Free Pick Breakdown, Odds & Prediction: Eagles vs. Cowboys (12/24/2022) - Taking Vegas



Free Pick Breakdown, Odds & Prediction: Eagles vs. Cowboys (12/24/2022)

By TakingVegas Staff Writer
December 22, 2022
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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys (12/24 @ 4:25 PM EST.)

Spread: Dallas (-2)
Total: Over 50.5

Overview and Betting Info

This NFC East matchup is always a heated rivalry. The almost perfect 13-1 Philadelphia Eagles travel to the Lone Star State to take on the 10-4 Dallas Cowboys in a Christmas Eve 4:25 PM EST game.

The Eagles have pretty much sailed through 2022 with only minor blips registering on the radar. One of those was their only loss to the Washington Commanders. The other has surfaced this week when it was revealed that MVP candidate and QB1 Jalen Hurts’ has a sprained throwing shoulder making his availability for this game unknown.

The Cowboys have picked the worst time to play bad football with a Week 15 overtime loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. They also did not look sharp in Week 14 and nearly lost to the Houston Texans who only have one win this season.

Philadelphia Eagles

Will he, or won’t he? Coach Nick Sirianni is keeping his cards close to his vest about Hurts. Hurts has not practiced at either of the first two practices of the week. QB2 Gardner Minshew is very capable of pulling off a win over the Cowboys.

The Eagles are ranked 1st in the Week 16 NFL Power Rankings. They did not play their best football against an inspired Chicago Bears team in Week 15 but still found a way to win, as good teams manage to do.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys have clinched a playoff spot, but it is high time for them to play up to their potential. If they do not get it together, they will be one and done in the playoffs again this year.

The Eagles won their previous meeting on October 16 by a score of 26-17 with Cooper Rush as QB1 for the injured Dak Prescott.

The Cowboys are 6th in the Week 16 NFL Power Rankings.

Free Pick: Under 50.5

The Eagles would like nothing more than to lock down the top seed in the NFC with a win in Big D. The two teams collectively scored 43 points in their last meeting with one backup quarterback in the game. The Eagles are talking a big game about Hurts’ ability to heal quickly but protecting him for the postseason is a priority. That means Minshew will most likely get the start. Because of this, Under 50.5 is the recommended option.