monday nite trends


Philadelphia dropped to 7-1 SU and 5-3 ATS by virtue of losing its first game of the year last week 27-3 at Pittsburgh. The Eagles, however, have covered 11 of their last 13 following a straight-up loss.

In their last two games against the Steelers and Ravens, the Eagles have tallied a total of just 18 points. Last week at Pittsburgh, they had only 113 total yards. The Philadelphia offense comes into this contest having scored more than two touchdowns just once over the last five games.

Philadelphia is 7-1 SU and ATS in its last eight Monday night games, including a 27-16 home win and cover over the Vikings on Sept. 20. The Eagles, who have covered in 26 of their last 29 straight-up road wins, are on a spread run of 14-4 in division road games. Overall, Philadelphia is 33-14 against the number on the highway since Andy Reid became head coach in 1999.

The Eagles, who gave up 252 rushing yards to the Steelers last week, are ranked 27th in the league in yards allowed per game (130.6), and 31st in yards per attempt (4.7).

Philadelphia will be facing a Dallas rushing attack that is ranked only 10th in the NFC at an average of just 101.9 yards per game.

The Eagles, who have scored the ATS win in five straight division games, are on a spread run of 6-1-1 in this series. Last year in Dallas, the Eagles lost 23-21 as a one-point dog. However, in their previous two visits to Texas Stadium, the Eagles won by a combined score of 63-6.

Philadelphia is 12-3 against the number in its last 15 as a road chalk, and it’s on a spread run of 8-2 in the second of back-to-back road games.

Dallas, 3-5 SU/ATS, failed to win or cover for the fourth time in five games with last week’s 26-3 loss at Cincinnati as a one-point chalk. The Cowboys, who are only 3-6 versus the number as a dog since last season, have covered 18 of their last 24 as a home pup since 1990.

Quarterback Vinny Testaverde, who turned 41 on Saturday, has tossed nine touchdown passes and 10 interceptions this year. He is directing an offense that is averaging just 17.6 points per contest.

The Cowboys five ATS losses this season have been by totals of 11½, 9½, 7, 17½ and 25 points versus the number.

In last year’s two-point win over the visiting Eagles, Dallas held Donovan McNabb to 11-of-26 passing for 126 yards. Overall, though, the Cowboys have won just two of nine straight-up versus the Eagles with McNabb starting under center.

Dallas, which last played a Monday night home on Oct. 15, 2001, when it beat Washington 9-7, is 37-26 SU all-time in Monday night prime time games. The only other Monday night home dog this season was the Bengals, who stunned the Broncos 23-10 as a seven-point pup on Oct. 25.

Monday night home dogs were 2-0 SU and ATS last season.

Totals Tip: The Eagles have stayed under in nine of their last 11 Monday night games, while the Cowboys have failed to top the posted price in 10 of their last 14 Monday night affairs.

Overall, Philadelphia has stayed under in six of eight games in 2004


posted by phantom

Nov. 15 2004 8:03pm

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