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Matchup Analysis: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

Vegas Prediction

Vegas says: Cowboys 18, Eagles 25

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Dallas Cowboys Offense: overview

Points (vs AVG) (rank)Rush Yards (vs AVG) (rank)Pass Yards (vs AVG) (rank)
Cowboys Offense19.2 (-4.8) (26)129 (+18) (6)188 (-62) (29)
Eagles Defense19.5 (-4.5) (5)84 (-26) (2)269 (+18) (25)

Philadelphia Eagles Offense: overview

Points (vs AVG) (rank)Rush Yards (vs AVG) (rank)Pass Yards (vs AVG) (rank)
Eagles Offense22.2 (-1.8) (21)107 (-4) (18)260 (+9) (14)
Cowboys Defense18.9 (-5.2) (3)100 (-10) (10)217 (-33) (5)

Cowboys Rushing offense

Bad matchup vs. the Eagles defense.

After getting off to a tremendous start this season, the Cowboys rushing attack has struggled in three of the last four weeks with consistency. The issues for the Cowboys continue to be two-fold as the first is that their offensive line is not as dominant as it has been the past couple of seasons as Matt Bitonti still has them as the 10th best offensive line, but it is a far cry from them consistently being the best offensive line in football for the past several seasons. The other issue the Cowboys have is that teams just do not respect the passing game for the Cowboys, often loading the box and trying to take away Elliott and the rushing attack.

This Eagles defense for the second straight season continues to be as good as they come in the NFL. Outside of a Saquon Barkley game in which Barkley dominated running for 130 yards, the Eagles have not allowed an opposing running back to run for more than 42 yards on the year. The defensive line continues to be the best in the NFL led by Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham and looks to be getting even stronger as they may get Timmy Jernigan back this week who will likely rotate along with Chris Long and Haloti Ngata. This defense should cause some issues for the Cowboys this week.

Cowboys Passing offense

Good matchup vs. the Eagles defense.

Dak Prescott has struggled for most of this season and while the Cowboys did add Amari Cooper which should help the passing offense that severely lacks talent, this offense is going to continue to be an offense in which is going to struggle consistently moving the ball through the air. Turnovers and sacks have been an issue recently for this offense as Dak has fumbled five times over the last three games and has taken 12 sacks in the same time span indicating that the pass blocking is not holding up and that the offense is not releasing the ball quick enough. Outside of Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup continues to show signs that he is improving and the team desperately needs him as Cooper himself has dealt with consistency issues throughout his career and can not always be relied upon to be a number one receiver.

Outside of a game in which the Eagles held Andrew Luck to just 161 yards in Week 3, the Eagles have largely struggled against some poor competition this season. Over the last five weeks, the Eagles have allowed 296 yards passing per game against only one team in the top 12 in terms of passing yardage allowed. The Eagles faced Marcus Mariota (30th), Kirk Cousins (5th), Eli Manning (13th), Cam Newton (25th), and Blake Bortles (18th) over that stretch. The issues stem primarily at the corner position as Jalen Mills has struggled for a large portion of this season and Avonte Maddox who the team likes his versatility moving between safety and corner has also struggled with consistency at times this season.

Eagles Rushing offense

Tough matchup vs. the Cowboys defense.

The Eagles appear to be moving on from Corey Clement as he had just four carries in London for six yards. This was the second straight game in which Clement struggled as he had eight carries for six yards in the previous game, so over the last two games he has had 12 carries for 12 yards. Clement came out and said this week that the lack of consistent touches has been a part of his struggle, but it is a chicken or the egg dilemma as the coaching staff is not going to continue to give him touches in the hopes that he will improve. Meanwhile, Josh Adams has been impressing the coaching staff and provided a burst to this offense as the 6’2’’ 225-pound rookie looked like he has the ability to continue to grow in this offense. The strength of this Eagles team continues to be the offensive line as Footballguys Matt Bitonti has them as the second best offensive line, and we know Doug Pederson is going to continue to ride the hot hand this season and at the moment it appears to be Adams and Wendell Smallwood leaving Corey Clement as the odd man out.

