We’re going to examine Thursday’s NFL preseason game between Dallas and San Diego. Read our insightful betting preview article on this contest which concludes with a pick on the total.
Train Ride to San Diego for Cowboys
The Cowboys and Chargers will open their NFL preseason slate on Thursday. The opening kickoff at Qualcom Stadium in San Diego is slated for 10:00 PM ET. According to NFL odds at Sportsbetting.com, San Diego is a 3.5 point favorite, and the posted total is 38.0. Since 2011, these teams have met three times during the preseason, and San Diego is 3-0 SU&ATS during those encounters. In a NFL oddity, the Cowboys jumped on a train yesterday to take a short ride from their training camp facility in Thousand Oaks, California to San Diego.
“The Real McCoy”
Mike McCoy enters his third season as the head coach in San Diego. In the last two NFL preseason campaigns under McCoy, San Diego has gone 3-5 straight up and 2-4-2 ATS. One of those straight up and ATS wins came in a 27-7 shellacking of Dallas last year.
Impressive Depth for Chargers
I’ve been really intrigued by the quality roster depth that San Diego possesses, and especially on the offensive side of the ball. They have four quality running backs starting with 2015 first round draft choice Melvin Gordon, Brandon Oliver, Danny Woodhead, and Donald Brown. The Chargers also have a very impressive wide receiver group. Veteran starting quarterback Philip Rivers likely will see very limited action tonight. His backup is Kellen Clemens who has regular season starting experience, albeit he’s never been the true number one guy at any time in his career. Beyond those two, San Diego has no quarterbacks on the roster that has experience in regular season play. The Chargers depth at running back will be apparent during the second half of tonight’s contest.
Coasting Cowboys in Preseason Games
Dallas head coach Jason Garrett has placed little emphasis on preseason game results in recent years. Since 2011, the Cowboys are 7-10 straight up and 5-12 ATS. During that four year span, Dallas is 1-8 SU&ATS as an underdog of 2.5 or more. During that same time frame, they’ve gone 10-2 under the total when the number is 36.0 or more, and are 0-5 SU&ATS in their last five road games when the total is in that identical parameter. As a matter of fact, Dallas has gone 4-0 under in the last four and 6-1 under during their previous seven preseason away games.
NFL Preseason Totals Angle
Since the 2003 NFL Preseason, any home favorite with a total of 36.5 or more playing in their opening game, resulted in that home favorite going 25-10 (71.4%) under the total. Based on that betting angle, and in addition to Dallas’ propensity to play low scoring preseason games during recent years, one of my NFL picks will be to go under the total.
MLB Pick: Play on Dallas & San Diego Under 38.0 at Sportsbetting.