Date/Time: October 6th, 4:25 PM ET
Spread: Broncos -7.5
The best team in the NFL, the Denver Broncos are hitting the road on Sunday afternoon for a crucial tilt on the NFL betting lines against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, where the entire NFC East could fall below .500 five weeks into the season.
Over three quarters of the betting action in this game is on the very public Broncos, but the line really isn’t moving. That said, is there a justification to ever go against them at this point? Denver has the most explosive offense through three weeks of play that we have ever seen at this level, and we have the hunch that this is only the beginning of it. Of course, QB Peyton Manning will throw an interception at some point, and eventually, he’ll have a game in which he doesn’t throw for at least 300 yards, but at this point, he has four receivers… FOUR… that are nearly on a pace for 4,000 yards. That has never been done before and would probably never be done again, though there is a long way to go to get there. The only knocks that we could possibly have on this team right now are the defense, which is only a middle of the road unit, truth be told, and the ground game, which has three running backs that all amount to be no more than average at best.
Dallas is coming off of a bad 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers last week on the road, and the team is really going to be searching for answers on both sides of the ball. San Diego outdid Dallas by 189 yards, including 169 yards through the air. Here’s the kicker, though. When you look at the stats for QB Tony Romo, you have to be impressed. The man has completed 72.4 percent of his passes for 1,015 yards and eight TDs against just one pick. His 105.0 quarterback rating is stellar, and he is really doing a great job of spreading the ball around, getting the ball in the hands of five different receivers at least 12 times in four games. That’s a tremendous equality share, and it actually looks a little bit like the Denver offense. The difference? RB DeMarco Murray is a beast. The back has averaged 4.9 yards per carry this year, and though he only has one touchdown, he also has a total of 492 yards from scrimmage in two games.
The Cowboys probably aren’t good enough to ultimately win this game, but darn, they look good enough to keep this one close until the end. It’s tough to go against the Broncos with no precedent whatsoever to do so, but we are going to take that plunge and take the points with the hosts in what should be a great clash on Sunday.
Denver Broncos @ Dallas Cowboys Pick: Dallas Cowboys +7.5
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