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Following a hot start out of the gate to the 2019 season, the Dallas Cowboys have suffered back-to-back losses that have brought them back down to earth. The Cowboys are coming off a 34-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers in a game that was out of their hands throughout much of the contest due to their offensive shortcomings.
It has been a bit more frustrating for the New York Jets, having dropped their first four games of the season that has put their hopes of contending for the playoffs essentially out of the window. The Jets are also coming off a discouraging 31-6 lopsided loss against the Philadelphia Eagles.
This sets up a Week 6 matchup with both teams looking to get some much-needed momentum to get back on track.
Cowboys offense ready to bounce backFollowing a hot start out of the gate to the season, winning their first three games in convincing fashion, the Cowboys back down a notch after suffering back-to-back losses to the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers. It has immediately drawn questions as to whether Dallas is the real deal as a potential contender in the NFC for the Super Bowl. They have diminished their entire lead in the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles in a virtual tie with them for the top spot heading into Week 6 action. The Cowboys have struggled to find consistency over the last couple of weeks, but it shouldn't diminish the solid start to the year that they have had with Pro Bowl quarterback Dak Prescott performing like a franchise-caliber quarterback this season. He has had some notable improvements in his game, which have been a bit hindered in the last two games.
In total, Prescott has recorded 1,606 passing yards on a 69.6 percent completion rate, along with 11 touchdown passes to six interceptions. He has had some notable struggles throwing the ball as of late as he's coming off committing three interceptions against the Packers while recording at least one turnover in the last four games played. This is an area where he has been typically strong throughout his career. What may shift in Sunday's game is that the team could look to lean more heavily upon production from star running back Ezekiel Elliott to set the tone for the contest. Elliott has notched a touchdown in four out of the first five games, but he has 97 combined rushing yards in the last two games played. Dallas will head into Week 6 action with a resurgent plan to get their running game going, with Elliott leading the charge in what should be a bounce-back performance for the Cowboys.
Jets fishing for their first winIt has been a disastrous start to the season for the Jets falling to one of the worst marks in the league after dropping their first four games. The team has struggled mightily in the absence of second-year quarterback Sam Darnold, who has missed the last couple of weeks due to mono. New York has been one of the least productive teams offensively with Darnold sidelined as they are currently ranked last in the NFL in total yards and passing, and 28th in rushing, and second-to-last with 9.8 points per contest. They have clearly been a bottom-of-the-barrel team on offense without their franchise quarterback. However, the team will be getting back Darnold this week as he was cleared to make his return from his illness that cost him as he missed the last three games since the season opener.
The absence of Darnold has affected the offense all the way through, with star running back Le'Veon Bell struggling to make a significant impact as he has been limited to 206 yards on 71 carries for 2.9 yards per attempt. His production has been atrocious at best as he hasn't topped more than 68 rushing yards in any contest, which is far below the numbers that he has been able to put up throughout much of his career. The return of Darnold will help that cause out, but Bell is set to face a motivated Cowboys defense, which is looking to bounce back after giving up four touchdowns to Packers running back Aaron Jones. Ultimately, the difference in the contest will have to come from the Jets' offense picking up the production it hasn't had to begin the year and that may prove to be too tough of a task to ask against Dallas even at home.
- New York is 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games following a straight-up loss of more than 14 points.
- New York is 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games overall.
- New York is 1-6 ATS in their last seven games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Dallas is 6-0 ATS in their last six games in Week 6.
- Dallas is 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games against a team with a losing home record.
- Dallas is 4-1 ATS against a team with a losing record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Jets may be getting Darnold back in the mix, but they are set to face a highly-motivated Cowboys team that is looking to rebound from back-to-back losses. This should see Dallas' defense settle in to make a major difference as the Jets don't possess enough offensive weapons to help Darnold and Bell be effective factors on the field. More than anything else, it's a contest that will see the Cowboys get back on track.
Prediction: Dallas -7
Full-Game Total Pick
The Cowboys will certainly hold their own offensively, but it may not be in the capacity that they hope as the Jets do possess a formidable defense. Meanwhile, Dallas' defense will hold New York's offense in check on the road. It will be a game more dictated by their respective play defensively.
Prediction: Under 43