NFL Betting Preview: Seattle Seahawks vs. Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys (1-1) are 3.5-point underdogs heading into their matchup on Sunday, September 27, 2020 against the Seattle Seahawks (2-0). The point total is set at 55.5.
Game InfoGame Day: Sunday, September 27, 2020 Game Time: 4:25 PM ET TV Channel: FOX Location: Seattle, WA Stadium: CenturyLink Field
Seahawks Players to WatchLast year, Russell Wilson totaled 4,110 passing yards (256.9 yards per game) while going 341-for-516 (66.1% completion percentage) and throwing 31 touchdowns and five interceptions in 16 games. He tacked on 342 rushing yards on 75 carries with three touchdowns, averaging 21.4 yards per game. Chris Carson ran for 1,232 yards on 278 attempts (82.1 yards per game) while scoring seven touchdowns in 15 games a season ago. He also averaged 17.7 receiving yards per game, grabbing 37 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns. In 2019, Carlos Hyde rushed for 1,070 yards on 245 carries (66.9 ypg), with six rushing touchdowns over the course of 16 games. Tyler Lockett grabbed 82 passes for 1,057 yards last season with eight touchdowns. He was targeted 111 times and averaged 66.1 yards per game over 16 outings. D.K. Metcalf added 900 yards on 58 catches with seven touchdowns. He was targeted 100 times and averaged 56.3 receiving yards per game over the course of 16 matchups last year. Over 14 games in 2019, Greg Olsen caught 52 passes on 81 targets for 597 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 42.6 receiving yards per game. Last season, Benson Mayowa registered 7.0 sacks, 5.0 TFL and 15 tackles in 15 games. Bobby Wagner totaled 157 tackles, 7.0 TFL, three sacks, and one interception in 16 games over the course of his 2019 campaign. Quinton Dunbar picked off four passes while adding 38 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and eight passes defended over 11 games a season ago.
Cowboys Players to WatchDak Prescott threw for 4,901 yards while completing 65.1% of his passes (388-of-596), with 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 16 games last year (306.3 yards per game). He also carried the ball 52 times for 277 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 17.3 yards per game. Ezekiel Elliott took 301 carries for 1,357 rushing yards a season ago (84.8 yards per game) while scoring 12 touchdowns in 16 games. He also caught 54 passes for 419 yards (26.2 receiving yards per game) with two touchdowns through the air. Tony Pollard amassed 455 rushing yards on 86 carries (30.3 yards per game), with two touchdowns on the ground over the course of 15 games in 2019. In 16 games last season, Amari Cooper was targeted 119 times and had 79 catches for 1,189 yards (74.3 ypg) with eight touchdowns. Michael Gallup tacked on 1,107 yards on 66 grabs with six touchdowns. He was targeted 112 times and put up 79.1 receiving yards per game over the course of 14 matchups last year. Over 16 games in 2019, Elliott caught 54 passes on 72 targets for 419 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 26.2 receiving yards per game. Everson Griffen showed out with an impressive statline of 8.0 sacks, 11.0 TFL, 40 tackles, and one interception over 15 games. Jaylon Smith racked up 140 tackles, 6.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks, and one interception in 16 games over his 2019 campaign. Last season, Xavier Woods reeled in two interceptions and added 75 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and five passes defended in 15 games.
Seahawks vs Cowboys: Last 5 MeetingsIn the past five meetings, Seattle holds a 4-1 record against Dallas. Dallas has put up 34 fewer points than Seattle in their past five games.
Seahawks vs Cowboys: Last Five Meetings
When the Seahawks have the ball...The Seahawks put an average of 25.3 points per game on the scoreboard last season, 5.2 more than the 20.1 the Cowboys surrendered in each contest. When they met or went over their scoring average last season, Seattle was 9-1. When Dallas allowed opposing offenses to put 20.1 points or fewer on the scoreboard last year, they were 5-3. The Seahawks held a 47.6-yard advantage in total yards gained versus total yards allowed compared to the Cowboys defense last season (374.6 to 327). When the Seattle offense put together a game with at least their 2019 average in yardage, they were 6-1 last season. When the Dallas defense allowed less than their season average for total yards last season they were 7-2. The Cowboys allowed opposing rushing attacks to average 103.5 yards per game in 2019 compared to the 137.6 yards the Seahawks offense averaged on the ground per contest. Seattle was 9-0 last season when they ran for at least their season average. When Dallas limited opposing teams to 103.5 rushing yards or fewer they were 5-2 last year. Last season, the Cowboys forced an average of 1.1 turnovers per game compared to the 1.2 times Seahawks turned the football over in each contest. In games where they turned the football over 1.2 times or fewer, Seattle was 7-4 last season. Dallas was 4-1 last season when they forced at least 1.1 turnovers in a game.
