Dallas Cowboys Chasing Rare ATS Streak to Open Season

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Andrew Doughty @DoughtyBetMGM Oct 05, 2021, 4:40 PM

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.

WeekOpponentSpreadScore
1at Buccaneers+9.5Buccaneers 31, Cowboys 29
2at Chargers+3.5Cowboys 20, Chargers 17
3vs. Eagles-3.5Cowboys 41, Eagles 21
4vs. Panthers-4Cowboys 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.

You can view updated NFL betting odds for the Cowboys-Giants game at the BetMGM sportsbook, along with odds for every other Week 5 game.

 

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Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM with a focus on college football, NFL, college basketball, and NASCAR. A graduate of the University of Kansas, he previously wrote for Sports Illustrated and HERO Sports.

Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM with a focus on college football, NFL, college basketball, and NASCAR. A graduate of the University of Kansas, he previously wrote for Sports Illustrated and HERO Sports.