NFL Picks: Cowboys vs. Cardinals Preseason Week 2

Jeff Grant

Monday, August 12, 2013 1:15 PM GMT

Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 1:15 PM GMT

The Dallas Cowboys will hit the road for the third time in as many weeks during their exhibition schedule, as they prepare to take on the Arizona Cardinals Saturday.


Looking like another mediocre season

Dallas suffered a 19-17 defeat to the Oakland Raiders as 1.5-point road favorites last Friday, while going OVER the NFL betting total of 35.5.

The Cowboys have split their first two games of their exhibition schedule—getting out-gained in each contest.

Costly mistakes on the field and some major question marks in personal are starting to signal another .500 season for America’s Team.

Sterling debut

Arizona came away with a 17-0 victory over the Green Bay Packers as two-point road underdogs last week, with Bruce Arians making his debut on the sidelines after spending last year as the interim head coach and offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts.

Cardinals quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton combined to connect on 12 of 20 passes for 184 yards, while throwing two touchdown strikes.

Quite a connection

NFL handicappers are definitely aware that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant form one of the better pass-catch combinations in the league, which was on display early versus the Silver & Black.

Romo completed 6 of 8 passes for 88 yards, while Bryant caught three passes for 55 yards.

It can only get better

As mentioned earlier, Arizona will have a new look on the offensive end, as Palmer was acquired from the Raiders during the offseason.

The Cardinals finished last year with just 11 touchdown passes, while the offensive line surrendered a league-high 58 sacks.

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Early Prediction

I’ve developed a handicapper line favoring the Cardinals by two points in this affair, which would signal an early play against the Cowboys.

NFL Pick:  Arizona Cardinals -1 at SBR sportsbook

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