Oakland Raiders (4-7 SU, 6-4-1 ATS) vs. Dallas Cowboys (6-5 SU, 8-3 ATS)
NFL Week 13
Date and Time: Thursday (Thanksgiving Day), November 28, 4:30pm
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
by Bob, Football Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: OAK +9.5/DAL -9.5
Over/Under Total: 45.5
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Happy Holidays everyone! This Thursday after you eat turkey with the family
and stuff yourself full of all types of pies and cakes, kick back and tune
into CBS for an NFL matchup between the Dallas Cowboys
and the Oakland Raiders. Dallas comes into this contest
as a 9.5 point favorite and the total points are set at 45.5. It amazes
me how the NFL never has any really good games on the one day of the year
that it is a tradition to watch football. Why not have the Cowboys and Eagles,
or Giants and Redskins play? Instead we get Oakland at Dallas? It really
makes no sense to me, but hey, its football on Thanksgiving, I am gonna
watch it. The Cowboys come into this game in a two way tie with the Philadelphia
Eagles in the NFC East, and Oakland sits dead last in the AFC West. These
two teams are very different, but as we all have seen over the last monththe
underdogs have been making some serious noise in these types of games. Will
Oakland ruin Thanksgiving for the Cowboys?
The Dallas Cowboys are coming fresh off a season sweep of their rival, the New York Giants. The entire NFC East has been a roller coaster affair, but as we speak, Dallas is in the drivers seat to win the division. Not only has Tony Romo led the Cowboys to a 2-0 season record against the Giants, but they are sitting at 4-0 against NFC East opponents. It appears to be shaping up to be a title for the boys from Dallas and another opportunity for Tony Romo to make amends for his playoff woes. This Dallas team is strange. For many seasons prior, the Cowboys were the talk of the NFL but never lived up to the hype. This season is opposite. Finally, we arent hearing anything about them, well, unless Dez Bryant is on the sidelines screaming, but other than that, the Cowboys have been an afterthought. Now that they arent talked about, they are a legitimate contender in the NFC.yes, I said it. This team in prior years, I wouldnt consider a contender, but the NFC has no clear cut favorite with the exception of Seattle, and even the Seahawks are vulnerable. The key to this game is actually very easy for Dallas and that is just to play defense. Oakland is not a high powered offense and I dont see them being able to move the ball at will against the Dallas D, as bad as they are. If Dallas can come out and put up even an average defensive performance, I think they win with ease.
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Oakland has not been as bad as many thought they would be this year. Yes, they still sit in last place in their division, but the AFC West is making a case as the top division in the entire NFL. With Kansas City and Denver speeding out of the gate, the AFC West race is down to those two teams and no one else stands a chance. Oakland does have a couple of decent wins. They took down the Chargers and also got a W against the Texanshowever, as the season continues, the Texans win looks less impressive each week. Like I said earlier, Oakland comes into this game as 9.5 point dogs, and that sounds about right. National game, in Dallas, the Cowboys playing for a division title, it seems everything is falling into place for the Cowboys to get an easy victory. With that said, Oakland will need to control the ball. Dallas can score at will, and that is the issue at hand. Oakland needs to not only win the time of possession, they need to dominate it. If they can keep this game to a 20-17, 17-14 type game, then they have a shot. If Dallas goes off for 24-27, It will be a done deal.
Bobs Pick to Cover the Point Spread: I have been very big on NFL underdogs the last few weeks, but this game just feels different. I like Dallas to dominate this game in every area. Oakland on the road this season has not looked good, while Dallas has played pretty well at AT&T Stadium. I see this game being close for a half but I like the Cowboys to pull away late and cover the 9.5. I have no numbers to back up my pick, nor do I have any logical reason to say Dallas wins, except the fact that I just feel that way. I think Oakland will make some costly mistakes and Dallas win this game about 27-13. PICK: DALLAS -9.5