Both the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles entered the 2018 season with high expectations. But it is safe to say so far that neither is anywhere close to living up to them.
The Eagles have Carson Wentz back from injury and he has played well. But the team has been ravaged by injuries and has underperformed for most of the year. They are coming off a bye week. But the last time they took the field was in London where they beat the Jaguars, 24-18.
Dallas, on the other hand, can’t blame their issues on injuries. They finally admitted they made a mistake not having a No. 1 caliber wide receiver and acquired Amari Cooper. But if Monday night’s game against the Tennessee Titans is any indication, the move will not matter. With how Scott Linehan is calling plays, the Cowboys offense is predictable and ineffective.
Jason Garrett, asked if there’s a scenario where he’d take over play calling: “Right now, Scott Linehan is going to call the plays for the offense.” #cowboyswire— David Helman (@HelmanDC) November 6, 2018
Having a legitimate downfield threat now will not mean anything if they don’t use him.
The defense is good even without Sean Lee. But when the offense can’t sustain drives or turns the ball over, it doesn’t matter how good they are. The best defenses get tired when they play too much.
So—who’s going to win?
The Eagles offense started to click against the Jaguars, but the Cowboys defense has been playing better this season than they have. Dallas shouldn’t have much, if any, trouble against the run. But the issue could be the Eagles new acquisition—Golden Tate.
Eagles move launch point for Carson Wentz & put FS in a bind with 13 personnel and TE running Seam Route back across field pic.twitter.com/wjudV5ZvMY— Quarterback Film Room (@QBFilmRoom) October 29, 2018
Take the Eagles (-250) to win over the Cowboys (+206) and cover the spread (4.5). As for the over/under—take the under.