The Dallas Cowboys won as a road underdog last week and they look to win as a road favorite in Week 2.
The Cowboys look to build on the momentum of last week’s road win over New York in their upcoming bout against the Seattle Seahawks, who are one of the toughest home teams in the month of September (13-3-1 ATS past 17, according to OddsShark.com's NFL database).
Dallas was a 3.5-point road favorite against a team they have owned lately across the spread (ATS), going 5-1 in six recent meetings. But the Cowboys have been sloppy as road chalk, covering just three times in 13 tries in this role.
Handicappers who focus on the important "offensive yards per play" stat see Dallas dominating after one week. The Cowboys averaged 7.6 YPP against the Giants, tops in Week 1, while the Seahawks were second-worst at 3.6 YPP.
After having their playoff dreams squashed in a Week 17 matchup with the New York Giants last season, the Dallas Cowboys got a small piece of revenge last Wednesday night with a 24-17 win over the Giants in New York.
The Cowboys looked great on both sides of the ball. Tony Romo (307 passing yards, three touchdowns) and DeMarco Murray (131 rushing yards on 20 carries) had big days and Kevin Ogletree (eight catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns) solidified himself as a solid depth receiver.
The defense held New York’s potent offense to just 269 total yards.
Entering their game against the Arizona Cardinals with a 4-0 record straight up (SU) and ATS in the preseason, the Seattle Seahawks weren’t able to put it together and lost as a 2.5-point road favorite. The game came right down to the wire, but Seattle was unable to punch it in the red zone and lost the game 20-16.
Can Seattle bounce back and upset Dallas at home? Recent history indicates that the Seahawks may have their hands full against the Cowboys as they are just 2-4 straight up and 1-5 ATS in their last six games against Dallas including three straight losses.
With an extra couple of days off to rest and repair, along with the history against Seattle, the Cowboys will likely be a popular pick this week. But Seattle is talented enough to make a game of this one, and the Seahawks tend to play much better at home than they do on the road.
Dallas may end up winning the game, but at 3.5 points we like Seattle to go to the wire again in Week 2 and to come out with the cover this time.
PICK: Seattle plus-3.5 (courtesy of PickShark.com)