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It’s the first Sunday Night Football betting affair of the season, and Bang the Book has your free picks for all of the action, as the Dallas Cowboys take on the new look Washington Redskins.
The more things look different for the Cowboys, the more they look exactly the same. QB Tony Romo is still going to be chucking the pigskin all over the place to a plethora of receivers. This year, he is going to have a new toy in the form of WR Dez Bryant. The rookie from Okie State will be in uniform on Sunday night, but after missing the majority of the preseason, it is unknown how long he’ll play. WR Miles Austin has been given a $54M contract, but WR Patrick Crayton was sent out of town in a trade for peanuts. The rushing game is still really a dual threat, as RB Marion Barber and RB Felix Jones are both going to get a bunch of carries as well. On defense, Dallas might be strong as it has ever been, as the mass majority of this unit is going to back from a year ago and is only getting a year wiser and better as a unit. The offensive line could be a real problem on Sunday night, as both T Marc Colombo and G Kyle Kosier are likely out of the lineup.
Owner Dan Snyder has decided that he is, once again, going to go in a new direction for his Redskins. He booted HC Jim Zorn out of town and brought in Mike Shanahan off of the scrap heap after being dumped by the Denver Broncos two years ago. The changes didn’t stop there. QB Jason Campbell was traded for next to nothing during the NFL Draft, and that came thanks to the acquisition of QB Donovan McNabb from their divisional rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles. McNabb was knocked around with an ankle injury in the second preseason game and hasn’t taken a snap in game action since then. However, Shanahan has listed McNabb as probably on the injury report, the same status as DE Andre Carter and RB Clinton Portis. There is still a big question as to whether DT Albert Haynesworth is ultimately going to be able to play after clashing with Shanahan several times in the offseason. Rumors still have Haynesworth being traded at some point, potentially back where he came from with the Tennessee Titans.
Washington is one of a plethora of home underdogs in Week 1, and we tend to believe that a lot of those pups are going to bark and bark loudly. The Skins are going to give everything they’ve got to take out the Cowboys, not only for the sake of the fact that this is a new era that is starting, but that they’re the Cowboys! Our NFL free pick is on the Redskins in this one.
Selection: Washington Redskins +3.5