NFL Betting Lines – Are the Preseason Struggles of the Cowboys a Concern?

December 1, 2010 NFL Football

If you take a look at the NFL betting lines you might think that the Dallas Cowboys have already won the Super Bowl.

Their future odds in NFL lines to win the Super Bowl are ridiculously low at 5-1.  What has Dallas done to deserve that kind of respect?  They sure haven’t looked good in the preseason.

NFL betting lines at the SBG global Sportsbook are not going to move much based on preseason results.  Is there cause for concern with Dallas though?  They have done next to nothing on offense in the preseason.  The first string offense has not even scored a touchdown in the first two preseason games.  Does it matter?

Cowboys Offense:  The Cowboys have a ton of offensive talent.  Tony Romo is a solid NFL quarterback, the receivers are good with Miles Austin and rookie Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten is one of the best in the league. The running game for Dallas is extremely talented with Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice.

So what is the problem?  They are coached by Wade Phillips and that is a huge issue.  The preseason is not a true test and overreactions are always made. The Cowboys will score points.  They are overvalued though.

Red Zone:  The Cowboys do have some concerns in the red zone. Tony Romo has a favorite receiver in Jason Witten and opposing defenses really clamp down on Witten inside the 20.  Dallas gets a lot of big plays but inside the 20 they do tend to struggle.

Romo has been saying that the preseason means nothing and that Dallas will be fine in the regular season.  That may be true although the last time the Cowboys played a meaningful game they were routed in NFL lines by Minnesota in the playoffs.

Big Time Pressure on Dallas:  There may not be a team in the league that has more pressure to perform than the Dallas Cowboys.  Owner Jerry Jones is predicting the team will be the first one ever to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.

Pressure has a way of crushing teams and Dallas has a coach in Wade Phillips and a quarterback in Tony Romo who have never performed well under pressure.  Will the Cowboys score points?  Yes.  Will they crumble under all the pressure?  That remains to be seen.

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