NFL Betting Preview: Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons
The Dallas Cowboys (0-1) are 7.5-point favorites on Sunday, September 20, 2020 against the Atlanta Falcons (0-1). An over/under of 50.0 is set in the game.
Game InfoGame Day: Sunday, September 20, 2020 Game Time: 1:00 PM ET TV Channel: FOX Location: Arlington, TX Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Cowboys Players to WatchDak Prescott racked up 4,901 passing yards (306.3 yards per game) with a 65.1% completion percentage last year (388-of-596), while throwing 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 16 games. He also tacked on 277 rushing yards on 52 carries with three touchdowns, averaging 17.3 yards per game. A season ago, Ezekiel Elliott picked up 1,357 rushing yards (84.8 yards per game) and scored 12 touchdowns in 16 games. He tacked on 54 catches for 419 yards (26.2 receiving yards per game) with two receiving touchdowns. 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. Amari Cooper grabbed 79 passes for 1,189 yards last season and scored eight touchdowns. He was targeted 119 times and averaged 74.3 yards per game over 16 outings. Michael Gallup added 1,107 yards on 66 catches 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. Last season, Everson Griffen registered 8.0 sacks, 11.0 TFL, 40 tackles, and one interception in 15 games. In 16 games over his 2019 campaign, Jaylon Smith totaled 140 tackles, 6.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks, and one interception. Last season, Xavier Woods hauled in two interceptions and added 75 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and five passes defended in 15 games.
Falcons Players to WatchMatt Ryan racked up 4,466 passing yards (297.7 yards per game) with a 66.2% completion percentage last year (408-of-616), while throwing 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 15 games. Todd Gurley II took 223 attempts for 857 rushing yards a season ago (57.1 yards per game) while scoring 12 touchdowns in 15 games. In 2019, Brian Hill ran for 323 yards on 78 carries (26.9 ypg), with two rushing touchdowns over the course of 12 games. Julio Jones grabbed 99 passes for 1,394 yards last season with six touchdowns. He was targeted 156 times and averaged 92.9 yards per game over 15 outings. Calvin Ridley also tacked on 63 catches for 866 yards and seven touchdowns over 13 games last year. He was targeted 93 times and averaged 66.6 receiving yards per game. Last season, Dante Fowler Jr. collected 11.5 sacks, 16.0 TFL and 56 tackles in 16 games. Deion Jones totaled 111 tackles, 8.0 TFL, and one interception in 16 games over his 2019 campaign. Damontae Kazee picked off three passes and tacked on 69 tackles, 2.0 TFL, and three passes defended in 16 games last season.
Cowboys vs Falcons: Last 5 MeetingsAtlanta has won against Dallas three times in the past five contests. Atlanta has tallied 125 points in the last five matchups while only giving up 107 to Dallas
Cowboys vs Falcons: Last Five Meetings
When the Cowboys have the ball...The Cowboys averaged points scored last season (27.1) and the Falcons points allowed (24.9) were within 2.2 points of each other. When they met or went over their scoring average last season, Dallas was 8-0. Atlanta was 7-1 last season in games where they allowed fewer than 24.9 points. The Cowboys held a 75.6-yard advantage in total yards gained versus total yards allowed compared to the Falcons defense last season (431.4 to 355.8). Dallas' record last season when they accumulated at least their season average in total yards: 6-2. Atlanta was 7-3 last season when their defense allowed fewer yards than their season average. The Cowboys averaged 134.6 yards per game on the ground last season, 23.7 yards more than the Falcons allowed to opposing rushing attacks (110.9). Dallas was 6-0 last season when they ran for at least their season average. Last season, when the Atlanta defense allowed opponents to pick up less than 110.9 yards on the ground, they were 4-4. Last season, the Falcons forced an average of 1.2 turnovers per game compared to the 1.1 times Cowboys turned the football over in each contest. When Dallas turned the football over 1.1 times or fewer last season they were 7-5. Atlanta was 5-1 last season when they forced at least 1.2 turnovers in a game.
