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23 Dec 22 15:14
Date Joined: 28 Sep 02
| Topic/replies: 3,190 | Blogger: NonVintage's blog
Philadelphia have been the most consistent and impressive football team this year - they are good both with and without the ball, and have been effective when leading or when needing to come from behind. But they don't have QB Jalen Hurts this week who is being rested with a shoulder strain.

Hurts is a really good dual threat quarterback and they will miss him, but they have one of the better back-up options in Gardner Minshew, and have had all week to prepare for this game knowing they were going to be in this position - prep time is all important when a regular QB is out.

Dallas are a decent team, but come here now mathematically unable to catch Philadelphia after a disappointing collapse against the Jaguars (disappointing because of the lead the Cowboys built up, rather than anything against an entertaining Jacksonville side). A couple of times recently the Dallas defense has looked slightly more fallible, and that must be a worry as everything starts heading towards the post-season.

For me, there is some added pressure on Dallas to win this divisional match-up now that Jalen Hurts is out - if they can't beat the Eagles without Hurts, are they ever going to have a chance if they meet again in January?

The predictor has this as Philadelphia Eagles 33-21 Dallas Cowboys, which might be a tad ambitious, but they are around 2.9 for the win which looks very generous. The algorithm is happy with that price and a full week to prepare their back-up QB
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Report tobermory December 23, 2022 7:54 PM GMT
Minshew might be better than Hurts
Report NonVintage December 24, 2022 11:21 AM GMT
He's pretty good. I'd probably favour the QB who has had tons of recent match practice, and Hurts definitely has the better 'escape legs', but in raw throwing ability you are quite possibly right!
Report tobermory December 24, 2022 6:28 PM GMT
Jeff Rheinbold is back
Report deeppockets December 24, 2022 6:34 PM GMT
I wouldn't have Philly favourite against KC, Buffalo, Cincinnati, or SF with Hurts onm a neutral field.
Report tobermory December 24, 2022 7:28 PM GMT
Patriots fans gonna leave at HT here
Report england_v_south_afri December 24, 2022 7:45 PM GMT
Yep good to have Jeff back. Knows his stuff that guy.
Report england_v_south_afri December 24, 2022 9:38 PM GMT
Good start NV !! Cool
Report tobermory December 24, 2022 10:12 PM GMT
Dallas 14-10 from 0-14
Report england_v_south_afri December 24, 2022 10:51 PM GMT
Cracking game. Eagles lead by 3 at half time.
Report Kriskin December 24, 2022 11:14 PM GMT
NonV - you are spot on so far with your analysis.  The Dallas defence is awful.  Not winning any Superbowl anytime soon with that set-up
Report england_v_south_afri December 25, 2022 12:24 AM GMT
What a game !!! CoolCoolCoolCool
Report Kriskin December 25, 2022 12:39 AM GMT
The Cowboys get over the line tonight.  Their defence needs sorting out.

FT Cowboys 40 - 34 Eagles
Report NonVintage December 30, 2022 12:29 PM GMT
Ah, got everything right except the result. Fair play to Dallas' offense for coming through in the end as things started heading down the 'shoot out' scenario. I think Philadelphia maybe made a bit of a collective business decision late on, but I can't blame them for that even though it didn't win me anything!
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