Philadelphia Eagles (6-9) vs. Dallas Cowboys (13-2)
Sunday, 1:00 pm ET at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Spread: Eagles -4.5
The Philadelphia Eagles finally finished off a close game in their 24-19 win over the Giants last week (which we all totally called). The Eagles have played seven games that were decided by seven points or fewer – and they’ve lost six of them. Really makes you think about crazy “what if?” scenarios, right? Like, ‘what if Ryan Mathews hadn’t fumbled late in the fourth quarter at Detroit?’ or ‘what if Nelson Agholor wasn’t terrible at catching footballs?’
In the Eagles’ final game of the season, they go up against a 13-2 Cowboys team that has already clinched homefield advantage throughout the playoffs and, consequently, intends to rest many starters for much of the game. Rookie phenom Dak Prescott is expected to start at quarterback, but will likely give way to backups Tony Romo and former Eagle Mark Sanchez, before long. The Cowboys aren’t playing for anything but pride, and neither are the Eagles, for that matter. Expect the backups that play for Dallas to play hard in an effort to win more playing time, or at the very least get some good tape out there to assist them in free agency. In a division rivalry like this one, even when the outcome doesn’t mean anything in the standings, don’t expect any quit from players on either side.
As we await kickoff, here are the predictions from the football minds here at Pattison Avenue and what we’ll be watching throughout the game – please follow and harangue them on twitter dot com:
Carson Wentz turned in one of his better performances last week against the Giants. Building on that confidence with another division win (granted, likely against many backups) would be a great way to enter the offseason for the promising rookie. With nothing to lose and missing key players in the run game, expect Doug Pederson to try out some different looks on offense. I like the Birds to finish it off strong with a win in a high-scoring game. Eagles 38-31
Tony Romo really? Meaningless week 17 games are a tough nut to crack for us pickers and fantasy players alike. The trends, records, stats, and X’s and O’s can be thrown out w/ the leftover keg beer from last night’s New Years Eve parties. The great puppet master himself, Dalls Cowboys owner Jerry Jones strongly suggesting that his boy Romo get some playing time, my just serve to further inflame an already disappointed Philadelphia Eagles phaithful who will still show up to boo the player they love to hate the most on this Dallas team. I see the Birds players and coaches, who are playing mostly for their spots on this team next year and beyond, having just enough more to play for than the ‘Boys, who are mainly trying to end the season without any more injuries. Eagles 21-10
Hal Greenblatt (@hmgreenblatt)
Tony Romo is going to play some. Mark Sanchez is going to play more. I’ll take Sanchez’s having two turnovers in his one half of action. Eagles are going to win their finale behind strong defensive performance. Eagles, 24-17
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