Los Angeles Chargers vs. Dallas Cowboys Week 2 Betting Preview, Odds, and Prediction
Date: Sunday, September 19, 2021
Game Time: 4:25 PM ET
Location: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA
TV Network: CBS
Los Angeles Charger Record: (1-0-0 SU, 1-0-0 ATS)
Dallas Cowboys Record: (0-1-0 SU,1-0-0 ATS)
The Los Angeles Chargers traveled to the other side of the country to face the Washington Football Team in their season opener and took the pivotal 20-16 win in the nation’s capital. The Dallas Cowboys, in the meanwhile, kicked off the first week of the 2021 NFL season against the defending Super Bowl champions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in primetime Thursday night football. Dak Prescott and company went toe-to-toe with Tom Brady but ultimately fell short in a narrow 31-28 loss.
Before Week 1, various online sportsbooks posted early NFL lines for the Cowboys @ Chargers matchup. The Chargers were installed as the -2.5 home chalk while the total was set at 50.5 points. Following Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season, the NFL line has seen some movement, but it’s mainly been oscillating between -2.5 and -3.5 points. The total, by contrast, has climbed up to 55.5 points, marking the most significant move on the NFL odds board for this game.
Los Angeles Chargers Betting Odds & Overview
Justin Herbert, the 2020 Offensive Rookie of the Year winner, led the Chargers to a winning start at the expense of the Washington Football Team on Sunday. This was an impressive feat by the second-year quarterback, not to mention a successful debut for new head coach Brandon Staley and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. It’s no mean feat to go up against one of the stiffest defenses in the league and take a win.
The injury to Ryan Fitzpatrick played a part in the outcome as the WFT were forced to resort to backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke. However, Herbert showed poise and composure towards the tail-end of the game that belies his limited NFL experience. With just a little over six minutes left on the clock, Herbert marched the Chargers into Washington territory while draining the clock. He made three impressive third-down throws that kept the drive alive, showing exactly why Chargers fans and NFL fans, in general, are excited about the young gunslinger.
Overall, Herbert went 31-of-47 for 337 passing yards and one touchdown. While he did have an interception, a lost fumble, and was sacked twice in the game by the vaunted Washington defense, he shook off those mistakes quickly and held his own in the pocket. Austin Ekeler led the team in rushing with 57 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown, but it was the passing offense that impressed as Herbert spread his passes amongst six different receiving targets. Keenan Allen put up 100 yards on nine receptions, while Mike Williams put up 82 yards on eight receptions and a touchdown. Jared Cook, Jalen Guyton, KJ Hill Jr., and Joshua Palmer combined for 154 yards.
Dallas Cowboys Betting Odds & Overview
Dak Prescott silenced his critics and doubters in a big way as he littered the stats sheet freakishly. In fact, before Monday Night Football between the Ravens and Raiders, Prescott led the NFL with 403 passing yards. However, he’s since dipped behind Derrick Carr, who had a big night (435 passing yards) in a come-from-behind win over the Raiders.
Overall, Prescott went for 42-of-58 for 403 passing yards and three touchdowns with one interception. He also rushed for 13 yards on four attempts, showing just how well he’s healed from multiple ankle surgeries in the offseason. The Buccaneers rendered Ezekiel Elliot and the run game a moot point. Elliot had just 11 carries for 33 yards, and Pollard and Prescott combined for the remaining 27 yards of rushing.
It was a veritable aerial assault by the Cowboys on the Buccaneers, and for the better part of the game, things went their way. Then came the fourth quarter….and, well, Brady did his TB12 thing – channeling his seven-Super-Bowl-winning-self to lead the Bucs to a come-from-behind win in the last minute of the game.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Dallas Cowboys Odds
|Cowboys||+165||+3.5||Over 55.5 (+100)|
|Chargers||-175||-3.5||Under 55.5 (-105)|
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Dallas Cowboys Week 2 Betting Preview & Prediction
The Chargers were solid in their victory over WFT, and Justin Herbert was impressive as he overcame one of the best defenses in the league. Dak Prescott littered the stats sheet, but the Cowboys still lost a heartbreaker to a much better team. Given how well both offenses performed in their season openers, with both quarterbacks throwing for more than 40 passes, a veritable shootout is widely expected between Herbert and Prescott at SoFi Stadium. Thus, the OVER seems to be the most popular bet in total betting markets.
As far as the winner and covering the spread is concerned, consider it’s the second-straight road game for the Dallas Cowboys as they make the cross-country trek to Los Angeles. Traveling from the east to the west coast can take its toll. As far as the matchup is concerned, the Chargers have the home advantage and the edge over the Cowboys on the defensive side of the ball.
The Cowboy's defense was absolutely torn to bits by TB12. Suppose Joey Bosa and the Chargers defense can somehow contain Dak Prescott while Herbert and the offense maintain their momentum. In that case, the Chargers have a reasonable expectation of winning this game and covering the spread. It’s likely to come down to which side has the ball in the final minutes of the game – and we saw just how clinical Herbert was with the ball in the final minutes in Washington. Some books are still showing the Chargers at -2.5 in point spread betting markets, so if you can grab that number, it’s worth a tickle for NFL picks.
NFL Picks: Chargers -2.5 (-110)