It’s no surprise, but Sean Lee is hurt again for the Cowboys and will likely miss 4-6 weeks with a hamstring injury which means that the Cowboys will once again look to Leighton Vander Esch to play a significant role for the Cowboys. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as Vander Esch has been spectacular for the Cowboys as he has been one of the best rookie draft value picks on the year. All-in-all, the Cowboys defense is one that has been relatively untested, but outside of allowing 99 yards to Adrian Peterson and 102 yards to Chris Carson has stood up to their schedule this year allowing just Dion Lewis on Monday night to run for over 50 yards and the Cowboys have allowed the 7th fewest rushing yards to opposing defenses on the year. It is by no means a perfect unit as the defensive line is inconsistent at times, but it is an above average run-stopping unit.

Eagles Passing offense

Tough matchup vs. the Cowboys defense.

The Eagles made a significant upgrade last week as they added Golden Tate via trade from Detroit. This should give the Eagles another weapon for a passing offense that seemingly has improved each week this season as Carson Wentz continues to get to full-strength. Tate will play primarily out of the slot which will push Jordan Matthews back to the bench. This is a dangerous attack with Alshon Jeffery, Golden Tate, Zach Ertz, and Nelson Agholor who can utilize his speed similar to what we saw last season instead of having to run primarily possession routes that we saw him run earlier this year.

The Cowboys pass defense features one of the best corners in football this season in Byron Jones who in his fourth-year has emerged as a cornerback that you want to avoid going up against. The issue for the Cowboys has been the rest of the secondary as Chidobe Awuzie and safety Xavier Woods are in the midst of a sophomore slump in his second season. This is a unit that has faced a lot of the same type of quarterback this season which has partially inflated their stats as they have faced Alex Smith, Marcus Mariota, Blake Bortles, Cam Newton all of whom are in the bottom 8 in terms of yards per attempt. When the Cowboys have faced the quarterbacks who are willing to throw downfield they have struggled as they allowed 375 yards to DeShaun Watson, 307 yards to Matthew Stafford, and 279 yards to Eli Manning this season. Carson Wentz ranks 10th in terms of yards per attempt which could put a lot of pressure on the Cowboys safeties this week.

Eagles vs QB

Season FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)21 (+0.5)21 (+0.5)21 (+0.5)22 (+0.6)
Last 4 weeks FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)15 (-0.7)15 (-0.7)16 (-0.0)15 (-1.0)
6Eli Manning6524432810100013.
7Cam Newton59253926920749026.426.425.725.7
8Blake Bortles64244128610843022.622.619.719.7

Dak Prescott (FanDuel: $7000, DraftKings: $4900)

7@ WAS662235273106331272720.222.2
9vs TEN59213124321211020.320.315.816.8
10PROJ-Dodds20332281.10.96300. (H=47)19.1 (H=67)
10PROJ-Tremblay18302091.10.95260.217.817.817.8 (H=41)17.8 (H=59)
10PROJ-Bloom20302011.30.94220.217.717.717.7 (H=41)17.7 (H=59)

Eagles vs RB

Season FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)1 (-6.8)5 (-5.5)5 (-6.0)6 (-5.7)
Last 4 weeks FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)12 (-2.4)20 (+0.4)17 (-0.7)21 (+0.9)
6Saquon Barkley5013130112999028.937.933.440.9
6Wayne Gallman174170522504.
7Christian McCaffrey597290665108.
7C.J. Anderson300000000.
8T.J. Yeldon37270978309.016.012.516.0
8Carlos Hyde28611020001.

Ezekiel Elliott (FanDuel: $8400, DraftKings: $7500)

7@ WAS661533062904.
9vs TEN52176105451011.
10PROJ-Dodds19820.54310.114.918.916.9 (H=31)18.9 (H=43)
10PROJ-Tremblay20860.44300.114.618.616.6 (H=30)18.6 (H=42)
10PROJ-Bloom19650.54280.112.916.914.9 (H=25)16.9 (H=35)

Rod Smith (FanDuel: $4700, DraftKings: $4000)

7@ WAS00000000000.00.0
9vs TEN700021800.
10PROJ-Dodds160.10001.21.21.2 (H=0)1.2 (H=0)
10PROJ-Tremblay280.10301.71.71.7 (H=1)1.7 (H=1)
10PROJ-Bloom000000000.0 (H=0)0.0 (H=0)

Eagles vs WR

Season FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)28 (+3.9)29 (+6.7)28 (+5.1)29 (+6.9)
Last 4 weeks FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)19 (+0.8)22 (+2.3)20 (+1.5)20 (+1.3)
6Cody Latimer32435200005.
6Odell Beckham631064400004.410.47.410.4
7Devin Funchess5411662100012.
7Curtis Samuel19111602918.
8Dede Westbrook586231119010.
8Donte Moncrief56745400005.

