The NFL returns this Thursday with the first pre-season game of the year, the Dallas Cowboys versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both teams went through massive changes during the offseason. Given the changes, and the fact neither head coach will play his starters, which bet on which is the best to make? Check out our NFL Preseason Betting update.
NFL Betting Preview for Pittsburgh Steelers vs Dallas Cowboys On Aug. 5th
NFL Hall of Fame Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs Dallas Cowboys
- When: Thursday, August 5 at 8:00 pm ET
- Where: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, OH
- Spread: Cowboys +1 ½ (-110) / Steelers -1 ½ (-110)
- Moneyline: Cowboys +105 / Steelers -125
- Over/Under: O 33 (-110) / Under 33 (-110)
Why bet on the Pittsburgh Steelers versus the Dallas Cowboys
Although Big Ben won’t play, three players with starting experience in the NFL will. The top backup quarterback on the Steelers’ depth chart is Mason Rudolph. In 2013, Rudolph completed 62.2% of his passes during the regular season and threw 13 TDs. Rudolph could get significant playing time in this. If he does, the Steelers will have a big edge.
Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Trends
- Steelers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games
- Steelers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall
- Steelers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite
Why bet on the Dallas Cowboys versus the Pittsburgh Steelers
Dallas spent their first 6 picks on defensive players, including a favorite to win NFL Rookie Defensive Player of the Year honors, LSU linebacker Micah Parsons. Parsons is listed as a starter. Because he’s a rookie, Micah, and the other 6 drafted defenders, must get quality playing time right away. A defense gels when all of its players work together. That should make the Cowboys tough to beat.
Dallas Cowboys Betting Trends
- Cowboys are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog
- Cowboys are 5-11 ATS in their last 6 games overall
- Cowboys are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 Thursday games
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Dallas Cowboys Final Betting Analysis
Handicapping preseason games isn’t easy. Handicapping this one, though, sort of is. Why? The Pittsburgh Steelers have an almost brand new offensive line, which means Mike Tomlin won’t hesitate to pull Rudolph if he thinks the second string QB faces injury.
If Tomlin pulls Rudolph early, Joshua Dobbs and Dwayne Haskins will duke it out for a spot on the team. That should play right into the Cowboys’ hands.
Dallas must get their 6 draft picks involved early. All 6 are quality defensive players. In addition to Parsons, cornerback Kelvin Joseph could also start this season.
The game sets up for a Cowboys’ SU victory. Steelers’ HC Mike Tomlin won’t allow any of his offensive starters to get hurt while the Boys must give their defensive rookies playing time. Back the Cowboys on the moneyline.
NFL Betting Pick: Dallas Cowboys moneyline