Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Chargers – Picks and Predictions

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Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Chargers – Picks and Predictions

Author: Andy Hammel | Publish Date: October 13, 2023 | Last Updated: October 13, 2023

From 2015 to 2022, Kellen Moore was employed by the Dallas Cowboys – first as a quarterback, then as the quarterbacks coach, then as the offensive coordinator. Now, he coordinates the offense for a Los Angeles Chargers (2-2) team that’s preparing to host the Cowboys (3-2) on Monday Night Football.

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Odds on this game will be available at all online sportsbooks, featuring money lines, spreads, totals, and a variety of props. Below, we’ll take a closer look at the upcoming game and go over some information that bettors may find helpful when logging into their betting apps of choice.

  • Game Time: Monday, 8:15 PM ET
  • Location: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California

Head-to-Head: Cowboys vs Chargers

As cross-conference opponents, the Cowboys and Chargers have met sparingly – only four times since 2009. While the Cowboys won 20-17 in the most recent 2021 matchup, each of the preceding four games went to the Chargers.

The teams aren’t far apart in terms of wins and losses, but the nature of those wins and losses are strikingly different. Dallas, at 3-2, has yet to be part of a one-score game. They’ve steamrolled the Giants, Jets, and Patriots this season, but are weeks removed from a 16-28 loss to the Cardinals and coming off a 10-42 loss to the 49ers on Sunday Night Football. It’d be a first for the Cowboys this season if the game is nearly as close as the 2.5-point spread.

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The Chargers, on the contrary, have been in four games this season that have each been decided by 7 or fewer points. After opening the calendar with a 34-36 loss to the Dolphins and a 24-27 loss to the Titans, they rallied back with a 28-24 win over the Vikings and a 24-17 win over the Raiders before heading into their bye week.

Matchup-wise, fans will be watching to see how the Chargers’ offense – coordinated by Kellen Moore and quarterbacks by Justin Herbert – will stack up against Dan Quinn’s Cowboys defense featuring Micah Parsons. Los Angeles ranks fifth (388.8) and seventh (27.5) in yards and points per game, while the Cowboys rank fifth (292.0) and seventh (16.6) in yards and points allowed.

How to Bet on Cowboys vs Chargers

NFL betting sites will make it easy to find their lines on the Cowboys and Chargers heading into the weekend. Be sure to browse your available betting options to find the best lines, as well as any unique sportsbook promos or prop bets that certain books might have on the primetime game.

In addition, take note of any changes on each team’s injury report leading up to the game. Lines can move significantly based on the presence or lack of key players, but the game can still easily swing on whether less-heralded players are ready to go.

Cowboys vs Chargers Odds

  • Money Line: DAL -132, LAC +112
  • Spread: DAL -2.5
  • Total: o/u 50.5

Betting Tips for Cowboys vs Chargers

  • LAC is 6-4 in their last 10 games, but haven’t lost any of those games by more than 3 points.
  • DAL has won or lost by more than one score in 9 of their last 10 games.
  • DAL is 4-1 in their last five games as the favorite.
  • LAC is 4-1 in their last five home games.
  • LAC is 3-0 ATS in their last three games as the underdog.

Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Chargers Predictions

This is an incredibly difficult game to predict, which should make for a good primetime football experience for both casual viewers and hardened football fans. For bettors, the lack of clear trends for either team, in terms of the outright result, spread, or point total might be concerning. The clearest trends for both teams – how closely their games have been decided – directly contradict one another.

Of the two, the Chargers’ might draw more interest as the underdog. They’ve won their last two games, are coming off their bye week, and are playing at home. With how the Cowboys performed against the 49ers last week, it’s not unfair to wonder why they’re entering this game as favorites at all. Both teams need a win here to get on the right track heading into the meat of the 2023 season, but the Chargers might have a better case for pulling it off.

Predictions: Chargers +2.5

Andy Hammel

Andy is our resident NFL expert, but his knowledge extends to all corners of the sports betting industry. Andy is always tracking betting trends and keeping you up to date on all the relevant news in your home state.