As we reach Week 7, there are plenty of NFL storylines here in Jersey.
The two primary tenants of MetLife Stadium are a combined 3-8. Despite slow starts, record-wise for both teams, there are reasons for optimism in both the Giants and Jets camps.
After facing the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., with a shorthanded offensive lineup, the Giants are at home on Sunday afternoon against the Arizona Cardinals.
It’s certainly a winnable game and Big Blue will be boosted by the potential likely return of offensive stars Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram.
The Jets were almost unrecognizable versus the Cowboys last Sunday.
Unrecognizable, in the sense that the Jets could not have looked more inept during the previous 2+ weeks with third-string QB Luke Falk calling the signals. Sam Darnold was back in the lineup after missing four games from mono. He made a huge difference in the Jets win over the Cowboys.
There is now even a playoff discussion taking place around the halls of Florham Park. Are playoffs for the Jets that far-fetched?
Perhaps, but after a huge Monday night home matchup against the Patriots, the Jets will catch the Dolphins twice, Giants, Redskins, and Bengals plus other winnable games against the Jaguars, Raiders, and Steelers.
Eagles vs. Cowboys week is a battle for NFC East
Then, there’s Philly.
The Eagles return trip to US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis last Sunday was much less fulfilling than their previous visit in their Super Bowl 2018 win over the Patriots.
The Vikings threw the ball at will making the Kirk Cousins to Stefon Diggs connection seem like Joe Montana to Jerry Rice. The Eagles need to regroup from that debacle quickly as they head to Dallas for a huge Sunday Night Football game against the Cowboys.
Both teams are banged up with injuries and coming off road losses. The Cowboys offense was essentially Dak Prescott, Zeke Elliott and Jason Witten versus the Jets, and the Eagles haven’t been healthy on both sides of the ball since a rash of injuries were sustained in a Week 2 loss at Atlanta.
With so much on the line, the focus of this week’s column will be on the Sunday night matchup in Dallas with first place on the line in the NFC East.
‘We’re gonna win that football game’
Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson wasted no time in firing things up right out of the gate on Monday with a win guarantee during his press conference:
With Pederson throwing down the gauntlet, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett didn’t take any of the bait in his response:
Additionally, there is no shortage of drama down in Dallas.
A disgruntled Cowboys fan base with Garrett has lead to some fans going so far as to create a “Go Fund Me” page to buy out his contract:
Breaking news on Wednesday was the trade of Jaguars’ cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Rams.
With a depleted secondary, many Eagles fans were disappointed that they didn’t land the mercurial Ramsey:
Come Sunday night, all the talking on and off the field will subside, and it will be time to play and bet the game.
Eagles vs. Cowboys: Best odds and bets at NJ sportsbooks
As of Thursday, Oct. 17, here’s a summary of the best prices currently available for the Eagles vs. Cowboys matchup.
The majority of the 17 New Jersey online sportsbooks have the line at Cowboys -3 or -2.5 with varying degrees of “juice.”
Here’s BetMGM’s pricing for the game:
If you’re an Eagles bettor, look no further than TheScore Bet. While several books have priced the juice at -115, TheScore sportsbook currently offers the best pricing at Eagles +3, -110:
For Cowboys pricing, PointsBet priced its -3 line at +105:
In terms of straight moneyline odds, FanDuel has the best Eagles pricing at +134:
And Hard Rock online sportsbook is offering the Cowboys at a market-best -145:
The over/under total for this game represents a real shopper’s market, with seven books (including 888 and BetMGM) at 48.5. Six have the total at 49 (including William Hill and Fox Bet), and four books are at 49.5 (DraftKings, Unibet).
As always, these lines will continue to move, and it’s always great to shop around.
SugarHouse opens its doors to Eagles vs. Cowboys bets
Beyond the spread, moneyline, and totals, let’s take a closer look at what SugarHouse Sportsbook has to offer for the Eagles-Cowboys game in Dallas.
