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Sunday Night Football Betting Picks – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys

If Tony Romo was playing in this game for sure, it would be easy to make a Sunday Night Football betting pick. You just can’t trust these Cowboys and Romo in December. They’re a comical 0-4 ATS in their last four games but with Romo potentially sidelined due to a back injury, that means that the Cowboys might actually be able to shed the curse that’s loomed over this team for the past half decade. Even if you don’t believe in Dallas’s December Curse, you’d have to a moron to sell these Eagles short.

Whomever wins this game wins the NFC East title and a playoff berth, so we don’t have to waste precious word space divulging in to a convoluted playoff picture. Instead we can focus on meaningful metrics that will help us make a smart Sunday Night NFL betting pick on the regular season grand finale. For example, you have to love Philadelphia’s offence lately, especially after they burned Chicago to the ground last weekend in a 54-11 stomping.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys
The Philadelphia Eagles are 6 point favorites against the Dallas Cowboys in week 17.
Starts: 12/29/2013 8:30PM
AT&T Stadium, One Legends Way
Arlington, Texas


Everyone cried Chicken Little after the Eagles stumbled against the Vikings in Week 15, but they bounced back as I expected them to. Philadelphia’s entire season has hinged on their past seven games when they inserted Nick Foles as the starter for the remainder of the year. They’re 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS in those seven games and have scored an average of 34.6 points per game, while the defense has done a great job protecting against the pass as opponents fall behind early and often.

As I mentioned earlier, Dallas is a known pariah this late in the season and while Romo makes Dallas an automatic bet-off team at this time of year, I’ll be damned if I tell you to back Kyle Orton with my Sunday Night Football betting pick. It’s not just Orton either; the Dallas defense is pathetic and that’s sort of explainable given the absence of stud middle linebacker Sean Lee who remains out with a neck injury. The Cowboys have given up 27.2 points per game this season and a whopping 418.6 yards. That’s the 25th worst points against average, and the most yards given up by anyone in the league.


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JAX +11.5
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MIN -3.0
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TEN -7.0
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CLE +7.0
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New York Giants
NYG -3.5
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New York Jets
MIA -5.5
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ATL +6.0
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CIN -6.0
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New England
BUF +8.5
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Tampa Bay
New Orleans
TB +13.0
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DEN -13.0
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San Francisco
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Kansas City
San Diego
SD -9.5
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St. Louis
STL +10.5
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PHI -6.0

Dallas’s biggest weakness on the defensive side is their secondary, which has allowed a whopping 290.7 yards against per game. That may not sound like a lot, but it’s the second worst in the NFL. Philadelphia and Nick Foles have been dropping bombs throughout the second half of the season, and their strengths matchup up perfectly with the flaws Dallas has in spades. Even if Romo suits up and tries to muscle his team in to the post season, I can’t imagine the Dallas defense holding Foles at bay through four quarters. This game isn’t just a beatdown in the making, it’s a veritable disaster for the Cowboys who are staring at an off-season of dismay. Don’t overthink this Sunday Night Football matchup. I’m certainly not.

Sunday Night Football Betting Picks – Philadelphia -6.0

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