The Dallas Cowboys host the Philadelphia Eagles, Saturday Dec 24th, who are still alive for a wild-card spot. The Eagles are alive and hold the potential tiebreakers to take the NFC East, while Dallas is trying to stave off a late-season collapse and claim the division title. NFL oddsmakers have the Cowboys as slim -1.5 point home favorites over the Eagles with the over/under set at 50.5 points. Be sure to get the latest Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys Spreads before making your 2011 NFL Predictions Week 16.
Philadelphia (6-8, 4-3 V) routed the New York Jets 45-19, at home, in Week 15 to stay in the NFC East race. Eagles QB Michael Vick threw for 274 yards and one touchdown, and he also ran for a score in his second game back after missing three with broken ribs. RB LeSean McCoy had 102 rushing yards and surpassed Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren with his 19th touchdown of the season and 16th rushing touchdown. LeSean McCoy ran for three touchdowns to set two team records.
For the Eagles to repeat as East champions, they must beat the Cowboys and Washington at home on Jan. 1. They need the Giants to lose to the Jets and then beat Dallas in their last game. The unit is likely to be tested much more thoroughly by LeSean McCoy, who ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries last week. He’s scored eight TDs in the past four games, giving him 20 total scores – an Eagles single-season record. Two of those came when McCoy ran for a career-high 185 yards in the October rout of the Cowboys. “It tells you I’m a pretty good back and I have an outstanding offensive line,” said McCoy, who had 149 yards on 16 carries in a 30-27 win at Dallas on Dec. 12, 2010. “It’s definitely a team thing.” Michael Vick also starred against the Cowboys earlier this season, completing 21 of 28 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns while running seven times for 50 yards. “It feels good to still have a chance to even be considered in the playoff race,” said Vick, who threw for 274 yards with one touchdown while adding another score on the ground last week.
Dallas (8-6, 5-2 H) stopped a two-game losing streak with a 31-15 victory over the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The win gave the Cowboys a half-game lead over the New York Giants in the NFC East. QB Tony Romo threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth score. Romo threw a pair of 8-yard TD passes to Miles Austin and Dez Bryant in the first quarter, then finished a seven-play, 89-yard drive with a 9-yarder to Laurent Robinson to make it 21-0 with just under 5 minutes remaining in the second quarter. Romo made it 28-0 on a quarterback sneak in the closing seconds of the opening half.
Dallas leads the second-place New York Giants by one game and is two in front of the third-place Eagles heading into the final two weeks of the regular season. Only one of those teams will reach the playoffs, and the Cowboys could clinch that spot Saturday with a win combined with a Giants’ loss to the New York Jets earlier in the day.The Cowboys should be eager for revenge after losing 34-7 at Philadelphia in Week 8. That was just their second loss in the last six meetings in the series since the Eagles kept them out of the playoffs with a 44-6 win in Week 17 of 2008. “We’ve got to get the wins. We’ve got to get in,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “Best way to do it is win this thing.” Tony Romo is doing his part to get Dallas into the postseason, completing 69.9 percent of his passes for 869 yards with eight touchdowns, no interceptions and a 121.4 passer rating over the last three games. Romo has thrown 18 touchdown passes and just two picks in the past seven contests since struggling with a season-low 66.7 rating against the Eagles. He finished with 203 yards on 18-of-35 passing with one touchdown and one INT in that defeat. Romo has 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while going 5-4 as a starter against Philadelphia.
Recent Trends to Consider:
Home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Eagles are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
Cowboys are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in December.
Cowboys are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Cowboys are 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
Cowboys are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite of 0.5-3.0.
Cowboys are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NFC.
Eagles are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Eagles are 37-18 ATS in their last 55 games as a road underdog.
Eagles are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. NFC.
Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys
When: Saturday, Dec 24th, 2011 4:15 EST
Pick: Philadelphia +1.5
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