Dallas Cowboys (0-1) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)
The Dallas Cowboys look to rebound from a tough Thursday night loss to open the season when they take on the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Dallas lost to Tampa Bay 31-29. Los Angeles is 1-0 after a 20-16 victory over Washington to begin the season.
The Chargers are 3.5-point favorites in this contest. Los Angeles has won the three recent meetings between these teams, including a 28-6 victory back in November 2017. The Chargers have covered the spread in each of those three games.
Line Movements & Weather
The Bolts have gone from -1.5 up to -3, despite the Cowboys grabbing 55% of the bets. The Sharps are clearly on the side of the Chargers.
The OU line has gone from 52 up to 54.5 or 55, depending on where you shop with the Over grabbing 68% of the bets.
Gametime Weather: Domed Stadium
Late Field Goal Dooms CowboysThe Dallas Cowboys rallied from a nine-point deficit to take a one-point lead with 1:24 left in their contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, Tom Brady led his team down the field, allowing Ryan Succop to drill a 36-yard field goal with two seconds left to give Tampa Bay the 31-29 victory. That spoiled a big night for Dak Prescott, who completed 42 of 58 passes for 403 yards and three touchdowns.
It was a great evening for the Dallas offense, which produced 30 first downs and 451 yards of total offense. Amari Cooper made 13 catches for 139 yards and two TDs and CeeDee Lamb had seven catches for 104 yards and a score. The passing attack was definitely on fire. However, running back Ezekiel Elliott gained just 33 yards on 11 carries. The Cowboys will clearly need more of a ground game in this contest.
The defense struggled against Brady and the Tampa Bay offense, giving up 431 yards of total offense, including 379 through the air. They did limit the Buccaneers to 25:33 in time of possession, but Brady threw four touchdown passes and was not sacked in the contest. Anthony Brown led the team with 11 tackles.
Out - DB Donovan Wilson, OT Ty Nsekhe, DE Demarcus Lawrence, WR Malik Turner, LB Francis Bernard, DE Randy Gregory, WR Michael Gallup, OT La'el Collins, TE Sean McKeon, OT Josh Ball, DT Neville Gallimore, DB Kelvin Joseph, WR T.J. Vasher, and DT Trysten Hill
Questionable - DB Damontae Kazee and DB Darian Thompson
Chargers Score Late to Down WashingtonWashington took a three-point lead with 11:20 left in the third quarter, but a 3-yard touchdown pass from Justin Herbert to Mike Williams with a little over 11 minutes left in the contest gave Los Angeles a 20-16 victory. Herbert finished 31 of 47 for 337 yards and a touchdown. Keenan Allen made nine catches for 100 yards.
our way, coach 💛 pic.twitter.com/Mp68R1Wcca— Los Angeles Chargers (@chargers) September 12, 2021
It was a big afternoon for Herbert in his second NFL season. Under the tutelage of offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, Herbert picked apart a Washington secondary that had few answers to try to slow down the QB. Besides the play of Allen, Mike Williams had eight catches for 82 yards and a score. The ground game didn’t get a huge afternoon, as Austin Ekeler gained 57 yards on 15 carries, adding a touchdown run.
The Chargers' defense had a solid afternoon, allowing Washington just 15 first downs and 259 total yards of offense. The group had just one sack and no interceptions but allowed Washington just 23:57 of possession time.
Out - DB Chris Harris Jr., OT Bryan Bulaga, DB Nasir Adderley, and DB Ryan Smith
Doubtful - DT Justin Jones
- 5-1 ATS in their last six games as the underdog.
- 4-1 ATS in their last five games.
- 6-2 ATS in their last eight Week 2 games.
- 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games as the favorite at home.
- 16-36-1 ATS in their last 53 games at home.
- 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games at home against a team with a losing record on the road.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Dallas offense looked very good in the second season with Mike McCarthy as the head coach. Prescott looked like the quarterback we were accustomed to seeing a few seasons ago and he may be getting into a rhythm now. The Los Angeles defense looked good against Washington in the first week, but this is an entirely different offense and no one should expect the Chargers to have that kind of success against Dallas.
It is also safe to believe that the Los Angeles defense will not be as formable in this game. They were able to shut down the Washington Football Team, but they do not have a very good offense. Look for Dallas to dominate.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Chargers are a solid club defensively. They moved the ball well, and if Elliott is not going to be a threat on the ground, they should have some success shutting down this Dallas offense. The Cowboys are going to put up s some points, probably somewhere around 28.
That then leaves it up to Los Angeles to try to outscore them. That is a tall task for a solid but not spectacular offense. They did not show much of a running attack last week either, and Herbert may have thrown for 347 yards against Washington, but no one should expect a repeat of that performance against the Cowboys.
Take Dallas to win, 28-20.