The Dallas Cowboys host the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football this week, in a battle of NFC playoff hopefuls.
Wes Reynolds and Matt Youmans preview the game and break down their best bets.
Arizona Cardinals (-1.5, 54.5) at Dallas Cowboys
Reynolds: The Cowboys (2-3 SU, 0-5 ATS) currently lead the NFC "Least” but will have to attempt to keep that lead without quarterback Dak Prescott for the rest of the season. Andy Dalton, who went 71-60-2 over nine seasons as a starter with the Cincinnati Bengals, will take over the starting role. Dallas is a bit beat up on the offensive line, but Dalton should be used to that from his time in Cincinnati. The Cowboys were short three-point home favorites on the lookahead lines but were adjusted down to three-point home underdogs with the loss of Prescott. Nevertheless, the line has moved to PK or Cowboys -1 depending on your shop.
The Cardinals (3-2 SU, 3-2 ATS) were widely projected to be an improved team behind second-year quarterback Kyler Murray and the betting market has been high on them all season, but there is still some uncertainty with this team. After going on the road and beating the defending NFC Champion 49ers, the Cardinals have had a mixed bag of performances. They beat the 1-4 Washington Football Team and the still winless Jets, but also lost to middling teams like Detroit and Carolina.