Amari Cooper (FanDuel: $6500, DraftKings: $5000)

9vs TEN508558100011.816.814.316.8
10PROJ-Dodds4530.30007.111.19.1 (H=14)11.1 (H=25)
10PROJ-Tremblay4460.30006.410.48.4 (H=12)10.4 (H=23)
10PROJ-Bloom6640.50009.415.412.4 (H=24)15.4 (H=45)

Cole Beasley (FanDuel: $5700, DraftKings: $4300)

7@ WAS53875600005.612.69.112.6
9vs TEN44431600001.
10PROJ-Dodds3380.2000586.6 (H=9)8.1 (H=17)
10PROJ-Tremblay3350.20004.77.76.3 (H=8)7.8 (H=16)
10PROJ-Bloom4310.20004.38.36.4 (H=8)8.4 (H=18)

Michael Gallup (FanDuel: $4800, DraftKings: $3700)

7@ WAS565381100014.117.115.617.1
9vs TEN47635100005.
10PROJ-Dodds3340.20004.67.66.1 (H=9)7.6 (H=18)
10PROJ-Tremblay2230.10002.94.93.9 (H=4)4.9 (H=8)
10PROJ-Bloom3380.2000586.5 (H=10)8.0 (H=19)

Allen Hurns (FanDuel: $4700, DraftKings: $3400)

7@ WAS54657400007.412.49.912.4
9vs TEN18112310008.
10PROJ-Dodds2200.10002.64.63.6 (H=3)4.6 (H=8)
10PROJ-Tremblay2220.10102.94.93.9 (H=4)4.9 (H=9)
10PROJ-Bloom1140.1000232.5 (H=2)3.0 (H=3)

Deonte Thompson (FanDuel: $4600, DraftKings: $3100)

7@ WAS151000000000.00.0
9vs TEN3222100002.
10PROJ-Dodds1130.10001.92.92.5 (H=2)3.0 (H=4)
10PROJ-Tremblay1140.1000232.6 (H=2)3.1 (H=4)
10PROJ-Bloom1140.1000232.6 (H=2)3.1 (H=4)

Eagles vs TE

Season FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)5 (-2.7)3 (-4.2)3 (-3.4)3 (-4.4)
Last 4 weeks FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)5 (-3.3)5 (-5.4)5 (-4.3)5 (-5.5)
6Scott Simonson63312402.
7Greg Olsen5952516.
8David Grinnage28533703.

Blake Jarwin (FanDuel: $4000, DraftKings: $2500)

7@ WAS9111601.
9vs TEN27221501.
10PROJ-Dodds1150. (H=2)3.1 (H=5)
10PROJ-Tremblay2150. (H=3)4.1 (H=9)
10PROJ-Bloom1120. (H=2)2.8 (H=4)

Rico Gathers (FanDuel: $4500, DraftKings: $2500)

7@ WAS71000000.00.0
9vs TEN180000000.00.0
10PROJ-Dodds190. (H=1)2.5 (H=3)
10PROJ-Tremblay1130. (H=2)2.9 (H=5)
10PROJ-Bloom000000.0 (H=0)0.0 (H=0)

Dalton Schultz (FanDuel: $4000, DraftKings: $2500)

7@ WAS19311201.
9vs TEN240000000.00.0
10PROJ-Dodds180. (H=1)2.4 (H=3)
10PROJ-Tremblay1700.71.71.2 (H=0)1.7 (H=2)

Eagles vs PK

Season FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)18T (+0.1)18T (+0.1)20 (+0.4) (+0.0)
Last 4 weeks FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)15 (-0.4)15 (-0.4)16 (+0.1) (+0.0)
6Aldrick Rosas2311777.07.0
7Graham Gano0012111.01.0
8Josh Lambo4400121216.016.0

