Dallas Cowboys (0-0) vs Carolina Panthers (0-0)Date : 09/09/2018
Time : 4:05 pm EST
Location : Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Dallas Cowboys vs Carolina Panthers
The Dallas Cowboys will travel to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina to face the Carolina Panthers in week 1 NFL regular season action on Sunday afternoon as 4:25 pm EST. The last time these two teams met was on 11-26-2018 when the Panthers would beat the Cowboys on the road by a 33-14 score to where they would cash in on the spread while the over was the play with the total being set at 44.5 points for the game. The Dallas Cowboys would end their season with an 0-4 record as they would suffer the 14-6 road loss to the Houston Texans in the preseason finale on 8-30-2018 as the Texans would cash in on the spread (-4.5) while the under was the play as total points was set at 34.5 for the game. The Panthers, on the other hand, would end their preseason with a 3-1 record as they were 39-24 road losers to the Pittsburgh Steelers on 8-30-2018 as the Steelers would cover in this matchup (-2.5) while the over was the play with the total being set at 36 points.
Dallas Cowboys's Latest Performance :
The Cowboys offense would collect only 17 first downs on 52 yards rushing along with 201 yards passing for the night against the Texans. They would not run a play inside the red zone for the night and held the ball for a total of 28:35 minutes. Mike White would go 13 for 21 under center with 118 yards while Cooper Rush would also go for 83 yards and 2 INT’s on 14 for 25 passing for the night. Lance Lenoir would have 9 catches for 69 yards while Michael Gallup would have 4 grabs for 29 yards in the loss.
The defense would allow the Texans 17 first downs while allowing 142 rush yards compared with 143 pass yards in the loss. The Texans would also go 1 of 1 inside the red zone while holding the ball for a total of 31.:25 minutes. Daniel Ross would lead the until in tackles with 6 while Dorance Armstrong Jr and Jihad Ward would have 4 stops each for Dallas.
Carolina Panthers's Latest Performance :
The Panthers would be outscored 25-7 in the first half en route to their first loss of the regular season against the Steelers in the final week of the preseason. They were able to collect 32 first downs, however, on 90 yards rushing along with 323 yards passing. They also converted 3 of 4 possessions inside the 20-yard line while holding the ball for a total of 34.23 minutes. Kyle Allen would go 25 of 36 for 250 yards and a TD while Tyler Hennicke would also go 7 of 12 for 58 yards and a TD in the loss. Garrett Gilbert would also go 4 for 7 for only 23 yards, total. Cameron Artis-Pyane would lead the rushing attack with 35 yards on 5 carries while Kyle Allen would also rush for 22 yards on 3 carries. Kenyon Barner would also rush 6 times for 16 yards, altogether. Rasheed Baily would have 6 catches for 86 yards to lead the receiving corps for the Panthers while Evan Baileys would also chip in 5 grabs for 57 yards. Reggie Bonafon would also have 6 catches for 56 yards and a TD while Bug Howard also would have 2 catches for 23 yards and a TD in defeat.
The defense would hold the Steelers to 20 first downs on 85 rushing yards along with 241 passing yards, total. They would also allow them to convert 4 of 5 attempts within the red zone while also permitting them to possess the ball for 25:37 minutes. Deshon Hall would get a sack in the game while Dezmen Southward, Colin Jones, and Ladarius Gunter would each have 3 tackles each to lead the defense.
How Dallas Cowboys & Carolina Panthers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
After their awful preseason, the Cowboys should certainly be looking towards playing better in the regular season; However, they must do it on the road versus a Panther team that will be looking to come out the game strong once again in 2018. Again, the last time these two teams met, the Panthers would dominate on their way to a blow out win. I expect this to be an interesting matchup and one that could certainly get out of hand if the Dallas offense continues to struggle on the offensive end.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Carolina Panthers -2.5
My reason for the pick :
The Panthers averaged 26 ppg during the preseason while the Cowboys could only muster an average of 10 ppg in 4 outings in August. Needless to say, the Boys seemed lifeless thus far in the 2018 campaign. Nonetheless, they will be playing with its first teamers for the first time this season against a Panthers team that has certainly been not only a dangerous offensive team, but, one that dominated the Cowboys in their last matchup. Of course, with Prescott at the helm I expect the Boys to play much better, however, not so good as to provide a challenge to a Panthers team on a high from feeling great concerning their new talent around Newton as well as feeling a bit confident from a defensive standpoint.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under (off)
My reason for the prediction :
While the Carolina defense has allowed a tad over 20 ppg during their preseason, I expect them to be at full throttle when they face the Cowboys at home on Sunday. The Dallas D has allowed around 20 ppg as well in their 4 preseason games, however, this will certainly improve in the regular season as Dallas is known to possess a strong defense that will rise to the occasion, particularly, with no offense to speak of in the early stages of the season. With that being said, I will take the under in this matchup in that though Dallas has struggled lately, they will keep this game close. Here you have a Dallas defense that will look to be the tip of the spear early on until their offense begins to click again, while the other simply looks to protect leads by their offense in playing focused and intense defense in which to further lock down their opponents.
Betting trends for Dallas Cowboys:
- Under is 4-0 in Cowboys last 4 games overall
- Cowboys are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 road games
- Under is 5-1 in Cowboys last 6 vs. NFC.
Betting trends for Carolina Panthers:
- Under is 5-1 in Panthers last 6 games in Week 1
- Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games
- Over is 6-2 in Panthers last 8 games overall.