Chargers vs. Cowboys: Week 2 NFL Betting Preview – September 19, 2021

Posted By Staff on September 19, 2021

The Los Angeles Chargers (1-0) and the Dallas Cowboys (0-1) go toe-to-toe in a Week 2 matchup. The Chargers (-3) host the Cowboys (+140 on the moneyline to win) on September 19, 2021 at 4:25 PM ET on CBS. A point total of 54.5 points has been set for the contest by sportsbooks.

In this article we will surface what you need to know to make a bet on the game. That includes key metrics, injury updates, and weather conditions, while also updating you with the best odds available.

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of September 19, 2021, 6:13 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Chargers Vs. Cowboys Betting Odds

Chargers Vs. Cowboys Player Props

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Chargers Vs. Cowboys Weather

A high temperature of 74 degrees Fahrenheit, with clear sky and 8 mph winds, are the expected conditions at SoFi Stadium on Sunday (as of 6:13 PM on September 19).

Chargers Vs. Cowboys Injury Report

Los Angeles Injuries

Player Pos. Injury Status
Bryan Bulaga OT Back Out
Ryan Smith CB Core Muscle Out
Nasir Adderley FS Shoulder Probable
Damon Lloyd LB Undisclosed Out
Chris Harris Jr. CB Shoulder Out
Justin Jones DT Calf Out
Michael Schofield OT Gameday Inactive Out
Joshua Kelley RB Gameday Inactive Out
Tre’ McKitty TE Gameday Inactive Out
Easton Stick QB Gameday Inactive Out

Dallas Injuries

Player Pos. Injury Status
Randy Gregory DE Covid-19 Out
La’el Collins OT Suspension Out
Michael Gallup WR Calf Out
Malik Turner WR Foot Out
Trysten Hill DT Knee Out
Mitch Hyatt OT Knee Out
Sean McKeon TE Ankle Out
Francis Bernard LB Hamstring Out
Rico Dowdle RB Hip Out
Sewo Olonilua FB Neck Out
Neville Gallimore DT Elbow Out
Reggie Robinson II CB Toe Out
T.J. Vasher WR Knee Out
Josh Ball OT Ankle Out
Kelvin Joseph CB Groin Out
Will Grier QB Gameday Inactive Out
Chauncey Golston DE Gameday Inactive Out
Damontae Kazee SS Thigh Probable
DeMarcus Lawrence DE Foot Out
Donovan Wilson S Groin Out
Ty Nsekhe OT Illness Out

Chargers Offense Vs. Cowboys Defense (2020)

Chargers Offense Stats (Rank) Cowboys Defense
24.0 (18) Points/Gm 29.6 (28)
0.34 (23) Points/Play 0.45 (28)
382.1 (9) Yards/Gm 386.4 (23)
284.3 (6) Pass Yards/Gm 238.8 (10)
111.5 (18) Rush Yards/Gm 158.8 (31)
5.4 (20) Yards/Play 5.9 (23)
7.3 (17) Yards/Pass 7.4 (22)
3.8 (30) Yards/Rush 5.0 (30)
44.2% (9) 3rd Down % 46.9% (26)
57.1% (21) Red Zone % 61.8% (16)
16 (4) Turnovers 23 (7)
34 (15) Sacks 31 (20)

Cowboys Offense Vs. Chargers Defense (2020)

Cowboys Offense Stats (Rank) Chargers Defense
24.7 (17) Points/Gm 26.6 (23)
0.35 (21) Points/Play 0.43 (25)
371.8 (14) Yards/Gm 343.4 (10)
281.9 (7) Pass Yards/Gm 232.2 (5)
111.8 (17) Rush Yards/Gm 119.8 (18)
5.3 (21) Yards/Play 5.5 (12)
7.1 (19) Yards/Pass 6.8 (7)
4.2 (19) Yards/Rush 4.5 (16)
40.5% (19) 3rd Down % 43.6% (22)
50.0% (29) Red Zone % 58.2% (10)
26 (27) Turnovers 19 (22)
44 (26) Sacks 27 (25)

When The Chargers Have The Ball (2020)

  • The Chargers were ninth in the NFL in third-down percentage last year (44.2%) and will be up against the 26th-ranked Cowboys defense in that category (46.9%).
  • Dallas’ defense ranked 23rd in yards allowed per game last year (386.4), while Los Angeles’ offense was ninth in the league at 382.1 yards per game.
  • The Chargers’ rushing game was 18th in the NFL last season (111.5 yards per game), while the Cowboys allowed 158.8 rushing yards per game (31st).
  • Los Angeles had the 18th-ranked offense in the NFL (24.0 points per game) last year, and will be up against Dallas’ 28th-ranked defense from a season ago (29.6 ppg).

