The Eagles are currently 5.5 point favorites, down a point from a 6.5 point opening line
As many of the experts below will say, this is a tough game to handicap. There have been reports saying that Romo won’t play, that Romo will play, that Sanchez will see the bulk of the action, others that say Dak and Ezekiel Elliot will play the entire game. I don’t buy the narrative that you have to play the starters or you risk coming out flat in the first playoff game. Dallas has a bye week, so that kind of risk is there regardless. Biggest thing is to come out of Philly healthy. Leaving your starters in too long against the Eagles defense at home is way too risky. Look for a few series from Dak and Zeke and then a healthy dose of Sanchez, with a side of Romo possibly? Any way you slice it, the game doesn’t matter for the Cowboys and they know it. It’s tough to get up for a game that means nothing and with the Eagles playing at home, I see an impressive defensive performance and a Carson Wentz 300 yard game, leaving a good taste in our mouth for the offseason. Eagles 31 Cowboys 10
The Eagles will end a bummer of a season on a high note. They’re playing a bunch of backups at home with a chance to end the season with two straight wins. I think they do it with relative ease Eagles 31 – Cowboys 10
Who the heck knows which Cowboys will play in this contest? First off, who goes most of the way at quarterback for Dallas? Jason Garrett is in a real pickle here. If he gives Tony Romo reps, what happens if the veteran absolutely lights it up? (How would that impact the playoff plan, should Dak Prescott struggle a bit — and the plan beyond that?) On the other hand, Philadelphia’s defense has been a different animal at home, and it just made life miserable for Romo counterpart Eli Manning. Is that fair to thrust Romo into the lineup, on the road, in this kind of matchup? If he falters or gets hurt ( Romo was hurt in Philadelphia last season), what happens to his trade value — or his free-agent value, should the Cowboys end up just releasing him? None of those are fun outcomes for the Joneses, from increasing offseason controversy to decreasing offseason options. My prediction: Mark Sanchez plays. Worth noting here is that the Eagles are 5-2 at home, thanks to that stout defense. My gut tells me that Garrett plays his starters more than fans anticipate (and that I need to do planks at the gym today). #DALvsPHI
This division rivalry game means nothing for either team. The Cowboys will likely rest players for the playoffs. The Eagles would love to go out on a good note, and I think they will. Eagles 23 Cowboys 15
Jason Garrett may go with Dak Prescott the whole way or get Mark Sanchez in there for the second drive. Either way, I like the fight I saw in the Eagles a week ago and don’t see them letting the Dallas backups serve them an L in their building. Carson Wentz led by 10 points in Dallas in the second half two months ago. He gets the job done — albeit against the Dallas second units —Sunday. Eagles 34, Cowboys 13
Jason Garrett could play all his normal starters and risk a huge injury. He could also sit all his normal starters and risk upsetting his team’s rolling momentum.
I don’t envy Garrett’s next coaching decision. But there’s only one choice to make: play Dak Prescott, play Ezekiel Elliott and keep the well-oiled machine humming.
That means they’ll be in for a fight. Philadelphia was one or two bad coaching calls away from upsetting this team back in October. This defense hit its turnover-forcing groove last week in the same building. It’ll be close if Garrett goes for it. Cowboys 21, Eagles 13
Sounds like some of the key Cowboys starters won’t play the entire game. While Dallas’ focus is mainly on the playoffs, the Eagles only have Sunday’s game to look forward to before shifting into offseason mode. There is motivation to end the year on a positive note, and that should translate onto the field this weekend. Eagles 27, Cowboys 20
I The oddsmakers have the Eagles favored on Sunday, which should be a hint of how the Cowboys would look. On a different week, I’d pick the 13-2 Cowboys. But the Eagles are catching them at the right time, and this could be a chance for the Eagles to end the season on a two-game winning streak. Unlike the past two seasons, the Eagles won’t hurt their first-round draft position with a Week 17 win. I see the Eagles playing a good game Sunday, the locker room rejoicing with claims that it will carry over into 2017, yet a number of those players replaced during another busy offseason for the Eagles. Give me Eagles 24, Cowboys 19.
The Cowboys won’t say it, but they will look at the finale as something akin to a preseason game where the result won’t matter as much as individual performance. The No. 1 goal is to be as close to fully healthy for the divisional round of the playoffs. The Cowboys won the first meeting of the season, but it was a struggle offensively for a good portion of the game. The Eagles helped the Cowboys clinch home-field advantage with a win last week against the Giants and have a desire to finish strong even if the Cowboys don’t play their regulars for a full game. Look for Dallas’ four-game win streak at Lincoln Financial Field to end but not affect their momentum into the playoffs. Eagles 30, Cowboys 20.
This is a tough game to predict because the Cowboys’ plans aren’t exactly clear. A record of 7-9 sounds a whole lot better for the Eagles than 6-10, although a final victory would have to come with an asterisk if Dallas were to rest most of its starters. On a personal note, I apologize if anyone had used my predictions to feed their gambling problem. I was utterly pathetic in picking games through the first half of the season, and only came on strong when the Eagles started to fold. See ya next season. Eagles 23, Cowboys 20.
I’M RELYING here on reports that say the Dallas starters won’t play much, that the Eagles’ defense will see a backup left tackle and a lot of Mark Sanchez at quarterback. The fact that the Cowboys have nothing to play for might not mean much – they had nothing to play for last week, and they demolished Detroit. I’m a bit concerned that the Eagles, even though they want to go into 2017 on a positive note (albeit one that will be forgotten by the middle of next week) are in their worst shape of the season when it comes to weapons – and that’s saying something. Three of the four main running backs are out, and top receiver Jordan Matthews has not been himself since suffering that ankle injury Nov. 28 vs. Green Bay. This offense could really struggle to score even against Dallas backups. But what the heck, when in doubt take the home team. Eagles 20 Cowboys 13