Dallas Cowboys will host Carolina Panther in the NFL 2021 season Week 4 on Sunday afternoon. The home side was confident against the Eagles in the previous round and want to keep up where they left off. The visitors enjoy a good start to the campaign, and they look forward to celebrating another victory.
The Cowboys head to this game after beating Philadelphia 41-21 and improving to a 2-1 record. They currently top the NFC East division, and the hosts want to secure a playoffs spot once again. On the other hand, the Panthers are at 3-0 currently, and they enjoy an excellent start. The away side sits in first place in NFC South, but we’ll see a great battle for the playoff spot there.
Dallas Cowboys – Can they put another excellent offensive display?
Although the Eagles’ defense is considered pretty strong, the Cowboys recorded 41 points and cruised to their second victory in the NFL 2021 season. They had a shorter break to prepare for this clash, as the hosts played against Philadelphia on Monday. Dak Prescott had another excellent performance with 238 passing yards with three TDs. Dalton Shultz led Dallas’s receiving corps with 80 yards and two touchdowns, while Ezekiel Elliott added a pair of TDs on 95 rushing yards.
The starting Cowboys’ quarterback, Dak Prescott, passed for 878 yards this season, with six TDs and two interceptions. Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard are the home side’s leading rushers with 199 and 183 yards, respectively. Elliott added three scores, while Pollard had a touchdown. CeeDee Lamb is a leading receiver with 251 yards and one TD. On the other hand, Jayron Kearse leads the defensive corps with 21 tackles, while Micah Parsons has two quarterback sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Cedrick Wilson, Dalton Schultz, Tyron Smith, Connor Williams, Tyler Biadasz, Zack Martin, Terence Steele
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Tarell Basham, Osa Odighizuwa, Brent Urban, Randy Gregory, Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, Micah Parsons, Anthony Brown, Jayron Kearse, Damontae Kazee, Trevon Diggs
Quarter Back: Dak Prescott
Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
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Carolina Panthers – Will they maintain a perfect record?
Carolina still hasn’t tasted a defeat this season, and they head to this clash after beating Houston Texans 24-9 on the road. The visitors are very tight in defense, as they have been allowing only ten points per game on average. In the latest winning effort, Sam Darnold passed for 304 yards, and DJ Moore had eight catches for 126 yards. On the other hand, a big setback for the visitors is Christian McCaffrey’s injury, who is their leading running back, and he will be out of the roster for the upcoming clash.
Sam Darnold passed for 888 yards this season, with six touchdowns and an interception, while he was sacked six times. Chuba Hubbard will replace Christian McCaffrey, and he had 62 running yards. With 285 yards, DJ Moore has been the best receiver for the Panthers. If we take a look at the defensive corps, Haason Reddick sacked quarterbacks 4.5 times, while Shaq Thompson logged a team-high 20 tackles.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Chuba Hubbard, DJ Moore, Robby Anderson, Terrace Marshall Jr., Ian Thomas, Giovanni Ricci, Cameron Erving, Dennis Daley, Matt Paradis, Deonte Brown, Taylor Moton
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Brina Burns, Derrick Brown, DaQuan Jones, Morgan Fox, Shaq Thompson, Jermaine Carter, Haason Reddick, Donte Jackson, Sam Franklin, Jeremy Chinn, Keith Taylor
Quarter Back: Sam Darnold
Kicker: Zane Gonzalez
Expert Pick #1 – Dallas Cowboys -4.5 @-110
It will be a close matchup, and Carolina put some defensively solid performances. However, they will face the Cowboys without Christian McCaffrey, who had 201 rushing yards, and it will be a huge setback for the visitors. Therefore, I’ll take the Cowboys to cover the spread as the first pick, which they did four times in the last five clashes against NFC opponents.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 51.5 @-110
The Panthers went Under in their previous six matches, and I expect a similar scenario in this one. Although Dallas enjoyed a very good offensive display last time, the Panthers have been the best defensive team so far. The Under is worth trying, and it will be my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Dallas Cowboys to win by 7-12 @+350
I’ll go hunting some longer odds here, and the Cowboys to win by a moderate margin seems a reasonable choice for the third pick. The hosts should capitalize on good momentum and take advantage of the rival’s selection issues.