RANDALL THE HANDLE: Line soars for Eagles-Cowboys showdown

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The NFL couldn’t find a decent matchup to flex for Sunday night after this week’s slate featured just two games where both teams own winning records and one of those games (Panthers-Steelers) has already been played.

The league is hoping that the Cowboys/Eagles will draw some eyes with the NFC East being a tightly contested division. Philadelphia opened as low as a 5½-point favourite, but with the Eagles off for a week and Dallas’ weak performance against the Titans in Monday prime time, the marketplace jumped on the favoured host sending the line to its current full touchdown at -7.

It doesn’t help Cowboys’ supporters that their team is 0-4 vs. spread in past four tries when playing on Sunday following a Monday night game. And as Oddssharks.com informs us, they’ve also lost nine times straight up following a MNF appearance. Even more challenging for struggling Dallas is that Philly coach Doug Pederson has won and covered six of past seven when facing an opponent coming off a short week.

-Not often that a team that has dropped three of four is a double-digit favourite, especially against a team with a winning record, but such is the case in Green Bay today when the Packers welcome the 5-4 Dolphins. While the 10-point spread may appear high, we’re reminded that Miami is just 1-8 straight up and versus spread in previous nine games as a road underdog.

-In the only game remaining that features winning teams, it’s no wonder that the line went from Saints -4 on opener to current -5½ considering that New Orleans just knocked off previously undefeated Rams and that Drew Brees’ team is 4-1 straight up and 5-0 ATS in their past five road games. Also contributing to the line spike is the Bengals 0-3 mark vs. spread when facing opponents with winning records this season.

-Now that every team has played at least half of its 2018 schedule, it’s no surprise that the Chiefs own the best record against the spread with an 8-1 mark, equal to their straight up record. The Raiders have been the least profitable club with a piggy-bank draining 2-6 ATS tab. The best team to have a losing record versus spread would be the Rams as they are 8-1 straight up but just 4-5 vs. the number. The worst team to be profitable would be the Cardinals with a 2-6 won/loss mark but having managed to go 4-3-1 against the Vegas number.