The Philadelphia Eagles head to AT&T Stadium tonight to take on the Dallas Cowboys for a Monday Night Football matchup with sole possession of the NFC East on the line. Both teams were involved in tough, low-scoring affairs last week, with the Eagles falling at home to the 49ers. The Cowboys, meanwhile, scratched out a road win against the Chargers. Stars from both sides will need to shine brightly in this one, and with a game total set in the 50s, we could be in store for some big-time offense tonight.
Let’s jump into this marquee Monday Night Football matchup with a look at the best player props picks for Eagles vs. Cowboys.
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Best Eagles vs. Cowboys Player Props Picks
Tony Pollard Over 7.5 Rush Attempts (DraftKings Sportsbook -115)
Tony Pollard was a guy typically thought of as a third-down or change-of-pace back for Dallas, with Ezekiel Elliott set firmly as the guy. However, we saw glimpses last week of Pollard’s capabilities. In fact, he looked the far more dynamic runner in the Cowboys backfield against the Chargers.
Pollard rushed 13 times for 109 yards and a touchdown in the win. He only received three less carries than Elliott while also amassing 38 more yards on the ground. Interestingly, he was targeted more in the pass game as well, catching all three of his targets.
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Pollard’s effort in Week 2 alone should have earned him enough momentum and respect to see at least eight carries against an Eagles rush defense that ranks just 19th in the NFL thus far in yards allowed. Philadelphia’s two opponents this season have averaged 32 rush attempts per game against them, the fourth-most in the NFL, demonstrating a belief in the league that the Eagles can be exploited on the ground.
Tony Pollard is that dude. pic.twitter.com/70GdBhyQdF
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) September 20, 2021
Now, with Brandon Graham out of the lineup and Hassan Ridgeway missing practice time this week with an illness, it could be the perfect time to pound the rock against the Birds once again. Keep in mind, even if you think of Pollard as solely a third down back, the Eagles have already allowed 17 first downs on the ground this season, the seventh highest number in the league. He should get plenty of usage once again in this one.
Longest Field Goal Made – Dallas Cowboys (DraftKings Sportsbook -110)
Sure, this may have a touch of randomness tied to its success, but to be able to put Greg Zuerlein in your pocket at such a cheap price here is worth the shot. Zuerlein enters this game riding high off of his 56-yard game-winning field goal as time expired against the Chargers last week and will bring that confidence back to his home turf tonight.
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Moreover, the Cowboys seem far more willing to attempt a field goal once they do so far this season. Dallas has attempted seven field goals through two games, four more than Philadelphia. On top of that, the Eagles seem more apt to go for it on fourth down, having attempted three fourth down conversions already on the young season against the Cowboys’ one fourth down attempt.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 19, 2021
Zuerlein, a guy known for his limitless range, made the longest field goal in both of his games this season, converting a 48-yarder against Tampa Bay and the aforementioned 56-yard bomb against Los Angeles. His counterpart, Jake Elliott, has not made nor attempted a field goal as long as either of those in 2021. His longest made field goal on the season was 45 yards and he attempted a 47-yarder that was blocked by the 49ers.
Zuerlein owns the record for the most single-season attempts from beyond 50 yards and is tied for the most 60+ yard field goals made in NFL history. This should clearly be the guy you want to back in a longest field goal made contest.
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Jalen Hurts Over 53.5 Rushing Yards (DraftKings Sportsbook -110)
Surely, Nick Sirianni and his staff would prefer to be able to beat every opponent solely via Jalen Hurts’ right arm and the run game (sans Hurts himself). However, the reality is, at this point in his career and with the personnel the Eagles have, Hurts’ most viable threat is with his legs. If the Eagles expect to compete in a huge early-season game, he’s going to be asked and forced to use his legs tonight.
Hurts was only second only to Lamar Jackson in both rushing attempts (17) and rushing yards (144) through two games this season. If he is able to sustain that 8.5 yards per rush average on Monday night, he would only need 6-7 attempts to cash this prop bet. That seems wholly reasonable when you consider Hurts may be willing to take a couple seconds longer with the ball in his hand in this one, knowing he won’t have DeMarcus Lawrence or Carlos Watkins bearing down on him, nor possibly any other number of banged up Dallas linemen and linebackers.
Jalen Hurts sneaks in a touchdown! pic.twitter.com/tP2iPNqVlX
— Barstool Philly (@BarstoolPhilly) September 19, 2021
The longer he can hold the ball, the more running lanes that open up for him and the quicker this prop gets checked off.
Sirianni and his staff did a fantastic job of using the copious amount of time afforded by a long offseason to design an offensive game plan that played to Hurts’ strengths in Week 1. They seemed to struggle to replicate such a plan in the first “normal” work week ahead of the Week 2 matchup with San Francisco. Perhaps the extra day provided to prep ahead of a Monday Night Football game will allow them to be impressively creative here once again.
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