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Eagles face tough task Monday night in Dallas

The first divisional match-up for the new-look Philadelphia Eagles takes place this Monday night at AT&T Stadium. The Eagles will visit the Dallas Cowboys for their second road game in three games to start the 2021 NFL season.

Last Sunday, Jalen Hurts and the offense struggled against the San Francisco 49ers’ stout defense. Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni also didn’t have a great game when it came to playcalling. It seems like Eagles fans have been used to that the last several years when it comes to Doug Pederson’s playcalling and even Chip Kelly’s playcalling before him.

The thing with this season is that Sirianni seems to have a grasp that these are grown men who he needs to put in positions to succeed, and not think his scheme is bulletproof. When it came to Pederson and Kelly, it seemed as if their mindset was scheme over everything. It’ll be Sirianni’s job, beginning with the game against Dallas, to pinpoint plays that his offense can exploit in the defense. With the Cowboys having a shaky defense, we could possibly see the highest-scoring Eagles game of the season since Dallas has high-powered offensive weapons in Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and CeeDee Lamb, as well.

The Eagles are underdogs heading into this match-up, which may entice some Eagles fans to put some money on the game for a nice payout. BetMGM is offering new customers a risk-free bet up to $1,000 as a sign-up bonus. With various promo codes for BetMGM, Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents can sign up for this bonus before Monday night. Hell, you can sign up even before the action starts this weekend.

Sirianni wore a “Beat Dallas” t-shirt Thursday during his press conference, and needless to say, that fired a lot of people up on the Eagles’ side. As of this writing, the Eagles are +3.5 point underdogs for Monday night in Dallas, and with already losing a starter on the offensive line, it’ll be interesting to see how Jalen Hurts reacts to the defense Dallas gives him. The over/under is currently at 52.5, and the Eagles’ defense has been impressive this early season, while the Cowboys’ defense is more of the same. The only team to allow less points through two weeks in the NFC are the Carolina Panthers, and they were in action Thursday night to kick off Week 3. It won’t be easy for the Birds’ defense, but it’s much-improved this season and it’ll be interesting to see how they match up this season with the Cowboys’ offense.

Hurts will look to utilize his legs once again as he’s shown great escapability from the pocket when being hurried, but the home run passes that he tried last Sunday against San Francisco will have to be more conservative, as his arm strength has been a constant reminder of his limitations. Dallas’ defense also has their limitations, but with the game at AT&T Stadium, it’s clear to see why they’re the favorite in this one.

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