Week 9 NFL Expert Picks: Dallas Vs Cleveland
When Dak Prescott and the streaking Dallas Cowboys hit the road to take on the winless Cleveland Browns in their Week 9 mismatch, only one question needs to be asked. Are the ‘Boys locks to cover the spread as touchdown road favorites over the beleaguered Browns? Let’s find out now.
A Closer Look At The Week 9 NFL Expert Picks: Dallas Cowboys Vs Cleveland Browns
When: Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
NFL Odds: Dallas -7 / Total: 47
The Cowboys (6-1 SU, 6-0-1 ATS) are on a Philly cheesesteak-sized roll right now, having won six straight games, including their 29-23 win over NFC East rival Philadelphia last week. More importantly, the ‘Boys are now led by a pair of rock-solid rookies that look nothing like first-year players in running back Ezekiel Elliott and apparently unflappable quarterback Dak Prescott. While Elliott was expected to be a star at some point in his career after being drafted fourth overall, it is Prescott, a fourth round pick that has been arguably the biggest surprise in all of football this season.
For the season, Prescott is completing an impressive 65.2 percent of his passes for 1,773 yards with nine touchdowns, but more importantly, just two interceptions. Prescott has tossed two or more touchdown passes in three of his last four games while Elliott has rushed for a league-high 799 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Dallas Cowboys is limiting the opposition to just 18.6 points per game to rank a surprising seventh in points allowed.
Okay, if you can name Cleveland’s starting quarterback then you win a grand prize! Seriously though, the Browns (0-8 SU, 2-6 ATS) have gone through five quarterbacks this season and just don’t have enough talent on either side of the ball to really challenge anyone at this point, even though I expect them to be better with veteran Josh McCown back under center.
Cleveland fought its heart out, but ended up on the wrong side of a heartbreaking 31-28 loss against the Jets this past weekend. More importantly, the Browns are ranked a dismal 25th in scoring at 19.7 points per game while also ranking an awful 30th in points allowed (29.7 ppg).
Expert Prediction and Pick
Dallas is 5-0 ATS in its last five games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games while Cleveland has gone 1-4 ATS in their last five games and a pitiful 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 home games. Cleveland won’t have an answer for Dak Prescott, nor will they be able to stop the Ezekiel Elliott Express Train. The Cowboys win and cover the spread with room to spare.
Pick: Dallas 35 Cleveland 21