Football gambling handicappers have taken notice of the improved play of the Dallas Cowboys with the football betting odds since Jason Garrett took over as head coach.
NBC Sunday Night Football gets a top shelf NFC East Division rivalry matchup and a rematch from the 2009 NFC playoffs as the resurgent Dallas Cowboys host the Philadelphia Eagles with a start time of 8:30 PM ET. Sports Gambling opened with Philadelphia as a 3 point favorite with a total of 50.5.
Philadelphia has a NFL gambling mark of 8-4 straight up and 6-6 against the spread with 8 of their games going over the total. The Eagles have won 4 of their last 5 games and are coming off a 34-24 home payout over Houston as they went over the total for the 7th time in 8 games.
The Eagles have the top ranked overall offense and 12th ranked defense as coach Andy Reid’s rebuilding program has proven to be more of a reload. Reid revamped the roster with youth after last year’s playoff debacle at Dallas and deserves credit for having the nerve to let a lot of veterans like quarterback Donovan McNabb go.
The other big story has been quarterback Michael Vick who has a 105.7 QB rating with a 15/2 TD/INT ration and 8.4 yards per attempt. Vick is 2nd on the team in rushing behind LeSean McCoy, who has 823 yards and a 4.9 yards per carry average.
Dallas has a betting on NFL football record of 4-8 straight up and 5-7 against the spread with 10 of their games going over the total. The Cowboys have gone 3-1 straight up under Garrett while getting the money in all 4 games. Dallas won at Indianapolis last week 38-35.
The Eagles cannot afford a loss and should have plenty of focus for this football gambling showdown on the national television stage. Dallas would love nothing more than to hand their NFC East rivals a crushing loss and setback to their playoff hopes.
Garrett has definitely improved the play of Dallas but the question remains how long he can get his Cowboys to play for pride against opponents playing for a playoff spot.