The Dallas Cowboys have tried to fill the gaping holes in their secondary for years. Drafting Morris Claiborne, bringing in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and exploring Jamaal Adams and Earl Thomas III. Most recently, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell floated the idea of the Cowboys trading for Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons.
Barnwell’s suggestion fueled rumors all over social media. This tweet made the rounds as a supposed text conversation from Simmons himself. When asked by Broncos reporter Benjamin Allbright, Simmons shot these rumors down.
Simmons is currently playing under Denver’s franchise tag and the Cowboys are already jammed up with spending. They still have to negotiate Dak Prescott‘s contract and owe DE DeMarcus Lawrence, WR Amari Cooper, and RB Ezekiel Elliot almost $300 million through 2027. The Cowboys will likely continue bringing in young talent to try to slow down opposing teams. So far this year Dallas ranks 20th in passing yards allowed per game, 29th in passing touchdowns per game, and 24th in yards per completion allowed per game. They’ve been unable to slow down even the Giants and Falcons.
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Cowboys vs Cardinals Betting
Spread: Cardinals -1 (-110)
Point Total: 55 (-110)
In Dallas’s five games this season, they’ve failed to cover even once and the line on this game is definitely interesting. Arizona is 3-2 heading into the week, whereas Dallas is 2-3. The Cowboys lost Dak Prescott last week and Andy Dalton is up to prove he is something to write home about.
We know what Cardinals Quarterback Kyler Murray can do on the ground and he faces a favorable passing matchup against the Dallas secondary (see above). CBS SportsLine’s model doesn’t have Murray going over 250 yards, but I expect big things out of him this week.
Ezekiel Elliot has not broken 100 yards rushing, but Arizona is allowing 124 yards per game to this point. I expect the Cowboys to lean into him a little more going forward, but playing from behind will see him short of the mark once again. There will not be a tie, Cardinals will cover. As far as points, I’ll take the under.
*Odds via SportsLine