LA Chargers @ Dallas Cowboys
Thursday November, 21:30
TV: Live on Sky Sports Action & Main Event
For the Cowboys...
The Dallas Cowboys season may well have been decided in the various courts of the land. Ezekiel Elliott has spent the past few months trying to get his six-game suspension quashed. Finally he's ended his appeals process and in the two games since he's been forced to sit on the sidelines, it has not been pretty.
When you throw in the fact their most important defensive player Sean Lee is out with a hamstring injury and key OT Tyron Smith listed as questionable, this is going to be tough for a team whose season is unravelling before our very eyes.
Dak Prescott in the two games without his key running back and Tyron Smith on his line has yet to throw a TD and was responsible for three picks on Sunday night. That is worrying. If they are to succeed on Thursday, they need a big night from future Hall of Fame Tight End Jason Witten along with receivers Cole Beasley and Dez Bryant.
For the Chargers...
The 4-6 Chargers are still alive in the putrid AFC West. Before the season started, many talking heads thought this might be the best division in the NFL. Instead the Broncos are sinking like a stone, the Raiders are a pale imitation of what we expected and the Chiefs aren't the runaway Juggernaut that we feared a month into the campaign.
What LA have is one of the best defensive lineman around in Joey Bosa. If Tyron Smith isn't able to go, watch out for the former Buckeye to line-up across from his replacement and wreak havoc in the backfield.
Offensively, Philip Rivers is an above average QB but more importantly, what he has is a dreamy supporting cast. Keenan Allen went for 159 yards and two scores on Sunday against the Bills. He is a beast. Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry are dependable guys from the Tight End position. At Running Back Melvin Gordon is superb. If they can get rolling, they could still be legitimate wildcard contenders.
The line has been set at LA-2.5 and had you told me that a month ago, I would've laughed for a week. But Dallas have completely caved in and the Chargers are actually a team you can have a little bit of faith in. The away team-2.5 is available at 1.9520/21 on the Exchange and I'm going that way.
Points-wise the line has been set at 47.5 and once more that seems in the ballpark. This time though I'm leaning on the over as I see the Chargers putting up 30 or more. That is available at 1.9520/21 on the Exchange.
On the side markets, I'm looking at a 5/1 shot with Antonio Gates scoring at any time. The veteran Tight End has become less of a go-to guy of late but in a big game, I wouldn't be surprised if Philip Rivers goes to him in big Red Zone situations.
3pt Back LA-2.5 at 1.9520/21 on the Exchange
1pt Back over 47.5pts at 1.9520/21 on the Exchange
1pt Back Antonio Gates to score anytime at 5/1 on the Sportsbook