Expert Predictions: Cowboys Expected to Secure a Narrow Victory Over Eagles in NFC East Showdown on Prime Time

by Ryan Lee
NFC East showdown

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The Philadelphia Eagles, once the pride of the NFL, now hold the best record in the league, while the Dallas Cowboys are rapidly gaining ground.

This Sunday night, these bitter rivals clash, with the NFC East title and potentially the top seed in the conference hanging in the balance.

As Dak Prescott aptly puts it, “here we go.”

The Eagles, standing at 10-2, are smarting from a resounding 42-19 defeat by the San Francisco 49ers, who similarly dominated the Cowboys (9-3) in a crushing 42-10 Week 5 victory.

Jalen Hurts and the Eagles’ offense struggled against the 49ers, and their defense allowed an alarming six consecutive touchdown drives after initially forcing two three-and-outs.

On the other hand, Prescott and the Cowboys are in prime form, averaging a remarkable 42 points per game during a four-game winning streak. However, Micah Parsons and the third-ranked defense in the league conceded 35 points in a recent win over Seattle.

In their previous encounter last month, the Eagles narrowly defeated the Cowboys 28-23 in Philadelphia. The Cowboys had a golden opportunity in the final minute, reaching the Eagles’ 6-yard line before faltering.

Even with a victory in this game, the Cowboys will still need the Eagles to slip up again to seize first place. A win would almost certainly solidify Philadelphia’s position as division champions, barring an unexpected collapse, marking the first repeat division win since 2004.

FanDuel Sportsbook currently favors the Cowboys by 3 1/2 points. Expert Predictions anticipates a close contest.

Prediction: COWBOYS, 27-26

In other matchups:

Line: Lions minus 3

Jared Goff leads a high-powered Detroit offense, propelling them to a 9-3 record despite a shaky defense that has allowed an average of 28.8 points in their last six games. Meanwhile, the return of Justin Fields and an improved Bears defense keeps Chicago (4-8) in contention.

Best Bet: LIONS, 27-20

Line: Falcons minus 2 1/2

The NFC South title is up for grabs, and the Buccaneers (5-7) must secure a victory to keep their hopes of a third straight division title alive. Despite the absence of QB Desmond Ridder, the Falcons (6-6) have been finding ways to win.

Upset Special: BUCCANEERS, 20-17

Line: Ravens minus 7 1/2

A three-game winning streak has propelled the Rams (6-6) into the playoff hunt, while Lamar Jackson and the Ravens (9-3) are in pursuit of the AFC’s top seed. Baltimore has struggled to cover the spread when favored by seven points or more.

Prediction: RAVENS, 24-17

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about NFC East showdown

What is the significance of the Cowboys vs. Eagles matchup in the NFC East?

The Cowboys vs. Eagles matchup is significant as it has major implications for the NFC East title race. Both teams are vying for the top spot, with the winner likely securing a strong position in the playoffs.

How have the Eagles and Cowboys performed recently?

The Eagles currently have the best record in the NFL at 10-2, but they are coming off a tough loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The Cowboys, on the other hand, have won their last four games and stand at 9-3, with their offense firing on all cylinders.

What are the key factors to watch in this matchup?

Keep an eye on the performance of quarterbacks Jalen Hurts (Eagles) and Dak Prescott (Cowboys) as well as the respective defenses. The outcome of this game could hinge on which team’s defense can make crucial stops.

Why is this game crucial for the NFC East race?

A win for the Cowboys would put them in a strong position to challenge the Eagles for the division title, but they would still need the Eagles to lose again. For the Eagles, a victory would almost guarantee their status as division champions, ending a long drought since their last repeat division win in 2004.

What are the odds for this game?

According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Cowboys are favored by 3 1/2 points in this matchup.

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SportsNerd23 December 11, 2023 - 6:21 am

dak vs. hurts, who win? cant wait!!

GrammarPolice December 11, 2023 - 2:20 pm

Need more commas and periods in this, but still got da point across.

NFLFan101 December 11, 2023 - 3:41 pm

eagles r on fire rn, but cowboys catchin’ up, gona b epic showdown!


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