Date/Time: September 29th, 4:25 PM ET
Spread: Cowboys -2
The could-be 3-0 Dallas Cowboys are going to be taking on the very-well-could-be 3-0 San Diego Chargers in Week 4 of the NFL betting season, and today at Bang the Book, we’re offering up our free NFL picks for what should be a great clash at Qualcomm Stadium.
The Cowboys are only a point shy of being 3-0 at this point, as they were beaten by a single point by the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks ago. That said, there are definitely some problems to note right away. The offense has scored 31 and 36 points in two games thus far this year at home, and the team only scored 16 in its one road game. Not only is this one on the road, but it’s a long ways away on the road as well, and QB Tony Romo hasn’t played well in situations like this one historically. We still aren’t sure just how good this offense really is. The Rams have had issues stopping everything over the course of the first few weeks of the season, and the Giants gave up 36 points thanks to all of those turnovers. The accurate representation of what we might be seeing this year out of Big D might have been that 17-16 loss to the Chiefs in which there were just 318 total yards of offense and one trip to the end zone.
San Diego meanwhile, has had its paws on all three of its first three games of the season, only to blow it each and every time. The Chargers’ latest gaffe came by allowing a 34-yard touchdown pass from the often beleaguered QB Jake Locker to a rookie WR Justin Hunter who had never caught a pass before in his career prior to that one. That’s just not the way it’s supposed to happen… Then again, teams aren’t supposed to blow 28-7 third quarter leads either, but the Bolts have become experts at that. What we’re finding out at this point is that QB Philip Rivers has the same sort of problem that QB Tom Brady is having. Neither has any receivers of any note. WR Malcom Floyd is still battling a next injury, and that leaves WR Eddie Royal and WR Vincent Brown on the outside. RB Danny Woodhead is the team’s leader in receptions, and he’s not even on the field in most instances.
The Bolts though, strike us as a team that is every bit as good as the one that is going to be lining up on the other side of the field from Dallas. The home field advantage could be crucial in this one, as we think that the Chargers are going to find a way to come out and win this game SU for the mild upset.
Dallas Cowboys @ San Diego Chargers Pick: San Diego Chargers +2
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