Sunday Night Football: Week 7 Preview

Sunday Night Football takes place in Jerry World this week and here is the Sports By Seefeldt Sunday Night Football Week 7 Preview!

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

AT&T Stadium

Arlington, TX

Betting

The favorites for tonight’s game are the Dallas Cowboys (-150) but I don’t trust them to win outright. The Cowboys looked good after the first 2 weeks of the season because they played the 2 WORST TEAMS IN ALL OF FOOTBALL. Seriously, the Cowboys’ only victories are against winless teams. To add insult to injury, they lost to the J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets last week. They’re entering this game with banged-up impact players and I just think the Eagles are going to win this one. Bettors are in agreeance with this notion because we’ve seen the line move throughout the week and the spread of +3.0 Eagles (-115) is actually the favorite over -3.0 Cowboys (-105). As for the total, both teams hover around the mid-20s in points scored and their defenses are really stopping anyone. A -115 on the OVER 49.5 points seems in play on this one, especially if Amari Cooper suits up.

Injuries

Speaking of Mr. Cooper, he is questionable to play tonight but seems on track to start. Other notable injuries include ⅗ of the starting Dallas O-line (Zack Martin, La’el Collins, and Tyron Smith), Randall Cobb, and Byron Smith. With all these top-players listed as questionable, Dallas could be in trouble simply because of the potential talent gap.

As for the Eagles, they’ll be without Jason Peters, Darren Sproles, and DeSean Jackson again this week. That being said, we’ll be seeing the same Eagles offense we have been for a little bit of this season. On defense, no Nigel Bradham and potentially no Ronald Darby could be problematic for a team that struggles against the pass. 

Cowboys Offense vs. Eagles Defense

The key to this game for the Cowboys will be Michael Gallup. The Cowboys young receiver has the big-play ability to beat coverage down the field and in tonight’s game, coverage just some happens to be the Eagles weakness. Gallup is averaging over 96 yards a game and if Cooper plays, he’ll likely get the depth coverage corners trying to stop him. Spoiler alert, the Eagles depth corners cannot stop anyone. Don’t believe me? Check the boxscores for the last 2 weeks when the Eagles faced the Vikings and Packers. This Eagles secondary allows 296 passing yards per game and if the Cowboys are able to trot out Cooper and Cobb in addition to Gallup, this game will be a shootout. To counteract the passing game of the Cowboys tonight, the Eagles will need Brandon Graham to continue to be an absolute force up front against an injured Cowboys O-line.

Eagles Offense vs. Cowboys Defense

The Eagles offense is just so average… yet, they get the job somehow. Carson Wentz has been impressive and efficient so far this season as he continues to spread the ball around to all of his playmakers. Out of the backfield, despite not running the ball all too well, Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders are finding ways to remain productive. Howard seems to find the endzone with ease and Sanders is becoming one the best running back receivers in the league. If Byron Jones misses action tonight, Alshon Jeffrey will have his breakout game of the 2019 season. The pro-bowl receiver has been held in check so far but I like his chances to excel in a game that should be a shootout. On defense, Robert Quinn has been a beast but the rest of the defense needs to start forcing some turnovers. Tonight would be the game to do it too! The Eagles offensive skill players tend to catch a case of fumble-itis, especially Sanders and Nelson Agholor.

Carson Wentz via Keith Allison
Carson Wentz via Keith Allison

Prediction

Eagles: 28

Cowboys: 24

Guaranteed Touchdown Scorer: Ezekiel Elliott / Alshon Jeffrey (If Jones is out)

Dart Throw Touchdown Scorer: Blake Jarwin (If Cooper and Cobb are out) / Dallas Goedert

Conclusion

The big battle in the NFC East tonight! Who do you think wins tonight’s game? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to share the content with your friends. Also, check out the shop and other content by clicking here.

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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