Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Chargers Prediction, 8/20/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Preseason Week 2
Game: Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Chargers
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2022
Location: SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA
TV: NFL League Pass/NFL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Chargers (-1)
The Dallas Cowboys (12-5 last year) are headed to SoFi Stadium on Saturday where they will go up against the Los Angeles Chargers (9-8 last season). Dallas is 1-point dogs. The betting total comes in at 39.
The Dallas Cowboys finished the season with a 12-5 record. In their last contest of last season, the Cowboys played against the 49ers and took a loss by a final of 23-17. Ezekiel Elliott led the offense in rushing for the Cowboys with 12 carries for 31 yards (2.6 yards per attempt). Dalton Schultz held an average of 12.7 yards per reception by earning 89 yds on 7 receptions. Dak Prescott finished 23/43 with 254 yards passing and 1 TD. He had a quarterback rate of 69.3 and finished the contest with 1 pick. On the ground, the Cowboys conceded 169 yards on 38 attempts, which calculates to 4.4 yards per run surrendered. Dallas relinquished 16 completions on 25 attempts for a total of 172 yds, and a completion rate of 64.0%. When the final whistle blew, they tallied 70 plays for 307 yds. The Dallas Cowboys ended up running the ball 21 times and accumulated 77 yards, which came out to an average of 3.7 yards per attempt.
Concerning putting points on the board, the Dallas Cowboys averaged 31.2 points per game. As a unit they had an average of 124.6 yards in the run game, ranking this team 9th in the NFL. The Cowboys racked up 6,919 total yards for the prior season. Dallas recorded 248 1st downs as a unit, and they committed 127 infractions for 1103 yards. They surrendered the ball 20 times (11 picks and 9 fumbles). Dallas compiled 40 passing touchdowns and 15 touchdowns on the ground.
The Cowboys ranked 7th in the league concerning the opposition scoring, conceding 21.1 points per contest. They allowed teams to run for an average of 4.5 yards per rush on the ground and 112.8 rushing yards per game last year. Overall, they allowed 1,918 running yards through 17 contests. When it comes to yards through the air, the Cowboys allowed 4,049 yards which had them ranked 20th in the league. Over the course of their 17 games played, they yielded 238.2 yards per outing through the air and relinquishing a completion percentage of 59.5%. They conceded 351.0 yards/game ranking them 19th in the NFL. They conceded 24 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 13 rushing touchdowns.
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The Chargers finished the season having earned a 9-8 mark. In their last game last season, the Chargers took a loss by a score of 35-32 when they played the Raiders. Justin Herbert (3 touchdowns) walked away from the contest with 383 yards on 34/64 through the air while his quarterback rate was 80.4. He tossed 1 interception and his average yards per pass attempt was 5.98 yds. Austin Ekeler carried the football 16 times for 64 yards, walking away from the game with 4.0 yards per carry for Los Angeles. Mike Williams was a featured target for the Chargers, bringing in 9 balls for 119 yds (13.2 yds per reception). Los Angeles rushed the ball for 4.0 yards per carry, finishing the contest with 85 yards on 21 attempts. The Chargers finished the game with 440 yards while they ran 88 plays (5.0 yards per play). The Chargers secondary conceded a completion percentage of 56.8%, surrendering 172 yards on 21 for 37 passing. Los Angeles allowed 34 rush attempts for 174 yds (5.1 yds per carry).
When looking at how much they scored, the Chargers were ranked 5th out of all teams in the league with an average of 27.9 points per contest. Last season, the Chargers compiled 4,800 yards through the air as well as an average of 282.4 passing yards per contest, which ranked 3rd out of all NFL teams. They held an average of 107.9 run yards per game and rushed for 1,834 yards for the year. The Los Angeles Chargers held an average of 390.2 yards per outing which ranked them 4th out of all teams in the NFL. The Los Angeles offense accrued 1,033 penalty yards on 116 violations, which ranked them 3rd in football in terms of helping out the opposition. They threw 15 interceptions while letting opponents recover 7 fumbles and they earned 256 first downs.
Los Angeles gave up a total of 2,361 yards via the ground game (138.9 yards per contest) and 22 touchdowns by ground throughout last season. They allowed 27 touchdowns from the passing game as well as 221.2 yards/game, which had them ranked 12th out of all teams. Their defense compiled 21 takeaways (10 fumbles recovered and 11 picks) over the course of last year. Over the course of the season, they relinquished 459 points in total. The Chargers defense took part in 1,103 plays, which was 25th in football. The Chargers conceded 27.0 points per game, ranking them 30th of all teams in the league.
Who will win tonight's Cowboys/Chargers NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Chargers -1
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