If you want to buy additional points for either the Eagles and Cowboys, SugarHouse offers alternative point spreads and alternative total points:
Alternate point spreads
Alternative total points
SugarHouse offers wagering on the highest-scoring quarter as well as winner, total points and spread for the first quarter:
But it doesn’t end there. SugarHouse also has odds for highest-scoring half and total points odd/even:
I did find a winning margin prop that is interesting.
As shown below, if you like the Cowboys to cover the 3-point spread, there’s value at 3.3 to 1 and 4.6 to 1, respectively, if they can win by 1-6 or 7-12 points:
The “Half-Time/Full Time” bet offered by SugarHouse NJ allows a player to look for additional value.
For example, if you like the Eagles to win the game, depending on the first half result, you can find potential odds of +205, +1800 and +800:
There are also game props on a potential overtime and total points scored by the Cowboys and Eagles:
SugarHouse offers a bevy of props related to touchdowns.
Plus, SugarHouse also has props related to “First to Score and Win” and a Safety Yes or No:
Who will score first and what will the first scoring play be in the Sunday Night Football matchup?
SugarHouse has juicy odds of 55-1 for either the Eagles or Cowboys to score first on a safety:
There are also props related to whether the Eagles or the Cowboys will be the first to get to 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 points:
And props related to just the first half:
However, individual player props on SugarHouse will be posted closer to Sunday. Using the listings for the Thursday night game, here are some of the SugarHouse player prop categories:
All things considered, there’s no shortage of Eagles vs. Cowboys betting options at SugarHouse. You won’t be bored.
NFL Week 7: Eagles, Jets, Giants odds
Here are the current local lines as of Thursday via SugarHouse:
- Eagles +2.5 (-103) at Cowboys (-2.5 -120), Total of 49.5 points
- Giants -3 (-106) vs Cardinals (+3 -115), Total of 50.5 points
- Jets +9.5 (-110) vs Patriots (-9.5 +110) Total of 43.5 points
My three picks from the Jersey Side
We thought we had a clear path to a 3-0 week until the Bengals climbed in the back door scoring a touchdown with 1:34 left in the game to cover their +12 spread against the Ravens.
We will take the 2-1 for the week as it pushes us back to .500 for the season. Let’s get ready for NFL betting and Week 7:
My Week 6 recap
Week 2-1, Season YTD 9-9
- RAVENS -12 over Bengals (RAVENS 23, Bengals 17)
- SEAHAWKS -1.5 over Browns (SEAHAWKS 32, Ravens 28)
- REDSKINS (-1) FIRST HALF over Dolphins (REDSKINS 7, Dolphins 3)
My Week 7 selections
The NFL season just seems to be flying by as we are already at Week 7.
Pay attention to the bye weeks as the Bucs and Panthers get a break after returning from London, as well as the Steelers and Browns.
We have eight games at 1 p.m., three late games starting between 4 and 4:30 p.m., which then sets the stage for the Eagles-Cowboys on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
Here’s what I like:
GIANTS (-3) over Cardinals
The Giants get a nice opportunity at home this Sunday. Barkley is supposed to return from his injury and should be very involved in the offense as the “Danny Dimes” era moves forward.
The Cardinals have been respectable and are coming off a big win at home over the Falcons. But I think it’s likely the Cards will regress off that effort, with the Giants covering the 3 points.
49ers (-5.5) over Redskins (1st HALF)
The 49ers come into this week as the other undefeated team (besides the Patriots). They travel to DC to meet a Redskins team that just picked their first win of the season in Miami last week.
An interesting subplot is around the 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. When asked about what he liked and didn’t like about his time as an assistant coach with the Redskins, Shanahan said he “liked” the chance to coach for his father and many of the players.
As to what he didn’t like, his short answer was “everything else.” There could be a bit of revenge in play here as I will play the Niners to jump out to a fast start and cover the 5.5 points by halftime.
EAGLES (+2.5) over Cowboys
I think this game comes down to which team will be healthiest on Sunday. Both teams are pretty banged up.
The Cowboys are still missing starters on their offensive line, and questions also remain about the status of wide receivers Randall Cobb and Amari Cooper.
I will also create the angle in my head that the Eagles were looking past the Vikings and its go time this Sunday. It must be. So let’s go. It’s time to Fly Eagles Fly.