Steelers (-14) vs. Cowboys is way too unpredictable to bet on — Colin Cowherd, Steelers vs. Cowboys spread, odds, pick: Andy Dalton expected to play, so Ben DiNucci era is over.
Steelers vs Cowboys
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The struggling Dallas Cowboys are expecting starting QB Andy Dalton to return Sunday vs. Pittsburgh.
As of this writing, there is no opening line at William Hill sportsbook for this Sunday’s Pittsburgh at Dallas matchup because it’s not 100 percent certain who will be at quarterback for the struggling Cowboys, but it is expected that Andy Dalton will return from a concussion and start. Which means the Ben DiNucci era mercifully ends after just one game for Dallas. Unbeaten Pittsburgh should open as around a 9.5-point favorite on the NFL odds.
If that spread were to get to double digits, which is quite possible, it would mark the first time Dallas has been a double-digit home dog since 1990.
The Steelers are 7-0 for the first time since 1978 – when they finished with a franchise-record 14 regular-season wins and beat the Cowboys 35-31 in a very memorable Super Bowl XIII. Two of the league’s marquee franchises have met in the Super Bowl three times. Pittsburgh might get there this February but at 2-6 the Cowboys certainly are not.
Points Per Game, Dallas 2020:
Wks 1-5 con Dak : 32.6
Wks 6-8 sin Dak: 7.3
DiNucci, a seventh-round pick out of James Madison, looked overwhelmed in Sunday night’s 23-9 loss in Philadelphia – the Cowboys have totaled just 22 points in a three-game losing streak that started after Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending injury. The Cowboys’ offense has failed to cover a TD in back-to-back games for only the fourth time in team history. When Mike McCarthy was coaching the Packers, they never went consecutive games without a TD.
Cowboys are on the verge of becoming first team in NFL history to start 0-9 vs. the spread
The Dallas Cowboys have faced much adversity during their 2-6 start to the season.
Dallas lost star quarterback Dak Prescott to a season-ending ankle injury, anonymous players reportedly called out Mike McCarthy and the coaching staff for being “totally unprepared,” and the defense has looked lost through much of the year under defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.
If those reasons weren’t enough to not bet on the Cowboys this season, maybe this will be. The Cowboys are 0-8 against the points spread this season.