Eagles-Dolphins NFL Week 13 predictions 2019

Eagles-Dolphins NFL Week 13 predictions 2019

The Eagles (5-6) travel to Miami to face the Dolphins (2-9) at Hard Rock Stadium.

To the predictions:

Reuben Frank (5-6)

Thanks to the Cowboys’ home loss to the Bills on Thursday, the Eagles have been handed a golden opportunity to win the NFC East just by handling some of the NFL’s worst teams and finding a way to beat the Cowboys at home. It sounds easy, but it’s tough to have faith right now in this team. Heck, the Eagles and Dolphins are both 2-4 in their last six games. And we’ve seen Ryan Fitzpatrick play well against the Eagles, including last year with Tampa. And I don’t know how the Eagles are going to score with everybody hurt. I'd feel a lot better about this game if I knew Zach Ertz were playing. I don’t think they’re going to blow out the Dolphins, but I do think they’ll find a way. There are two things I’m leaning on: The defense has been legit the last month, and there will be 10,000 Eagles fans in Dawk jerseys Sunday in Hard Rock Stadium. Against this team, that should be enough.

Eagles 23, Dolphins 17

Dave Zangaro (6-5)

Don’t be fooled by the Dolphins’ winning two of their last four games. This team stinks. They’re ranked at or near the bottom in every major statistical category and are dead last in point differential at minus-183. As bad as they’ve been recently, the Eagles should go to Miami and wipe the floor with this team. After the Cowboys lost on Thursday, the Eagles technically don’t need to win this game to make the playoffs, but if they don’t win it, all confidence would and should be gone.

Eagles 26, Dolphins 13

Derrick Gunn (5-6)

The defense is finally healthy but as of late, the offense is in a state of disarray. Injuries have played a big part in the Eagles’ inability to sustain drives and score points. Many are wondering what is wrong with Carson Wentz. His accuracy has been off. He’s turned the ball over too many times. He’s holding the ball too long. All of a sudden, the fan base that was his biggest backer is divided. The defense is playing solid, holding the last four opponents to 17 points or fewer. Reinforcements appear to being coming to the Birds’ offense, especially the right side of the offensive line. At some point this offense has to have a big game and Miami would be a great place for that to happen. The Dolphins, statistically, are putrid, ranked at or near the bottom in key categories on both sides of the ball. Miami is clearly in a rebuilding mode. The Eagles cant afford any more slip-ups. It’s crunch time. Run the ball down the Dolphins’ throats and put this one away by half time.

Eagles 27, Dolphins 10

Ray Didinger (4-7)

The pained look on Jerry Jones' face during Thursday's loss to Buffalo told you all you need to know about the current state of the Dallas Cowboys. They were thoroughly outplayed and, yes, outclassed by a Bills team the Eagles flattened last month in Buffalo.

So for all their injuries and all their shortcomings and despite losing four of their last six games, the Eagles find themselves still alive in the playoff race. The Cowboys should have locked up the NFC East by now but they didn't and the Eagles can move into a tie for first place with a win in Miami on Sunday.

We've seen enough of the Eagles to know better than to take anything for granted but, wow, the Dolphins are really bad.

Eagles 30, Dolphins 10

Andrew Kulp (6-5)

To be honest, I'm not convinced as of this moment the Eagles will sweep the slate of two-win opponents on deck in four of the next five games. I'm not even convinced they'll beat Miami for that matter.

But they should, and not from an "Oh, the Eagles are better than this" perspective, because clearly they're not. It's more so from the standpoint of "Yep, the Dolphins really are that bad."

Miami can't run the football at all, and the Eagles defense is playing strong across the board the last few weeks. Not sure Wentz and the boys will light up the scoreboard, exactly, but they should be able to do enough to squeak by.

Eagles 30, Dolphins 16

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How to watch 'HeadStrong: Mental Health and Sports' on NBC Sports Philadelphia

How to watch 'HeadStrong: Mental Health and Sports' on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Throughout the month of November, NBC Sports Regional Networks is launching its multiplatform initiative on mental health and men's health, HeadStrong: Mental Health and Sports.

This month-long campaign will begin with the debut feature documentary HeadStrong: Mental Health and Sports on the Regional Networks. The documentary is produced in partnership with Religion of Sports, the Sports Emmy-winning media company founded by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and Gotham Chopra.

The documentary will air in the Philadelphia region for the first time this Thursday. For more HeadStrong content, visit NBCSports.com/HeadStrong.

