Jalen Ramsey (knee) questionable for Jaguars versus Cowboys

Heather Diaz
October 15, 2018

I trust the Dallas defense to hold its own against the iffy Jacksonville offense, but I am just not confident the Cowboys can find a way to score enough points. The Cowboys come into today's game 2-3 against the spread while posting a 4-1 record with the under.

For Jacksonville, starting 3-2 is not how they envision starting the season.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off a tough loss to the Kansas City Chiefs during which they allowed Patrick Mahomes and company to move the ball up and down the field easily on their way to 30 points.

According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Jaguars are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -3 points against the Cowboys.

There's no question that Dallas' offense has been the blame for it's slow start.

The Cowboys have covered the spread in seven of their last nine games in October, but just 3-10 ATS in their last 13 against a winning team.

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This is not the defense to play from behind against. Dallas only averages 192 yards passing per contest. Cowboys trying to win first three of season for first time at 9-year-old AT&T Stadium. Only the Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills are behind the Cowboys. They can't afford that type of repeat performance from their quarterback. Running back T.J. Yeldon will get the bulk of the carries, Charles will spell him as he gets into football shape.

McGregor mingled before the game with the Cowboys, offering some fist-pumping encouragement before they rolled to a 24-0 halftime lead. Blake Bortles has been bad on the road this season, but at the same time he's been one of the league's better quarterbacks when playing at home. The Dallas quarterback performed much as he did for Guin at Haughton High School in Louisiana.

Even though things may look bleak for Dallas on paper, there is still a way the offense can be efficient enough to pull out a victory this week. Jacksonville has a great defense that bordered on all-time a year ago.

Despite leading the league in yards, the Jags are very mediocre when it comes to defending the run. Bortles has shot at being fifth in National Football League history with at least 375 yards passing in three straight games. A few weeks earlier, Tennessee combined for 150 yards on the ground with the bulk of them split between Derrick Henry and quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Dallas hadn't had more than two touchdowns in a game prior to Sunday's matchup against the Jags. Jaguars QB Blake Bortles had set career high in yards passing each of past two games: 430 against Chiefs after 388 vs. Jets. Don't expect a lot of points, but don't count the Cowboys out if Zeke gets plenty of touches.

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