NFL Betting -- Cowboys May Not Have it Easy on Thanksgiving vs. McGloin, Jennings and Raiders
The Dallas Cowboys are in a brawl with the Philadelphia Eagles for first place in the NFC East, and they are coming off an imperfect but very important win. In Thursday's NFL betting they will play host to the Oakland Raiders, a team that severely damaged its own playoff hopes last week, in a game that will get underway at 4:30 PM ET at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
Dallas got a walk-off field goal out of Dan Bailey last Sunday to beat the New York Giants, who were mounting an NFC East charge. They are 6-5 straight-up and have been a pleasant surprise against the NFL lines, with an 8-3 record. Oakland lost in the final seconds to the Tennessee Titans four days ago, and with that they fell behind a slew of teams competing for the final AFC playoff spot. The Raiders are 4-7 SU and 6-5 ATS. They will go once again with rookie Matt McGloin at quarterback.
In the NFL betting odds that BetAnySports has placed on this game, the Cowboys are installed as sizable favorites:
Dallas Cowboys -9
Oakland Raiders +9
Over 47 Points -110
Under 47 Points -110
Oakland could close with a late rush and do something about its playoff chances, but there are other teams the Raiders have to bypass at this point,. They looked like they had a victory sewn up at home on Sunday, but the Titans and Ryan Fitzpatrick thwarted that effort and Tennessee is now right in the mix.
But for pro football bettors, there may be light at the end of that tunnel, because the Raiders could win up being more competitive with McGloin at the helm, because he has shown a lot of poise. And that has been rather unexpected, at by most of the NFL talent "experts," since McGloin, last year's starter at Penn State, went without being drafted. In his two starts, he's thrown four touchdown passes, and he led Oakland to a win against Houston at Reliant Stadium.
A key for Dallas (the -380 favorite to win straight-up at BetAnySports) with respect to covering this game against the NFL betting odds could be to achieve some balance. DeMarco Murray is unquestionably capable of helping them achieve it, although at times, when he has not been used correctly or has been missing with injury, the effects have shown, since defenses get to tee off on Tony Romo. Murray had 86 yards last Sunday against the Giants.
As for the Dallas defense, well, it is fair to say that Monte Kiffin's unit has offered some uneven performances. When you allow 40 first downs, an NFL record, as they did against New Orleans a few weeks ago, you are not a first-class stop unit. But they are not facing Drew Brees here, which is surely something pro football bettors understand very clearly.
Is Rashad Jennings capable of a dominant effort, a she showed against Houston two weeks ago (150 yards)? Apparently he is, since with 553 yards, he has more yards from scrimmage than anyone else in the league in the month of November. That kind of production may be what Oakland (a +315 underdog at BetAnySports to win outright) may need to pull off the upset. And if this counts as good news, Darren McFadden is expected to return from his hamstring injury for this one.