NFL Free Pick: DAL/PHI
The Dallas Cowboys put their playoff hopes on the line in Philly this Sunday, when they hit the road to take on the Philadelphia Eagles.
Who will we give the nod to in our free pick for this game?
Our team of writers and handicappers break down the matchup and hand out a Free NFL Pick for Week 17.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Eagles -1 point spread favorite. The over/under for this game has been set at 42.5 total points.
Key Trend: The Eagles are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games at home, while the under has hit in six of Philadelphia’s last nine games at home. The Cowboys are also 1-4 against the spread in their last five games on the road.
Key Stat: The Eagles have only allowed an average of 18.9 points per game this season, while stifling opponents both threw the air (180.1 PPG) and rushing yards (92.6).
Game Outlook: The Cowboys might be without running back Marion Barber, which would be a huge blow. Even though Dallas could get into the playoffs with a victory, the Eagles will love the chance to play spoiler if they’re knocked out of postseason contention by kickoff, which is a likely scenario. Philly will blitz Tony Romo early and often and force him to beat them under pressure, which he won’t be able to do. Dallas has struggled covering the number on the road over its last five games, while the Eagles are incredibly hard to beat at home. Expect Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook (assuming he’s healthy) to find more success this week than they did last week in Washington. If the Eagles can’t go to the playoffs, they’re going to make sure that the Cowboys can’t either. For the rest of our NFL Free Pick, see below.
Our Free NFL Pick for the Week 17 matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles is
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES -1
TheSpread.com Projected Final Score
Philadelphia Eagles 24
Dallas Cowboys 20
We also predict that this game will GO OVER THE TOTAL (42.5 Sports Interaction.com) SET BY ODDSMAKERS
Posted: 12/28/08 12:00AM ET