The Dallas Cowboys allowed two fourth-quarter touchdowns to the Carolina Panthers in Week 4 but they still won, 36-28, and covered the spread. And in covering the four-point spread, they improved to 4-0 against the spread (ATS) this season – one fewer ATS win than all of last season – and are an ATS win over the New York Giants in Week 5 away from joining a small club.
The only remaining NFL team without an ATS loss in 2021, the Cowboys are 7-point favorites (as of Tuesday, Oct. 5) over the Giants. If they cover, they’ll be the first team to open the season with five straight ATS wins since 2018 and just the 13th team to do so since 2003.
|1||at Buccaneers||+9.5||Buccaneers 31, Cowboys 29|
|2||at Chargers||+3.5||Cowboys 20, Chargers 17|
|3||vs. Eagles||-3.5||Cowboys 41, Eagles 21|
|4||vs. Panthers||-4||Cowboys 36, Panthers 28|
The Kansas City Chiefs were the last team to open with five straight ATS wins, and with a sixth ATS win in Week 6, became the first team to reach 6-0 since 2009 (and just the sixth since 2003). And with a seventh ATS win in Week 7, the Chiefs became the first 7-0 team since the New England Patriots in 2007. That Patriots’ team also covered in an eighth consecutive game to open the season before dropping six of their final eight games and finishing 10-6 ATS.
The Cowboys are only halfway to the Patriots’ mark of eight consecutive ATS wins to open the season but with a cover against the Giants in Week 5, they can join 13 other teams since 2003 at 5-0.