Take Dallas -1 away vs. Denver
Dallas was able to get the opening night home win on Sunday Night Football over division rival New York 19-3. Dak Prescott got his season off to a good start with 268 passing yards and a TD, while Ezekiel Elliott also was a force in the run game with 24 carries for 104 yards. Denver held on for the victory against the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football, winning 24-21. Trevor Siemien was able to do enough on offense to move the ball, with 219 passing yards, 2 TDs and an INT. The defense had a scare in the 4th quarter though, as Los Angeles was rallying back from a 24-7 deficit only to see their game-tying FG blocked after the kicker was iced on a good try that would have tied it.
Although New York didn’t quite have its offensive groove going without OBJ, you have to give the Dallas defense some credit. They were able to hold NY to 3 points and only 233 total yards, while contributing 1 INT and 3 sacks in the process. For a team that’s always highlighted for its 2016 offensive attack and losing a few defensive players in the offseason, it was promising to see such productivity to start the season. Denver doesn’t have a stellar offensive unit this season either, as they had 2 turnovers and 4 sacks allowed in their opener and won’t run away with points. It’s also hard to slow down Elliott and Prescott, even though Denver’s defense is one of the elite. After watching the defense give up 14 pts in only a couple minutes in the 4th quarter to Rivers and Co, it’s a bit of a concern for a defense that’s supposed to be in the elite class. It’s always a tough road game when playing in Denver, but Dallas has more firepower overall and should be able to pull out the road victory here to move to 2-0.