Eagles-Cowboys Playoff Game Spread, Odds, Picks & Score Prediction

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2010 NFC Wild Card Game Point Spread: Philadelphia Eagles (45) at Dallas Cowboys (-4)

After getting blanked in Dallas last week in a battle for the NFC East crown, the Philadelphia Eagles will get a mulligan on Saturday night in a rematch with the Cowboys. In playoff meetings, Dallas holds a 2-1 series edge over Philadelphia. The Cowboys defeated Philadelphia in the last postseason matchup between the squads in 1995.

Philadelphia Eagles (11-5 SU, 9-7 ATS)

The Eagles pass-oriented offense has been limited to a total of just 16 points against Dallas in a pair of regular season setbacks to the Cowboys. The NFL’s 10th-ranked passing offense will look to bounce back on Saturday. Veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb has had another solid year after firing 22 TD strikes for the Eagles. Second-year wideout DeSean Jackson (1,167 yards, 9 touchdowns) emerged in 2009 to garner an invite to the Pro Bowl. Tight end Brent Celek also stepped up this season to lead the squad in receptions with 76.

On the ground, veteran running back Brian Westbrook is rounding back into form after missing most of the season due to injuries. Rookie LeSean McCoy leads the Eagles in rushing with 637 yards. Fullback Leonard Weaver and tackle Jason Peters were both named to the Pro Bowl in their first campaigns with Philadelphia.

The defense is a solid 12th in the NFL in total defense. DE Trent Cole (12.5 sacks) and DB Asante Samuel are the Pro Bowl performers on the squad. During the regular season, Samuel tied for the NFL lead in interceptions with nine. On special teams, Jackson is also an All-Pro return specialist with a pair of punt return touchdowns. Veteran kicker David Akers was also named to the Pro Bowl for Philadelphia. Head coach Andy Reid is 108-67-1 in 11 seasons with the Eagles. He is a perfect 7-0 in opening playoff games and has an overall postseason mark of 10-7.

Dallas Cowboys (11-5 SU, 9-7 ATS)

While Dallas finished the regular season with three straight wins to pull out a division title, there will be some extreme pressure on the Cowboys to gain the first playoff win for the franchise since 1996 on Saturday. The Cowboys have used a balanced attack to rank 2nd in the league in total offense. Quarterback Tony Romo has delivered a career-high 97.6 QB rating in 2009. He was intercepted only nine times during the regular season. Wiedout Miles Austin came out of nowhere to lead the NFL in receiving yards with 1,320 yards. Austin and tight end Jason Witten (94 receptions) were both named to the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster.

In the backfield, the combination of power runner Marion Barber and speedster Felix Jones produced over 1,600 rushing yards this season. Up front, offensive linemen Andre Gurode and Leonard Davis are both heading to the Pro Bowl. After a pair of shutouts to conclude the regular season, Dallas finished as the top scoring defense in the NFC. All-Pro linebacker DeMarcus Ware (11 sacks) leads a talented group of defenders. Saturday’s contest could be a make or break one for Dallas head coach Wade Phillips. While he has posted a 33-15 regular season record with the Cowboys, another playoff failure could cost Phillips his job. In four playoff games with three different teams, Phillips has never won a postseason game.

Eagles-Cowboys Wild Card Game Prediction:

Cowboys 27 – Eagles 24

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New York Jets (34.5) at Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5)

Saturday, January 9, 4:30 PM EST

The Jets dominated the Bengals last week to qualify for the playoffs with a 37-0 shutout at home. New York will see a far different Cincinnati squad this weekend. The Bengals had already clinched the AFC North prior to last week’s matchup in frigid New York. Cincinnati is in the postseason for just the second time in the last 19 years. The players and fans will be especially fired up for a rare postseason game. Both clubs are in the top 5 in the NFL in total defense. On offense, each squad is in the top 10 in rushing offense. The difference could be in the quarterback matchup. In a battle of USC signal-callers, the veteran Carson Palmer has the edge over Jets rookie Mark Sanchez.

Jets vs. Bengals Wild Card Game Prediction: Bengals 17 – Jets 13

Philadelphia Eagles (45) at Dallas Cowboys (-4)

Saturday, January 9, 8 PM EST

The Eagles will get a second chance on Saturday after getting blanked 24-0 in Dallas last Sunday in a battle for the NFC East crown. Philly will need to get the football to Pro Bowl wideout DeSean Jackson to attack a Dallas defense that held the Eagles to a total of just 16 points in two regular season meetings. The Cowboys defense is riding high after a pair of shutouts while quarterback Tony Romo is playing at a high level on offense. Still, there will be some tremendous pressure on Dallas. The Cowboys haven’t won a playoff game in 13 years. Head coach Wade Phillips has never won a playoff game. On the other sideline, Philadelphia’s Andy Reid is a perfect 7-0 in opening playoff games. It will be a lot closer this week but Dallas is set to end its postseason drought.

Eagles vs. Cowboys Wild Card Game Prediction: Cowboys 27 – Eagles 24

Baltimore Ravens (43) at New England Patriots (-3.5)

Sunday, January 10, 1 PM EST

After last year’s run to the AFC Championship game, the Ravens have the right formula to be a dangerous playoff squad again. Baltimore is in the top 5 in the NFL in total defense and rushing offense. New England counters by ranking in the top 5 in total offense and scoring defense. While the Patriots will be without standout receiver Wes Welker, New England is still playing a home playoff game with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. The Patriots QB/coach duo is 8-0 in the postseason at home and New England went a perfect 8-0 in Foxboro during this year’s regular season.

Ravens vs. Patriots Wild Card Game Prediction: Patriots 20 – Ravens 17

Green Bay Packers (48) at Arizona Cardinals (-2.5)

Sunday, January 10, 4:40 PM EST

While these squads had nothing at stake in last week’s 33-7 Green Bay victory in Arizona, the Packers appear to be the more credible squad. Green Bay is 3rd in the NFL in scoring offense while the club’s defense is the best in the NFC in total defense. The Cardinals flipped the switch in last year’s postseason but the squad still has some issues with its running game and defense. Kurt Warner will keep things interesting but the younger Aaron Rodgers will win a shootout on Sunday.

Packers vs. Cardinals Wild Card Game Prediction: Packers 31 – Cardinals 24