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.

Marcus Mariota can’t even explain his historic touchdown catch

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A touchdown pass to … yourself?!

That’s exactly what happened to Titans QB Marcus Mariota in Tennessee’s incredible 22-21 Wild Card victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs were up 21-3 entering halftime and appeared to be well on their way to advancing to the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, but then Mariota made history with one of the craziest plays you’ll ever see:

With the six-yard touchdown, Mariota became the first player in NFL history to record a passing and receiving TD in a playoff game.

NFL Wild Card Weekend betting lines reflect recent favorites trend

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Wild Card Weekend has been ruled by favored teams recently – on the field, if not on the board. Favored teams are 10-2 straight-up in wild card games over the last three seasons. At the sportsbooks – and this seems germane with the home teams each laying at least six points this weekend – favorites are a more modest 7-4-1 against the spread.

The 2017 playoffs saw home teams go 4-0 SU and ATS in wild card games. Eighteen of the last 28 wild card games have gone under the posted total, with one push.

The Kansas City Chiefs are listed as 9-point favorites against the Tennessee Titans with a 44-point total at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com in a Saturday matchup. The Chiefs are just 1-6 ATS in their last seven playoff games as a favorite, but QB Alex Smith has had a stronger second half of the season than Marcus Mariota, his Titans counterpart.

Tennessee, which is 5-1 ATS in its last six games against the Chiefs, could be compromised offensively if DeMarco Murray (knee) is unable to play and spell off team rushing leader Derrick Henry. The total has gone over in five of the Titans’ last seven games against the Chiefs.

The Los Angeles Rams are 6.5-point betting favorites against the Atlanta Falcons with a 48.5-point total in the late Saturday matchup. The Rams and first-time playoff QB Jared Goff are just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games. However, Los Angeles, which lost its regular-season finale against the San Francisco 49ers, is 5-0 SU in its last five games after a loss.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan, whose team is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 night games, will not have his optimal offensive line in front of him as LG Andy Levitre (triceps) is out for the season. The Rams defense, led by DT Aaron Donald, has the third-highest tally of interceptions. The total has gone under in the Falcons’ last five games.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are nine-point betting favorites against the Buffalo Bills with a 39.5-point total in a Sunday matchup between teams that had a combined 26-year playoff drought (since 1999 for the Bills; 2007 for the Jags). The visiting team is 5-1 ATS in the last six games of this matchup, but Buffalo will likely only stand a chance if RB LeSean McCoy (ankle sprain) is healthy enough to play; there is no way he will be 100 percent.

The Jaguars, who are only 4-13 SU in their last 17 home games against teams with winning records, must hope QB Blake Bortles has some recent regression out of his system. The total has gone over in the Bills’ last five games against the Jaguars.

And the New Orleans Saints are listed as seven-point favorites against the Carolina Panthers with a 48-point total in a late Sunday betting matchup. The Panthers and QB Cam Newton are 0-5-1 ATS in their last six tries against the NFC South rival Saints and also boast the NFL’s 28th-ranked passing attack while the Saints are fifth through the air (each team’s pass defense is right in the middle of the rankings).

New Orleans and veteran QB Drew Brees are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against divisional opponents, as well as 5-0 SU in their last five home playoff games. The total has gone over in six of the Panthers’ last seven games against the Saints. The total has also gone over in five of the Saints’ last six games in the wild card round.

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