Sunday Night Football Preview

Eagles at Cowboys

Each week, TheLines will provide a daily betting breakdown and analysis for the upcoming Sunday Night Football game. We’ll look at the odds and see why they’re moving a certain way, along with breaking down the matchup and providing the best sportsbook promotions for SNF.

The Week 7 Sunday Night Football matchup features the heated NFC East rivalry of the Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) and Dallas Cowboys (3-3). The two teams are tied atop the division. The Cowboys have lost three straight, including a 24-22 loss at the hands of the New York Jets and QB Sam Darnold in Week 6. The Eagles are coming off a lopsided 38-20 road loss against the Minnesota Vikings.

Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (thigh) was forced out of the Week 6 game against the Jets due to injury. He has been diagnosed with a bruised thigh with no structural damage detected, but he remains at risk of missing at least one game. The contract-year receiver would represent a devastating loss for the Cowboys after he racked up 512 yards and five touchdowns through his first five games of the season.

SNF betting odds and analysis

The Cowboys were -3 (-105) favorites at FanDuel Sportsbook Monday morning while getting a more conservative -2 (-129) at DraftKings Sportsbook. The best number for the home side on the moneyline was -150 at DraftKings while the Eagles were getting +136 at FanDuel.

The total was set at an even 49 at DraftKings and 48.5 at FanDuel. The number is the fourth- or fifth-highest on the Week 7 slate at the books.

The potential loss of Cooper would severely impact both the Cowboys’ chances and the projected point total. Those wanting to back the Eagles on the road would be best to get their action earlier in the week. Cowboys supporters can wait until Cooper’s Week 7 status is more clear, as the line would be unlikely to shift too far in their direction if Cooper is ultimately declared active. Waiting for the early action to come in on the Eagles against a spiraling Cowboys side could also play in favor of Dallas backers. The Cowboys would become a strong play as home underdogs with or without their WR1.

Eagles vs. Cowboys Betting Picks

Cowboys vs. Eagles game matchup

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has put the pressure on Eagles signal-caller Carson Wentz as the best quarterback in the division early in the season. The contract-year QB started the season by completing 74.47% of his passes with nine touchdowns and two interceptions through the first three weeks. Over the three-game losing streak; however, he has completed 65.81% of his passes with two touchdowns and four interceptions. He has been sacked five times over the last three games after taking just two through the first three outings.

Wentz has 12 touchdowns against three interceptions on the year, but he’s completing just 61.2% of his passes. He has rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown, as well. Wentz has relied on TE Zach Ertz, who has 366 yards but just one touchdown through six weeks. WR Nelson Agholor leads with three touchdowns on 23 total receptions. Free-agent signee DeSean Jackson (abdomen) is hopeful for a Week 7 return after missing the last four games.

The Cowboys have had good balance behind Cooper in the passing attack. Sophomore WR Michael Gallup has 387 yards and a touchdown through four games. Unretired TE Jason Witten has 230 yards and two touchdowns. RB Ezekiel Elliott has been the usual workhorse for Dallas. He has 491 yards and five touchdowns on the ground while averaging 4.3 yards per carry. Prescott has 133 yards and two scores on the ground, as well. Philly has split the rushing work between Jordan Howard and rookie Miles Sanders. Howard has been more efficient with 297 yards on 66 attempts with four scores to Sanders’ zero on the ground. The rook has 219 yards and one score as a receiver.

Philadelphia ranks second in the NFL with 72.8 yards allowed on the ground per game. Dallas ranks 12th with 93.8 rushing yards allowed per game. Only four teams allow more passing yards per game than the Eagles (280.2), who’ve been dealing with a plethora of injuries to their secondary. The Cowboys still rank 12th with 238.0 passing yards allowed per game. Philadelphia has the edge in the turnover margin with a plus-1 differential to the Cowboys’ minus-3.

Both teams are in the top quarter of the league in red-zone efficiency. The Eagles have scored a touchdown in 70% of their trips inside the opponent’s 20-yard line while limiting the opposition to a TD in only 55% of its red-zone visits. The Cowboys have scored a TD 65% of the time and their opponents have scored a TD in just half of their RZ visits.

Eagles vs. Cowboys betting breakdown

The Cowboys have won each of the last three head-to-head meetings but by no more than a single score. The highest combined point total in those three games was 52, set in last season’s second meeting on Dec. 9. Dallas is 10-8 in the series since the beginning of the 2010 season.

Dallas is 2-1 straight up and against the spread at home this season while Philly is 1-2 SU and ATS on the road. The Cowboys are 3-3 ATS overall, winning by an average of 6.5 points per game but falling an average of 1.5 points shy of the cover. The Eagles are 2-4 ATS, winning by two points but failing to cover by an average of 1.8 points. Dallas is 2-0 ATS in divisional games while Philadelphia is 0-1.

