Philadelphia (3-4) at Dallas (2-5)
When: Sunday, November 8th 2015
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Time: 8:30 ET | TV: NBC
Philadelphia’s DeMarco Murray returns to Dallas for the first time after leaving the Cowboys last year to become a free-agent. Murray was the league’s leading rusher last season with 1,845 yards, but has had a tough start in Philly. Murray is second on the team behind Ryan Mathews with 307 yards rushing, but does have 260 yards in his last three games. Mathews has a much better yards per carry average than Murray at 6.1 to 3.5. The Eagles appeared as though they were turning things around with a pair of decisive wins over New Orleans and the New York Giants, but the momentum stalled in a 27-16 loss at Carolina two weeks ago as Sam Bradford was limited to 205 yards and failed to throw a TD pass for the first time. Bradford has thrown six interceptions in the past three games and was picked off twice by the Cowboys in a 20-10 Week 2 loss. He has 10 total interceptions on the season and is on pace for a career-high. The Eagles are coming off a bye and play Tampa, Miami, and Detroit the next three weeks, so a win today could put them in great shape.
The Cowboys are really struggling without Tony Romo. They have lost all five games since he went down with a broken collarbone in the Week 2 win over Philly. Dallas’ backfield is a mess as Murray’s expected replacement, Joseph Randle, was released this week amid reports of behavioral issues and the fact that he was facing a league-mandated suspension. Darren McFadden exploded for 152 yards in a loss to the Giants on October 25th, but he was held to just 64 yards on 20 carries by a Seattle defense that also spoiled the return of wideout Dez Bryant, who had two catches for 12 yards in his first game since suffering a broken bone in his foot. Matt Cassel has thrown for 324 yards with only one TD and three interceptions in two starts. The Cowboys are still only a game and a half out of a playoff spot thanks to the weak NFC East, but they can’t keep losing waiting for Romo to come back and save the day. They had a golden opportunity to beat Seattle last week, but had to settle for four field goals in a 13-12 setback.
Although I don’t trust the Eagles right now, I wouldn’t lay a penny on the Cowboys until Romo comes back. The road team has won five straight in this rivalry and the Eagles will make it six in a row tonight.
Pick: Eagles -3