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Bolts are Set to Shock and Awe on Thanksgiving

Thursday’s slate of Thanksgiving Day games isn’t necessarily the most intriguing from a neutral perspective but the middle matchup between the Chargers and Cowboys in which Tony Romo will be on the call might be the most watchable – and listenable – of the lot.

  • The Chargers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against the NFC.
  • The Chargers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games on Thursday.
  • The Cowboys have scored 16 total points in 2 games without Ezekiel Elliott.

The visiting Bolts opened as 4-point underdogs but the game was almost immediately bet down to EVEN with a lot of factors – including a questionable Tyron Smith – going against Jerry and company for the Week 12 tilt.

If the Cowboys’ Pro Bowl left tackle is unable to suit up for Thursday, Dak Prescott is in for a big helping of stuffing from one of the premier pass rushes in the NFL. The Chargers’ duo of dynamic defensive ends has been terrorizing the league this season and they could be in for career days against an offensive line that’s been in the giving spirit, surrendering a total of 12 sacks in two games played without Smith protecting the blind side.

Dallas is an absolute tire fire of a team right now with injuries and suspensions decimating the lineup and the Chargers, who are finally settled from their San Diego uprooting, look like the best club not currently in the playoff picture.

Getting the Chargers as a pick in this game feels like a gift from the betting gods given the way the Cowboys have played the last two weeks and it’s one that this pundit won’t be taking for granted.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Dallas Cowboys in this one found them as 4-point favorites earlier in the week at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 47.5.

OddsShark computer NFL score prediction models picked a possible 24-20 win for the Cowboys on Thursday. That score may change during the week, if injury or weather factors alter the numbers, so check the NFL picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Los Angeles Chargers vs Dallas Cowboys Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Dallas will face the 4-6 Los Angeles Chargers, who own a 5-4-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Cowboys are 5-5 so far this season while the Chargers are 4-6. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Dallas vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Cowboys at No. 15 and the Chargers at No. 14 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Dallas's No. 9-ranked offense, averaging 24.2 PPG, against a Chargers defense that ranks No. 9 this week at 19.6 PPG. The Cowboys aerial game is averaging 201.8 yards per game, less than the Chargers secondary allows through the air, 209.8 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Chargers own the league's No. 25-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 126.6 yards per game when on the road. Dallas, on the other hand, rates No. 3 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Los Angeles won its last game 54-24 over Buffalo on Sunday, behind a 159-yard receiving performance from Keenan Allen at StubHub Center.

Dallas was hammered in its last outing, as Philadelphia ran up a 37-9 score against them at AT&T Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • LA is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • LA is 5-9-1 ATS in its last 15 games
  • LA is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • LA is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games
  • Dallas is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
  • Dallas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Dallas is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home
  • Dallas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles home to Cleveland, Sunday, December 3
Dallas home to Washington, Thursday, November 30