Cowboys vs. Cardinals: Week 3 Betting Preview & Predictions

by | 22 September 2023

The 0-2-0 Arizona Cardinals host the 2-0-0 Dallas Cowboys at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Arizona Cardinals have a point spread of +13 with a money line of -115. The over/under total on the game is currently set at 43 points.

&The Arizona Cardinals are coached by Jonathan Gannon who has been with the team since 2023. They have a current season record of 0-2-0 after going 4-13 last season. All coaches want big games from their defense andJonathan Gannon is no different.

The Arizona Cardinals are coached by Jonathan Gannon who has been with the team since 2023. They have a current season record of 0-2-0 after going 4-13 last season. All coaches want big games from their defense andJonathan Gannon is no different.

Joshua Dobbs is the quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals. The 28-year-old Tennessee alum entered the league in 2017 and is looking for a win in front of the home crowd here. Thus far this season he has started 2 games and throw for 360 yards with a completion percentage of 68.9 percent. Joshua Dobbs has thrown 1 touchdowns against 0 interceptions and has a QB Rating of 89.5.

His main target will be Marquise Brown. The home crowd would love to see some fireworks from the 26-year-old target. He has made 9 receptions to date on 15 targets, a catch percentage of 0.6, for a total of 82 yards. Marquise Brown is averaging 9.1 yards per catch with 1 touchdowns thus far. Joshua Dobbs will be looking to connect with him for more here.

The Arizona Cardinals running game is lead by the 28-year-old James Conner. A big game from him could be the key to controlling the clock here. He’s taken 37 carries and rushed for 168 yards thus far this season. His yards per game currently sits at 84 yards per game, a number that you know Jonathan Gannon would love to see him exceed in this game. James Conner has 1 touchdowns this season and 0 fumbles.

Their kicker is Matt Prater who has made 5 of 6 field goals this season, a 0.833 field goal percentage, with a long of 54 yards. The Arizona Cardinals fans don’t want to see him too much, but it’s good to know he can hit one if needed.

Overall, the Arizona Cardinals offense ranks 20 out of 32 teams in Offense DVOA at -0.0389844976443809, per FootballOutsiders. This season they have a Red Zone success rate of 0.4 with 2 Red Zone touchdowns in 5 attempts.

On the defensive end, the Arizona Cardinals have a Defense DVOA of -0.00629530291551749, ranking 17 in the league.

The Dallas Cowboys are on the road for this one. Mike McCarthy’s squad is 2-0-0 this season after going 12-5 last year. He has been at the helm since 2020 and is looking to grab a road win here. The Dallas Cowboys have a betting line of +13 or you could bet them straight up at -115.

30-year-old Dak Prescott will be under center for this one. He entered the league in 2016 after playing his college days at Mississippi State. Dak Prescott has a quarterback rating of 98.7 on 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He’s started 2 games and thrown for 398, a completion percentage of 71.

The Dallas Cowboys will look to get the running game going in this match-up and to do that they’ll need a big game from Tony Pollard. The 26-year-old back has rushed for 2 touchdowns thus far this season and he’ll look to take it to the house again against the Arizona Cardinals. He’s taken the hand-off 39 times and added 142 yards for the offense. Tony Pollard is averaging 71 yards per game for the season and has lost the ball 1 times. A turnover on the road could be seen as unacceptable for Mike McCarthy so he’ll need to protect the ball here.

On the passing front, Dak Prescott will look to target CeeDee Lamb against the Mike McCarthy defense. CeeDee Lamb has 0 touchdowns thus far this season and his team will be looking for more here. On the year, he’s been targeted 17 times and made 15 catches for 220 yards. CeeDee Lamb has a catch percentage of 0.882 and his yards per reception is 14.7.

The team will be looking for touchdowns, but they have Brandon Aubrey to knock down field goals if needed. His season long is a 55 yarder which is always helpful on the road. Brandon Aubrey has made 7 field goals on 55 attempts, a field goal percentage of 1.

According to FootballOutsiders, the Dallas Cowboys offense has a Defense-adjusted Value Over Average of -0.0140143343762691 which ranks at number 19 out of thirty two teams. If they hope to win on the road, they’ll need to do well in the Red Zone. For the year, they have scored 5 Red Zone touchdowns on 10 attempts, a Red Zone percentage of 0.5.

Key Match-ups:

  • Joshua Dobbs QB Rating of 89.5 vs. Dallas Cowboys Defensive Passing YPG of 107
    Dallas Cowboys have 16 interceptions this year and 10 sacks. They are allowing 20.1176470588235 points per game.
  • James Conner vs. Dallas Cowboys number 1 ranked DVOA Defense
    Opponents are averaging 4.4 yards per carry against Dallas Cowboys and 129.294117647059 per game.
  • Dak Prescott QB Rating of 98.7 vs. Arizona Cardinals Pass Defense
  • The Arizona Cardinals defense has allowed 26.4117647058824 points per game thus far this season. They have sacked the quarterback 9 times and picked him off 11 times.
  • Tony Pollard vs. Arizona Cardinals Defense
    Arizona Cardinals is giving up 118.588235294118 yards per game on 4.5 per carry thus far this season.