To kick off week 13 of the NFL regular season is a potential playoff preview as the Dallas Cowboys welcome the Seattle Seahawks. Both teams played on Thanksgiving so neither will be playing on short rest, which bodes well for the watchability of this game. Dak Prescott has looked incredible recently while the Seahawks as a whole are faltering. This game could very well have wild card seeding implications. Each week, Canal Street Chronicles will preview the props and wagers for all Thursday games. Thank you to our friends over at DraftKings Sportsbook for the wagering lines for the CSC Thursday Football preview and props.
Thursday Night Football best bets
Dallas Cowboys game line -7.5(-131)
At the conclusion of the game on Thursday night, it is likely that the world is going to know if the Seahawks are a bad or a good team. That is due to the fact that the Cowboys are really good at beating up bad teams and have not defeated a team with a winning record so far this season. If they beat the Seahawks, dropping them to .500, it will be one of their best wins so far this season. After starting the year strong, the Seahawks have dropped three of their last four with their lone win against a bad Washington Commanders team. This seems to be who Seattle really is, which means this nasty Cowboys defense is going to have their way with Geno Smith who was sacked six times last week. The Cowboys win by over eight points to cover the spread.
Geno Smith over 9.5 rushing yards(-115)
When facing against good defenses, Geno Smith will tuck the ball and scramble to get out of trouble. The highest rushing yards Smith has had this season have come against the San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals, and Detroit Lions. All of these teams have above average secondaries. With the Cowboys pass rush pressuring Smith and a good secondary, expect Smith to take whatever yards he can each play. This number would be better if it were at 7.5, especially in parlays but Smith should eclipse this total scrambling from the Dallas defensive front.
Brandin Cooks over 40.5 receiving yards(-115)
After a slow start to the season, Brandin Cooks has roared back to life and relevance in the Cowboys offense. In their last three games, Cooks has gone over 42 yards in every game, including an explosion of 173 yards. Dak Prescott has begun to trust Cooks and Cooks has rewarded the team. Cooks’ catch rate is over 81% in this last three game span. He has just one drop on the year so far as well. With CeeDee Lamb expected to draw Devon Witherspoon which should let Cooks feast against a weak Seahawks secondary. Cooks goes well over 41 receiving yards on Thursday night.
Long shot of the night
Rico Dowdle anytime TD scorer(+210)
Rico Dowdle has emerged as the primary backup to starter Tony Pollard for the Cowboys. Pollard has had a very mediocre season as the primary ball carrier which has led to Dowdle getting more and more work in the offense. Until last week, Dowdle received around 10 carries per game in the Cowboy’s previous two games. Even in limited action last week, Dowdle still scored a touchdown. When the Cowboys are comfortable, they will lean on Dowdle to help finish games and that should hold true this week at home. Dowdle should have a good yardage day and will once again find the end zone.