them to clinch their second playoff berth since 1960.
October 10, 1999: Dallas’ wide receiver Michael Irvin suffered a career-ending injury. Philly fans cheered and then chanted “Deion sucks” when Deion Sanders attempted to comfort Irvin.
December 9, 2018: Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott hooked up with receiver Amari Cooper on two go-ahead fourth-quarter touchdowns, and then yet another to win in overtime. The score was 37 points in the fourth quarter and overtime in a game that decided the division.
Eagles Starter: Wentz Out, Hurts In
Carson Wentz flourished in PHI as a quarterback for quite some time. But in 2017, it was all downhill for him. Between failing to replicate his MVP performance and suffering nagging injuries, Wentz quickly lost the love of the rabid Philly fans.
With Carson Wentz under center, the Eagles lost four times straight and failed to score more than 17 points in any of their matchups. Those losses were embarrassing, marred by poor calling, turnovers, and mistakes.
So Philadelphia used a second-round pick on Jalen Hurts last year as the Eagle’s new quarterback. This switch has given the entire PHI team a shot in the arm.
Unlike Carson Wentz, who has averaged 1.3 turnovers per game, Hurts had just two turnovers in two starts. He is also more effective behind a makeshift offensive line than Wentz.
Jalen Hurts did a better job with sacks and turnovers than Wentz. Hurts got 273 yards and a touchdown in his first start and then piled up 391 yards and four TDs last year against the Arizona Cardinals. Though the Eagles still have some flaws, at least Hurts is giving them a fighting chance.
Dallas Cowboys: What Happened to the American Team?
The Dallas Cowboys have never been the same since suffering a great embarrassment at home on Thanksgiving last year. They hung tough in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens and then beat the San Francisco 49ers and the Cincinnati Bengals.
Of course, wins over the 49ers and Bengals aren’t much to get excited about. But if you’re a Cowboys fan, you know that even the weakest teams have given Dallas problems at times.
Last season, the Cowboys’ two-game winning streak was fueled by special teams touchdowns and takeaways. Dallas was +7 on the turnover margin over their last two NFL weeks. They were a -13 before that and had zero special teams’ TD.
The Cowboys scored 41 points in one of their matches, but only had 291 yards of offense. In their game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas scored 30 points with just 272 yards.
2020 Season Stats
Last season, Dallas had two consecutive wins when they beat San Francisco 41-33. The Cowboys’ running back Tony Pollard had a career-high six receptions, including two rushing TDs and a season-high 132 scrimmage yards.
Ezekiel Elliott missed the matchup with the Eagles because of his controversial calf injury. Elliot has had 972 scrimmage yards in seven career matchups vs. Philadelphia.
In that same game, the Cowboys’ QB Andy Dalton passed for 209 yards. He had two touchdowns vs. zero INT (interception thrown) for a 96.7 rating, and had two-plus TD passes in four of his past five starts.
Amari Cooper had 15 receptions for 323 yards, averaging at 161.5 per game. In Dallas home games against the Eagles, Cooper had three TDs, five-plus receptions, and 60-plus yards.
CeeDee Lamb, on the other hand, had five receptions for a team-high 85 receiving yards. He also had a 47-yard kick return for a touchdown in Week 15 of last year. In six of his seven home games in 2020, Lamb successfully got five-plus receptions. Currently, CeeDee Lamb ranks second among rookies with 66 receptions.
Last year, the Philadelphia Eagles lost 33-26 to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday Night Football.–the fifth loss in their last six NFL games. The Eagles’ Jalen Hurts had three touchdown passes and 338 yards on 44 attempts. He also had a rushing TD and 63 yards in that game.
From that matchup, Hurts made a record as the first rookie quarterback in the Super Bowl era with three-plus TD passes and a rushing touchdown in his first career road start.
Hurts was the third rookie with 300-plus passing yards and a rushing TD in a single game since 1970. He also became the third QB with 50-plus rushing yards in each of his first two starts in the NFL.
In the Eagles-Cardinals Week 15 matchup last year, the Eagles’ Miles Sanders had 90 scrimmage yards. He also had over 75 scrimmage yards in five of his six road games in 2020.
Alshon Jeffrey had 50-plus receiving yards and a touchdown catch in two of his past three NFL games in Dallas, while DeSean Jackson suffered an injury. Still, the Eagles triumphed against the Cowboys 23-9 in their first meeting last November.
Cowboys vs. Eagles: 2020 Betting Trends
In Week 8 of last season, Dallas and Philly met, with the Eagles winning 23-9 games as 10.5 point favorites. The Cowboys lost, but that was with third-string quarterback Ben Dinucci making a start.
In Week 14, Philadelphia topped the New Orleans Saints 24-21 but came up just short, losing to the Cardinals 33-26. Still, the mobility of rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts made a vast difference, as PHI was averaging 25.0 PPG in his two games.
Andy Dalton came back under center after a head injury, and Dallas suddenly looked like a functional NFL offense once more. The Cowboys’ defense was also excellent. In Week 15, Dallas exploded for a season-high 41-33 victory over San Francisco as a 4-point underdog.
On Sunday of Week 16, the Philadelphia Eagles took on the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. During that matchup, oddsmakers chose Philly as slight favorites over Dallas.
How to Bet
Here are some examples of betting odds, spread, and lines:
Philly – 125 (bet $125 to win $100)
Dallas +105 (bet $100 to win $105)
- Against the spread (ATS)
Eagles -1.5 (-110)
Cowboys +1.5 (-110)
- Totals: 49.5
Over -115 (bet $115 to win $100)
Under -105 (bet $105 to win $100)
With -125 Eagles odds, Philly has an implied 55.56% chance of winning. The Eagles will have to win by two points or more for the Eagles -1.5 (-110) ATS ticket to cash.
With +105 Cowboys odds, Dallas has an implied 48.78% chance of winning. If the Cowboys wins outright or loses by 1 point, Dallas +1.5 (-110) ticket cashes.
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