Tonight’s Sunday Night Football matchup is an NFC East showdown between Dallas and Philadelphia. It’s a pivotal game in the race to the NFC playoffs. The Eagles currently lead the NFC East with a 10-2 record, but last week’s loss leaves them with just a one-game advantage over the Cowboys. Dallas beat Seattle on Thursday night Nov. 4 to move to 9-3 overall.
A Dallas win would leave the two teams atop the NFC East with identical 10-3 records. The first tiebreaker is the team record within the division. Again, a Dallas win would give the Cowboys a 4-1 mark and the Eagles a 3-1 record in the NFC East. With four weeks left to play, it would make for a great final stretch. Plus, it shows just how far the NFC East has come.
NFC East Is NFC Least No More
It wasn’t all that long ago that the NFC East was the worst division in football. In 2019, Dallas and Philly were also engaged in a battle for the NFC East title. In the end, the Eagles would prevail but with a 9-7 record. The Cowboys would finish second at an even 8-8. Then, the division got worse.
In 2020, the NFC East was absolute garbage. Not one team in the division finished with a winning record. Washington would end up representing the NFC East in the playoffs with a 7-9 record. Dallas went 6-10 that season and Philadelphia finished 4-11. The 2021 season marked the second for new Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy and the Cowboys went 12-5 to win the division.
The Eagles would follow a similar path and fire head coach Doug Pederson and replace him with current coach Nick Sirianni in 2021. The Eagles would finish second in the NFC East that season with a 9-8 record. Ever since, both the Eagles and the Cowboys have been among the top teams in the NFL.
NFC East Takes Center Stage
Philadelphia still owns the top seed in the NFC playoffs heading into tonight’s game with Dallas. The Eagles have a one-game lead over San Francisco (9-3) and the Detroit Lions (9-3). A loss to the Cowboys and wins by the 49ers and Lions would create an interesting situation at the top of the playoff board.
The Cowboys would still have a shot at the NFC East title which would give them an automatic berth into the postseason. As it stands, the Cowboys (9-3) are the No. 5 seed and would qualify for the playoffs as a wild card. That’s why tonight’s game is so crucial. If Dallas would end up winning the NFC East, they would have a shot at the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and the bye that comes with it.
The Dallas offense has been crushing it lately. Unlike yesterday’s Army-Navy game that produced just 28 points, the Cowboys offense has scored at least 40 in four of its last six games. QB Dak Prescott (+300) is now the overall leader in the race for the NFL MVP. His favorite target, CeeDee Lamb, has 1,182 receiving yards and is currently second in the league.
With the Cowboys offense peaking, the Eagles could be in trouble. Their defense has given up 30 points in three of the last five games. Thankfully, the Eagles offense was able to overcome those outbursts in two of the three games. They were unable last week in a 42-19 loss to the 49ers. QB Jalen Hurts has thrown 10 interceptions this season, fourth-most in the NFL, and the Dallas defense is third in the league with 13 picks. Hurts will have to be careful.
Computer Picks Top the Leaderboard
Sports Hub’s Computer Picks are unlike any other computer-generated sports picks. Using a set of complex algorithms based heavily on statistics and metrics, our Computer Picks are only released when there is at least a two-point difference between the computer-generated betting line and the actual betting line. Only the most valuable plays are released to Sports Hub members.
Yesterday, the number of plays released was 81. Yes, you read that right – 81! A large percentage of the picks were college basketball predictions and our Computer Picks won nearly 56 percent of those picks and led all of our handicappers with $540 in winnings. Computer Picks led a contingent of seven Sports Hub experts who took the top-7 spots on yesterday’s board.
Let’s have a look.
- Computer Picks: As mentioned, the computer fired up a ton of wins yesterday. When it was all said and done, Computer Picks went 45-36. CP correctly predicted last night’s NBA Cup final and is now No. 1 on the 7-day NBA leaderboard with $1060 in NBA winnings.
- Jhon Walsh: Jhon went 4-1, missing only Gonzaga in college basketball. The Bulldogs were upset by Washington. Jhon collected $290 in winnings. He’s actually No. 2 on the 7-day soccer leaderboard.
