The rubber meets the road this Sunday night in the NFC East in what in actuality is a title game between Dallas and Philadelphia. If the Cowboys win, they would have a one-game lead in the division heading into a home game against Indianapolis next Sunday before Week 17's season finale against Washington on the road. If the Eagles pull-off the sweep, they would have the one-game lead and the tie-break should both teams end-up with identical records. They finish the season on the road against the Redskins and the Giants.
While anything could happen in those last two weeks to swing the division title one way or the other, it would be a solid bet to say that the team that wins on Sunday night walks away with this season's NFC East crown. It is also safe to say that the team that loses on Sunday runs a very real risk of missing the playoffs altogether even if they finish with 11 wins. Given these scenarios it would be an understatement to call Sunday night's showdown huge.
Philly is anywhere from a three to three and a half point favorite in this contest mainly because of the home field advantage. It is no big mystery that both teams come into this game looking to run the ball down the other's throat behind their featured running back. The Eagles' LeSean McCoy won the first round of this two-round heavyweight fight by torching the Cowboys for 159 rushing yards on their own field. DeMarco Murray has been torching opposing teams all season long with a league-high 1,606 rushing yards, but he was held to just 73 on Thanksgiving Day.
The other key factor in this game will be turnovers, but that is almost a given in any football game. The Eagles made life miserable for Tony Romo in the first meeting and he cracked under the pressure with two interceptions. Seattle made life miserable for Mark Sanchez last Sunday at the Linc in what looked more like his butt-fumbling days with the Jets. Whichever of these two signal callers does the best job of taking care of the ball will be celebrating a win early Monday morning.
The undercard in the NFC East this Sunday is Washington on the road against New York. Both teams are suffering through a lost season, but the Redskins are just plain lost. This franchise is on the verge of completely imploding given the drama between an egotistical owner, a rookie coach and a prima donna quarterback. If you are betting on this game go big on the Giants minus the 7.5 points.
Please check-out the link below for my complete Week 15 NFC East preview as well as my 'pick of the week' for Doc's Sports. I have hit a rough patch lately with three-straight losers, but I believe my call in the Dallas vs. Eagles' game is right on the money!
Expert NFL Betting Picks: Weekly NFC East Predictions Week 15