The Dallas Cowboys opened as 2.5 point road favorites this week in their Sunday game with Cam Newton and the 1-4 Carolina Panthers. Some books are only laying 2 for the Panthers.
The over-under is set at 45.5 or 46, numbers that accord with both teams' season averages in points for and allowed. Dallas is averaging 18.8 points per game and yielding 23.8 ppg. The Panthers are scoring 18.4 ppg and allowing 25 ppg.
The Cowboys have won the last four matchups between the two teams and eight of the last nine; the 'Boys are 3-1 against the spread in the past four and 5-3-1 ATS in the last nine. Carolina has lost five of its last seven games at home and is 2-5 ATS during that stretch.
Dallas is coming off a wild 31-29 loss in Baltimore, where they covered the three-point spread as underdogs. The Panthers were favored by a point at home last Sunday and fell 16-12 to Seattle.