Monday Night Football: Eagles vs Cowboys Week 3 Odds and Preview

Sunday’s bundle of Week 3 NFL games are officially in the books, meaning that fans are now turning their attention to an exciting Monday Night Football contest. This week’s game is a matchup between a pair of NFC East rivals as the Dallas Cowboys (1-1) will play host to the Philadelphia Eagles (1-1). Both rivals will be looking to take over the division lead with a victory tonight, which should make for some entertaining football action

There’s a lot to take account of before tonight’s Monday Night Football clash, so continue reading this guide for the betting odds heading into the matchup — with odds courtesy of Bovada.

Eagles vs Cowboys General Information and Statistics

Tonight’s game will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, where the Cowboys will play their first home game of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. EST and the contest itself can be viewed on ESPN and other streaming platforms around the world.

The Cowboys are currently averaging 24.5 points per game, which is the 13th-highest average in the NFL. Meanwhile, Eagles Lions are averaging 21.5 PPG — the 10th-lowest average. Defensively, Dallas is allowing 24.0 PPG (T-14th) while Philadelphia is surrendering 11.5 PPG (3rd).

Monday Night Football: Eagles vs Cowboys Odds

Odds via Bovada as of Monday, September 27

  • Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) vs Dallas Cowboys (1-1)
  • Moneyline: Eagles (+160) vs Cowboys (-185)
  • Spread: Eagles +3.5 (-115) vs Cowboys -3.5 (-105)
  • Total: 51.5 — Over (-110), Under (-110)

A complete list of odds and prop markets is available at Bovada.lv.

Eagles Are Week 3 Underdogs

Bovada currently has the Eagles as +160 underdogs ahead of Week 3’s Monday Night Football matchup. After dominating the Atlanta Falcons in its season opener, Philadelphia couldn’t get the job done against the San Francisco 49ers last week, losing 17-11. It was certainly a disappointing outcome for the Eagles team, especially considering how they scored 21 fewer points in Week 2 than they did in Week 1.

The good news for Philadelphia fans is that Dallas’ defense doesn’t really compare to that of San Francisco. The total for tonight’s game is set for 51.5, so the Eagles better hope that their offense shows up this week — specifically when it comes to the passing game. Quarterback Jalen Hurts was underwhelming last week, completing just 52% of his passing attempts for 190 yards. Of those total yards, 117 went to wideout Quez Watkins, which certainly seems impressive. However, he achieved that on just two targets — with his longest being a 91-yard reception. More will have to be done to match Dallas’ offensive potential.

On the other side of the ball, the Eagles enter Monday Night Football with one of the best defences in the league so far this season. They will be without safety Rodney McLeod tonight and linebacker Davion Taylor is listed as questionable, so they could be somewhat shorthanded. Nevertheless, the Eagles have still done a great job defensively even with missing pieces this season. If they can smother Dallas out early in the game, they have a good shot at leading the division after tonight.

Cowboys Monday Night Football Odds

The Cowboys will enter tonight’s clash as the -185 moneyline favorites, according to Bovada. So far, the 2021 NFL season has been an interesting one for the Cowboys. They nearly defeated the defending Super Bowl champions in the opening contest in Week 1 before beating the Los Angeles Chargers, 20-17, last week. A lot of Dallas’ success this season has come from the fact that QB Dak Prescott has been picked right up from where he left off before he was injured last season. The 28-year-old gunslinger has completed 76.5% of his passes so far in 2021 for 640 yards and three touchdowns to a pair of interceptions.

The Cowboys will be without some notable pieces tonight. Offensive tackle La’el Collins is suspended for five games after allegedly attempting to bribe a drug test official. Defensive ends Carlos Watkins (knee) and Dorance Armstrong (ankle) have already been ruled out. Superstar wideout Amari Cooper was also banged up throughout the week, however, he appears to be good to go for some Monday Night Football. Still, he could be hurting which means sophomore wide receiver CeeDee Lamb could see an uptick in targets.

Even without their best players, a divisional matchup with the Eagles seems to bring out the best in the Cowboys. Dallas is 6-4 against Philadelphia in their last 10 matchups, so it’ll be interesting to see if the trend continues tonight and, ultimately, ends with the Cowboys leading the NFC East.

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Devon Platana
After graduating with a Masters degree in Journalism, Devon joined USGS to improve his sports writing skills. As a lifelong sports fan, one of Devon’s favorite things to do is analyze statistics across all sports.