Chargers Get Odds Bump as Cowboys’ Injuries Mount

Chargers Improving With Cowboys Injuries

  • Sportsbooks accounting for Lawrence’s injury
  • Cowboys still leaders in odds to win NFC East
  • Prescott, Herbert get high props

The Dallas Cowboys lost another member of their defensive line on Wednesday as defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will now miss six to eight weeks with a broken foot that he sustained in practice.

With Lawrence joining the Randy Gregory, who is on the COVID-19 protocols list, the Cowboys are now likely to be without both starting defensive ends in Sunday’s matchup against the LA Chargers at Sofi Stadium in Los Angeles.

With yet another injury, oddsmakers wasted little time moving the Chargers to a 3.5-point favorite over the Cowboys after the Bolts had been (-3) for most of the week.

The money came in on the Cowboys earlier in the week as the line shifted and the Chargers were giving only 2.5 points after their 20-16 win over the Washington Football Team. A couple of NFL sportsbooks even had the line fall to LA (-2) before it ramped back up to (-3) and eventually it’s (-3.5) as it stands now.

The (-3) was taking odds of (-125) on and it moved to (-108) with the push to Chargers (-3.5).

Other online sportsbooks have posted the Chargers (-3.5) at (-105) while the Cowboys (+3.5) is taking a (-115).

The Cowboys are already suffering with the loss of wide receiver Michael Gallup to a calf strain, and right tackle La’el Collins went awry of the NFL’s substance abuse policy and has incurred a five-game suspension.

Please Note:
The OVER/UNDER on the Cowboys vs. Chargers matchup was sitting at 52.5 after Sunday’s games, but it has even moved to 55.5 (-110). With the number at 55, the OVER is taking (-115) and the UNDER is nursing (-105) odds.

Riding the Futures Range

The Cowboys are still favorites in the NFC East at (+135) as the Washington Football Team (+250), with the Eagles at (+350) and the Giants posting (+600) odds.

The Eagles made the biggest move in the division this week, moving forward from (+450) as quarterback Jalen Hurts threw three touchdown passes, and Philadelphia routed the Atlanta Falcons, 32-6.

Dallas has been stable all week at (+135) as have the Eagles with their (+350) number. Washington moved up after posting a (+280) while the Giants have continued to fade backwards (+500) after last week’s 27-24 home loss to the Denver Broncos.

Dallas is still down the list at (+1800) to win the NFC East, but there is a wide variation as a couple of sportsbooks have given them juice in getting back to (+1200).

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are at (+225) while the Rams are standing on (+600) with the Packers and 49ers at (+700). Seattle is at (+850), and the New Orleans Saints max out at (+1200) before we see the Cowboys.

Bowl of Numbers

Dallas is also still a longshot to win the Super Bowl as the Cowboys are only banking (+3500) odds, which is where they were prior to last week’s 31-29 loss at Tampa Bay.

The Eagles had the biggest move from Week 1 to Week 2 as the Birds went from (+4500) to (+3500) in odds to win the Lombardi Trophy. Jacksonville had the biggest fall after being pounced by the Houston Texans, 37-21.

The Jaguars started as a longshot at (+13000), and now they are at the bottom of the league as they share (+25000) odds with the Detroit Lions.

Atop the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs didn’t move as they squarely sit at (+500).

Tampa Bay sailed from (+600) to (+550) while the Rams moved over to (+1200) from (+1400) and the Browns, even with the loss to the Chiefs, moved from (+1600) to (+1500).

Prop’em Up

As the Cowboys-Chargers matchup becomes more dynamic by the day with the injury status of Lawrence as well as Chargers safety Derwin James, the props can be interesting to bet on as well. Quarterback props for this game have both Dak Prescott and Justin Herbert with a big number after big games in Week 1.

Prescott threw for 403 yards in the loss to the Buccaneers, and he has an OVER/UNDER total in yardage of 306.5 with (-115) on either play. Herbert passed for 337 in the win over Washington, and he has a yardage number of 300.5 with both the OVER and the UNDER yielding (-115) as well.

As for the kickers:
Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein had a tough opening week in Tampa Bay as he missed two field goals and an extra point. He was on the PUP list until recently after undergoing back surgery. Oddsmakers have given Zuerlein an OVER/UNDER of 7.5 points, with the OVER at (-105) and the UNDER posting (-130).

Chargers kicker Tristan Vizcaino was perfect in his first start with two field goals and two extra points. He is posting the same numbers as Zuerlein with the OVER/UNDER.

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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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