- The Italian Stallions: Mario Deluca and Gino Russo are two names our readers will recognize immediately. Yesterday, both went 2-0 and won $200. Gino is one of Sports Hub’s best. He’s 8-0 over the last three days and is now up $1998 over the last 30. Mario is up $1284 over the last 30 days.
- A pair of 3-1s: Logan Wilson and James Acker each went 3-1 yesterday. James missed on the Lakers-Pacers total and won $190. He’s up $1593 over the last 30 days. Logan missed on a CBB game and took home $185. Over the last three days, he’s 7-3 and is up $365.
- Coach ‘em up: Coach Rick ended up in the top-10 again by going 5-3 and winning $170. Coach Rick has seven NFL picks for today. Don’t forget, he is our No. 2 football handicapper over the last 30 days with a 65.71 winning percentage and $1001 in winnings.
Cowboys-Eagles, NFC East on the Line Tonight
There is a full day of NFL action, culminated by the game of the day – Philadelphia at Dallas. There are a handful of other crucial games today that will have an impact on the playoff races in both conferences. To get yourself ready to go for today’s NFL games, check out our Week 14 NFL picks page. It’s full of great content and the best picks for today’s games.
The NBA takes today off after last night’s NBA Cup final. There is more than just football on the schedule today.
Check it out below.
- NFL: Believe it or not, Indy at Cincinnati is a key game in the AFC playoff race. Seattle is at San Francisco and Buffalo travels to Arrowhead to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in two more key games. There will be hundreds of NFL picks in our database before the 1:00 games kickoff.
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- NHL: There are eight games on the ice today. Florida is at Columbus to start it all off at 1:00 p.m. ET. San Jose, the worst team in the Western Conference, travels to Vegas to take on the best team in the conference. That game starts at 10:00 p.m. ET.
- More soccer: There is more soccer today from the world’s best leagues. Check out the EPL, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A, and Bundesliga for matches today. Our cappers already have a number of picks in the system.
- CBB: Although there aren’t as many games as yesterday, there are still dozens of college basketball games today. No. 15 Miami and No. 21 Texas A&M are the only two ranked teams playing today. Yesterday, the entire AP Top 5 recorded wins.
- Golf: It’s the final day of the World Champions Cup team event. The final day is in progress with the International team leading by just a half-point over Team USA.
In-Season Tournament, Heisman Winner, Ohtani All Trending
There is a ton going on in the sports world right now. Here at Sports Hub, we always check the trending news. You never know when one small piece of information will help you win a bet later on.
Here’s what’s trending currently.
- NBA Cup: The inaugural NBA in-season tournament was a huge success. Last night, the Lakers beat the Pacers 123-109 behind 41 points and 20 rebounds from Anthony Davis. LeBron James, who had 24 points and 11 boards, was named the IST’s MVP.
- Heisman Trophy: College football’s top award was handed out last night. LSU QB Jayden Daniels, who accounted for 4.946 yards of total offense and 50 touchdowns, was the winner. He edged out Washington QB Michael Penix Jr.
- Ohtani likes 0’s: Shohei Ohtani has found a new team and a lot of extra zeroes on his contract. The two-time AL MVP signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. His contract is reportedly worth $700 million over 10 years. Ohtani, who had UCL surgery this offseason, will not pitch in 2024.
- QBs expected to start: Jacksonville is expected to start QB Trevor Lawrence today against Cleveland. Lawrence suffered a high ankle sprain last week. New Orleans will start Derek Carr against Carolina after he cleared concussion protocol yesterday. Seattle’s Geno Smith, who has a groin injury, will be a game-time decision as the Seahawks face the 49ers. If Smith can’t go, Drew Lock will get the start.
That’s a wrap for today. Enjoy the Sunday NFL. Make sure to check out how our top football handicappers see all the action today. Get on the right side of winning with us here at Sports Hub. Come back tomorrow and we’ll see how you stacked up compared to our leaders. See you then!