The Cowboys and Chargers are thought of as Super Bowl contenders this season and both teams are well respected by the NFL betting oddsmakers. NFL week 1 odds for this preseason matchup has the Chargers as a 3 point football betting favorite with a total of 35.5.
Football betting power ratings have the Chargers as the third rated team in the NFL and the Cowboys fourth. Both teams are looking at competing for a Super Bowl title this season but this particular preseason football betting matchup won’t look like a regular season game. Very few starters are expected to play for either side according to football betting information. Quarterbacks Philip Rivers and Tony Romo are not expected to get more than a series or two while running back LaDainian Tomlinson never plays much in the preseason as many football betting gamblers know.
The two teams have met eight times in football betting history and the Cowboys lead the series 6-2. Football betting stats show that the last time they met was in 2005 during the regular season and the Cowboys won 28-24. Football betting information shows that the Chargers added offensive linemen Jeremy Newberry and L.J. Shelton in the off-season in addition to draft choice Antoine Cason. The Chargers lost running back Michael Turner, cornerback Drayton Florence and safety Marlon McCree in the off-season according to NFL betting information.
This football betting matchup is a homecoming for Dallas head coach Wade Phillips. Football betting information shows that he returns to San Diego for the first time since coaching there from 2004-2006. Former Cowboys offensive coordinator Norv Turner leads the Chargers. Turner is only 11-14 straight up and 8-16-1 against the NFL betting pointspread. The Cowboys are 13-3 straight up in their last 16 preseason games overall according to football betting stats.
In the last 11 years underdogs have done very well in NFL week 1 odds. They are 90-67 versus the football betting pointspread which translates into 57% versus the NFL betting pointspread.