#Betting101: Cowboys Get Early Love on Week 16 Lines

Jason Lake

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 2:09 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 2:09 PM UTC

The Dallas Cowboys are still in the Wild Card hunt, and according to the early consensus, they’re a hot NFL pick for Sunday’s game against the reeling Seattle Seahawks.

For all the technology the NFL uses these days, it was a folded-up index card that determined the outcome of Sunday night’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders. With the game tied 17-17 and five minutes remaining, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott was stuffed on a 4th-and-1 sneak at his own 39-yard line. The chains came out, the referee used the index card to see if the ball was short – and he called it a first down. Dallas retained possession and drove for the winning field goal in a 20-17 final.

With the win, the Cowboys improved to 8-6 SU and 7-6-1 ATS on the season, and they stay alive in the NFC Wild Card hunt – just in time for the return of RB Ezekiel Elliott from his six-game suspension. And they’ve got a favorable matchup at home this Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox) against the wounded Seattle Seahawks, who have dropped two straight to fall to 8-6 SU and 5-8-1 ATS. The Cowboys opened as 4.5-point favorites on the Week 16 NFL odds board, and according to the early consensus numbers Dallas is the hottest pick on the board right now.

Other 99

That’s if you believe that big money is sharp money. Not everyone does; many big bets are made by football fans with more money than brains. But we’re dealing with the early NFL lines here, where the sharps live, and they’re giving Dallas the largest average bet size in the league at $99 a pop – including one $1000+ wager. Seattle is only getting $50 per bet at press time and 23 percent of the amount wagered.

This has been an awful year for the Seahawks. Major injuries to the secondary and the already-dubious offensive line have left them in tatters, and after last Sunday’s 42-7 drubbing by the Los Angeles Rams, the mood in the dressing room was not so charitable. Safety Earl Thomas suggested to reporters that LB Bobby Wagner should have taken himself out of the game because of his balky hamstring; Wagner later tweeted (and deleted) some unkind words towards his teammate. Uh-oh.

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All is not well between the #Seahawks.

Appears that star LB Bobby Wagner and Safety Earl Thomas are feuding [what else is new for Seahawks and drama], Wagner called out @Earl_Thomas for being selfish, calling other players out when he plays poorly and wanting all the spotlight pic.twitter.com/FoOTHTZffs

— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 18, 2017

Meanwhile, the Cowboys have won three games in a row at 2-0-1 ATS, and they’re relatively healthy again – or at least they were until LT Tyron Smith left Sunday’s game against Oakland with a sprained knee. Smith was due to have an MRI on Monday; if he’s a go for Week 16, Dallas should have it made in the shade. If not, everything changes. Remember how poorly the Cowboys offense performed when Smith sat out two games with assorted injuries? Make your NFL picks accordingly, and may the prolate spheroid be with you.

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