Sunday Night Football: Cowboys betting favorites against division-rival Eagles

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The Dallas Cowboys will look to capitalize on some key Philadelphia Eagles injuries and end the home-team jinx in the long-running NFC East rivalry this weekend. The Cowboys are listed as the four-point favorites against the Eagles with a 43-point total in the Sunday Night Football betting matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The visiting team is 6-0 straight-up in the last six matchups between the teams, according to the OddsShark NFL Database, and the Cowboys are 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 games at home after winning their two most recent home games.

Dallas, which is 5-1 SU and 5-0-1 ATS, will bring in the NFL’s most prolific rushing attack with C Travis Frederick, RG Zack Martin and LT Tryon Smith opening holes for RB Ezekiel Elliott. Philadelphia’s defensive-line depth will be compromised if DT Bennie Logan (groin) is out entirely. Philadelphia has also lost nickel CB Ron Brooks (ruptured quad) for the season, depriving them of a defender to track slippery slot WR Cole Beasley.

Rookie QB Dak Prescott has thrived in a scheme that calls on him to get the ball out quickly and also occasionally run on misdirection plays. The Eagles, whose 20 sacks put them among the NFL leaders, will have to put Prescott in some obvious passing downs in order to take him out of his comfort zone.

The Cowboys have had a bye week to prepare since defeating the Green Bay Packers soundly in Week 6. Dallas is 7-2 SU in their last nine games after winning as an underdog.

Philadelphia is 4-2 SU and ATS. The output from rookie QB Carson Wentz and the WR trio of Nelson Algohor, Dorial Green-Beckham and Jordan Matthews has waned in recent weeks. Dallas has a middle-of-the-pack pass defense with SS Barry Church, FS Byron Jones, CB Brandon Carr and CB Morris Claiborne.

The Eagles need to exhibit a deep pass threat in order to clear space for TE Zach Ertz and RB Darren Sproles, who each have favorable matchups.

Eagles LT Jason Peters will likely draw the assignment of blocking DE DeMarcus Lawrence, who is back from suspension. Provided RB Ryan Matthews is over his fumbling issues, the Eagles have the potential to mount some ball-control drives of their own and go into the fourth quarter with a chance to win.

Philadelphia, which lost to Washington in its last away game, is 7-2 ATS in its last nine road games after failing to cover in its most recent road game.

The total has gone over in six of Philadelphia’s last seven road games, with one push. The total has gone over in Dallas’ last four games where they were favored at home. Kickoff for the Eagles vs. Cowboys betting matchup in Arlington is set for 8:30pm ET on Sunday night.

Vince Young wants to play again, hires agent Leigh Steinberg

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Vince Young is hoping his football career isn’t over.

Young has hired agent Leigh Steinberg, who announced on Twitter today that Young has a “dream of playing more football.”

That Steinberg used the word “dream” suggests that he and Young realize it will be an uphill battle to get back to the NFL. Young hasn’t played in a regular season game since 2011, when he threw four touchdown passes and nine interceptions for the Eagles. He has spent time with the Bills, Packers and Browns since then but never made it past the preseason.

The fledgling Spring League has already said it would be interested in Young, so he’s got someone interested in him. But the Spring League is a long, long way from the NFL. It’s highly likely that Young has played his last NFL game, even if, at age 33, he’s not quite ready to say definitively that he’s done.

Report: NFL invited Chad Kelly to Combine, then rescinded invitation

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Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly was not invited to the Scouting Combine. Or perhaps he was invited, only to later learn it was a non-vite or an un-vitation.

According to Bill Polian of ESPN, Kelly initially was invited to the Combine, only to have that invitation rescinded by the league office. Polian, who signed Chad’s uncle Jim Kelly in 1986 and has been close to Kelly’s family for decades, indicated that the family isn’t sure why the invitation was rescinded.

It’s obvious why Kelly won’t be at the Combine: The NFL implemented a new rule this year that players who have been convicted of violent crimes won’t be permitted, and Kelly pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct two years ago as part of a case in which he was initially accused of punching two people, threatening to shoot up a bar with an AK-47 and resisting arrest.

What’s unclear is why the league would initially invite Kelly, only to rescind that invitation later. It may be that this new policy hasn’t been thoroughly considered, and the league is still deciding which types of offenses merit exclusion from the Combine. A disorderly conduct plea might not necessarily keep a player from the Combine, but when that plea stemmed from an incident in which the player was initially accused of violence and serious threats, the NFL steers clear.