A stellar offense meets a stellar defense when the Dallas Cowboys visit the Denver Broncos in Week 2. Both teams picked up wins in Week 1. The key to this game will be the Cowboys ability to get a push up front and open up some lanes for Ezekiel Elliott against a very stout Broncos front seven. The winner of that battle likely wins the game. Bet on this game at Sports Interaction.
Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos
Point Spread: Cowboys -2 Date: Sunday, Sept. 17, 5:25 PM ET Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High – Denver, Colorado
Point Spread And Betting Analysis
The Cowboys opened up -2 and at last check of the SportsInteraction betting trends, 86% of the bets places were on Dallas. However, the Broncos have had the upper hand in this head-to-head matchup, going 5-2 SU and 4-2-1 ATS in seven meetings with the Cowboys since 1980. Their last game was a 51-48 shootout in Dallas that went to the Broncos. The total for this game is 42, which is down from the 43 that it opened at.
It was a solid all-around performance for the Cowboys in Week 1, who won 19-3 at home over the New York Giants. Dak Prescott was 24-of-39 for 268 yards and a touchdown, while Elliott ran for 104 yards on 24 carries. But the defense was the story as they allowed 233 yards to the Giants. New York was missing Odell Beckham Jr., so that has to be taken into account.
However, the Cowboys took advantage of the opportunities in front of them and made the Giants’ offense look like a high school team. They’ll need a similar performance this Sunday as the Broncos are a very physical team on both sides of the ball
The Broncos needed a last-second field-goal block to beat the Los Angeles Chargers 24-21 at home. Without that, the story of their Week 1 would have been very different. They nearly blew 24-7 lead in the fourth quarter. The offense was efficient enough as Trevor Siemian was 17-of-28 for 219 yards, two touchdowns and a pick. C.J. Anderson ran 20 times for 81 yards while Jamaal Charles had 40 yards on 10 carries, but had a critical fourth-quarter fumble.
The Broncos formula is pretty clear this season: run, run, keep it to third and short, and let the defense and special teams grind out a victory for them. They can’t afford to get down early to the Cowboys because they are not built to come from behind. This battle will be won in the trenches. The good news is that their run defense, which ranked 26th in the NFL lasts season, looked much improved in Week 1. That will be crucial to their success in this one.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos Prediction