The betting line for Sunday Night Football's showdown between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys has already moved seven points. And it still might climb higher.
Last Sunday's lookahead number was Philadelphia -3.5 at home. Then the Cowboys lost 25-3 at Washington and starting quarterback Andy Dalton left the game with a concussion. The markets reopened Philly -7 on Sunday night, but when reports surfaced that Dalton might not play, the line moved even more.
All signs point to seventh-round draft pick Ben DiNucci starting under center for Dallas. DiNucci is a rookie out of James Madison, setting up a potential showdown with Carson Wentz from North Dakota State. It's been seven years since two starting quarterbacks from non-FBS schools met in primetime per the Elias Sports Bureau. Josh McCown (Sam Houston State) and Tony Romo (Eastern Illinois) squared off back in 2013 on Monday Night Football.
Bettors were already firing on Eagles -7 and it appears the avalanche hasn't stopped into the weekend. Multiple sportsbooks have reported over 70 percent of tickets on Philadelphia.
"There's a lot to unpack here," one Vegas bookmaker told NBC Sports. "We have no idea what this DiNucci kid can do in the NFL. He only threw three passes last weekend in a blowout. There was no preseason to really see what he brings to the table. It puts us in a difficult spot. You just follow the money and move the line accordingly. We’ll definitely be rooting for Dallas.”
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