What appeared to be a season on the road to nowhere for the Dallas Cowboys took a drastic turn Sunday when they went to Philadelphia and dispatched of the Eagles. Suddenly, the once-reeling Cowboys find themselves just 1 1/2-games behind the sliding New York Giants in the NFC East with the hapless Cleveland Browns coming to town in Week 11.
The NFL odds have the Cowboys (4-5) listed as a comfortable 7 1/2-point home favorite over the Browns (2-7). The over/under is installed at 43.5 points.
Dallas had lost four of its previous five games prior to beating the Eagles, largely because of too many turnovers with a healthy dose of mental miscues. Those negatives were nowhere to be found against Philadelphia, however. In fact, it was a second straight week without a turnover for Dallas after being among the league’s worse in turnover ratio (minus-11) during their 3-5 start.
The Dallas resurgence has been strongly aided by its defense. The Cowboys rank No. 8 in total defense and are No. 7 against the pass in the NFL. If those trends continue—and the offensive turnovers continue to stabilize—Dallas could prove a tough customer moving forward.
Quarterback Tony Romo was effectively efficient against the Eagles Sunday, completing 19 of 26 passes for 209 yards including a touchdown to Dez Bryant. In the backfield, Dallas will again be without No. 1 running back DeMarco Murray against the Browns. However, Felix Jones is coming off perhaps his best game of the year against the Eagles and reports out of Dallas are he enters the Cleveland game as healthy as he’s been all season.
Dallas has a relatively easy remaining schedule and look poised to make a run at the Giants for NFC East. In fact, two wins over the next two weeks would put Dallas in a tie with the Giants, who are off in Week 11. The young Browns are 0-4 on the road this season and look to be in a tough spot considering the good vibes coming out of Dallas. Look for the Cowboys to continue their mid-season run and cover the 7.5-point spread.