All roads do not lead to Romo: Cowboys versus Browns

October 8th, 2019 NFL Football

The Dallas Cowboys are on a roll as they prepare to visit the winless Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday, November 6th. The following are the online sportsbook odds for fans who bet on NFL:

Cowboys -7 (-110) 47½ (-110) 
Browns +7 (-110) 47½ (-110)

The Cowboys (1-6) won a sixth consecutive game on Sunday night, beating the Philadelphia Eagles 29-23 in overtime. Rookie QB Dak Prescott threw 19 of 39 for 287 yards with two TD passes – one to returning wide receiver Dez Bryant to tie the score late in the game, and another to tight end Jason Witten in OT for the win. Bryant had four receptions for 113 yards, including a 53-yarder to set up the first Cowboys touchdown. Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliot ran for 96 yards on 22 attempts and 52 yards on four receptions.

The Browns (0-8) are the black sheep of Cleveland’s sports teams. Come one, why can’t you be more like the Cavs or the Indians? This time they squandered a 13-point lead on Josh McCown’s return under center following a fractured collarbone. McCown finished 25 of 49 for 341 yards with two TDs, but he also threw two interceptions in consecutive possessions. Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor had 101 yards on six receptions, but the Browns nonetheless lost their 11th overall game in a row, a losing streak that started in week 14 of last season.

Former starting Cowboys QB Tony Romo returned to practice last week, but according to team owner Jerry Jones isn’t ready to play yet so Prescott will start against the Browns. Meanwhile, Cleveland’s Cody Kessler has been cleared from concussion protocol. As Mary Kay Cabot wrote on, “he’s just waiting for the thumbs up from Hue Jackson to start against the Cowboys. The good thing is, he’ll see only one thumb instead of two.”

But if he gets the “thumbs up” wouldn’t that actually be more than one? Anyway, moving on to stuff that does interest fans who bet on NFL, Prescott is completing 65.2 percent of his passes for 1,773 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. The Cowboys ground game is averaging 164.9 yards per game, and Elliott has 799 yards and five touchdowns. On defense, Dallas allows 18.6 points and 348.7 yards per game.

The Browns ground game is averaging 114 yards game, and Isaiah Crowell is the team leader with 542 yards and five touchdowns. Cleveland is giving up 29.8 points and 421.5 yards per game. And let’s not even get started on the passing game. Dallas is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games on the road and 6-0 against the spread in their last six games overall. Cleveland is 0-4 against the spread in their last four games at home and 1-4 against the spread in their last five games overall. Also, people who bet on NFL might want to keep in mind that the Cowboys have covered the spread in each game of their current winning streak.

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