Dalton’s Cowboys Open as 2.5-Point Underdogs vs Cardinals in Week 6

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray pre-game

Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals head to Dallas for Week 6 with a winning record on the season. (Photo by Bob Kupbens/Icon Sportswire)

  • The Arizona Cardinals play the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, October 19
  • Cowboys starting quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a season ending injury against the New York Giants
  • Here are the opening odds as well as injury updates for both teams that could lead to mid-week line movement

The Dallas Cowboys hopes of winning the NFC East now rest on the shoulders of Andy Dalton.

Quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a gruesome ankle injury against the New York Giants. With his season likely over, the Cowboys will begin the Dalton era Monday against the Arizona Cardinals.

Cardinals vs Cowboys Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Arizona Cardinals -2.5 (-110) -140 O 53.5 (-110)
Dallas Cowboys +2.5 (-110) +120 U 53.5 (-110)

*Odds taken October 11th 

The NFL season has been littered with injuries and the Cowboys suffered the biggest of Week 5. However, the Cardinals didn’t get out of their win against the New York Jets unscathed either. Here’s a look at both teams that could help identify potential line movement as the game draws near.

Andy Dalton Era Begins With A Win

The Cowboys avoided complete disaster on the day with their comeback win over the Giants. Dalton played well in relief of Prescott completing 9-of-11 passes for 111 yards. His two deep throws to Michael Gallup on the final drive set up the game-winning field goal. Yes, the opponent was the Giants but it was impressive nonetheless. Dalton signed an incentive-laden deal with Dallas in the offseason that could be worth as much as $7-million. They knew they had a capable back up, the question is whether he can be a capable starter now that Prescott is finished for the season.

The reality is Dalton’s poor play is the reason Joe Burrow was the first overall pick in the NFL draft. The Cincinnati Bengals moved on from Dalton after finishing with the league’s worst record. Dalton completed only 59.5% of his passes for 16 touchdowns in 2019. The good news? The Cowboys aren’t the Bengals. Dalton takes over an offense filled with weapons including Gallup, Ezekiel Elliot, Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb. He won’t be a Pro Bowl quarterback but he has the experience to help Dallas remain competitive.

Cardinals Coming Off Easy With Versus Jets

Much like every other team to face the Jets this season, the Cardinals won with ease in Week 5. Quarterback Kyler Murray finished with a career high 380 passing yards and two total touchdowns in the 30-10 win. Murray and new wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins appear to have settled in. Hopkins totaled six receptions, a game-high 131 yards and a touchdown in this one. The win was easy but it definitely came at a cost.

Four different Cardinals left the game with injuries. Linebacker Chandler Jones is expected to miss the rest of the season with a biceps injury. Offensive lineman J.R. Sweezy and Justin Pugh both left and did not return, nor did defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence. While the lineman haven’t been officially ruled out for Sunday’s game, the loss of Jones is significant. He is the team’s highest paid player and it isn’t close. His salary cap hit is north of $21 million this season, making him a tough player to replace.

Expect Line Movement Prior to Kickoff

Prescott plays for the most polarizing team in the NFL. Love them or hate them, the Dallas Cowboys drive ratings. With his injury plastered all over ESPN for the next six days there will certainly be a lot of public money bet on this game. It’s unlikely those bettors will be siding with Dalton, so expect the Cardinals to be even bigger favorites come kickoff.

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Ryan Bolta

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