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The Eagles are home underdogs to the Cowboys in Week 16’s big NFC East battle

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Time to prove the doubters wrong.

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In case you haven’t heard, there’s a big football game going on at Lincoln Financial Field this weekend. The Philadelphia Eagles are hosting the Dallas Cowboys in a game that will very likely determine the winner of the NFC East. Kind of important.

Despite both teams being 7-7, the Eagles aren’t getting the standard three-point home favorite treatment in this matchup. Instead, the Eagles are actually 2.5-point underdogs to the Cowboys, according to DraftKings Sportbook. In other words, the Cowboys would be 8.5-point favorites if this game was taking place at AT&T Stadium.

It’s not crazy to see the Eagles as underdogs. They’ve lost four straight games to Dallas, including a 27-point loss earlier this season. Further, the Eagles have never beaten the Cowboys when they’ve had Ezekiel Elliott in their lineup.

Even putting history aside, the Eagles just haven’t looked that great recently. Yes, they’ve won their last two games, and it’s been important to see Carson Wentz step up in the clutch like he’s done. But the Eagles needed comeback efforts to barely beat the New York Giants and Washington. It’s hard to believe the Eagles can beat the Cowboys — who just dropped 44 points on the Los Angeles Rams in Week 15 — if they don’t play a much cleaner game.

Then again, maybe will ultimately just find a way to win like they did the past two weeks. The team certainly hasn’t liked fight. The offense seems to be starting to figure things out a bit more with young players like Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, and Greg Ward stepping up. The defense disappointingly struggled in Washington but Jim Schwartz’s unit has been much better at home (16.9 points per game allowed) than on the road (29 points per game allowed) this season.

My heart is telling me to take the Eagles win but my head isn’t so convinced. What say you?

BETTING HISTORY: The Eagles are 4-4 against the spread and straight up as home underdogs since 2016. The Cowboys are 10-7-1 against the spread and 12-6 straight up as road underdogs since 2016.

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