With Dallas giving double digits for betting odds, not many would seem comfortable handing over that many digits.
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Another Wasted Cowboys Season in the Works?
In the end, Dallas probably received what they deserved in MoTown, a defeat. As improbable as it seems the Cowboys could lose in spite of have a 4-0 turnover margin advantage, it is just as absurd to realize Dallas was seconds from winning a game in which they were OUTGAINED BY 355 yards.
At 4-4, where does Jerry Jones team go from here? The NFC East could not be anymore ripe for the taking, but will the Cowboys figure out how to take advantage of this golden opportunity.
The best way for Dallas to win, is to put the game on ice outside the last four minutes. Time and again the lack of understanding the moment and killer miscues doom Dallas at crunch time.
Musical Chairs Under Center Continues in Minnesota
It is a given at 1-6, the Vikings are not returning to the playoffs. But how does Minnesota sort out this quarterback conundrum?
Matt Cassel is strictly a backup, having one magical season in New England with a very good football organization and one solid year in Kansas City. He’s limited on talent and seldom makes big plays.
Christian Ponder can makes plays with his legs and arm, but has a poor grasp at this point of how to be a professional quarterback and too often does not get past the second read before bailing out.
Newly-acquired Josh Freeman has seen his completion percentage drop each year since 2011 and his touchdown to interception ratio is 54.4 percent (80-67) for his career. (Don’t forget Joe Webb, who started last year’s playoff game is still on the roster)
Reports out the land of many quarterbacks and 10,000 lakes have coach Leslie Frazier needing at least five more victories to be invited back for 2014. At best, the Vikes will be favored three more times, which is not enough.
NFL Betting Odds and Matchup Numbers
The opening NFL odds of Dallas at -10 have held up at the majority of sportsbooks. The Cowboys at 7-1 ATS are on pace to have the first winning spread record in four seasons and just their second since 2008.
The total has caught the fancy of football bettors and NFL handicappers alike, up from 46 to 47.5. The Boys are 7-0 OVER at Jerry’s palace having won two out of their last three games, with the average total score over 61 points.
What to Watch For
Tony Romo and has talented group of receivers should have a field day against a tattered Minnesota secondary which is allowing the fourth-most yards and the third-most touchdowns and the collective defense fell to last in the NFL in third down defense. Not sure even Dallas can screw this up.
The Cowboys pass defense continues to be a problem, having fallen to last place in conceding 315.4 yards a game. The benefit for those wanting to use sports picks on Dallas; they are facing the lame three-headed Minnesota quarterbacks, which have to improve their numbers. Like all teams, the Boy’s defense will focus on containing Adrian Peterson.
Everyone understands the Vikes quarterback issue, but what are the Minnesota offensive coaches doing to help. Everyone can see opposing teams have seven or sometimes eight defenders in the box to stop A.P.; this is not a new development in 2013. What about screens to Peterson or fake a handoff and five-yard quick roll out pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph and other inventive plays. Anything to move the chains instead of 20-yard dig routes or deep outs where timing and precision is everything. Think!
The only thing which will cover up the Minnesota last line of defense is a pass rush and with Jared Allen still wearing a purple uniform, he and his teammates have to be difference-makers.
In spite of their spread success this year, Dallas is 9-18 ATS as a favorite and I’ll call for the Vikings to slide under the large figure for my NFL picks here.
NFL Football Free Pick: Minnesota +10