Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers: Preview and Pick
10 Replies | 373 ViewsOn 09/24/2013 05:26 PM in NFL
In week four of the NFL schedule, two teams will be tested and the league will find out which team is for real. The Dallas Cowboys are off a huge win over the St. Louis Rams, but after a tough road loss to the Kansas City Chiefs they need to prove they can away from Big D and Jerry World. The San Diego Chargers have played well but have to finish a game and they will get another chance against the Cowboys this week.
Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers Odds
The NFL betting line for this game opened up with the Cowboys as (-2.5) point favorites as the Cowboys are a very popular team. To further back that idea, over 70 percent of the betting public is on the Cowboys although they lost a game on the road already. Despite the public money backing the boys this line has now dropped and can be found at (-2) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.
San Diego led most of the game against the Tennessee Titans despite being banged up with three starters out because of injuries, a fourth very limited and a fifth lost to an injured foot in the first half. However like they have in the past they lost the game in the waning seconds. It could be argued that the Chargers could be 3-0 at this point if they held on to the lead.
The Cowboys cruised against the Rams. The Cowboys called runs on 34 of their 59 offensive plays (57.6%), their highest rate in a game since Week 13 of 2010 against the Colts (59.7%). However much of that can be because the Cowboys had a big lead early in the game and DeMarco Murray was running wild. They will have to be balanced in this game if they hope to beat the Bolts.
The latest NFL betting trends show that the Dallas Cowboys could be in a tough spot in this game. The Cowboys are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 250 total yards in their previous game, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game and just 5-14 against the spread (ATS) after a straight up win. The Chargers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss, 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games in September and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week four.
Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers Pick
With plenty of time to go before the start of the regular season, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.