NFL 2021 Preseason: Cowboys vs Cardinals Betting Analysis

On Friday, the Dallas Cowboys head to State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona to take on the Cardinals. The August 13 matchup will be Dallas’ second preseason game of the year. Will the Cowboys show enough to upset favored Arizona? Or will the Cardinals prove they’re an NFC West contender? Check out NFL Preseason odds, analysis, and a free pick for Cowboys versus Cardinals.  

NFL Betting Preview for Dallas Cowboys vs Arizona Cardinals On Aug. 13th

Dallas at vs Arizona – NFL Preseason Game

Why bet on Dallas against Arizona

In their second preseason game, the Cowboys should show more. Dallas played conservatively versus the Steelers. Facing a less effective defense, the Boys should be less conservative. That doesn’t mean Dak Prescott plays. It does mean Garrett Gilbert gets more playing time and the Cowboys hand the ball off to backup RB Tony Pollard more. Those slight changes could lead to a Cowboys victory.  

Dallas Last 5

  • L – 3-16 vs. Pittsburgh 
  • L – 23-19 at New York Giants
  • W – 37-17 vs. Philadelphia 
  • W – 41-33 vs. San Francisco
  • W – 30-7 at Cincinnati 

Dallas Predicted Offense Starting Lineup

  • QB – Garrett Gilbert
  • RB – Tony Pollard
  • WR – Cedrick Wilson
  • WR – Noah Brown
  • TE – Jeremy Sprinkle
  • TE – Sean McKeon
  • LT – Ty Nsekhe
  • LG – Connor McGovern
  • C – Matt Farniok
  • RG – Brandon Knight
  • RT – Terence Steele

Why bet on Arizona against Dallas

Kliff Kingsbury’s system relies on spread formations and getting the ball to wide receivers and running backs in open spaces. Although almost no skill position Week 1 starters figure to step onto the field, Kingsbury will play one of his top two running backs, either Chase Edmonds or James Conner. Both can dominate a Dallas defense that has yet to gel.  

Arizona Last 5

  • L – 18-7 at Los Angeles Rams
  • L – 20-12 vs. San Francisco
  • W – 33-26 vs. Philadelphia
  • W – 26-7 at New York Giants
  • L – 38-28 vs. Los Angeles Rams 

Arizona Predicted Offense Starting Lineup

  • QB – Colt McCoy
  • RB – James Conner
  • WR – Christian Kirk
  • WR – AJ Richardson 
  • WR – Rondale Moore
  • TE – Darrell Daniels
  • LT – Josh Jones
  • LG – Max Garcia
  • C – Michal Menet
  • RG – Justin Murray 
  • RT – Branden Bowen

Final Betting Analysis: Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals

Because Dallas has already played a game, the Cowboys have a slight edge. But Arizona goes at least two deep with their skill players.

In some positions, like wide receiver, the Cardinals go three deep. Arizona starting quarterback Colt McCoy has a ton of experience, including starter experience. Kingsbury won’t play Colt behind the third-team offensive line.

Instead, he’ll let McCoy work behind the first or second unit. McCoy will also run the offense with wide receivers like Christian Kirk and running backs like James Conner on the field. Arizona should have no trouble moving the football, which makes them the play. 

NFL Preseason Pick: Arizona Cardinals

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