There's some bad news and good news for the Philadelphia Eagles this week. The bad news is that there a number of concerns with this Eagles team after coming off a disappointing loss to the Falcons in Atlanta. The good news is that the Eagles have the opportunity to rectify some of those mistakes against the Dallas Cowboys this week.
Even better news for the Eagles is that they are favored to beat the Cowboys on Sunday. According to the latest NFL odds, the Eagles are 5.5 point home favorites. The standard home favorite in any NFL game is typically three points, so this line tells us the Eagles are favored a little bit more than they typically would be.
This line is bound to change prior to kickoff, but for now it makes some sense. The Eagles' home field advantage is obviously a big factor. So is the fact that the Cowboys will be without several key players, including star wide receiver Dez Bryant. Other losses include: starting guard Ronald Leary, defensive end Greg Hardy (suspended), defensive end Randy Gregory, and linebacker Rolando McClain (suspended). Meanwhile, the Eagles are looking mostly healthy heading into this game.
For as much as the Eagles didn't look great in Week 1, neither did the Cowboys. Dallas largely managed to beat an unimpressive New York Giants team because Eli Manning made a bone-headed decision to not kill the clock late in the game.
It goes without saying that the Eagles really need a win this week. Going down to 0-2 with two conference losses and one in the division would be pretty bad for Philadelphia.