The NFL is back in action as the Dallas Cowboys (0-1) face off against the Los Angeles Chargers (1-0) in Week 2 at 4:25 Eastern time at Sofi Stadium in Los Angeles, California. It will be a battle of young talented quarterbacks between Dak Prescott and Justin Herbert. This game will be loaded with offense and should be an exciting shootout.
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Chargers vs Cowboys Details
- Teams: Cowboys at Chargers
- Where: Los Angeles, California | SoFi Stadium
- Date: Sunday, September 19th, 4:25 PM EST
- Betting Odds (at PointsBet)
- Spread: Chargers -3
- Moneyline: Chargers -160 | Cowboys +135
- Total: 55 Points
Chargers Off to Strong Start in Road Win
The Los Angeles Chargers went on the road in the nation’s capital and stole a victory (20-16) from the Washington Football team (-1.5). The Chargers dominated time of possession and were an amazing 14 of 19 on third down conversions. Justin Herbert led the way for the Charger squad throwing for 337 yards and one touchdown.
The defense stood out for new head coach Brandon Staley. Joey Bosa was all over the field pressuring Washington quarterbacks. Derwin James was finally healthy on the field and looked great recording 7 tackles and a pass break up that was almost an interception. Additionally, Kyzir White forced a big fumble that led to the game-winning drive for the Chargers.
Cowboys Offense Doesn’t Miss a Beat
Playing in the opening game of the season, the Cowboys lost a thriller in the last minute of the game to the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night football. Dallas was able to cover the spread (+8) losing 31-29 on. Dak Prescott threw for 403 yards, completing 42 of 58 attempts, 3 going for touchdowns, and 1 interception in the loss to the Bucs. This was great news for Cowboy fans after Prescott suffered a severe ankle injury that ended his 2020 season prematurely.
The biggest question heading into the season for Dallas was their defense. Were we going to see the same 28th ranked defense that allowed a league-worst 2,500 rushing yards or a new and improved Dan Quinn defense? Although the defense did look better, they got shredded in the air. The secondary returned to its turnstile defense allowing a 44-year-old Tom Brady to throw for 379 yards and 4 touchdowns. Be that as it may, the rush defense was well improved, with rookie Linebacker Micah Parsons leading the way with the defensive unit only allowing 52 rushing yards.
ODDS AND FREE BETTING ANALYSIS FOR THIS GAME: Betting Trends I Love
- The Chargers were favored by 3 points or more five times last season and covered the spread in two of those games.
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Dallas’s last 8 games
- Los Angeles’ games went over the point total nine out of 16 times last season.
With a fully healthy offense, Mike McCarthy showed what he and Dak Prescott can do on offense on any given day against a solid Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense that returned all of its starters from their Super Bowl team. In order to beat the Chargers, he’ll have to put up a ton of points. In the same fashion, 2nd-year quarterback, Justin Herbert, and the Chargers run a high-powered offense themselves. In a brand new indoor stadium at SoFI, I expect this game to be an absolute shoot-out in front of a sold-out crowd. LEAN: OVER 55
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The X-factor in this game will be the return of one of the best offensive linemen in the league for the Cowboys in Pro Bowl Right Guard Zack Martin. I believe his dominance on the line will get Zeke Elliot and the Dallas run game rolling. In addition, I think Mike McCarthy is on the hot seat in Dallas and if he gets off to an 0-2 start, Cowboy fans might be calling on Jerry Jones to fire him. Although it won’t be pretty, Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn will get the boys in blue ready to keep it close and handle Justin Herbert and a high-powered Charger offense. Give me the Cowboys plus the points +3.
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