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Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals - 8/26/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arizona Cardinals (2-0) at Dallas Cowboys (0-2)
Date & Time Sunday August 26, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Dallas Cowboys -3 -- Over/Under: 43.5
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NFL | Arizona Cardinals (2-0) at Dallas Cowboys (0-2)
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We close out week 3 of the 2018 NFL preseason with a matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The Arizona Cardinals will look to remain unbeaten after improving to 2-0 in the preseason with a 20-15 win over the New Orleans Saints in their last outing. Josh Rosen threw for 107 yards and a touchdown on 10 of 16 passing, while Sam Bradford completed all six of his pass attempts for 61 yards. David Johnson led the Cardinals with 22 yards and a touchdown on 6 carries while Christian Kirk caught a team-high 4 passes for 49 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals’ defensive unit combined for a pair of interceptions and 3 sacks while Budda Baker led Arizona with 5 tackles in the winning effort.

The Dallas Cowboys will be on the hunt for their first win of the preseason following a 21-13 loss to Cincinnati in their last outing to drop to 0-2 this preseason. Dak Prescott threw for 86 yards and a touchdown on 10 of 15 passing, while Rod Smith led Dallas’ backfield with 13 carries for 49 yards and Darius Jackson came right behind with 6 carries for 42 yards. Rico Gathers led the Cowboys with 32 receiving yards on a pair of receptions while the aforementioned Jackson and Dalton Schultz tied for the team lead with 4 receptions apiece. Defensively, Chidobe Awuzie recorded an interception and Taco Charlton recorded a sack while Anthony Brown led Dallas with 4 tackles in the loss. 

Arizona is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on turf while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 games against the NFC. Dallas is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the NFC. Arizona is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Dallas is well overdue for their first win of the preseason, and Prescott looked solid in their last game. However, Arizona has been one of the best teams in the league so far in the preseason, and the QB battle between Rosen and Bradford has brought out the best in the Arizona offense. All in all, I’m expecting the battle to continue until the end of the preseason and as such I like Arizona to keep their momentum going with another win but I’ll take the free field goal just to be safe.

Pick:
Arizona +3

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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