Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is questionable for Sunday’s game in Minnesota due to calf strain.
Kirk Cousins is in perfect health. But it’s still questionable to support the Viking QB in prime time, let alone on Halloween night.
Cousins is 8-17 in prime-time games and was 0-9 in a row and ATS on “Monday Night Football” before breaking his winless streak last season against the Bears.
The Cowboys started off as the 2½-point favorites, but the line moved to Minnesota -3 after Prescott was limited to practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
Dallas coach Mike McCarthy adopted a cautious tone after practice on Friday, saying the decision whether Prescott would play would be based on “more than one game.” But owner Jerry Jones appeared optimistic, saying “things are going well right now about Dak.”
If Prescott plays, getting three points will be good value. If he’s replaced by Cooper Rush, I’ll always try my luck with the Cowboys against Cousins and I’ll probably get more than a field goal.
The underdog has covered the last four games, Dallas winning over Minnesota last season as a 7-point dog behind veteran QB Andy Dalton.
The Cowboys (5-1) have won five straight wins since losing 31-29 to Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the season. Dallas is the only NFL team with a perfect ATS record (6-0). I jumped on the bandwagon for the last two times and vowed to ride the Cowboys until they pushed me away.
Here are four other games (home team in CAPS):
SEAHAWKS (-3) finished Jaguar: Desperate for a win after losing three straight, Seattle is home to a team in Jacksonville that ended a 20-game losing streak last time around in a 23-20 win over Miami in London. Throw an 84-yard touchdown pass to DK Metcalf, and Seahawks QB Geno Smith passed 83 yards in the 13-10 home loss to the Saints on Monday. But Smith covered the spread for the second week in a row and is 7-0 ATS in his last seven starts. The Jaguars are 2-13 against NFC West.
Patriots (+ 4½) on CHARGEURS: New England have won and covered the last six games, including a 45-0 loss last season in Los Angeles with Cam Newton at quarterback. The Patriots exploded to a season-high points in Sunday’s 54-13 win over the Jets and kept things tight against Tampa Bay and Dallas. New England have the NFL’s No.6 defense (20 points per game allowed) and are 19-9-1 ATS as an underdog.
Boucaniers (-4) on SAINTS: Tampa Bay have won 14 of their last 15 total games, including last season’s 30-20 playoff victory in New Orleans. The Bucs, whose racing loss was to the Rams this season, are clicking all cylinders. Tampa is third in scoring (33.3 points per game) and 10th in defense (21 points per game), and quarterback Tom Brady pitched for 21 touchdowns and three interceptions. The Saints work for a short week.
Giants (+10) on CHIEFS: Kansas City is 2-8 ATS at home and 4-14 overall. New York comes off a 25-3 victory over Carolina. The Giants lead an 11-2 cover streak as the road underdogs and should score enough on the Chiefs’ porous defense (29 ppga) to cover the double-digit gap.
Last week: 4-1
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