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Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys Prediction,
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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#275 Arizona
#276 Dallas

Monday, October 19, 2020 at 8:15pm

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We have an NFC non-divisional matchup to discuss for Monday night when the Arizona Cardinals (3-2) meet the Dallas Cowboys (2-3). Arizona is coming off of a 30-10 road win over the New York Jets while the Cowboys defeated the New York Giants 37-34 but lost starting quarterback Dak Prescott for the season.

(Injury reports and line movements are updated as of Sunday afternoon.)

Line Movements:

The line has shifted as the week has gone on, moving away from the home team toward the visitors. Dallas opened as a three-point favorite when the lines came out. That line has now moved to Arizona as a one-point favorite as of Sunday morning. 51 percent of the bets against the spread are on the Cowboys with the point.

The total for this game opened at 52 points. Since then, it has moved to 55 or 55.5 points as of Sunday afternoon depending on the sportsbook. As it stands, 67 percent of the bets on the total are looking for this one to go over the mark.

Game-time Weather: AT&T Stadium is a retractable roof stadium.

Cardinals Hammer Jets

Arizona improved its record to 3-2 with a solid, 30-10 road win over the New York Jets. Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray threw for 380 yards with a touchdown and DeAndre Hopkins hauled in six balls for 131 yards and a touchdown to lead Arizona. Next up is a Dallas team that lost its starting quarterback for the season with an ankle injury.

The Cardinals average 259.8 passing yards per game and Murray is responsible for most of it. Murray has completed 126-181 passes for 1299 yards with eight touchdowns along with six interceptions. Murray has been sacked eight times and has rushed for an additional 296 yards with five touchdowns.

Five Arizona players have at least 100 receiving yards this season. Hopkins leads the way with 45 receptions for 528 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Christian Kirk and has 154 yards with a touchdown and Andy Isabella has a pair of touchdown receptions this season.

The Cardinals average 141 rushing yards per game with Kenyon Drake. Drake leads the team with 314 yards with a pair of touchdowns on 85 attempts. Chase Edmonds puts in some work, rushing for 95 yards and a touchdown on 19 attempts this season.

Arizona allows an average of 20.4 points and 368.8 total yards of offense per game. The defense allows an average of 244.6 passing with 124.2 rushing yards alongside 14 sacks with an interception this season.

A full injury report can be found HERE.

Injury Report:

OUT: CB Robert Alford, LB Kylie Fitts, OL Marcus Gilbert, LB Chandler Jones, DT Rashard Lawrence, OL J.R. Sweezy, TE Maxx Williams

Questionable: S Chris Banjo, LB Dennis Gardeck, OL D.J. Humphries, LB Devon Kennard, S Jalen Thompson

Prescott Suffers Season Ending Injury

Dallas may have won the battle but they lost starting quarterback Dak Prescott to a gruesome ankle injury that cost the star quarterback his 2020 season. The Cowboys went on to defeat the Giants behind two Ezekiel Elliot touchdowns and now Dallas faces a season without Prescott.

The Cowboys average 395.6 passing yards per game and will turn to veteran quarterback Andy Dalton to lead the team. Dalton came in for Prescott and completed 9-11 passes for 111 yards and was sacked once.

Six Cowboys have at least 100 receiving yards this season. Rookie CeeDee Lamb has hauled in 29 passes for 433 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Amari Cooper has 39 receptions for 424 yards with a touchdown, Michael Gallup has 17 catches for 348 yards with a touchdown and Dalton Schultz has 19 receptions for 225 yards and a pair of scores.

Dallas averages 106 rushing yards per contest and leading the way is Elliot with 364 yards with five touchdowns on 89 attempts with an additional 173 receiving yards and a touchdown this season.

The Cowboys allow an average of an astonishing 36 points with 413.2 yards of offense per matchup. The defense allows 257 passing with 155.8 rushing yards alongside ten sacks and one interception this season.

A full injury report can be found HERE.

Injury Report:

OUT: CB Chidobe Awuzie, CB Maurice Canady, T La'el Collins, DE Randy Gregory, WR Stephen Guidry, DT Trystyn Hill, T Mitch Hyatt, TE Blake Jarwin, LB Azur Kamara, LB Sean Lee, C Joe Looney, FB Jamize Olawale, QB Dak Prescott, T Tyron Smith

Questionable: WR Ventell Bryant, T Cam Erving, LB Leighton Vander Esch

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

Dallas opened as three-point favorites and now they are two-point home underdogs. I would go with Dallas but the Cowboys defense is awful and while I have always liked Dalton he’s no Prescott and the Cowboys won’t have the luxury of getting into a high-scoring shootout. Murray should have a huge game against the soft Cowboys passing defense and should have time in the pocket against a weak Dallas pass rush. Elliot is going to shoulder a lot of the burden but he won’t be enough to beat the Cardinals. I will lay the points and take Arizona to cover the spread.

Prediction: Arizona -1

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Full-Game Total Pick

Vegas posted a 52 point total and that number has jumped to 55 points. I think that number is a bit too high for this game because a Cowboys offense minus Prescott won’t post the same numbers as a Dalton led offense will. Arizona also has a decent defense and that is going to surely keep the score down. The Cardinals will get a nice lead and turn it over to Drake to eat the clock while keeping the ball out of Dalton’s hands. I will play the UNDER in this contest.

Prediction: Under 55

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