Raiders (6-11 last season) vs. Cowboys (13-5 last year)
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys 8/26/2023 — The Las Vegas Raiders have an average of 23.2 points per game in their scoring endeavors. They upheld an average of 121.1 yards on the ground as a collective team effort, positioning them at the 17th spot in the National Football League. Over the course of the previous season, the Raiders accumulated a total of 5,993 yards. Las Vegas’ offense secured 193 first downs but also incurred 113 penalties, resulting in a loss of 932 yards. Regrettably, they experienced 21 instances of losing possession (17 interceptions and 4 fumbles). Regarding touchdowns, Las Vegas achieved 12 rushing touchdowns and 28 passing touchdowns.
In contrast, the Cowboys maintained an impressive average of 27.5 points per game, positioning them at the fourth rank in the league for scoring. Concluding the previous season, the Cowboys amassed 3,736 passing yards, averaging an impressive 219.8 yards through the air per game, ranking them 14th in the league. On the rushing front, they collectively ran for 2,298 yards, maintaining an average of 135.2 yards per game. Notably, the Dallas Cowboys secured the 11th rank in the NFL by averaging 354.9 yards gained per game. Regarding committing errors, the Dallas offense positioned itself at the eighth rank in football, accumulating 842 penalty yards across 104 infractions.
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys Game Info
Time: 8:00 PM ET.
Date: Saturday, August 26, 2023
Venue: AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX
TV: KTVT (CBS)
Las Vegas Raiders QB Jarrett Stidham and Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott
In their previous encounter on the field, the Raiders faced a defeat against the Chiefs, with a final score of 31-13. Jarrett Stidham completed 22 out of 36 passes, accumulating 219 yards and securing one touchdown. Concluding the game with one interception and a quarterback rating of 76, Stidham’s performance was a mix of accomplishments and challenges. Notably, Davante Adams managed to gain 73 yards from 5 catches, showcasing an average of 14.6 yards per catch. Regarding rushing, Jarrett Stidham took the lead for the Raiders, amassing 50 yards from seven carries, resulting in an impressive 7.1 yards per attempt. During the game, the Raiders executed a total of 67 plays, accumulating 279 yards in total.
Moving on to the Cowboys, Dak Prescott secured one touchdown and wrapped up the game with 206 yards, completing 23 out of 37 passes, resulting in a quarterback efficiency of 63.6. His average passing yardage stood at 5.6 yards, but he also encountered two interceptions. In the context of the ground game, Dallas’ defense permitted their opponents to gain 113 yards over 32 rush attempts, averaging 3.5 yards per run. When it came to their pass defense, the Cowboys allowed a total of 199 yards, with 19 completions out of 29 attempts, leading to a completion rate of 65.5%. Ultimately, the Cowboys emerged victorious, executing 60 plays and accumulating 282 yards during the game.
Odds/Point Spread: Las Vegas Raiders -4, Total Odds: 38
Regarding preseason records, the head coach holds a career record of 29-30 in straight-up (SU) victories. However, this record has dipped to 2-7 in SU victories since relocating to Dallas. Given this, it might be wise to favor the Raiders and bet against McCarthy and his Cowboys. Furthermore, when assessing preseason games, the performance of the quarterbacks is often a paramount factor we consider.
If Dak Prescott takes the field as the starter on Saturday, his ability to deliver a successful performance remains uncertain. His recent history includes a season to forget, wherein he led the league with 15 interceptions. It’s worth noting that the potential starting duo of Will Grier and Cooper Rush combined for three touchdowns and two interceptions. If McCarthy opts for this combination, it doesn’t instill confidence in their performance. Ultimately, it’s noteworthy that Vegas triumphed over their preseason opponents, achieving a combined score of 68-24.
Las Vegas Raiders Betting Trends
- The Las Vegas Raiders are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games against the Cowboys.
- The total stayed UNDER in 10 of the Raiders’ last 14 games on the road.
- The Raiders are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games on the road against Dallas.
- The total went OVER in 4 of Las Vegas’ last 5 games against an opponent in the National Football Conference.
Dallas Cowboys Betting Trends
- The total went OVER in 6 of the Dallas Cowboys’ last 6 matches at home.
- Dallas is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against Las Vegas.
- The total hung OVER in 4 of Dallas’ last 5 games against an opponent in the American Football Conference.
- The Cowboys are 6-14 SU in their last 20 games against an American Football Conference West division opponent.
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys Betting Trends
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys: Ahead of the commencement of the preseason, the Cowboys made it known that none of their starters would be taking the field for the initial games. This strategic choice primarily explains their consecutive losses in the last two matches. This revelation can offer Cowboys fans a sense of relief. Although it’s the preseason phase, the Dallas Cowboys enter this season with substantial stakes. Their roster is replete with raw skill and talent, yet their ability to perform under pressure has been lacking in recent seasons.
Given the Cowboys’ decision to bench their starters for this game, the Las Vegas Raiders emerge as the clear favorite. The point spread for this matchup is established at -4.5 in favor of the Raiders. Likely, they will comfortably cover this spread, aiming to gather momentum heading into the forthcoming regular season. Betting on the Raiders to easily cover the spread seems to be the prudent choice. My final score prediction is a victory for the Las Vegas Raiders, scoring 27-17.
Free Pick and Prediction: Las Vegas Raiders will win 21-14.