Philadelphia Eagles are home underdogs in Week 17 versus Cowboys


The Philadelphia Eagles, who were favored in just about every game this season, won’t be when they face the Dallas Cowboys in Week 17.

Wow. Time flew by. Didn’t it? Here we are, and one game remains on the schedule for the 2017 season for every NFL team. One of them is eerily similar to a game that was played around this time a season ago. It features two teams from the NFC East, the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles.

What a difference a year makes. It’s almost as if the roles have completely been reversed. This year, Philly rolled through their schedule and only have two losses with one game remaining. Most of the Eagles’ victories have come by a wide margin, but as the close of 2017 looms, we’re starting to see some chinks in the armor. The Eagles don’t look as impressive. They appear to have peaked too early, and now, their opponent is a familiar one. Did we mention that the roles have been reversed? Doesn’t this sound like the Cowboys from 2016?

Then, there’s the season finale and where it’s being held. These two face off to close the season again, and they play them in the same location they did at season’s end a year ago, Lincoln Financial Field.

No one believes in the Eagles except the Eagles.

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The Eagles won’t just be playing at home in Week 17. They’ll be playing there for as long as they’re in the playoffs. If they can come up with two wins, they’ll head to Minneapolis and play in the Super Bowl for a right to bring home the first Lombardi Trophy in team history.

We’re jumping too far ahead though. First thing’s first. The initial order of business is to play their Week 17 game. They also have a lot to ponder. With the way quarterback Nick Foles struggled in Week 16, how many game time reps do we want him to get? Will we see Nick Sudfeld’s debut in an Eagles jersey? Is there any point in playing Sudfeld if Foles does, indeed, appear to need a ton of work?

How much playing time and rest do the rest of the starters need? This team looked awful in Week 16, and Foles had no chemistry with Alshon Jeffery or any other of the Eagles receivers.

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Isn’t calling them a home underdog insulting though? Well, maybe not.

All of this factors into betting lines, and as a result, favors the Cowboys on just every platform including PINNACLE, youwager, BOVADA and BETONLINE. As of Thursday, December 28th at 12:15 PM EST, all of the above see the Eagles as three-point underdogs. 5Dimes and SPORTSBETTING see the Eagles as 2 1/2-point underdogs.

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Maybe it’s because no one expects Philly’s starters to play the entire game. Maybe it’s because they feel like the rest of us, and they haven’t liked what they’ve seen over the past few weeks from a team that was once seen as one of the favorites to reach Super Bowl 52.