When the Falcons have the ball...The Falcons scored 3.7 more points per game last year (23.8) than the Cowboys allowed (20.1). Atlanta went 7-3 in games when it put up at least 23.8 points last season. Last season, Dallas had an 8-0 record in games when it held opponents to 27.1 or fewer points. In 2019, the Falcons collected 52.8 more yards per game (379.8), than the Cowboys gave up per outing (327). When the Dallas offense put together a game with at least their 2019 average in yardage, they were 6-2 last season. Dallas recorded a 7-2 record last year when holding its opponents to 327 yards or less. Last season, the Falcons ran for 18.4 fewer yards per game (85.1) than the Cowboys allowed per contest (103.5). Last year, Atlanta had a 5-3 record in games the team rushed for at least 85.1 yards. Last season, Dallas finished 5-2 when holding opponents to no more than 103.5 yards on the ground. The Falcons turned the ball over 1.6 times per game last year, just 0.5 more turnovers per game than the 1.1 the Cowboys forced on average. In 2019, Atlanta finished 5-4 when it turned the ball over 1.6 times or less. When it forced 1.1 or more turnovers last season, Dallas compiled a 4-1 record.
Cowboys Fantasy LeadersPrescott ended the season third overall among all players and second among all QBs in 2019 with 337.7 fantasy points (21.1 per game). Elliott recorded 257.6 fantasy points a season ago (16.1 per game), good enough to place him 16th overall and fourth among running backs in league-wide fantasy standings. Last year, Andy Dalton's 202.6 total fantasy points made him the No. 35 fantasy player and No. 26 quarterback. He averaged 15.6 fantasy points per game. Cooper put together the 50th-ranked fantasy season (seventh among wide receivers) in 2019 with 167.5 fantasy points, averaging 10.5 per game.
Falcons Fantasy LeadersRyan put together a strong 2019 fantasy season, scoring 267.3 total fantasy points (17.8 per game) to finish 13th overall and 11th among quarterbacks in the league-wide fantasy rankings. Last year, Gurley finished as the 41st-ranked fantasy player overall and the 12th-ranked running back. He totaled 188.4 fantasy points, averaging 12.6 per game. Julio Jones was the fifth-best wide receiver and the 46th-best fantasy player overall with 175.1 fantasy points last season, averaging 11.7 per game. Ridley's 2019 fantasy rankings saw him finish as the No. 82 player overall and the No. 23 wide receiver after he scored 134.0 fantasy points (10.3 per game).
Cowboys vs Falcons Betting Information
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Cowboys Betting InsightsLast year, Dallas put together a 6-7 record against the spread. Last season, the Cowboys covered more games than they didn't when playing as 7.5-point or more favorites, finishing 3-0 ATS in those situations. In 2019, Dallas' games went over the point total in eight out of 14 opportunities.
Cowboys Home TrendsDallas compiled an even 3-3 record against the spread at home last year, and went 5-3 overall in home games. The Cowboys finished 2-0 ATS in home games last season when favored by at least 7.5 points. Dallas hit the over in just four out of eight home games last year with a point total prop bet (50%). Cowboys home games last season averaged 51.9 total points, 1.9 more than this contest's over/under (50.0).
Falcons Betting InsightsAtlanta had a 7-7 record against the spread last year. The Falcons went 1-0 ATS last season when an underdog by at least 7.5 points. Atlanta played in seven games last year that went over the point total (50% of its opportunities).
Falcons Road TrendsAtlanta finished 4-3 against the spread in away games last year, and went 4-4 overall on the road. Atlanta hit the over five times in eight opportunities on the road last year (62.5%). Last season, Falcons away games averaged 51.4 points, 1.4 more than this outing's over/under (50.0).
Additional InfoThe Cowboys had an average point total of 47.2 in their contests last season, 2.8 fewer points than this game's over/under. Falcons outings last year had a 48.8-point average over/under, 1.2 fewer points than this game's total. Last season, Dallas played in seven games that ended with a point total higher than 50.0 (43.8% of matchups). Atlanta's games went over 50.0 points seven times last year (43.8% of matchups). The two teams combined to score 50.9 points per game last season, 0.9 more points than this matchup's total. These two teams surrendered a combined 45 points per game last year, 5.0 fewer points than the over/under for this contest.
Anthony Brown: Questionable (Ribs),
Tyron Smith: Questionable (Neck)
Charles Harris: Out (Ankle),
Marlon Davidson: Doubtful (Knee),
Jake Matthews: Questionable (Knee),
Kendall Sheffield: Out (Foot)
Last Updated on 2020-9-20 2:17 a.m. EDT