Line Quickly Changing in Cowboys vs. Eagles

The Dallas Cowboys embarrassed the Detroit Lions on Monday night despite having nothing to play for. This week, Vegas is conflicted whether that happens again.

 

The Dallas Cowboys just put the rest of the league on notice.

On Monday night, in front of a national TV audience, the 'Boys doubled up the Detroit Lions 42-21 to improve to 13-2. They were favored by 6.5 or 7 points, depending on your sportsbook.

Detroit could have clinched a wild card with a win. They badly needed a strong performance headed into their showdown with the Packers for the NFC North title.

The Cowboys had nothing to play for -- literally -- and still cruised to a three-touchdown victory. Dallas had already sewn up the NFC's top seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs after the Giants lost four days earlier.

This week, bookmakers and bettors are still sorting out how much the Cowboys' starters will see the field. Big D opened as a 3.5-point favorite at BookMaker.eu, but is now getting 4 points as the underdog. That was a 7.5-point swing in a matter of hours on Tuesday morning.

By Thursday, the Eagles were still sitting as 3.5-point favorites.

According to 247Sports, Dak Prescott will start Sunday's game against the Eagles. Ian Rappaport of NFL.com quoted owner Jerry Jones as saying that Tony Romo will not play, leaving Mark Sanchez as the only other quarterback who could see action in the regular-season finale.

Said SportsLine handicapper and former Vegas bookmaker Micah Roberts, "I can't see Philly being higher than -7.5 in any situation. And it's impossible to rest every starter because of roster limitations."

BookMaker.eu's Scott Cooley added, "Whether it's Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott or Tony Romo and Darren McFadden, we expect a very vanilla game plan from the Cowboys."

The 6-9 Eagles have been eliminated, but they're 5-2 at home and would like rookie QB Carson Wentz to go into the offseason with momentum.