After three weeks of the season, only two teams remain perfect against the spread (ATS). Only one of the two will emerge from their head-to-head Week 4 battle with their unblemished ATS record intact as the Carolina Panthers tangle with the Dallas Cowboys. The two teams have also combined to win five of their six games outright thus far. Despite Carolina carrying an unbeaten record into the game, the NFL betting odds have dubbed the home side as the favorite ahead of this Panthers vs Cowboys matchup.
Panthers vs Cowboys Week 4 NFL Betting Preview
NFL Regular Season — Week 4 Game
Carolina Panthers (3-0, 1-0 Away) vs. Dallas Cowboys (2-1, 1-0 Home)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. EST
Venue: AT&T Stadium — Arlington, TX
Coverage: Click here for the stream
Carolina Panthers Preview
Several NFL betting analysts were high on the Panthers to go over their season win total back before the season began. Through three weeks, Carolina is nearly halfway there thanks to a perfect start. While the competition has been mediocre at best, it’s impossible to deny that Matt Rhule has the Panthers trending in the right direction. New quarterback Sam Darnold was sharp last week against the Houston Texans. He threw for over 300 yards and also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns. It was a big game for veteran wideout D.J. Moore. Meanwhile, rookie Terrace Marshall Jr. has also gotten his NFL career off to a strong start.
While the Panthers’ offense has been steady through the first three weeks, the defense has been absolutely outstanding. Entering this Week 4 NFL betting showdown, Carolina has the top adjusted defense against both the run and pass, per Football Outsiders. After spending all of their picks in last year’s draft on the defensive side of the ball, it appears the Panthers’ young defenders are coming into their own. The one major hurdle Carolina faces this week is the fact that star running back Christian McCaffrey will be sidelined with a hamstring injury. Look for rookie Chuba Hubbard to see the majority of touches in his absence.
Dallas Cowboys Preview
The Cowboys cruised to a 20-point blowout win over the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles last Monday night. In doing so, Dallas took over sole possession of first place in the NFL’s weakest division. Following back-to-back impressive wins, the Cowboys enter this matchup as NFL betting favorites. After his gruesome season-ending injury from a year ago, Dak Prescott has been phenomenal through the first three weeks. He dialed up another three TD passes in last week’s win, two of which went to tight end Dalton Schultz. Running back Ezekiel Elliott also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns while rotation back Tony Pollard continues to impress.
After getting lit up by Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on opening night, the Cowboys’ defense has actually been solid in each of the last two weeks. They came up with two more turnovers in the win over the Eagles. Dallas leads the league after three weeks with eight takeaways and is tied for first in turnover margin on the season at +5. So far, they have been able to overcome the loss of pass-rusher DeMarcus Lawrence. The Cowboys’ secondary also appears to be much-improved from a year ago.
Panthers vs Cowboys Odds and Spread
Moneyline: CAR: (+165) | DAL: (-200)
Spread: CAR: +4.5 (-110) | DAL: -4.5 (-110)
Total: 51.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Public (Spread) Betting via Action Network: CAR: (45%) | DAL: (55%)
Panthers vs Cowboys NFL Betting Trends
- The Panthers are 3-0 ATS and 0-3 to the over this season.
- The Cowboys are 3-0 ATS and 2-1 to the over this season.
- Panthers are 8-0 ATS in their last eight road games.
- Each of the Panthers’ last six games has gone under the total.
- The total has gone over in nine of the Cowboys’ last 11 home games.
Panthers vs Cowboys Stats
- Carolina is averaging 23.0 points per game (PPG) this season (No. 16 in the NFL).
- Carolina is surrendering 10.0 PPG this season (No. 2 in the NFL).
- Dallas is averaging 30.0 PPG this season (Tied for No. 6 in the NFL).
- Dallas is surrendering 23.0 PPG this season (No. 13 in the NFL).
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Panthers vs Cowboys Prediction
The Panthers vs Cowboys NFL betting prediction uses the ESPN Football Power Index.
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