Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals will meet on Sunday afternoon in the NFL 2021 Week 17 action. Both teams have already secured their places in the playoffs, but they want to enter the post-season full of confidence.
Dallas has been running hot lately, and they want to continue in the same fashion. The home side has put some powerful performances recently, and they are searching for another confident display. On the other hand, Arizona cannot be content with its latest games. They should return to the winning track and build up their confidence ahead of the battles for the Lombardi Trophy.
Dallas Cowboys – Will they extend their successful run?
The Cowboys can start preparing for the playoffs since they are among the teams that have already booked their post-season ticket. They have been excellent lately, winning four times in a row and remaining on the top of the NFC East with an 11-4 record. Dallas has been very convincing in the previous round, beating the Washington Football Team 56-14. They gained 497 in the offense, with Dak Prescott throwing for 330 yards and four scores.
Dallas’s starting quarterback has passed for 3,928 yards so far, with 29 touchdowns and ten interceptions. On the other hand, the opponent’s defenders sacked him 28 times. Ezekiel Elliott has led the Cowboys’ ground game with 899 yards and ten TDs, while Tony Pollard has gained 710 rushing yards with a pair of scores. CeeDee Lamb has been the best receiver in the team with 1,006 yards and six touchdown receptions, while Amari Cooper and Dalton Schultz have generated 730+ receiving yards each. Defensively, Jayron Kearse has a team-high 95 total tackles while Micah Parsons has 13 sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, Dalton Schultz, Ty Nsekhe, Terence Steele, Connor Williams, Tyler Biadasz, Zack Martin, La’el Collins
Expected Line-Up (Defense): DeMarcus Lawrence, Neville Gallimore, Carlos Watkins, Randy Gregory, Leighton Vander Esch, Keanu Neal, Micah Parsons, Anthony Brown, Jayron Kearse, Damontae Kazee, Trevon Diggs
Quarter Back: Dak Prescott
Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
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Arizona Cardinals – Can they bounce back with a win?
The Cardinals have slowed down in the past few weeks, losing three times in a row. Despite slipping to 2nd place in the NFC West and being one win behind the Rams, Arizona will challenge for the Lombardi Trophy in the playoffs. They currently have a 10-5 record, and the visitors should try to get back on the winning track and stabilize their game. They lost to the Colts 22-16 at home last weekend, despite generating more yards in the offense. Kyler Murray passed for 245 yards in that game but found the end zone only once.
Murray has thrown for 3,284 yards this season, with 21 TDs and ten picks, while he has been sacked 25 times. James Conner leads the Cardinals in the ground game with 700 yards and 14 scores, while Chase Edmonds and Kyler Murray have combined for 883 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Christian Kirk is the best in the receiving department with 860 yards and five touchdown receptions, while A.J. Green chipped in with 751 receiving yards. Besides that, three other players managed to generate more than 430 receiving yards each. On the other hand, Jordan Hicks dominates the defensive corps with 110 total tackles, while Markus Golden sacked the rival’s QBs 11 times.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Chase Edmonds, A.J. Green, Christian Kirk, Greg Dortch, Zach Ertz, D.J. Humphries, Justin Pugh, Rodney Hudson, Max Garcia, Kelvin Beachum
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Michael Dogbe, Corey Peters, Zach Allen, Chandler Jones, Jordan Hicks, Isaiah Simmons, Devon Kennard, Byron Murphy Jr., Jalen Thompson, Budda Baker, Breon Borders
Quarter Back: Kyler Murray
Kicker: Matt Prater
Expert Pick #1 – Dallas Cowboys -5.5 @-110
Although this game is not so important for either team, they want to enter the playoffs in the best possible form. Dallas has been much more convincing lately, and I expect them to keep up where they left off. I see them beating Arizona by at least six points, and I’ll back them as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 51 @-110
Although the Under cashed three times in the last five games of both teams, I expect an efficient match here. The Cowboys are one of the best offensive sides in the NFL, while Arizona is about to reach the 400-point mark. Give me the Over as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Cowboys Over 28.5 @-120
The Cowboys have been very productive on their field, and they scored 33 points or more in six of their last seven home games. The odds for this pick are not so generous as for the first two, but I believe Dallas can go over the margin.