Qualcomm Stadium will play host to the Dallas Cowboys vs San Diego Chargers NFL preseason week 1 matchup for a second year in a row. The Chargers have won three of their last four preseason games against the Cowboys since 2010, including two in a row at home.
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Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers Preseason Week 1 Spread, Against The Spread Pick & TV Info
Dallas Cowboys vs San Diego Chargers
Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015
Start Time: 10:00 PM ET
Location: San Diego, California
Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium
Odds: Chargers -2.5
Game Total: 37.5
Radio: Dallas vs San Diego
Can The Dallas Cowboys Cover the 2.5-point Spread versus San Diego?
The loss of DeMarco Murray may sink the Cowboys!
The biggest question in Big D this NFL Pre-Season is who will replace DeMarco Murray at running back. Murray rushed for 1,894 yards and 13 touchdowns from 392 attempts. He averaged 4.7 yards a carry in 2014. Now, Murray plays for NFC East rival Philadelphia.
Replacing Murray’s production won’t be easy. The Cowboys are likely to give multiple carries to former Oakland Raider player Darren McFadden and Joseph Randle. Both are fighting for the starting running back position in Dallas. McFadden has been injury prone during his career. When he’s healthy, he can be one of the best running backs in the league. But, he’s rarely healthy. McFadden was actually hurt for the first week of training camp.
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Randle has worked with the first team so far. He’s looked good. Randle rushed for 343 yards on 51 attempts last season. He averaged 6.7 yards per carry. The other running back listed on the depth chart is Lance Dunbar. Dunbar averaged only 3.4 yards per carry. If McFadden and Randle are moving well behind the big offensive line, Dallas should cover the spread in this Week 1 NFL Pre-Season game.
Can The San Diego Chargers Cover the 2.5-point Spread versus Dallas?
Is rookie rusher Melvin Gordon finally the replacement for LT that Chargers-fans have been waiting for?
San Diego and Dallas are similar teams. Both have quarterbacks that are considered in the Top 10 in the NFL. The Chargers’ Phillip Rivers has been one of the best in the league for a long time. Rivers isn’t likely to see much action in Week 1 of the NFL Pre-Season. The Chargers know what they have with Rivers.
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In order for San Diego to cover the spread in this matchup, they’re going to have to run the football with their improved group of running backs. San Diego drafted Melvin Gordon, the terrific ball-carrier from Wisconsin, with their first pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. Gordon was stellar with the Badgers last season. Gordon and a healthy Danny Woodhead will be counted on to improve a rushing attack that ranked thirtieth in the NFL in 2014. Gordon should see the bulk of the carries in this first game. San Diego wants Gordon to be their featured back. Branden Oliver burst onto the scene and then tailed off in 2014. He ended up averaging 3.6 yards per carry. The Bolts haven’t given up on Oliver. He’ll get his share of carries in this Week 1 NFL Pre-Season game.
If Gordon and Oliver are able to run the football against Dallas’ defense, San Diego should cover the spread.
NFL Preseason Week 1 ATS Prediction: San Diego 22, Dallas 19
The Cowboys are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Chargers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The Chargers will hand this game off to their backfield and they will overpower the backup defenders of the Cowboys.
How To Watch Dallas V San Diego Preseason Week 1 Game:
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KTVT (CBS/11 – Dallas)
KMYS (CW/35 – San Antonio)
KEYE (CBS/42 – Austin)
KOCB (CW/34 – Oklahoma City)
KQCW (CW/19 – Tulsa)
KWKT (FOX/44 – Waco TX)
KFXK (FOX/51 – Tyler TX)
KJTL (FOX/18 – Wichita Falls TX)
KRBC (NBC/9 – Abilene TX)
KSAN (NBC/3 – San Angelo TX)
KCIT (FOX/14 – Amarillo TX)
KMYL (My/14 – Lubbock TX)
KPEJ (FOX/24 – Odessa TX)
KBTV (FOX/4 – Beaumont TX)
KVCT (FOX/19 – Victoria TX)
KRIS (NBC/6 – Corpus Christi TX)
KRGV (ABC/5 – Harlingen TX)
KVTV (CBS/13 – Laredo TX)
KFOX (FOX/14 – El Paso)
KASY (My/50 – Albuquerque)
KARK (NBC/4 – Little Rock)
KFTA (FOX/24 – Fort Smith AR)
KTAL (NBC/6 – Shreveport LA)
KARD (FOX/14 – Monroe LA)
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KFMB (CBS/8 – San Diego)
KCBS (CBS/2 – Los Angeles)
KLAS (CBS/8 – Las Vegas)
KBAK (CBS/29 – Bakersfield)
KSEE (NBC/24 – Fresno)
KSWT (CBS/13 – Yuma AZ)
KGMB (CBS/9 – Honolulu)