The Dallas Cowboys got a wakeup call and saw just how miserable life is when their star running back isn’t able to do his job in a resounding loss to the Broncos. Looking to put that humbling performance behind them, the Boys will help the Arizona Cardinals open their home schedule in a Week 3 Monday Night Football tilt.
We haven’t seen the Cowboys get pushed around like they did by Denver, which makes us believe that game was the exception and not the new norm, but it did raise serious questions about Dallas’ offense, especially when Ezekiel Elliott is scrambling. The Dallas line was manhandled by the Broncos, Zeke broke free for just eight yards on nine carries and Dak Prescott couldn’t rally the troops without a run game. Prescott had to carry the load and threw a career-high 50 pass attempts. He completed 30 but gained only 238 yards and was picked off twice.
Elliott and Prescott have never faced a situation like this before and how they respond on Monday night will tell us a lot about their character and if Dallas is indeed a Super Bowl contender. It was a complete breakdown for the Boys, who also were gouged by Trevor Siemian, who tossed four touchdown passes against a defense that obviously isn’t as good as what we saw in the opener.
2017 Record: 1-1
2017 ATS Record: 1-1
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 1-1
Current Super Bowl Odds: +900
Current Odds to Win NFC: +427
Current Odds to Win NFC East: +137
Current NFL Odds: Cowboys -3
Over/Under Total: 47
Week 2: Broncos 42, Cowboys 17
ATS Result: Broncos +2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 44
While Elliott and Prescott had their troubles, the Cowboys defense was a bigger problem. The group allowed 380 total yards and was picked apart by Siemian’s four scoring passes and C.J. Anderson, who ran for 118 yards. Denver used a 28-3 scoring run to turn a tie game into a blowout and easily cashed the over.
Week 1: Cowboys 19, Giants 3
ATS Result: Cowboys -6
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46.5
It was the kind of game we saw the Cowboys play a lot last season, relying on Elliott and Prescott to keep the chains moving and not putting the defense in bad situations. The two were spot on again with Zeke running for over 100 yards and Dak throwing for 268 without a turnover. The bright spot was the play of the defense, which held the Giants to just a field goal and 233 total yards. Dallas forced a punt on New York’s first five drives and took a 16-0 lead at halftime, which seemed like 100-0 given how the Boys manhandled the Giants front.
Preseason Record: 3-1
ATS Record: 2-1-1
Over/Under Total Record: 2-2
As good as the Cowboys were last season they couldn’t beat the Giants and that slump dates back even further. Dallas lost the final meeting in 2015 and is 0-3 SU and 0-2-1 ATS in that stretch. The teams typically play close games with nine of the last 10 decided by a touchdown or less.
Week 1: Cowboys vs. Giants, Sunday, Sept. 10, 8:30 p.m ET – NBC
Week 2: Cowboys at Broncos, Sunday, Sept. 17, 4:25 p.m. ET – Fox
Week 3: Cowboys at Cardinals, Monday, Sept. 25, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 4: Cowboys vs. Rams, Sunday, Oct. 1, 1 p.m. ET – Fox
Week 5: Cowboys vs. Packers, Sunday, Oct. 8, 4:25 p.m. ET – Fox
Week 6: Bye Week
Week 7: Cowboys at 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 22, 4:05 p.m. ET – Fox
Week 8: Cowboys at Redskins, Sunday, Oct. 29, 4:25 p.m. ET – Fox
Week 9: Cowboys vs. Chiefs, Sunday, Nov. 5, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 10: Cowboys at Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 12, 4:25 p.m. ET – Fox
Week 11: Cowboys vs. Eagles, Sunday, Nov. 19, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 12: Cowboys vs. Chargers, Thursday, Nov. 23, 4:30 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 13: Cowboys vs. Redskins, Thursday, Nov. 30, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 14: Cowboys at Giants, Sunday, Dec. 10, 4:25 p.m. ET – Fox
Week 15: Cowboys at Raiders, Sunday, Dec. 17, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 16: Cowboys vs. Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 24, 4:25 p.m. ET – Fox
Week 17: Cowboys at Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m. ET – Fox
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