Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys - 12/31/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Philadelphia Eagles will just try to finish the season strong after locking up home field thanks to a 19-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders to close out week 16 on Monday Night Football, improving to 13-2 in the process.

Did you know the last time Nick Foles played against the Raiders he threw seven touchdown passes?!?! He said he will be watching the tape of the game tomorrow and finding out what he needs to do to play better. On defense, the Eagles were busy, combining for a sack, 3 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles that were all recovered, including a fumble return for a touchdown for Derek Barnett as time expired.

After a 19-10 win Monday night, the Eagles assured themselves a hosting role in a potential NFC Championship as the No. 1 overal seed, should the Birds advance that far. Philadelphia have their first 13-win season since 2003 and can get the franchise's first-ever 14-win season by beating the Cowboys (8-7) next week. "If it's one play, one series, one quarter, I'll make that decision at that time". Foles floundered on Monday and the Eagles' offense was stagnant.

It was clear, all game long, the Eagles were missing Wentz. The Raiders finished with 134 yards on the ground against the NFL's top-ranked run defense.

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Things started out great for the Eagles with Jay Ajayi taking a screen pass from Foles 17 yards into the end zone. They were two for 14 on third downs in the game. The Raiders held Alshon Jeffery, who entered as the Eagles' leading receiver with 56 catches for 781 yards and nine touchdowns, was held without a catch on just two targets Monday.

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The Eagles have aggressive cornerbacks, which is often a good thing but it does backfire. On the score, Ajayi passed 1,000 yards from scrimmage on the season. The result was a 63-yard touchdown pass as Cooper strolled into the end zone.

The last thing these and so many more Eagles veterans need at this point in the season is any more time spent playing in games to get ready for the playoffs, which won't begin for this team until January 13 or 14. He got pressure in the face of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

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Without Wentz running the offense, the Eagles have to rely on their defense to lead them to the Super Bowl.

While the Silver and Black are still two games under.500, Head Coach Jack Del Rio's group is focused on controlling what it can control, and finishing the season on a high note.

Oakland have already fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton in November and replaced him with John Pagano, whose unit played well in Philadelphia.

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