Seahawks vs. Cowboys Total Prediction
Two teams that have similar offensive philosophies will meet in Dallas on Saturday night when the Dallas Cowboys host the Seattle Seahawks in an NFL Wild Card matchup at 8:15 p.m. ET. Will these run-heavy teams make under bettors happy?
103 Seattle Seahawks at 104 Dallas Cowboys
8:15 p.m. ET, Saturday, January 5, 2019
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Cowboys are 2-point favorites to beat the Seahawks. The total, meanwhile, sits at 43 points. As of this writing, 55% of the public betting tickets are on the Seahawks to cover the point spread.
Doug Baldwin (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday. Baldwin is slowly ramping up his practice schedule as the week progresses. Despite battling through various injuries over the course of the season, he'll be out there for the Seahawks in the Wild Card Round.
Cowboys LG Xavier Su'a-Filo (ankle) did not practice Thursday. Dallas' starter at left guard over the back-half of the season, Su'a-Filo went down with an ankle injury in the season finale and has not practiced at all this week. It would be a shock if he is ready to go for the Wild Card round. With RG Zack Martin expected back, Connor Williams will likely move back to the left side.
NFL Betting Trends
The Seahawks are 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games and have covered the number in four of their last five wild card matchups.
The Cowboys are 6-2 against the number in their last eight games overall but are just 1-4 ATS in their last five home playoff games.
Just because the Seahawks often keep the ball on the ground doesn’t mean they can’t strike for big plays. In fact, Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett are the No. 1 duo in the league when it comes to career adjusted yards per attempt among current quarterbacks and No. 1 receivers. It’s not a matter of both of these teams running the ball, it’s about whether or not they’ll run the ball well. And despite Wilson and Lockett having a knack for creating big plays through the air, I see the Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott having success against an underrated Seattle defense, but one that allowed the Dallas back to rush for 127 yards on 16 carries in the Week 3 matchup between these two teams earlier this season. With one if not both ground games working on Saturday night, I like the under, which is 5-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams and 5-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams when the game is played in Dallas.
NFL Wild Card Prediction: Seahawks/Cowboys under 43