Monday Night Football Betting Picks, Odds Preview, & Predictions: Arizona Cardinals Vs. Dallas Cowboys
After the season-ending injury for Dak Prescott, the Dallas Cowboys (2-3 SU, 0-5ATS) will try to recover as they host the Arizona Cardinals (3-2SU, 3-2ATS) in the Monday Night Football matchup. Both teams managed to snap two-game losing streaks last week and will be looking to build on those wins as they continue to fight for the playoffs.
Monday Night Football Betting Picks, Odds & Line Movement For The Arizona Cardinals Vs. Dallas Cowboys
Dallas opened as the -3 favorites, but the Dak Prescot news reversed the odds and they are entering the matchup as +1.5 underdogs. The total started at 52 but climbed all the way up to 55.
Thoughts on The Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals started the season well but stumbled into two defeats against Lions and Panthers, both times as favorites. They recovered last week against NFL’s punching bag, the Jets, on the back of yet another excellent display by the QB Kyler Murray. He had 380 yards through the air, a touchdown pass, and added another himself with the run. The defense continued with the stingy performances, holding the Jets to just 7 points. Over the course of the season, they allowed only 20.4 points per game, the fifth-fewest in the whole league.
From the fantasy perspective, you just can’t look beyond Kyler Murray. The young QB is good for 300 passing yards and another 40-50 on the ground almost every week. RB has been less than impressive this season, but with his starting spot under threat, he will be extra motivated against Dallas whose defense is one of the worst in the league against the run. Another one to watch is WR Deandre Hopkins who will enjoy facing a terrible defense for a second week in a row.
Thoughts On The Dallas Cowboys
At the moment of injury, Dak Prescott was leading the NFL in passing yards, attempts, and completions, so the Cowboys will certainly feel his absence. Still, although arguably a downgrade, Andy Dalton is more than a decent replacement. He will have more weapons at his disposal and a better offensive line than he ever had while in Cincinnati. We don’t expect the Cowboys attack to suffer much, but the offense really wasn’t the issue. For them to get out of the disastrous NFC East, the defense will have to show significant improvement, especially on Monday when they’re facing red-hot Kyler Murray.
Andy Dalton could be a solid fantasy option from the get-go. He threw for 111 yards in a quarter and a half after replacing Prescott last week and with a full week to get comfortable with his targets he could be a real danger. RB Ezekiel Elliot was great against the Jets and his value will only rise as the Cowboys will probably play less through the air now that Prescott is gone. Following the same logic, WR Amari Cooper may see a decrease in production, especially as he is facing a tough matchup against Arizona’s DB Patrick Peterson.
Monday Night Football Betting Pick: Arizona -1.5
Kyler Murray and co should just be too much for the disastrous Dallas defense and while we expect Andy Dalton to help Dallas put points on the board it probably won’t be enough to keep up with the explosive Cardinals.