Monday Night in the Desert: Finishing Week 3 NFL Picks with Cowboys & Cardinals

MNF picks

Swinging Johnson

Sunday, September 24, 2017 3:07 PM GMT

Sunday, Sep. 24, 2017 3:07 PM GMT

Both teams stand at 1-1 on the season but one will emerge victorious after Monday night's clash in the desert. Let's check out the NFL odds and discuss which team will cash and fatten our bankroll to start the week.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals

Rushing Attacks Grind to a Halt

We all understand the NFL is a passing league and the chains move quicker than ever before. More aerial attacks have caused running backs to take a back seat in virtually all of the teams' offensive game plans. However, that doesn't mean that the running game is meaningless and oftentimes the lack of a competent rushing attack will negatively impact the passing game as defensive secondaries can key exclusively on the receivers and its defensive lines can focus its efforts on getting to the quarterback. Running backs then become blocking backs but a one-dimensional team will ultimately fail.

Monday night's game features two teams that were expected to boast prolific rushing attacks but a lackluster effort last week by Dallas's Ezekiel Elliot and a sidelined David Johnson of the Cardinals turns this game from a ground-and-pound affair to one in which air force may ultimately win the day. But when you think about it, the chances that Dallas has success against the Cardinals on the ground are far greater than the reverse. Ezekiel Elliot did garner 104 yards rushing against the Giants in the Cowboys' opening game of the season in which they silenced their NFC East rivals 19-3. Last week Elliot was abysmal and so was his offensive line, one that has been heralded as among the best in the NFL for several years running. The game could hinge on the 22-year-old's shoulders as Dak Prescott has been ailing with an ankle injury sustained in last week's loss to Denver. I don't expect Elliot will post consecutive poor performances but I do anticipate Arizona's 28th ranked rushing attack will not improve after this one is over.

Cowboys Score More

Neither team is going to lead the league in scoring this season but I can't help shake the memory of Arizona's impotent offense against the woeful Indianapolis Colts. Of course, Arizona did rally to eke out a 16-13 win but we should expect more of the Dallas defense on Monday night than that of the Colts offered last week. Arizona's Carson Palmer is playing like a man closer to 40 than 30 with just two touchdowns and four interceptions on the season. Even though Dak Prescott may not be 100 percent I suspect he will be far more lethal than Palmer, particularly with Dez Bryant at his disposal.

The bottom line is that the NFL odds are offering us an opportunity to back the Cowboys in our NFL picks at less than a field goal and everything, except the venue, is favoring Dallas in this matchup. Let's not overthink this and give credit to the Cardinals where none is due. Lay the small number and cash with the Boys.

Free NFL Pick: Cowboys -2 ½

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