Brett Maher (FanDuel: $--, DraftKings: $--)

7@ WAS1222556.06.0
9vs TEN0122222.02.0

Eagles vs TD

Season FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)14T (+1.2)14T (+1.2)18 (+0.6)18 (+0.6)
Last 4 weeks FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)14 (-1.4)14 (-1.4)16T (-1.0)16T (-1.0)
6New York Giants3437910000110.00.0
7Carolina Panthers1734240100667.07.0
8Jacksonville Jaguars24395411008810.010.0

Dallas Cowboys (FanDuel: $3800, DraftKings: $2200)

7@ WAS20.0030510000112.02.0
9vs TEN28.0034040200887.07.0
10PROJ-Dodds23.803562.50.80.700. (H=20)8.2 (H=34)
10PROJ-Tremblay25.003742.510.700. (H=20)8.4 (H=36)

Cowboys vs QB

Season FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)11 (-1.6)10 (-1.7)9 (-1.8)10 (-1.9)
Last 4 weeks FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)9 (-2.6)9 (-2.6)8 (-3.0)7 (-3.3)
6Blake Bortles48152614911422012.712.711.211.2
7Alex Smith60142517810416014.514.512.712.7
9Marcus Mariota702129240201032129.229.222.824.8

Carson Wentz (FanDuel: $7400, DraftKings: $5700)

7vs CAR6730373102033023.823.818.722.7
8@ JAX62213028631628028.529.524.125.6
10PROJ-Dodds25372711.80.73140.1222222.0 (H=57)22.0 (H=74)
10PROJ-Tremblay25392701.813120.121.521.521.5 (H=54)21.5 (H=71)
10PROJ-Bloom28372871.90.73180.123.623.623.6 (H=64)23.6 (H=83)

Cowboys vs RB

Season FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)11 (-2.0)13 (-1.0)13 (-1.6)13 (-1.3)
Last 4 weeks FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)16 (-0.1)18 (-0.3)20 (-0.0)17 (-0.8)
6T.J. Yeldon318410532907.010.08.510.0
6Jamaal Charles1755021501.
7Kapri Bibbs2321305443111.615.613.615.6
7Adrian Peterson3424990218010.711.711.211.7
9Dion Lewis59196204460118.
9Derrick Henry14627122509.

Wendell Smallwood (FanDuel: $5500, DraftKings: $3400)

7vs CAR35932022503.
8@ JAX3182403242112.614.613.614.6
10PROJ-Dodds10400.32150. (H=16)9.9 (H=31)
10PROJ-Tremblay12450.32190.18.810.89.8 (H=18)10.8 (H=36)
10PROJ-Bloom6220.23170. (H=11)8.7 (H=24)

Corey Clement (FanDuel: $5200, DraftKings: $3300)

7vs CAR25860221602.
8@ JAX1346011-
10PROJ-Dodds6250.22170.1687.0 (H=11)8.0 (H=22)
10PROJ-Tremblay8280.22160. (H=11)8.2 (H=23)
10PROJ-Bloom6220.23160. (H=11)8.6 (H=25)

Josh Adams (FanDuel: $--, DraftKings: $3300)

7vs CAR8417000001.
8@ JAX18961011606.
10PROJ-Dodds5190.20003. (H=4)
10PROJ-Tremblay4170.10302. (H=3)
10PROJ-Bloom9410.20005. (H=10)

Darren Sproles (FanDuel: $4500, DraftKings: $3400)

10PROJ-Dodds000000000.1 (H=0)0.1 (H=0)
10PROJ-Tremblay000000000.1 (H=0)0.1 (H=0)
10PROJ-Bloom000000000.1 (H=0)0.1 (H=0)

Cowboys vs WR

Season FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)2 (-5.7)1 (-8.4)2 (-7.6)1 (-9.2)
Last 4 weeks FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)2 (-11.5)2 (-15.3)2 (-14.0)2 (-16.9)
6Dede Westbrook44533810009.812.811.312.8
6Keelan Cole45544100004.
7Josh Doctson57634200004.
7Maurice Harris36332200002.
9Corey Davis651065601406.
9Darius Jennings6113600003.

