The Dallas Cowboys have an opportunity to make their Week 16 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles more meaningful than anyone could’ve imagined about a month ago.
Dallas will face the Colts and Jaguars leading up to that game, while the Eagles will host the Titans and then head to the Meadowlands for their first division battle with the Giants. Philly’s been slipping a bit lately, and those are two games they could easily drop.
Should they lose one of those while the Cowboys win their next two, a Cowboys win on Christmas Eve could tilt the scales in the NFC East.
But first, they need to handle the underwhelming yet desperate Colts, who fired head coach Frank Reich in the middle of the season and replaced him with former Indy star Jeff Saturday. The Colts boast some top talent in Jonathan Taylor, Michael Pittman and an all-around solid defense, but they’ve once again been unable to put it all together in 2022.
Meanwhile, Dallas is firing on all cylinders as these two teams are trending in different directions. Here are our three best bets for this week’s edition of Sunday Night Football.
Best Dallas Cowboys bets for Week 13 vs. Colts
**All numbers are from FanDuel. Please check FanDuel, as numbers can change until game time**
1. Cowboys Team Total (Over 27.5, -110)
The Colts have largely been solid on defense all year, but they’ve given up an average of 19.6 points per game on the road. Another important disclaimer for that stat? Those teams featured the Texas, Jaguars, Broncos, Titans, Patriots and Raiders. All bad offensive units.
This will be first road challenge for Indy against a Cowboys team that’s averaged 24.8 points per game at home … all against pretty good defenses in Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Washington, Detroit, Chicago and New York (Giants).
On the other side of the ball, it helps that the Cowboys have the best passing defense (which will probably force turnovers against Matt Ryan) and best pass rush (45 sacks, first in NFL). Expect this to be an erratic game on the Colts’ side, which will have Dallas in good field position constantly.
2. Dalton Schultz Anytime Touchdown (+170)
Schultz has had his season interrupted by injuries, but he’s been on fire the past few weeks as he’s hit his stride. He’s scored three times the past three weeks and has been a newfound, reliable red zone target for Dak Prescott (12 targets, 6 catches, 43 yards, 3 touchdowns).
The Colts have a solid run defense, so look for Mike McCarthy to run some play-actions inside the 10-yard line, which would open up yet another opportunity for Schultz to get one across the goal line. And with so many other threats to cover (CeeDee Lamb, Tony Pollard and Michael Gallup), Indy might have a tough time preventing Schultz from getting free a few times.
3. Jelani Woods Anytime Touchdown (+500)
This one’s purely for the value (given Dallas is very good at defending tight ends), and the likelihood Indy will be searching for a garbage time touchdown. Plus, Colts tight end Jelani Woods just had a career game, logging eight catches for 98 yards against the Steelers on Monday Night Football. Should Pittman, Parris Campbell and Alec Pierce get bottled up, Ryan will be looking for his giant 6-foot-7, 265-pound target in Woods, who even has the size advantage against imposing safety Jayron Kearse (6-foot-4, 215 pounds).
Like with Schultz, so much attention will be paid to Taylor and Pittman, both of whom have been the driving forces for the Colts this year. At +500, Woods is worth sprinkling a few bucks on, especially since Dallas will be stacking the box every time Indy is approaching the goal line to prevent a Taylor TD.
Cowboys Week 13 Injury Report
- CB Trevon Diggs (Illness)
- WR Michal Gallup (Illness)
- LB Anthony Barr (Hamstring)
- S Jayron Kearse (Shoulder)
- DE DeMarcus Lawrence (Foot)
- T Terence Steele (Personal)
Week 13 Cowboys vs Colts Latest Odds, Spread, Over/Under
As of now, the Cowboys are -10.5 on the spread and a ridiculous -550 on the moneyline. The over/under has been set at 43.5.
Cowboys’ next game and remaining 2022 season schedule
- Week 14: vs Houston Texans
- Week 15: @ Jacksonville Jaguars
- Week 16: vs Philadelphia Eagles
- Week 17: @ Tennessee Titans
- Week 18: @ Washington Commanders
**Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.**