Chargers vs. Cowboys Point Spread: NFL Week 12 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 06, 2017

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The Dallas Cowboys hosted their first American Thanksgiving Day game in 1966 and have done so every year but two since.

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November 23, 2017, 4:30 PM ET
AT&T Stadium
Dallas
9-7
Pointspread -1 -105
Moneyline -110
Over / Under o +47.5

58%

Betting Action

42%

Pointspread +1 -115
Moneyline -110
Over / Under u +47.5

58%

Betting Action

42%

At this point, the Dallas Cowboys are synonymous with Thanksgiving holiday National League Football. But for the first time in their long history of playing on this day, they’ll be hosting the Los Angeles Chargers.

Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Detroit has hosted the first Thanksgiving game of the day since the mid-1930s. The Cowboys started their own tradition in 1966 because then-GM Tex Schramm wanted to bring more national appeal to his team. It worked wonders as the Cowboys are now known as America’s Team. Last year on Thanksgiving, Dallas beat Washington 31-26. It’s the first Thanksgiving game for the Chargers since 1969, the year before the AFL-NFL merger and the longest drought of any current NFL franchise.

The Chargers might not be in Los Angeles this year if not for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. He was the driving force between allowing the Rams to move there from St. Louis a couple of years ago. As part of the deal, the Rams had to offer to share their stadium – basically acting as a landlord – if either the Chargers or Oakland Raiders moved to L.A. The Chargers had first dibs and took it this past offseason to leave San Diego. The Raiders are headed to Las Vegas in a few years, also thanks in large part to Jones.

The Cowboys are 6-4 all-time vs. the Chargers but lost the last meeting 30-21 in San Diego in 2013. Dallas is 3-7 SU & ATS as a home favourite of 3 points or fewer in its past 10.

Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers (4-6 SU, 5-4-1 ATS) need to send Buffalo coach Sean McDermott a thank-you card. That’s because McDermott opted to give rookie QB Nathan Peterman his first career start in L.A. on Sunday even though usual starter Tyrod Taylor has solid numbers and is healthy. Peterman went out and threw five first-half interceptions (leading to 24 points for L.A.) and was yanked at the half with the Chargers up 37-7. It was the most points ever scored by the Bolts in a first half. They went on to win 54-24 to end a two-game skid.

Philip Rivers threw for two scores and Keenan Allen caught both; he finished with 12 receptions for 159 yards. It had to be sweet for Los Angeles coach Anthony Lynn because he was Buffalo’s offensive coordinator last season as well as interim head coach for one game but was surprisingly passed over for the full-time job.

Dallas Cowboys

I think it’s fair to say that the Cowboys (5-5, 5-5 ATS) miss superstar running back Ezekiel Elliott. He has served two games of a six-game suspension and Dallas has lost those two by a combined score of 64-16. It’s mega-quick turnaround for the Dallas players on Thursday afternoon considering they had to play Sunday night, which probably isn’t fair. At least it was at home, where Dallas lost 37-9 to Philadelphia. That all but ended the Cowboys’ chances of repeating as NFC East champions.

Dak Prescott threw a career-high three interceptions and lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. He may be trying to do too much with Elliott out. Prescott also was sacked four time and has badly missed Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith in the past two games as well. There’s a good chance Smith plays Thursday, though.

Chargers vs Cowboys Prediction

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