Monday Night Football in Week 3 features a battle between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. Both of these teams are 1-1 to start the season and will look to make an early-season statement as the team to beat in the NFC East.
NFL betting lines opened with the Cowboys as 3.5-point home favorites with the Over/Under at 51.5. Here are our best free Monday Night Football picks and predictions for the Eagles vs. Cowboys on September 27, with kickoff at 8:15 p.m. ET.
Eagles vs Cowboys odds
Odds via the Covers Line, an average comprised of odds from multiple sportsbooks.
The Cowboys opened as 3.5-point home favorites for this contest while the Over/Under was set at 51.5. Both lines have held steady as of noon ET on Friday. Use the live odds widget above to track any future line movements right up until kickoff and be sure to check out the full NFL odds before placing your bets.
Eagles vs Cowboys picks
Picks made on 9/24/2021 at 11:20 a.m. ET.
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Eagles vs Cowboys game info
• Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
• Date: Monday, September 27, 2021
• Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
• TV: ESPN
Eagles at Cowboys betting preview
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Eagles: Brandon Brooks G (Out), Brandon Graham DE (Out), Jordan Mailata T (Out), Davion Taylor LB (Out), Jack Anderson OG (Out), Rodney McLeod S (Out), Gardner Minshew QB (Out).
Cowboys: Keanu Neal LB (Out), Donovan Wilson S (Out), La'el Collins (Out), DeMarcus Lawrence DE (Out), Michael Gallup WR (Out), Neville Gallimore DT (Out), Kelvin Joseph CB (Out), Carlos Watkins DT (Out), Ty Nsekhe T (Out), Dorance Armstrong DE (Out), Will Grier QB (Out).
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Betting trend to know
The Cowboys are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games as a favorite. Find more NFL betting trends for Eagles vs. Cowboys.
Eagles vs Cowboys predictions
The Eagles opened their season with a 32-6 rout of Atlanta but lost 17-11 to the 49ers in Week 2. The Eagles were competitive in the first half but a turnover on downs at the goal line and a subsequent 97-yard touchdown drive for the Niners was the beginning of the end.
The Cowboys played their season opener against the defending Super Bowl champion Buccanneers and despite losing 31-29, they held their own thanks to 403 passing yards from quarterback Dak Prescott. In a complete reversal of playing style, they won 20-17 in Week 2 with their ground game paving the way with 198 rushing yards.
That balance on offense is a good sign for the Cowboys, because they aren't going to win much with Prescott throwing the ball 58 times as he did in Week 1.
Eagles sophomore QB Jalen Hurts impressed in Week 1, passing for 264 yards and three touchdowns while adding 62 yards on the ground. He ran for 82 yards last week but was less consistent through the air, passing for 190 yards with almost half of that coming on a 91-yard strike to Quez Watkins.
That said, the Niners defense he faced is a lot stronger than the Cowboys unit he will be up against on Monday night. Dallas may have limited the Chargers to 17 points last week but they surrendered 408 yards of offense and were fortunate that Justin Herbert was picked off twice and that the Bolts went just 1-4 in the red zone.
The Eagles have shown vast improvement on defense this season and as long as Hurts and the offense don't squander the chances they'll get they should be able to cover this spread.
Over 51.5 (-110)
Rookie linebacker Micah Parsons did a great job of pressuring Herbert last week but the rest of the Cowboys' pass rush is mediocre, and the loss of Demarcus Lawrence to a broken foot hurts. Personnel-wise, this Dallas defense still looks very weak, especially on the defensive line and in the secondary. Just like it did against the Buccaneers, Dallas is going to have to put up points in a hurry if it wants to stay in games.
Thankfully for Cowboys fans, Prescott has looked very sharp after coming back from a season-ending injury and the Cowboys rank fourth in the league with 435 yards per game.
While the Eagles rank eighth in the league in defensive DVOA this season, they haven't played an offense as explosive as the Cowboys, and they will be without end Brandon Graham who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury against San Fran.
It will be up to Hurts to make plays with his arm and feet, but he should be able to do that against a Dallas defense that ranks second-last in the league with 343 passing yards allowed per game. With the Over going 8-2 in the Cowboys' last 10 games at AT&T Stadium, back it again on Monday Night.
Dak Prescott pass attempts Over 36.5 (-120)
Prescott threw the ball a whopping 58 times in Week 1 against the Bucs but that number dropped to 27 last week, thanks in large part to a weak Chargers run defense that Ezekiel Elliot and Tony Pollard had their way with.
Now the Cowboys face a significantly better Eagles front, which has been limiting foes to 3.8 yards per carry, so expect a more balanced approach from the Cowboys' offense.
In four full games last year before suffering his season-ending injury, Prescott attempted at least 39 passes in each contest, averaging 50.3 pass attempts per game over that span. Expect Prescott to air it out early and often and take the Over on his pass attempts.
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