Are the Philadelphia Eagles deploying skill around Jalen Hurts’ status, or could the star quarterback play against the rival Dallas Cowboys in a key NFC East Division contest Saturday (on the FOX App and FOX Sports)?
Wounds injured his right (throwing) shoulder on Sunday and initial reports said his status was “in doubt” for the Cowboys game. Hurts has not practiced this week and the NFL’s official injury report is due Thursday. If Hurts doesn’t play, Gardner Minshew will start.
“I don’t put anything past Jalen Hurts in terms of his physical and mental toughness,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said. “There’s a chance he could play this week.”
The 13-1 Eagles lead the 10-4 Cowboys by three games with three to play, so Philadelphia has yet to clinch the division title, though both have locked up playoff spots. The Cowboys lead the all-time series 72-55, though the Eagles won 26-17 on Oct. 16.
Here’s everything you need from a betting perspective on the Eagles-Cowboys game, from point spread, money line, Over/Under total and expert pick (with odds via from FOX Bet):
Too risky to play Jalen Hurts against Cowboys?
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eagles at cowboys (4:25 p.m. ET Saturday, FOX and FOX Sports app)
Distribution of points: Cowboys -4.5 (Cowboys are favored to win by more than 4.5 points, otherwise Eagles cover)
Moneyline: Cowboys -227 favorites to win (bet $10 to win $14.41 total); Eagles +175 underdogs to win (bet $10 to win $27.50 total)
Total Over/Under Score: 47.5 points scored by the two teams together
Pick through the FOX sports betting analyst Jason McIntyre:
Jalen Hurts will likely miss this game, which has moved the spread from Cowboys -1 to Cowboys -6.5 at most sites, including FOX Bet. Is it too much movement? Gardner Minshew, the backup, is a four-year veteran who has never started a game with so much offensive firepower behind this stout offensive line. The move is an overreaction, I would expect some buyback in Philly.
The Cowboys’ overtime loss in Jacksonville saw Dak Prescott sacked three times and hit eight times by a defense that ranks 28th in the NFL in sacks (sixth in pressure rate). The Eagles’ defensive line is much better, leading the NFL in sacks (55) and third in pressure rate.
It’s no surprise that that total has dropped from 50.5 to 46 (currently 47.5), as Dallas may struggle to put up points and the Eagles’ offense won’t be as lethal without the dual-threat QB-hurt .
I’ll take the points and the Under.
COLLECT: Eagles (+6.5 at FOX Bet at time of pick) to lose by less than 6.5 points (or win outright)
COLLECT: Under 47.5 points scored by both teams combined at FOX Bet
If Gardner Minshew starts against Cowboys, can Eagles come away with a win?
FOX Sports NFL analyst Greg Olsen joins Colin Cowherd to discuss whether the Eagles can come away with a win against Dallas if Gardner Minshew starts.
Choose using the Gambling Analyst Sam Panaiotovich:
I’ll wait until the Eagles likely rule out Jalen Hurts this weekend to get involved. Assuming that happens, the betting line will go even higher to -5.5 or -6 Cowboys, and at that point I’ll take the plunge on Philadelphia.
Backup quarterback Gardner Minshew knows this offense inside and out, and his accuracy should keep the game interesting. And Minshew will play with a heavy heart after the loss of his college coach and mentor Mike Leach. If you want to bet on the Eagles, it’s best to wait for the best number.
COLLECT: Eagles (if line reaches +6 or more at FOX Bet) to lose by less than 6 points (or win outright)
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