The Dallas Cowboys play their second straight road game when they visit the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Dallas is looking to avoid an 0-2 start while the Chargers are looking to improve to 2-0. Let’s take a closer look at the game to help you bet online on this one.
Game: Dallas Cowboys (0-1) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)
Location: SoFi Stadium
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
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Head to Head
These two teams don’t get together very often, but when they do, lately it’s been the Chargers coming out on top. Los Angeles has won three straight meetings with Dallas, the most recent coming in 2017 by a 28-6 margin.
Overall, the Cowboys lead the series 6-5, though many of those games were between 1972 and 1995.
Next game: vs. Philadelphia
The Cowboys did everything but win in their season opener against Tampa Bay. Quarterback Dak Prescott looked fantastic after not playing since Week 6 last season with a severe ankle injury, throwing for 403 yards and three touchdowns. The offense was humming throughout the game, mostly through the air, taking a 29-28 lead over the defending Super Bowl champs with 1:24 to play.
Unfortunately, they were playing against Tom Brady, who surgically moved the Buccaneers down the field for the game-winning field goal with two seconds left to give Tampa Bay a 31-29 win. It was typical of the Dallas defense all night, as Brady finished with 379 yards and four touchdowns.
Many Dallas bettors were pretty happy with the contest, though, as the Cowboys made it closer than the nine-point spread.
The Cowboys will be without one of the better receivers as wide receiver Michael Gallup will be out for the next three weeks with a calf injury. Gallup was placed on injured reserve on Monday, making him ineligible to return until October.
The defensive line may be short-handed as defensive end Randy Gregory was put on the COVID-19 list on Monday. Gregory’s status for Sunday’s game is uncertain.
Dallas may also be a little short on the offensive line after starting right tackle La’el Collins was suspended five games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy on Friday. Collins has lawyers appealing the suspension, but he will likely miss Sunday’s game.
Los Angeles Chargers
Next game: at Kansas City
The Chargers picked up a 20-16 road win over the Washington Football Team in their opener. Any win on the road is a good one, though Los Angeles did need a fourth-quarter touchdown to pull it out against a Washington squad that lost its starting quarterback to injury midway through the second quarter.
Second-year quarterback Justin Herbert looked very good, throwing for 337 yards and a touchdown, though he also had a pair of turnovers in the red zone. The Chargers were helped by a Washington fumble inside its own five-yard line in the fourth quarter, which set up the winning score.
The Los Angeles defense played well, holding Washington to just 133 passing yards and 259 yards total. That helped the Chargers beat the NFL odds and win as a two-point underdog in the game.
Right tackle Bryan Bulaga left the season opener with some back troubles that aren’t expected to be a long-term problem. After the game, coach Brandon Staley termed Bulaga as day-to-day.
Safety Nasir Adderley suffered a shoulder injury in the win, but his status for Sunday’s game is uncertain.
Betting on the Game
The point spread in this game started at three points in favor of the Chargers and hasn’t moved. Dallas is likely going to be a popular bet after its performance against Tampa Bay in Week 1.
Dallas definitely showed a lot of offense in its opener, but its defense wasn’t very good at stopping the Buccaneers. The Cowboys did force a pair of turnovers, which could definitely help against a young Herbert.
Los Angeles will need to play better defensively against a much more dangerous Dallas offense than the Chargers faced in Week 1. Running back Ezekiel Elliott, in particular, is going to be looking for a big game after he wasn’t used as much against a solid Tampa Bay interior line.
The Cowboys won’t be intimidated by SoFi Stadium considering they play at AT&T Stadium, one of the bigger venues in the NFL. Dallas also played at this newer stadium in the opener of the 2020 campaign against the Los Angeles Rams, losing by just three.
The point spread is practically a moneyline bet, though both of these teams played close games in their openers. Going with the moneyline will give you a little more bang for your buck when you’re doing your sports betting online, but there is a little more security if you go with the point spread, especially if you’re taking the Cowboys.
This could be a high-scoring game, with Prescott and Herbert both capable of lighting up the scoreboard. Prescott still has a number of weapons in the passing game in Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb.
How Herbert fares against the Dallas defense is probably the X-factor on whether this goes over the 55 total. The conditions at SoFi Stadium should be ideal, leading to a high-scoring affair that goes over.