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Dallas Cowboys enter Week 5 with perfect record against the spread!
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The Cowboys are 3-1 straight up, which has their NFL Outright odds trending up.
Are we at a point in the NFL season where we must consider the possibility that the Dallas Cowboys might be a contender for the NFC?
The Cowboys have jumped out to a 3-1 start through four weeks of the NFL season, winning three in a row after narrowly losing to Tom Brady and the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the season opener.
The Cowboys began the season with odds of 29.00 to win a championship, but those odds have shifted to 17.00 at PlayNow.com thanks to this recent run of success. The latest in this string of wins was a 36-28 victory over the Carolina Panthers, which didn’t provide much resistance defensively to the Dallas offence led by a healthy Dak Prescott.
While their overall record shows early indications of a potential division winner, the Cowboys also currently boast the best record against the spread.
Dallas is 4-0 against the spread this season. They easily covered as a 10-point underdog against Tampa Bay in Week 1, then covered against as a road underdog against the Los Angeles Chargers the following week. They were favourites in their last two outings, by 3.5 points in Week 3 and 4.5 points last week against Carolina, and covered with relative ease.
Looking for a fourth consecutive win, the Cowboys face another NFC East foe in Week 5 on Sunday. The New York Giants come to down, as seven-point underdogs as of Wednesday.
The Cowboys offence has put up some impressive numbers, particularly in their last two games. They have been averaging 31.5 points per game through four weeks, while Prescott has been very efficient. He has thrown for seven touchdowns and zero interceptions combined over the last two weeks, despite falling short of 250 yards passing in both outings.
The run game has helped provide a balanced attack to their offence, with Ezekiel Elliott regaining the form that made him so formidable in past years. He rushed for 143 yards on 20 attempts last week against Carolina, while fellow running back Tony Pollard contributed 67 yards along the ground on 10 attempts. That’s three straight weeks that Pollard has rushed for 60 yards or more, and he’s shown at times to be an effective option in the pass game, too.
The Cowboys face a Giants team that is 1-3 on the season, but 2-2 against the spread, including a 2-0 ATS record on the road. New York showed something last week, coming back to defeat New Orleans in overtime after going down by 11 points in the fourth quarter.
Saquon Barkley had a monster effort in that win, with 126 total yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns, showing a glimpse of the running back the Giants were hoping to get when they selected him second overall in 2018.
The Giants are 2-6 against the spread in their last eight meetings against the Cowboys.
Cleveland Browns @ Los Angeles Chargers
The Browns and Chargers meet in an intriguing AFC matchup on Sunday. Both teams boast records of 3-1 this season.
The Chargers, led by second-year quarterback Justin Herbert, sit in a three-way tie atop the AFC West standings with Las Vegas and Denver, while the reigning AFC champions from Kansas City are at the bottom of the division with a 2-2 record.
The Browns, meanwhile, have won three straight games. They were, as of Wednesday, 1.5-point underdogs on the road against the Chargers.
Cleveland is 3-1 against the spread. The Browns have clamped down defensively, allowing just 735 pass yards, the third lowest total in the league so far this season. They’ve also allowed 3.1 yards per carry and just two rushing touchdowns. This should provide a sturdy challenge to the Chargers offence, which looked good in wins over Kansas City in Week 3 and Las Vegas in Week 4.
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