Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers Betting Pick (Sun)
After taking a Week 1 loss to Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, the Dallas Cowboys are set to square off against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2. The Cowboys showed a lot of fight in their season opener, but just not enough to keep up with the defending Super Bowl Champions.
The Chargers were able to grab a 20-16 NFL Week 1 win against the Washington Football Team. They didn’t look exactly spectacular, but they were good enough to get a win to start the season.
Dallas looked good on the offensive side of the ball but lacked the defensive firepower to slow down the Bucs. On offense, they were able to total the 3rd most yards in the league in Week 1 with 451. It just wasn’t quite enough.
The Chargers are 3.5-point favorites heading into the weekend. The kickoff is set for 8:25 EST on Sunday Night Football.
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Healthy Dak Prescott Should win the NFC East
The NFC East just isn’t very good in 2021. If Dak Prescott can stay healthy along with the Cowboys’ offense, they should be able to plow through the division. They realized in 2020 just how important Dak was to the offense.
Prescott attempted 58 passes in Week 1. It’s doubtful that he can maintain that pace all season, so he will need some major help from running back Ezekiel Elliot. He was only able to manage 33 yards on the ground against the Bucs.
Amari Cooper and Ceedee Lamb led the Cowboys’ receivers. Cooper led the team in targets and yards with 17 targets, 13 catches, and 139 yards. Lamb wasn’t far behind with 15 targets, 7 catches, and 104 yards. Cooper scored twice, and Lamb also put a touchdown on the board.
Sophomore Slump for Herbert?
It didn’t seem like second-year quarterback Justin Herbert was experiencing much of a sophomore slump in the first start of his second season. He threw for 337 yards on 47 attempts and 31 completions. Although his QBR was only at 53, don’t expect him to have a down year.
Dual-threat running back Austin Ekeler ran for 57 yards on 15 attempts. He wasn’t used in the passing game at all, which we do not expect to continue. Ekeler should remain a weapon in both the running and passing game moving forward.
As expected, Keenan Allen led the team in receiving but did cough up one fumble in the opening week. Mike Williams also put together a nice game with 83 yards and a touchdown on 8 catches. Allen had only one more target and reception than Williams in NFL Week 1.
The Chargers’ defense showed out in Week 1, albeit against a fairly bad WFT offense. The Football Team was only able to convert on three 3rd down the entire game. If the Chargers can hold the Cowboys to a 30% 3rd down conversion rate, they may have a shot at the win.
Cowboys Win with Ease
Unfortunately for the Chargers, the Cowboys’ offense is much better than WFT. We believe they will put up just as many yards against the Chargers and possibly more if they can get the running attack going.
BetOnline has the Chargers favored by 3.5 points at home in NFL Week 2. The game total is set at 55 points, and the Cowboys are at +158 on the Moneyline. Since we like the Cowboys to win this game outright, the Cowboys’ ML is the play here.
Take the Cowboys’ +158 rather than getting even odds on the spread. The Cowboys win a shootout on Sunday.