Both teams are 4-2 against the Over/Under but the Cowboys have benefited from more outlying high scores. They’ve fallen an average of 1.2 points below the projected total while the Eagles top the projection by an average of 5.8 points per game.

Philadelphia has a 53.1% chance of winning the division and a 57.5% chance of making the playoffs, per Football Outsiders. Dallas has a 41.9% chance of winning the division and a 46.4% chance of the postseason. Both teams saw their odds drop after the Week 6 losses. The numbers will likely flip if the Cowboys are able to pull off the victory on home field. The two sides won’t meet again until Week 16 in what could be a playoff-deciding matchup.

Eagles vs. Cowboys picks and predictions

Watch this space later this week as Matt Brown breaks down the game from a betting perspective, offering his insight on the moneyline, point spread, total, and more.

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How to watch Sunday Night Football

The first Sunday Night Football game of the 2019 NFL season was played between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium Sunday, Sept. 8.

The network will continue carrying SNF games through the regular season. The Week 17 TV spot on Dec. 29 will remain unfinalized until much later in the season, as potential playoff battles will factor into the league’s flexible scheduling decisions.

The games can also be streamed all season on NBC’s website and the NBCSports mobile apps. NBC is also included in most packages on streaming services such as fuboTV, Hulu, PlayStation Vue and Sling TV.

SNF drew an average of 19.3 million live+same day viewers in 2018, an increase of seven percent from 2017. The program was the primetime slot’s No. 1 television show for an eighth consecutive year.

SNF betting tips

How to bet Sunday Night Football like a sharp

Casual bettors can get swept up by the hype and hoopla circulating Sunday Night Football. Analysts, reporters and local news crews have a full week to pump out every different angle to the game and dig for stories. Players can add to the mirage on social media whether by talking up their own team or taking too many shots at the opposition.

Learn to seperate the hype from fact and don’t fall victim to live-betting out of boredom if the game ends up being a dud. Look at the lines early in the week to assess the odds before the public money starts pouring in and either bet on the numbers set by the books or sit and wait to see if the line shifts in your favor. Reassess later in the week and bet against the public if the line shifts too heavily based on nothing more than favoritism.

The standalone nature of the game also draws in more bets as the entire nation is focused on one single game, which, more often than not, is no bigger than the dozen or so games which preceded it that week. If you want to be a winning bettor, never bet just to add to the excitement (or create excitement around a lackluster matchup). Wait to see if the favorite falls behind early and then is given a high number as a sudden in-game underdog. Carefully browse through lines on prop bets, looking at different sportsbooks and pick the best value. Shop around and pick on a book that seems out of touch with the others. Don’t scoff at an easier play on the point spread in search of a big payday with a heavy underdog winning outright.

Home teams are often overvalued in primetime games. Do the research, keep up to date with injury news and look at the matchup in a vacuum and see if the odds check out. Be careful not to look too much at individual players returning to their hometown, being reported as having “extra motivation” or who may be close to statistical milestones. Few wide receivers, for example, can seriously impact a game on their own, especially when facing a top corner who’s fully aware of their motivation in the one-on-one matchup.

Look for teams and especially head coaches who thrive under the spotlight and more importantly the additional preparation time. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots are given more primetime slots than the average team. This experience can give them an edge in certain matchups against teams who may be overwhelmed from all the added media attention and interview requests.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does Sunday Night Football start?

Sunday Night Football kicks off every week from Sept. 8 through Dec. 29 at 8:20 p.m. Eastern. The ‘Football Night in America’ pregame show begins at 7 p.m. Eastern. NBC first started airing SNF for the 2006 season, taking over from ESPN.

How to stream Sunday Night Football?

Never miss a SNF game when you’re on the go with the NBCSports mobile apps. Cord-cutters can also use streaming services such as Hulu which includes NBC in most of its packages.

What is the highest-scoring Sunday Night Football game ever?

The Philadelphia Eagles (45) and New York Giants (38) share the record for the highest-scoring SNF game since 2006 with the Kansas City Chiefs (40) and New England Patriots (43) at a combined score of 83 points. The latter was set last October. The New Orleans Saints set the individual team record of 62 points in 2011.

Who are the SNF announcers?

The SNF broadcasts are brought to us each week by booth announcers Al Michaels (play-by-play) and Cris Collinsworth (color commentary), field reporter Michele Tayofa and rules expert Terry McAulay. Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison and Mike Florio make up the pregame show.

Who was the original Sunday Night Football broadcast crew?

Chris Collinsworth replaced legendary former head coach John Madden as the color commentator beside Michaels in 2009.

Who sings the Sunday Night Football theme song?

Country music star Carrie Underwood has been singing the SNF theme since 2013, replacing fellow country star Faith Hill, who replaced pop star Pink after just one season in 2007. The current song is titled “Game On,” replacing “Oh, Sunday Night” which updated “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night” in 2016.