It all comes down to this.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys. Winner wins the NFC East, loser is eliminated.
The 2019-2020 season has been a wild ride for the Eagles, as evidenced by their massive influx in changes in odds to reach the Super Bowl.
Despite all the injuries, bad losses, and inconsistent play, the Eagles need just one win against Dallas to win the division.
With the landscape of the NFL changing week to week, let’s take a look at how the Eagles’ 2020 Super Bowl hopes are viewed by the PA Sportsbook Apps entering Week 16’s showdown against the Cowboys.
Eagles Super Bowl Odds
On all four PA Sportsbook Apps, the Eagles are +4000 to win the Super Bowl. On each of the four, the Cowboys’ odds are much better. Take a look:
Cowboys SB Odds
With the Cowboys being favored by 2.5 early in Week 16 combined with what each of the books have for the SB Odds, it is quite clear the Cowboys are the favorite to win the division and have the best chance to win the Super Bowl of the NFC East teams. Had the Eagles not lost to the Miami Dolphins, the outlook would be much different but alas the past is the past.
With that being said, if you believe the Eagles will win in Week 16, now is the time to bet the Eagles Super Bowl futures. If they win, they clinch a playoff spot and a home playoff game. Their odds to win the Super Bowl will drop drastically. It all comes down to Week 16.
Cowboys vs. Eagles 2020 Week 16 Preview
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia Pennsylvania
When: December 22, 2019 4:25 PM EST
Spread: Dallas -2.5
Some are already dubbing this game as the “Biggest game of Carson Wentz’ career” so far, and it’s hard to disagree. The implications of Eagles vs. Cowboys, Wentz vs. Dak, and more will make this game one of the biggest of the year in the NFC, let alone the NFC East.
Both teams are 7-7, and the Cowboys beat the Eagles 37-10 in Week 7 in Dallas. Now, over two months later is the rematch. But this time, the game is in Philadelphia.
The Eagles and Cowboys both have their share of problems. Jason Garrett has been on the “hot seat” all year long, there has been much discussed about both teams’ coaching staffs, underperforming defenses, and injuries.
In the Week 7 matchup, the Cowboys dominated the Eagles in all phases of the game. 402 to 283 total yards, the Cowboys won the turnover battle, time of possession and many other statistical categories.
There will be a few things to harp on for Week 16, including the quarterback battle, the Eagles defense, and of course the health of Lane Johnson, which will make a huge difference in the trenches.
Dak Prescott vs. Carson Wentz
This will be Carson Wentz’ seventh game against the Cowboys. In the previous six, Wentz is 2-4 but has 1400 yards and 11 touchdowns to just two interceptions. He has fumbled five times (lost three).
Week 16 will be Dak Prescott’s eight game against the Eagles, he is 5-2 and has 1600 yards, 11 total touchdowns (three rushing), seven interceptions and five fumbles (lost two).
As you can see, both quarterbacks have had their fair share of turnovers in each of their careers against each other, and each have 11 touchdowns.
The main difference is record, and Prescott has the lead in this category with a 5-2 clip. Does this mean he has been the better quarterback? That’s a story for another day, but the point is this game will come down to whoever plays the most important position on the field the best for 60 minutes.
Wentz has 3431 yards and 26 total TD (one rushing) on the year, and Prescott has 4334 yards and 29 total TD (three rushing) on the season. Wentz has fumbled 14 times this season, and Dak has only fumbled five times.
Whoever takes care of the ball most in Week 16 will be the winner of the NFC East. The other will be subject to scrutiny, deserved or not.
Eagles Defense Must Improve
One part of this matchup that will go under-discussed is the Eagles defense.
Philadelphia has allowed over 385 yards of offense in each of the last three weeks to the Dolphins, Giants, and Redskins. That has to change.
The Eagles’ pass defense has struggled in the last few weeks against vastly subpar offenses to the Cowboys, and if the Eagles defense cannot right the ship it will not better how well Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense plays.
37 points to the Dolphins and 27 points to the Redskins is unacceptable, with WR1s Devante Parker and Terry McLaurin destroying the Eagles’ secondary.
With Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup coming into town, this should be priority number one for Jim Schwartz and the Eagles if they want to win the game, the division, and have any hope at reaching the Super Bowl.