Here are the essentials:

Date: Nov. 7
Time: 10 p.m. ET
Where: NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the MyTeams App

Additional local air dates throughout the remainder of 2019:

Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSP)
Nov. 8, 11 p.m. (NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus)
Nov. 9, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSP)
Nov. 10, 4:30 p.m. (NBCSP+)
Nov. 10, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSP)
Nov. 11, 12:30 a.m. (NBCSP)
Nov. 17, 1:30 p.m. (NBCSP)
Nov. 23, 4:30 p.m. (NBCSP)
Nov. 26, 12:30 a.m. (NBCSP)
Nov. 29, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSP)
Dec. 7, 4:30 p.m. (NBCSP)
Dec. 16, 12:30 a.m. (NBCSP)
Dec. 21, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSP+)

Debut days and times for additional networks are listed below:

NBC Sports Bay Area: Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. PT
NBC Sports Boston: Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. ET
NBC Sports California: Nov. 9 at 10:30 p.m. PT
NBC Sports Chicago: Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. CT
NBC Sports Northwest: Nov. 8 at 10 p.m. PT
NBC Sports Washington: Nov. 7 at 10 p.m. ET
NBCSN: Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. ET

Also, as a part of the HeadStrong initiative, there will be a series of more than 35 short-form digital video features to be focused on mental health and men's health issues on a special HeadStrong web page, NBCSports.com/HeadStrong. There will also be an additional 50-plus combined short-form digital video features that will focus on local subjects and stories.

Eagles-Cowboys NFL Week 7 predictions 2019

Eagles-Cowboys NFL Week 7 predictions 2019

The Eagles (3-3) travel to Texas to take on the Cowboys (3-3) on Sunday night at AT&T Stadium. 

Let’s get to this week’s predictions:

Reuben Frank (3-3)

The Eagles have played 24 games over the last two seasons, and only three times — THREE TIMES — have they outscored their opponent by three or more points in both halves. Those were against a terrible Giants team last year, a bad Redskins team last year and a terrible Jets team earlier this month. These are not numbers of an elite team. The Eagles’ inability to play a complete 60-minute game against anybody is alarming. They just are unable to jump on top early and put a team away. I’m going to pick them to beat Dallas just because the Cowboys seem to in an even bigger rut than the Eagles. Heck, as inconsistent as the Eagles have been, they’ve gained two games in the standings over Dallas over the last three weeks. The Eagles should win. The Eagles need to win. The Eagles  better win. No excuses Sunday. 

Eagles 30, Cowboys 24

Dave Zangaro (2-4)

I was confidently going to pick the Eagles in this game because of the Cowboys’ injury situation, but now it turns out Dallas is healthier than we all thought. All their questionable guys are reportedly going to play and that includes Amari Cooper. It’s tough to know how healthy they really are, but I’m banking on the thought that they’ll be hindered by injury. And as bad as the Eagles looked last week, the Cowboys are really reeling. The Eagles also always seem to handle adversity well and they’ve had plenty of that this week. 

Eagles 31, Cowboys 30

Derrick Gunn (2-4)

It would be difficult enough trying to figure this game out if both teams were healthy, but with both sides hurting at key positions it’s even more perplexing. While we know now which Eagles are not playing, Dallas has a number of players listed as questionable. So the matchups in strategic areas remains an unknown. 

Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb, Tyron Smith, La’el Collins on the field make a huge difference in terms of what Dak Prescott can or cannot do in the passing game. The Eagles’ defense has been consistent in one area the run game. But facing Ezekiel Elliott is another story. He has been the Birds’ kryptonite. In his last two outings against the Eagles, Elliott has run for over 100 yards and has tallied a minimum of 189 yards of total offense. If the Birds can control Zeke, it enhances their chances of winning. Also, Jim Schwartz’s defense has to make Prescott feel as uncomfortable as possible. He has a tendency of holding on to the ball to long at times. You take away the 10 sacks the Eagles had against the Jets and they’ve had only four sacks in their five other games. Not good enough!!!!

The Cowboys’ front seven will be coming after Carson Wentz, so the Eagles’ short passing game will need to be on point. The question is, which of their pass catchers will step up and provide consistent help? I’m hoping the Birds can go down to Dallas and put together a game like they did in Green Bay. On a hunch, I’m leaning toward the Eagles. 

Eagles 24, Cowboys 23

Ray Didinger (3-3)

The Eagles and Cowboys are tied with identical 3-3 records but the similarities go deeper than that. They have a ton of injuries and they are losing games for many of the same reasons: dropped passes, lousy tackling and dumb penalties. We've talked endlessly about the Eagles slow starts but the Cowboys are just as bad. They were outscored 47-9 in the first half of their last three games, all losses.

It is hard to like either team right now given the way they are playing. In the Cowboys three wins, Zeke Elliott had big games averaging more than five yards per carry. One thing that has been a constant for the Eagles so far is their run defense (72.8 yards per game) which tells me Zeke won't run wild Sunday. I still think the Eagles are the better team and they have played well in this building (four wins in the last six trips).

Eagles 27, Cowboys 24

Andrew Kulp (4-2)

I was confident in the Eagles at the beginning of the week, when it seemed like the Cowboys would be missing half their offense, and before Carson Wentz's anonymous started taking jabs. Now I find myself in the same place I have with respect to the other road trips so far this season: 50/50.

I suppose I'll stick with the Eagles, because I think they're the better team, and there's no way all those injured Cowboys will be 100 percent (looking at Amari Cooper). But I don't feel good about it. Counting on Wentz to come out fired up, Doug Pederson to coach an inspired game after talking his own trash at the beginning of the week, and Nate Gerry to make everybody forget Zach Brown ever suited up for this team.

Eagles 31, Cowboys 28

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