Cowboys vs. Steelers odds, picks: 2021 NFL Hall of Fame Game predictions from expert on 44-24 run
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2021 NFL Hall of Fame Game odds, predictions: Steelers vs. Cowboys picks by expert on 27-18 Dallas roll
The preseason schedule begins on Thursday with the 2021 NFL Hall of Fame Game, featuring the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Cowboys, 6-10 a year ago, had trouble defensively, as opponents outscored Dallas 473-395, an average of 29.5 to 24.7. The Steelers, meanwhile, were 12-4 and outscored their opponents 416-312, an average of 26 to 19.5. This will be the seventh NFL Hall of Fame Game appearance for both teams, and each has gone 3-3 so far.
Kickoff for the NFL Hall of Fame Game 2021 from Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, is set for 8 p.m. ET. Pittsburgh is a 1.5-point favorite in the latest Cowboys vs. Steelers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 33. Before making any Steelers vs. Cowboys picks, be sure to see the 2021 Hall of Fame Game predictions from SportsLine’s Emory Hunt.
Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007, and a former running back at Louisiana-Lafayette. He knows the game from a player’s perspective.
Hunt has had plenty of success in games involving the Dallas Cowboys. In fact, he’s gone 27-18 in his last 45 against-the-spread NFL picks involving the Cowboys, returning $725 to $100 players during that run. Anybody who has been following him is way up.
After a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, preseason football is back. The 2021 NFL preseason schedule kicks off Thursday when the Dallas Cowboys face the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2021 NFL Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. Pittsburgh is coming off a 12-4 season in which it won its first 11 games and captured its third AFC North title in five years but lost to division-rival Cleveland in the wild-card round. Dallas went 6-10 in Mike McCarthy’s first year as head coach and missed the playoffs for the third time in four seasons.
Kickoff from Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Pittsburgh is a 1.5-point favorite in the latest Cowboys vs. Steelers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 33. Before locking in any Steelers vs. Cowboys picks or 2021 Hall of Fame Game predictions, make sure you see what SportsLine NFL expert R.J. White has to say.
CBS Sports’ Fantasy and gambling editor, White ended the 2020 season on an 80-59 run on all NFL picks, returning more than $1,400 during that span. It’s no surprise, as White has cashed huge twice in the world’s most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest.
In addition, White has gone an astounding 44-24-3 on his last 71 picks involving Pittsburgh, returning more than $1,700. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, White has locked in on Cowboys vs. Steelers from every angle and released a confident against-the-spread pick. You can visit SportsLine now to see it. Here are several NFL odds and trends for Steelers vs. Cowboys:
Why the Steelers can cover
Despite a suspect offensive line, Pittsburgh should be able to provide enough protection for its quarterbacks to move the ball and put up points against Dallas’ soft defense. Mason Rudolph has been tabbed as the starter by head coach Mike Tomlin, but Dwayne Haskins and Josh Dobbs will see action. Rudolph started eight games in place of an injured Ben Roethlisberger in 2019, while Haskins made 13 starts in parts of two seasons with Washington before being released last year.
The strength of the team, however, is on the other side of the ball. The Steelers ranked third in the NFL in total defense (305.8), pass defense (194.4) and scoring defense (19.5 points) in 2021 and led the league with 56 sacks. TJ Watt, who was first in the NFL last season with a career-high 15 sacks, won’t be on the field while he waits for a contract extension and fellow linebacker Bud Dupree (eight sacks) is now with Tennessee. Pittsburgh added another pass-rusher in Melvin Ingram, who recorded seven or more sacks with the Chargers for five straight years before being limited to seven games last season due to knee injuries.