When the Cowboys have the ball...Last year, the Cowboys racked up just 2.2 more points per game (27.1) than the Seahawks gave up (24.9). Dallas finished 8-0 overall a season ago when the team recorded at least 27.1 points. When Seattle allowed opponents to score no more than 25.3 points last season, it compiled a 9-1 record. The Cowboys averaged 431.4 yards per game in 2019, 49.6 more yards than the 381.8 the Seahawks gave up per matchup. When the Seattle offense put together a game with at least their 2019 average in yardage, they were 6-1 last season. Seattle put together a 5-2 record last year when holding its opponents to 381.8 yards or less. Last season, the Cowboys averaged 134.6 yards per game on the ground, 16.9 more per game than the Seahawks allowed per contest (117.7). Dallas had a 6-0 record when the team rushed for at least 134.6 yards last year. Last season, Seattle went 9-1 when holding opponents to no more than 117.7 rushing yards. The Cowboys turned the ball over 1.1 times per game last year, just 0.9 fewer turnovers per game than the two the Seahawks forced on average. In 2019, Dallas finished 7-5 when it turned the ball over 1.1 times or less. Seattle compiled an 8-1 record when it forced at least 2 turnovers last season.
Seahawks Fantasy LeadersWilson was the No. 4 fantasy player overall and the No. 3 fantasy quarterback in 2019 with 328.6 points (averaging 20.5 per game). Carson recorded 195.8 fantasy points a season ago (13.1 per game), enough to rank him 36th overall and ninth among running backs in league-wide fantasy standings. Last year, Lockett averaged 9.6 fantasy points per game on the way to 153.2 total fantasy points. That made him the 64th-ranked fantasy player overall and the 15th-ranked wide receiver. Hyde was the 75th-ranked fantasy player -- and the 23rd-ranked running back -- in 2019 with 143.2 fantasy points. He averaged 9.0 fantasy points per game.
Cowboys Fantasy LeadersPrescott's productive 2019 fantasy season earned him the No. 3 spot overall and the No. 2 spot among QBs. He scored 337.7 fantasy points on the year (21.1 per game). Elliott put up 257.6 fantasy points (16.1 per game) last year to be the 16th-ranked player overall and the fourth-ranked running back. Andy Dalton was the No. 26 quarterback and the No. 35 fantasy player overall with 202.6 total points last season (15.6 per game). Cooper's 2019 fantasy rankings saw him finish as the No. 50 player overall and the No. 7 wide receiver after he scored 167.5 fantasy points (10.5 per game).
Seahawks vs Cowboys Betting Information
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Seahawks Betting InsightsLast year, Seattle put together a 6-7-1 record against the spread. Last season, the Seahawks went only 2-3-1 ATS when projected as at least 3.5-point favorites. In 2019, more than half of Seattle's games with a betting line -- seven out of 14 opportunities -- went over the point total (50%).
Seahawks Home TrendsSeattle's record against the spread in home games last year was just 2-5, and its record at home overall was 4-4. The Seahawks went just 1-2 ATS at home last season when favored by at least 3.5 points. Seattle hit the over in just four out of eight home games last year with a point total prop bet (50%). Seahawks home games last season averaged 54.2 total points, 1.3 fewer than this outing's over/under (55.5).
Cowboys Betting InsightsDallas' games went over the point total eight times in 14 contests last season (57.1%). Dallas put together a losing 6-7 record against the spread last year. The Cowboys went 4-3 ATS last season when playing as 3.5-point or more underdogs.
Cowboys Road TrendsDallas finished with just a 3-4 record against the spread on the road last year, and went 3-5 overall in away games. The Cowboys went 2-1 ATS on the road last season when playing as at least a 3.5-point underdog. Dallas hit the over in 50% of its away games last year (four of eight opportunities). Cowboys away games last season averaged 42.5 total points, 13.0 fewer than this matchup's over/under (55.5).
Additional InfoFive of Seattle's games went over 55.5 points last season (31.2% of matchups). Last year, Dallas played four games that finished with a combined score higher than 55.5 (25% of matchups). The two teams combined to score 52.4 points per contest last season, 3.1 fewer points than this game's point total. Combined, these teams surrendered 45 points per contest last year, 10.5 fewer points than the over/under for this game. The Seahawks had an average total of 50.2 in their matchups last season, 5.3 fewer points than this game's over/under. The average over/under for Cowboys matchups last year was 47.2, 8.3 fewer points than this game's point total.
Rasheem Green: Out (Neck),
Neiko Thorpe: Questionable (Hip),
Cedric Ogbuehi: Questionable (Pectoral),
Quinton Dunbar: Questionable (Knee),
Benson Mayowa: Questionable (Groin)
Chidobe Awuzie: Out (Hamstring),
Demarcus Lawrence: Questionable (Knee),
Tyron Smith: Questionable (Neck)
Last Updated on 2020-9-27 2:48 a.m. EDT