Dallas Cowboys vs. San Diego Chargers: NFL Week 4 Betting Odds and Picks

Dallas Cowboys vs. San Diego Chargers
Sunday, 9/29/13, 4:25 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Dallas -2.5
Current Betting Line:  Dallas -2
Opening Total:  44.5
Current Total:  46.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

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The San Diego Chargers are performing at a high level offensively early on in 2013

Dallas has alternated wins and losses over its first three games, as it comes off a decisive 31-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams as 3.5-point home favorites last week, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.  Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has completed 72.2 percent of his passes and thrown just a single interception, as he’s given praise to the protecting he’s received by the offensive line early on this season.  “You’re not having to make as many decisions under duress,” stated Romo this week.  Dallas is 3-1 SU and 2-1-1 ATS as road favorites of three or fewer points, which is important to consider when making your NFL expert picks in Week 4.

The Cowboys are the only team in the NFC East with a winning record, but their pass rush took a big hit this week, as defensive end Anthony Spender was put on the season-ending injured reserve list Wednesday.  Dallas will rely even more on DeMarcus Ware getting after the opposing quarterback under first-year defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin’s scheme.  He leads the team with four sacks, while defensive tackle Jason Hatcher has tallied one in every game.

San Diego returns home after splitting a pair of road games in the Eastern Time Zone, as it attempts to bounce back from a 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans as three-point underdogs in Week 3.  “We have to build off the good things, but really clean up the mistakes as soon as possible,” commented Chargers head coach Mike McCoy.  The Chargers have done a much better job protecting quarterback Philip Rivers this season, as he’s been sacked just five times—allowing him to throw eight touchdowns and just a single interception.  San Diego is 1-3 SUATS as home underdogs of three or less points the last two-plus seasons, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NFL betting lines.

The Chargers have a potent three-headed rushing attack comprised of Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown, which must continue to allow this offense to be balanced throughout the season.  San Diego will be meeting Dallas for the 10th time during regular season play, as it has dropped six of nine games in the series, but picking up a victory in two of the last three.

Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the OVER is 7-1 in the Chargers last eight games after allowing 350 or more total yards.

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