Dominant Dallas Defense Looks To Sweep the New York/New Jersey Teams
So much for the Week 2 matchup between much-talked-about quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Dak Prescott. Prescott will be quarterbacking the Dallas Cowboys, but the Jets vs Cowboys odds will be impacted by the absence of four-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers.
How much of an impact was Rodgers expected to make for the Jets? The line for the game opened with the Cowboys favored by three points, and now it is at 9, according to the NFL point spreads. That would make it the second-highest of Sunday’s lines behind only Buffalo’s matchup with the Raiders, even though the NFL team records have both the Jets and Cowboys at 1-0.
The road team has won four of the last seven meetings and has been favored in three of those matchups.
When looking at the NFL division standings, both the Jets and Cowboys are coming off season-opening wins over division rivals coming off playoff appearances.
Date & Time:
Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Line: Cowboys -9
What’s Next For the Jets?
Everything leading into the 2023 season centered around finally having a quarterback capable of leading the Jets to the Super Bowl after years and decades of breaking the hearts of the Jets faithful. Rodgers lasted all of four plays before suffering a season-ending Achilles injury.
Zach Wilson, a former No. 2 overall pick, is now the starting QB, with Tim Boyle backing him up. That is coming into play regarding the Jets vs Cowboys odds.
The Jets wouldn’t have brought in Rodgers if they had confidence in Wilson, so it is fair to wonder where the Jets go from here.
The defense was outstanding in the season-opening win over Buffalo, while running back Breece Hall and receiver Garrett Wilson gave the Jets two young playmakers on offense.
What a Start for the Cowboys
The issues with the Cowboys never focus on how they play at the beginning of the season but on how things shake out come playoff time.
Still, it was hard not to be impressed with how Dallas dismissed their NFC East rival New York Giants 40-0 in Week 1.
The offense was OK with 265 yards, but the defense was dominant in holding the Giants to 218 yards. Keep that in mind when looking at the Jets vs Cowboys odds.
Third-year defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa had two sacks, as did Dorance Armstrong, as the Cowboys had seven sacks.
The teams haven’t played in the regular season since 2019 when the Jets, listed by the NFL point spreads as a seven-point underdog at home, upset the visiting Cowboys 24-22 as a pair of Sam Darnold touchdown passes gave the Jets a lead they would never lose.
The game went over the 43.5-point total on a Prescott touchdown pass with 43 seconds left to play. The potential game-tying two-point conversion was no good.
The Jets have won the last three meetings, all by three points or less.
Jets vs Cowboys Injury Update
It is more than just about Rodgers for the Jets when it comes to injured players.
Running backs Breece Hall and Israel Abanikanda and offensive tackle Duane Brown are all questionable for the Jets. Hall is coming off a knee injury that ended his promising rookie season, so his practice participation figures to be limited early in the season. Defensive lineman Carl Lawson missed the season opener with a back injury so monitor his status.
Cornerback Brandin Echols was suspended for Week 1 for violating the league’s conduct policy, and he is eligible to play on Sunday.
For the Cowboys, receiver Brandin Cooks (knee), cornerback Jourdan Lewis (foot), safety Donovan Wilson (calf), and offensive lineman Tyler Smith (hamstring) are all questionable.
Jets vs Cowboys Betting Preview
The Cowboys tore through the Giants offensive line early and often in the season opener and will look to do the same against the Jets.
The Jets have won two of the last three meetings that went over the total, with the Cowboys taking three of the previous four games between the teams that finished under the total.
The total is on the low side at 38 after opening at 46.5, as the news of the severity of Rodgers’ injury caused a significant move in the over/under number.
The early money has been landing on both sides, so some believe the Jets can still cover as the underdog despite the injury to Rodgers.
The total has gone under in each of the last six games played by the Jets and in the Cowboys’ last five games.
The Jets are 1-4 against the spread in the last five contests with the Cowboys covered in four of their last six games.
Dallas was 5-2 ATS as the home favorite in 2022, with the Jets ending up 4-3 as the road underdog.
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