When The Cowboys Have The Ball (2020)

  • The Cowboys had the No. 29 offense in the NFL in converting red-zone opportunities last season (50.0%), and will be facing the Chargers’ 10th-ranked defense in that category (58.2%).
  • Dallas’ offense averaged 7.1 yards per pass attempt last season (19th in the NFL). Los Angeles’ defense gave up 6.8 yards per passing play (seventh in the league).
  • The Chargers’ defense allowed 5.5 yards per play last year (12th in league). The Cowboys’ offense averaged 5.3 (21st).
  • Last year Dallas had the 17th-ranked offense in the NFL, averaging 24.7 points per game. Los Angeles’ defense was 23rd, giving up 26.6 points per contest.

Chargers Betting Trends And Insights

  • Los Angeles went 9-7-0 ATS last season.
  • The Chargers covered the spread twice when favored by 3 points or more last season (in five opportunities).
  • Last season, nine of Los Angeles’ games went over the point total.
  • Los Angeles’ games last season featured more combined points than this contest’s total of 54.5 points eight times.
  • The Chargers were the moneyline favorite nine total times last season. They went 6-3 in those games.

Cowboys Betting Trends And Insights

  • Dallas covered five times in 16 games with a spread last season.
  • The Cowboys covered the spread four times last season (4-3 ATS) when playing as at least 3-point underdogs.
  • A total of nine of Dallas’ games last year hit the over.
  • Dallas played seven games last season that finished with a combined score higher than 54.5 points.
  • Last season, the Cowboys won two out of the eight games in which they were the underdog.

Chargers Players To Watch

  • Last season Justin Herbert totaled 4,336 passing yards (271.0 per game) while going 396-for-595 (66.6%) and throwing for 31 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He added 234 rushing yards on 55 carries with five touchdowns.
  • Austin Ekeler ran for 530 yards on 116 carries (53.0 yards per game) and scored one touchdown a season ago. He also averaged 40.3 receiving yards per game, grabbing 54 passes for 403 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Last season Joshua Kelley rushed for 354 yards on 111 carries (22.1 yards per game), with two rushing touchdowns.
  • Last year Keenan Allen hauled in 100 passes for 992 yards (62.0 per game) while scoring eight touchdowns.
  • Mike Williams also tacked on 756 receiving yards on 48 grabs and five touchdowns. He was targeted 85 times, and put up 47.3 yards per game.
  • Jalen Guyton caught 28 passes on 55 targets for 511 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 31.9 yards per game.
  • Joey Bosa had a solid body of work a year ago, notching 7.5 sacks, 14.5 TFL and 49 tackles.
  • Kenneth Murray racked up 146 tackles, 4.0 TFL, and 1.0 sack over the course of his last campaign.
  • Michael Davis picked off three passes and tacked on 80 tackles, 2.5 TFL, and 14 passes defended last season.

Cowboys Players To Watch

  • Dak Prescott threw for 1,856 yards while completing 68% of his passes last season, with nine touchdowns and four interceptions (371.2 yards per game). He also carried the ball 18 times for 93 yards and three TDs.
  • Ezekiel Elliott picked up 979 rushing yards (61.2 per game) and scored six touchdowns. He also added 52 catches for 338 yards with two receiving TDs.
  • Last year Tony Pollard rushed for 435 yards on 101 carries (27.2 yards per game), with four rushing touchdowns.
  • Last year Amari Cooper was targeted 130 times and notched 92 catches for 1,114 yards and five touchdowns.
  • CeeDee Lamb’s stat line last season was 74 grabs for 935 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 58.4 receiving yards per game.
  • Dalton Schultz caught 63 passes on 89 targets for 615 yards and four TDs.
  • Tarell Basham put together a solid body of work a year ago, registering 3.5 sacks, 8.5 TFL and 53 tackles.
  • Over his 2020 campaign, Jaylon Smith collected 221 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, and one interception.
  • Trevon Diggs intercepted three passes and tacked on 67 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, and 14 passes defended last season.

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