NFL Preseason Betting: Dallas at San Diego
The Dallas Cowboys once again served as a bit of a disappointment to owner/general manager Jerry Jones last season, and one has to wonder how much patience he is going to show in head coach Jason Garrett. On Thursday night (August 7) they will get their 2014 season underway with a pre-season matchup against the San Diego Chargers in football betting action that is set to begin at 10 PM ET at Qualcomm Stadium.
The Cowboys went 8-8 and missed out again on a chance to go to the playoffs, amid drama. And Tony Romo had to have a procedure done on his back. Meanwhile, the Chargers were anything BUT a disappointment, overcoming low expectations and key injuries to sneak into a wild card spot in the AFC, winning a playoff game to boot.
In the football betting odds that have been established by the folks at VietBet, the Chargers are the favorite:
San Diego Chargers -2.5 (-120)
Dallas Cowboys +2.5 (+100)
Over 36.5 Points -110
Under 36.5 Points -110
The Cowboys know enough to be careful with Tony Romo, who threw 31 TD passes with only ten interceptions last season, did not make it to the finish, as he was hurt in the fifteenth game against the Redskins. Kyle Orton had to start the final game.
Romo, who underwent back surgery on December 27, has been in camp but is not expected to be involved in this pre-season opener (although that may change). Either way, this now becomes an opportunity for Brandon Weeden, who bombed, to some extent, in his tenure with the Cleveland Browns, who had made him a first-round draft choice. Charlie Casserly, the former Washington and Houston general manager who currently works as a commentator for NFL Network, certainly believes that Weeden will be the backup and that he will play this season. “I don’t see Romo playing sixteen games,” says Casserly.
Weeden will be competing with Caleb Hanie for the backup spot behind Romo, and while VietBet customers know Weeden has had more starting experience, Hanie has seen action in the playoffs, as he had to step in for the injured Jay Cutler in the January 2011 NFC title game for the Chicago Bears against Green Bay. He completed 13 of 20 passes and led the Bears on two TD drives.
The 6’5″ Dustin Vaughan of West Texas A&M, who threw for 5401 yards (a Division II record) and 543 touchdowns as a senior, should also see some time at the quarterback spot.
When Mike McCoy came in as head coach last season and brought ken Whisenhunt with him as the defensive coordinator, they made a vow that they would bring Philip Rivers back to prominence as a quarterback. That sounded like a big job, since Rivers had tossed 35 interceptions over the two previous seasons.
And the task seemed a lot more difficult to NFL football bettors when the likes of receivers Danario Alexander and Malcom Floyd went down with injuries. There were injury problems on the offensive line as well, seemingly on a weekly basis. That’s why it was really kind of remarkable that Rivers wound up throwing for 4478 yards with a career-high completion percentage (69.5%) and a ratio of almost three touchdowns for every interception (32-11). Not only was he the Comeback Player of the Year, he would have been a prime MVP candidate of not for the record-setting season of Peyton Manning.
If there was some magic to be found in his combination with Whisenhunt (who had previously led the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl), Rivers is going to have to find it elsewhere, since Whisenhunt left to coach the Tennessee Titans. But VietBet patrons watching this situation can count on some continuity, as new offensive coordinator Frank Reich was the quarterback coach with the Chargers last year.
As it usually is in these early pre-season games, the backup QB’s become a little more significant. That means Kellen Clemens, the veteran who has spent time with the Jets and Rams, getting quite a few starts along the way, will try to let his experience go to work for him as he attempts to beat out Brad Sorenson. There are a couple of receivers the Chargers will be taking a long look at – tight end Ladarius Green and wide receiver Tevin Reese – as Antonio Gates has missed some workouts and Vincent Brown is nursing an injury.
We don’t really know how much McCoy is going to play his defensive “1’s” in this game, but we can tell you that last season they gave up 105 points in three pre-season games where the emphasis wasn’t on using starters (i.e., the first, second and fourth games). Perhaps that makes the football betting total of 36.5 points inviting.
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CHARLES JAY, a contributor to BangTheBook.com, is one of the most experienced sports betting writers in America, as he has written more than 10,000 pieces specifically for the industry over the last seven years. At one time employed as an editorial consultant with USA Network, he is also a former syndicated radio talk show host (American Radio Networks) and has also done color commentary on boxing events in the past for Prime Network (now known as Fox SportsNet). He is a veteran of more than a decade and a half working within the professional sports industry, and has been handicapping sporting events for over 25 years. In addition to this, he has compiled specialty odds for a number of online sportsbook operations and media outlets.
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