What does the Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboys Monday Night Football matchup in Week 3 mean to New Jersey online sports bettors?
One more day to hit a fever emotional pitch. And one more day to handicap the odds.
Here’s the first look of many for the battle of 1-1 teams, who will be playing for at least a share of the NFC East division lead in Texas.
Here are the latest NFC East futures from DraftKings Sportsbook:
- Dallas (1-1) -130
- Philadelphia (1-1) +350
- Washington (1-1) +350
- New York (0-2) +900
The early take on Eagles-Cowboys odds
It will be interesting to see how the line evolves in this game.
By contrast, FanDuel Sportsbook offers the line at Dallas -3.5 (as of Wednesday morning).
A FanDuel gambler who likes Dallas is happy with the extra half-point that otherwise would cost about 30 basis points on the alternate line, turning a -110 bet into -130 or -140. The other books cater to an Eagles bet.
And then come the props.
Let’s start with the first half.
DraftKings put the Eagles at -105 for more than 10.5 points and under -135.
Dallas was labeled at -130 for the over 13.5 and the under is +100.
FanDuel joins DraftKings in making the first-half spread Eagles +3.
What about the early start?
Can The Eagles Jump Out Again?
The Birds have led after the first quarter in both games.
Here, they are +0.5 for the first quarter. Dallas, conversely, is -0.5. Both teams are -110.
If the Eagles are tied after the first quarter, they produce a winning bet.
If they are in the lead, they deliver a +145 moneyline.
Books began putting more Week 3 action up immediately after the Green Bay Packers spanked the Detroit Lions 35-17.
The Eagles to score more than 23.5 points is -120 on the over, -110 on the under.
Time for some action
Can’t wait for a half, even a quarter for a result?
Why should you?
FanDuel already put up the result of the first drive:
- Punt -104
- Offensive touchdown +260
- Field goal attempt +410
- Any other +650
This bet is different from wagering on the first scoring play. Bettors who zone in on a particular outcome can double up on this one. Once odds are established for the first scoring play, and you also hit that on the first drive, that can mean a payoff on two bets.
As far as recent history goes, at least through two games, the first score in both Eagles’ games has been a field goal.
In both Dallas games, it’s been a touchdown.
Caesars Sportsbook MNF props
Caesars unfurled several interesting props early Tuesday morning.
As far as which of these NFC East rivals will score the first touchdown, Dallas is -170 while the Eagles are +113.
Here are the odds for the result of the first Dallas drive:
- Punt +140
- Touchdown +180
- Field goal attempt +350
- Turnover +550
Here are the odds for the result of the first Philadelphia drive:
- Punt +105
- Touchdown +270
- Field goal attempt +370
- Turnover +460
BetMGM prop menu features the game within the game
One of the options available to BetMGM customers is the race to 10 and 20 points.
Bettors will lay heavy juice on the Cowboys at every turn.
But the Eagles are +120 to be first to 10, +165 to reach 20.
Will either team score three times in a row?
Yes is -250.
No is +175. The No price is pretty good for a game with a four-point line. All the bettor wants is the game to go back and forth.
How Eagles & Cowboys enter the game
The Eagles and Cowboys have different perceptions of 1-1 records.
The Eagles did not get over an important hump in Week 2. The Cowboys did.
The Birds had wise-guy betting action on their side against the San Francisco 49ers. Two-thirds of the bettors took them to win the game outright. The gamblers looked smart until the Eagles got zero points from one touchdown-called-back and a wasted first-and-goal from the 1.
Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said this week he’d like to have those offensive calls back on the second missed TD. Hitting one score would have put the Birds up 10-0. Two would have meant a 17-0 lead.
But no scores on those drives? It became an “L.”
Keys to victory against Dallas
Continued good protection. One sack was allowed in Week 1 by the Eagles and two in Week 2. That’s three in two games, five less than their four per-game averages of last year. Excellent early start.
Make Dallas respect the deep ball. Quez Watkins hauled in a 91-yarder against the Niners and had a 79-yard preseason TD. He has lightning speed.
Play a little more conventional to avoid blowing points. Driving 96 yards and only kicking a field goal may be demoralizing, but not nearly as much as getting nothing. Near the goal line, if the first three plays don’t look good at all, take the points. Sirianni would have been second-guessed either way, but that’s the nature of fans and bettors.
Herre’s the big question: Do they have a good enough ground game to keep Cowboys star quarterback Dak Prescott and his talented receiving group off the field?
Cowboys making a defensive stand
The Cowboys, who opened with two tough road contests against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Chargers, stole a split. Their defense capitalized on two Chargers touchdowns being called back and they made a critical end-zone interception in the fourth quarter.
Dallas was beaten on a last-play field goal in the first week and lifted by a final-play 56-yard field goal in Week 2.
Something good is happening with this team defensively. In Week 1, the Cowboys caused a goal-line fumble, preventing Tampa Bay from putting the game away.
In Week 2 came the end-zone pick.
One of the NFC’s worst defensive teams last year has something to build on: the expectation of a big fourth-quarter defensive play.
Intangibles to Eagles-Cowboys game
This is the home opener for the Cowboys
Amari Cooper reported bruised ribs coming out of Week 2 and is an injury concern for Dallas.
This is an isolated division game. The NFC East essentially conducts a round-robin from Thanksgiving weekend until the end of the season. The key is to stay in the race until that time.
The Cowboys lead the rivalry 70-54, but the Birds have a 23-20 edge in the new millennium.
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