The Dallas Cowboys (3-4) are set to host the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football to wrap up Week 9 of the NFL regular-season. Kickoff is set for 8:15 EST at AT&T Stadium and will be televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the Week 9 NFL odds, the books opened up the Cowboys as a 4-point home favorite, but that was quickly bet up and right now it’s either 5.5 or 6 depending on where you shop. The total for this contest is currently sitting at 40.5 points.
NFL Betting Preview & Vegas Game Odds: Titans vs Cowboys
Both of these teams will be coming off of their bye, though the bye week figured to be a little more beneficial to Tennessee, as they played the Chargers in London in Week 7. The Titans ended up losing that game 20-19, though they did cover as a 7-point dog. Tennessee scored a touchdown with 31 seconds left to make it 20-19. They opted to go for 2 instead of kicking the extra point. A call everyone loves when it works and second-guesses when it doesn’t. That’s 3 straight losses for Tennessee after starting out the season 3-1.
The Cowboys also come into this one off a gut-wrenching loss, expect there’s came against a hated division rival. Dallas lost 20-17 at Washington, as a potential game-tying field goal bounced off the upright as time expired. It would have been an epic comeback for Dallas, who trailed 20-10 with less than 5 minutes to play in the 4th quarter. It continued the inconsistent trend for the Cowboys, who alternated wins and losses since opening the year with a defeat at Carolina.
NFL Free Betting Pick & Expert Predictions: Cowboys -5.5
I would have to lean towards laying the points with Dallas at home. In year’s past the Cowboys have struggled to play well at home, but that’s not been the case in 2018. Dallas is a perfect 3-0 at home, as all 4 losses have come on the road. I really like the addition of Amari Cooper and what he can do for this offense. I think getting him during their bye week will give him enough time to get up to speed for this game.
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With that said, I would have probably leaned towards Dallas had they not acquired Cooper in a trade. Mainly because I just can’t stomach betting the Titans and that horrible offense on the road. A lot of people look at their 3-4 record, which includes wins over the Jaguars, Texans and Eagles. A lot of people also watched them play well and cover against the Chargers, as most of the public was on LA. Sure they could have won that game, but they also could be 0-7 right now, as all 3 wins have come by exactly 3-points.
In today’s NFL, where it’s setup for the offenses to excel, the Titans have had two games where they didn’t throw for more than 85 yards. A few weeks back against the Ravens, they ended the game with 106 total yards.
I think people understand that Dallas’ defense has been playing well, but I think some might be surprised with just how good it’s been. The Cowboys come into this game allowing just 17.6 ppg (2nd) and 313.7 ypg (3rd). They have the 9th ranked run defense (96.3 ypg) and 3rd ranked pass defense (234.4 ypg). Unless the Titans magically morph into a difference offense than the one that’s played the first half of the season, it’s going to be an absolute struggle for them to just get first downs in this game.
I know Dallas’ offense isn’t too far behind, but they at least got potential and true difference-maker in running back Ezekiel Elliott. Any impact that Cooper has is going to help this offense, as it will keep teams from just loading the box. The other thing to keep in mind, is the Cowboys are averaging 28.7 ppg and a solid 363 yards/game at home. I just think Dallas will score enough here to win by at least a touchdown. Give me the Cowboys -5.5.