NFL Betting Preview – Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Jets

by Dirty on September 8, 2011

Jets Football Betting




Point spread: New York -4

Over/Under: 40.5

The Dallas Cowboys will look to start this season on a winning note when they take on the New York Jets on Sunday night at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey. The game is slated to start at 8:20 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on NBC.

Last season did not go anywhere near as planned for Dallas after a 1-6 start completely derailed this team. Jason Garrett was promoted to head coach and helped corral the Cowboys to a 6-10 finish. Heading into this season, he is confident this team has what it takes to return to the top of the NFC East.

Having Tony Romo back as his starting quarterback will definitely help after he missed the final 10 games of the year with a broken collar bone. Also back is wide receiver Dez Bryant, who went down with a broken ankle in early November. Throw in Miles Austin and Jason Witten in the passing game and Felix Jones and Tashard Choice running the ball and this team should be able to put some points on the board.

New York, under head coach Rex Ryan, have been all about creating a solid rushing attack and a shutdown defense. This has gotten the Jets to two straight AFC Championship games, but they will need better production from third-year quarterback Mark Sanchez in order to take the next step. He has managed the game well, but has yet to show the ability to put this team on his back and carry it to a championship.

The first step would be to improve upon a 54.8 completion percentage that is just not getting the job done. Fortunately, Sanchez will have wide receiver Santonio Holmes back as well as Plaxico Burress to try and improve these numbers. The Jets also have that running game to fall back on, led by Shonn Greene and rookie Bilal Powell.

Dallas is 5-0 against the spread in its last five games as an underdog and the total has gone ‘over’ in six of its last seven games as a dog.

New York is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games as a favorite of 3.5 points or more. The total has gone ‘over’ in seven of its last 10 games as a favorite.

Romo could struggle in his first game back after the long layoff, but the Cowboys keep things close enough to cover the four points in a game that stays ‘under’ the total.

The Pick: New York 17     Dallas 16

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