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Eagles at Cowboys: What bettors need to know

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (-10.5, 43.5)

As turbulent as their season has been thus far, the Dallas Cowboys still are in the playoff picture in the NFC. The same cannot be said of the Philadelphia Eagles, who try to snap their seven-game losing streak when the NFC East rivals square off Sunday night in Dallas. The Cowboys lost five of their first eight contests before posting back-to-back victories over the Eagles and Cleveland Browns. Dallas took another step back on Thanksgiving as it was unable to overcome a 35-13 fourth-quarter deficit against Washington and fell two games behind the New York Giants in the division. While the East crown still is within reach, a wild card berth appears to be more attainable, as the Cowboys are only one game behind sixth-seeded Seattle in the conference.

The season can't end soon enough for Philadelphia, which has no hope for a postseason spot. The Eagles haven't tasted victory since Week 4, when they improved to 3-1 with a 19-17 triumph over the Giants. The record was deceiving, however, as their three wins were by a combined four points. Injuries have ravaged the offense and Andy Reid is basically a lame-duck coach waiting for the axe to fall at season's end.

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC.

LINE: Cowboys -10.5, O/U 43.5

ABOUT THE EAGLES (3-8): Quarterback Michael Vick remains out with a concussion he suffered in Philadelphia's 38-23 home loss to Dallas in Week 10 and running back LeSean McCoy has a similar injury that kept him out of Monday night's 30-22 setback to Carolina. In that loss, the Eagles also lost wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who was placed on injured reserve after sustaining multiple rib fractures. One day after being cut by Philadelphia, defensive end Jason Babin was claimed off waivers by Jacksonville on Wednesday. A two-time Pro Bowler, Babin recorded only 5 1/2 sacks for the Eagles this season after notching 18 last year.

ABOUT THE COWBOYS (5-6): Dallas, which is last in the league with an average of 78.7 rushing yards, may receive a boost Sunday as running back DeMarco Murray could be available. Murray, who has missed six contests with a sprained right foot, participated in practice on Wednesday. Linebacker Bruce Carter is done for the season after suffering a dislocated left elbow. Carter had replaced Sean Lee, whose big toe injury shelved him for the campaign. Quarterback Tony Romo could have a field day against Philadelphia, which has allowed 13 touchdown passes over its last five games while failing to record an interception.

TRENDS:


* Under is 7-0 in Eagles’ last seven road games.
* Cowboys are 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
* Eagles are 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
* Eagles are 0-5 ATS in their last five vs. a team with a losing record.

EXTRA POINTS:


1. The Eagles are hoping to avoid their longest losing streak since opening the 1968 season with 11 straight defeats.

2. The Cowboys have won five of the last eight meetings between the teams, but Philadelphia has captured its last two visits to Dallas. The road team has taken four of the last five encounters.

3. Philadelphia RB Bryce Brown set a club rookie record with 178 yards against Carolina on Monday while filling in for McCoy. Brown also had two touchdowns in his first career start.

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