Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) hands off to running back Ezekiel Elliott during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis )

Eagles vs Cowboys Best Bets/Props, Sept. 27

Patrick Werkmeister

Following a disappointing result in Sunday’s NFL edition of ‘Best Bets’, it is now time to bounce back with this fun Monday night game. This NFC East contest should be action-packed as ever in this pivotal game for both teams. From Jerry’s World in Arlington, Texas, quarterback Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles face off against the Cowboys and QB Dak Prescott. Both squads come into this one with 1-1 records and will need this win to take control of the division. While Dallas is coming off their big 20-17 victory over the Chargers, Philadelphia dropped a close one last week to the 49ers in a competitive match. Here are what plays I think are worthy of a wager this Monday.

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Eagles (+3.5)
The line for this matchup opened with the Cowboys favored by three and a half-points and the current spread has not moved from that spot. Although Dallas was able to hold it together in their win versus a formidable opponent last week, their consistency on both sides of the ball is still to be seen, so don’t hop on their bandwagon just yet. Coming into this one, the Boys have lost 7 straight games in prime time. Seeing that the Cowboys have folded a lot under this administration, this stat seems very relevant going into Monday night. Likewise, in their last 9 games as a favorite, Dallas is 1-8 ATS. These numbers will definitely be something to monitor in their battle with the Eagles. Contrarily, Philly has shined brightly under the spotlight where they are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on MNF. They will be hungry coming off a loss and will show mass signs of improvement offensively against this much weaker defense. Even in their effort versus one of the league’s best defenses, the Eagle offense was able to out gain that of the 49ers. With this well-suited matchup for Philadelphia, expect them to take advantage of the shoddy Cowboys defense to cover in this rivalry.

Ezekiel Elliott Over 61.5 Rushing Yards (-113)
Although he needed a game to ease back into his position at running back, last week Zeke displayed that he is once again comfortable being the bell cow in Dallas. Against the Chargers, he totaled nearly 100 yards from scrimmage with one touchdown. This Cowboy running game has shown much improvement and they will look to get even better here. Now that Zeke has a much weaker run defense in front of him, he should be able to take advantage and feast on Philly’s defense. While he partially shares his workload with Tony Pollard, Zeke should have no problem hitting this mark. In his career during prime time, Elliott averages 87 rushing yards per game, which is the best among any RB going back to 1970. One can only imagine what he’ll do versus an intense division rival. Take him to run past this spot in what should be a run-heavy attack for Dallas. 

Miles Sanders Anytime TD (+135)
Despite having difficulties finding the end zone in last week’s contest, RB Miles Sanders and the Eagles look primed to move the ball against Dallas. Although he didn’t have his best numbers, Sanders was able to run the ball very efficiently versus San Francisco. So far, he has quietly put together a strong start to this season where he has averaged nearly 90 yards from scrimmage and 17 touches a game. He will be set up quite nicely in this one vs a feeble front seven for the Cowboys. Alongside QB Jalen Hurts, this duo is one of the best running tandems in the NFL and either one of them could break out in any game. At odds of +135, this TD prop has tremendous value given Sanders is a top scoring threat for the Eagles’ offense. Take him to run it in at least once in what should be a high scoring match.   

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