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Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals - 8/3/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Dallas Cowboys (13-4) at Arizona Cardinals (7-8-1)

NFL Football: Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium)

The Line: Arizona Cardinals +3.5 -- Over/Under: 36 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBC

The NFL’s annual Hall of Fame Game takes place on Thursday as the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals meet up at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. 

The Cardinals come into this season after a 7-8-1 mark in 2016, missing the playoffs and finishing second in the NFC West. Arizona lost of couple of key players from that squad in Tony Jefferson and Calais Campbell, but filled the voids pretty well by signing Antoine Bethea and Phil Dawson while re-upping center AQ Shipley. 

Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals - 8/3/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The key pieces of the Arizona attack remain intact heading into 2017, led by QB Carson Palmer, WR Larry Fitzgerald and RB David Johnson. Palmer in particular had a pretty solid 2016, tossing 4233 yards, 26 TDs and 14 picks. Injury-wise, The Cards have a host of questionable designations for the Hall of Fame game, including Shipley, WR John Brown and backup QB Jake Coker. 

Over on the Cowboys’ side, they’re fresh off a dominant 13-3 season which led to an NFC East championship in 2016 under head coach Jason Garrett. Dallas lost in the divisional round of the playoffs to the Packers 34-31. 

Dallas has one of the most enviable offenses in the league, which will be a key factor in their success this season. The O is helmed once again by QB Dak Prescott, who logged 3,667 pass yards with 23 pass TDs last year, and RB Ezekiel Elliott, who managed 1,631 rush yards with 15 rush touchdowns behind a formidable offensive line last year. The Cowboys lost a few key pieces from their 2016 run, including QB Tony Romo, RB Lance Dunbar, OT Doug Free and CB Brandon Carr. Incoming impact players who got new contracts this year include WR Terrance Williams and CB Nolan Carroll. The Cowboys are fairly healthy coming into the season but will likely be without rookie WR Ryan Switzer, who is nursing a hamstring issue. 

The Cowboys are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games on fieldturf, and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall. Dallas is also 1-6 ATS in their last seven versus the NFC, and 1-7 ATS in their last eight Thursday games. 

Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall, and 2-5 ATS in their last seven Thursday games. The over is 7-0 in the Cards’ last seven games overall, and 6-0 in the Cardinals’ last six versus the NFC. 

With this being the first foray into the preseason for both teams, it’s obvious there’s going to be a lot of third and fourth string time in this one. Expect both coaches to play those “roster bubble” guys quite a bit here to see what to do going forward. We won’t see much Prescott or Palmer here; instead it will be Kellen Moore and Drew Stanton. Moore’s not exactly a gunslinger but he’s been in the league long enough to know his way around. Behind a deep line and solid RB corps I think he can help guide the Cowboys to a win and cover here. Give me Dallas.

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