Big Al's Daily Angle: EPL and NFL Preview

by Big Al Staff

The Sunday sports card features the continuation of Week 8 of the National Football League, along with four matches in the English Premier League.

The NFL has 12 games scheduled for Sunday. Eight games begin the card at 1 PM ET. The primary game on CBS has the Pittsburgh Steelers traveling to Baltimore to face the Ravens in an AFC North showdown. Baltimore is a 3.5-point favorite with the total set at 46.5. Tennessee (all NFL odds from BookMaker). The national game on Fox has the Minnesota Vikings traveling to Green Bay in an NFC North rivalry game. The Packers are a 6.5-point favorite with an over/under of 50.

Another three games take place in the second window of afternoon games. At 4:05 PM ET, the Los Angeles Chargers travel to Denver with the Broncos a 3.5-point favorite with a total of 44.5. Seattle hosts the San Francisco 49ers at 4:25 PM ET. The Seahawks are a 3-point favorite and the over/under at 53 in this NFC West battle.

The national game on Fox at 4:25 PM ET features New Orleans traveling to Chicago to play the Bears. The Saints are a 4-point road favorite with the total set at 43.

First place in the NFC East will be at stake in the Sunday Night Football game on NBC despite it being a battle of two teams with losing records and a long list of injuries.

Dallas has lost two straight games as well as four of their last five games after they got beat at Washington on Sunday by a 25-3 score. The Cowboys’ offense managed only 142 yards against the Football Team’s defense. Since the season-ending ankle injury to quarterback Dak Prescott, Dallas has scored only 19 points in their 24 offensive drives. Andy Dalton has been declared out for this game after he was on the receiving end of a brutal hit from Washington’s Jon Bostic that knocked him out of the game.

The Cowboys will turn to rookie Ben Dinucci as their starting quarterback. Dinucci was a 7th round pick from James Madison, who led the Dukes to the FCS Championship Game against North Dakota State last year. He completed over 70% of his passes in his senior season for 3441 yards with 29 touchdown passes. He also rushed the ball 122 times for 569 yards last year with seven touchdowns, so offensive coordinator Kellen Moore might be able to draw up some plays to take advantage of those skills.

Philadelphia snapped a two-game losing streak on Thursday Night Football last week with their 22-21 victory at home against the New York Giants. That win put the Eagles into first place in the division with a 2-4-1 mark. To the victor of this game will go at least a share of first place with three victories on the season. After Dalton was declared out, Philadelphia moved to an 11-point favorite with the total at 43. The game time is 8:20 PM ET.   

The four matches on the English Premier League schedule begin at 7 AM ET with Southampton traveling to Aston Villa in a pick ‘em match with the total set at 3. The NBC Peacock app has the game. At 9 AM ET on the NBC Sports Network, Newcastle United hosts Everton with the Toffees a 0.5 goal line road favorite with the over/under set at 2.75 by BetOnline. Manchester United hosts Arsenal at 11:30 AM ET for a match on the NBC Peacock app. Man United is a -0.5 goal line favorite at BetOnline with an over/under of 2.75. At 2:15 PM ET on the NBC Peacock app, Brighton and Hove Albion visit Tottenham with the Hotspurs a 0.75 goal line favorite with an over/under of 2.75 at BetOnline.

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