NFL Betting — Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys
The Los Angeles Chargers had it easy last week, blowing things wide open against the Buffalo Bills before the first half was over. But they are likely to find an opponent in a different state than that on Thanksgiving day as they visit the Dallas Cowboys in a game that begins at 4:30 PM ET at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. CBS will handle the telecast, and BetAnySports get a special treat on this holiday, as they can watch it and place in-game wagers at the same time, using the state-of-the-art software from Live Betting Ultra.
Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott made the decision to bench Tyrod Taylor last week and go with rookie Nathan Peterman at quarterback against the Chargers at the StubHub Center last Sunday. And it turned out to be disastrous. On the very first drive the Bolts brought an interception back for a touchdown, and they wound up picking Peterman off four more times on the way to leading 37-7 at the half. They cruised to a 54-24 victory. That brought their record to 4-6 straight-up and 5-4-1 against the NFL betting odds. They are among a number of teams with that 4-6 record who are within a game of the second AFC wild card spot.
While the Chargers outscore their opponent by 30 points in the first half, the Cowboys were outscored by 30 points in the second half when they played the Philadelphia Eagles (37-9 final). And the offensive line again did not do an adequate job against the opponent’s pass rush. Against Atlanta two weeks ago they allowed Dak Prescott to be sacked eight times, and then the Eagles got through for four sacks. While it is true that all of this came without the suspended Ezekiel Elliott in the lineup, what might be more revealing is that Tyron Smith, who is maybe the best in the business at the left tackle position, has sat out the last two games. But he is expected to be back here.
In the NFL betting odds at BetAnySports for this Thanksgiving day game, the Chargers are the favorites on the road:
Los Angeles Chargers -1.5
Dallas Cowboys +1.5
Over 47 points -110
Under 47 points -110
Philip Rivers got cleared out of the concussion protocol rather late in the week and threw for 251 yards against Buffalo, and achieved a passer rating of 107.7, much higher than his average of 89.6. His strength here is that he has nice balance out of his wide receiver corps, especially Keenan Allen, who caught a dozen passes last week. And tight end Hunter Henry (26 receptions, 344 yards) has filled the gaps nicely as Antonio Gates declines a bit. What head coach Anthony Lynn has been seeking to do is getting enough of a running game going to take the pressure off Rivers. It’s been a struggle, but Melvin Gordon is on track to get close to 1000 yards again.
BetAnySports patrons can expect that the Cowboys will try to run the ball as well, as the Chargers have allowed 139 rushing yards per game and 4.9 yards per carry. Something has to be done to keep the likes of Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa (19 combined sacks) from charging forward, if you’ll pardon the pun. Dallas has converted 43% on third down situations, but obviously most of that happened with Elliott in the backfield. They were just 3-for-14 in that department against Philadelphia last time out, and they have to get into better down-and-distance situations. Jason Witten, who had only one reception last week, used his veteran status to offer a speech to the team the other day, and his mates will listen. Grabbing this small number at home against a team traveling in a short week has to have some advantages, and so does the idea of having Tyron Smith back in the lineup, so we’re moving with the Cowboys here.
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