Alshon Jeffery (FanDuel: $7300, DraftKings: $5600)

7vs CAR6410788100014.821.818.321.8
8@ JAX54543500003.
10PROJ-Dodds5650.50009.514.512.0 (H=20)14.5 (H=36)
10PROJ-Tremblay4460.30006.410.48.4 (H=10)10.4 (H=20)
10PROJ-Bloom7730.500010.317.313.8 (H=25)17.3 (H=49)

Golden Tate (FanDuel: $6900, DraftKings: $5200)

7@ MIA466436013006.610.68.610.6
8vs SEA541275001305.312.38.812.3
10PROJ-Dodds4540.31407.611.69.6 (H=14)11.6 (H=26)
10PROJ-Tremblay4440.30006.210.28.2 (H=11)10.2 (H=21)
10PROJ-Bloom4420.30006108.0 (H=10)10.0 (H=20)

Nelson Agholor (FanDuel: $5300, DraftKings: $4300)

7vs CAR5976200000285.08.0
8@ JAX576349011406.
10PROJ-Dodds3360.20004.87.86.3 (H=9)7.8 (H=16)
10PROJ-Tremblay2250.20203.95.94.9 (H=5)5.9 (H=10)
10PROJ-Bloom3430.20005.58.57.0 (H=10)8.5 (H=18)

Jordan Matthews (FanDuel: $4800, DraftKings: $3100)

7vs CAR290000000000.00.0
8@ JAX34549300009.313.311.313.3
10PROJ-Dodds1120.10001.82.82.3 (H=1)2.8 (H=3)
10PROJ-Tremblay1120.10001.82.82.3 (H=1)2.8 (H=3)
10PROJ-Bloom000000000.0 (H=0)0.0 (H=0)

Cowboys vs TE

Season FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)8 (-1.7)11 (-1.5)10 (-1.6)11 (-1.7)
Last 4 weeks FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)9 (-2.2)6 (-3.5)8 (-2.8)6 (-3.6)
6James OShaughnessy36432902.
7Jordan Reed41424304.
9Jonnu Smith53223319.311.310.311.3

Zach Ertz (FanDuel: $7500, DraftKings: $6300)

7vs CAR65119138013.822.818.325.8
8@ JAX57642618.612.610.612.6
10PROJ-Dodds7710.49.516.513.0 (H=22)16.5 (H=40)
10PROJ-Tremblay7770.510.717.714.2 (H=26)17.7 (H=46)
10PROJ-Bloom6650.48.914.911.9 (H=19)14.9 (H=34)

Dallas Goedert (FanDuel: $5300, DraftKings: $2600)

7vs CAR375443110.314.312.314.3
8@ JAX30113219.210.29.710.2
10PROJ-Dodds2200. (H=4)5.2 (H=13)
10PROJ-Tremblay2190. (H=4)5.1 (H=12)
10PROJ-Bloom2310. (H=8)6.9 (H=21)

Cowboys vs PK

Season FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)2T (-1.0)2T (-1.0)4 (-1.8) (+0.0)
Last 4 weeks FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)2T (-2.7)2T (-2.7)2T (-3.5) (+0.0)
6Josh Lambo0011111.01.0
7Dustin Hopkins2222888.08.0
9Ryan Succop0144444.04.0

Jake Elliott (FanDuel: $--, DraftKings: $--)

7vs CAR1222556.06.0
8@ JAX1133666.06.0

Cowboys vs TD

Season FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)20 (+0.9)20 (+0.9)21T (+0.9)21T (+0.9)
Last 4 weeks FPPG allowed rank (vs AVG)28 (+4.2)28 (+4.2)21 (+1.4)21 (+1.4)
6Jacksonville Jaguars403783000033-1.0-1.0
7Washington Redskins1732340201202015.015.0
9Tennessee Titans14297511009910.010.0

Philadelphia Eagles (FanDuel: $4500, DraftKings: $2900)

7vs CAR21.0037120000222.02.0
8@ JAX18.0033540100667.07.0
10PROJ-Dodds19.003382.40.90.800.510.310.310.3 (H=25)10.3 (H=39)
10PROJ-Tremblay18.0033020. (H=27)10.9 (H=43)