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.

Texans set to host Chiefs in a pick’em betting matchup on Sunday night

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The prospect of untested linemen trying to block the likes of J.J. Watt has the sharps projecting the Kansas City Chiefs for their first loss of the season. The Houston Texans and the Chiefs, the NFL’s last unbeaten team, meet in a Sunday Night Football matchup that has moved to a pick’em on the betting lines at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Chiefs were initially laying 3.5 points against the Texans, who they are a 3-1 straight-up against in their last four meetings, but QB Alex Smith (ankle) might have to be careful with an injury, while various ailments will mean backups will step in for RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and C Mitch Morse.

Each team takes an extreme against-the-spread trend into this rematch. The Chiefs are 8-0 SU and ATS in their last eight road games. The Texans are 3-21-1 ATS in their last 25 games at night.

The Chiefs, who are 4-0 SU and ATS, have endless ways to attack a defense and get linebackers to take themselves out of the play. That could mean some big opportunities for RB Kareem Hunt in both the rushing and passing phases. Smith, who has the NFL’s highest passer rating, will need to be somewhat nimble to avoid the Texans’ fierce pass rush of Watt, OLB Jadeveon Clowney and OLB Whitney Mercilus.

Houston is allowing 7.6 yards per pass, 23rd in the NFL, so there’s questions of whether the Texans will be able to keep WR Tyreek Hill and TE Travis Kelce completely contained.

The Texans are 2-2 SU and 3-1 ATS. Three starts into his NFL career, QB Deshaun Watson has shown that his mobility and vision can flummox even legendary defensive minds such as New England coach Bill Belichick and Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau.

Against a pass rush that will once again not have OLB Dee Ford (back) to pair with OLB Justin Houston, Watson might be able to buy some time with his legs. That could give an extra advantage to the WR combo of Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins, who have a tough matchup on the outside against the CB tandem of Marcus Peters and Terrance Mitchell for some long-yardage strikes.

Houston is 1-8 SU in its last nine Week 5 games, but seem to finally have a balanced offense, with RB Lamar Miller churning out yards between the tackles and also catching short-range passes. The total has gone under in three of the Chiefs’ last four games against the Texans, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The total has gone over in 11 of the Texans’ last 13 games in October.

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Sunday Night Football has Seahawks as large favorites hosting the Colts

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October has been the cruelest month for bettors who back the Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson for a cover at home, but they are facing a quarterback making his first road start.

The Seahawks are listed as as 13-point favourites against the Indianapolis Colts with a 41.5-point total for their Week 4 Sunday Night Football matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Seattle  is 10-1 straight-up in its last 11 games following losses, and they are 0-5 against the spread in their last five October home games.

The Colts, who are out of the gate at 1-2 SU and 2-1 ATS, will be sending young QB Jacoby Brissett into one of the NFL’s loudest stadiums, CenturyLink Field. Brissett’s chances of success could hinge largely on how much support he gets in the rushing phase, which pits the Colts’ struggling ground game against a Seattle run defense that is third-worst in the NFL.

Based on form and personnel, the Seahawks might be more apt to break out and keep Colts RB Frank Gore below 100 yards.

Indianapolis, which is 6-4 SU and 7-3 ATS on the NFL betting lines in its last 10 games against NFC teams, will likely need to rely on Brissett’s mobility, since the Colts offensive line has allowed 11 sacks and will be up against premier pass rushers such as DE Michael Bennett.

However, Seattle’s opponents have had some success challenging CB Richard Sherman and the Legion of Boom secondary, and Colts WR T.Y. Hilton has given Seattle fits in the past (140 yards in a 2013 game).

Taking the Seahawks, who are 1-2 SU and 0-3 ATS, and the points is a gamble as long as QB Russell Wilson and the offense persist in having slow starts. While it’s hard for defensive guys on struggling teams to get noticed, the likes of ILB Jon Bostic and ILB Antonio Morrison have helped the Colts toughen up on that side of the ball. For all its issues with run blocking, the Seahawks have at least identified a primary running back in Chris Carson.

Wilson’s favorite target, WR Doug Baldwin (groin), has an injury that bettors should keep tabs on right up until kickoff. But where Indianapolis is really struggling in pass defense is against throws to the middle of the field, especially to tight ends and running backs. That means there’s a big opportunity for TE Jimmy Graham, as well as Carson, to be X-factors on Sunday.

Seattle is 10-0 SU and 6-3-1 ATS in its last 10 home games against AFC teams, but was a double-digit favorite in all three of those against the spread losses. The total has gone over in seven of the Colts’ last eight games as road underdogs. The total has gone over in 18 of the Seahawks’ last 24 games when hosting a East Coast team.

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