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2005 Dallas Cowboys NFL Handicapping Review Part 1


By Tom Wilkinson


The Dallas Cowboys, much like the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Lakers and baseball’s New York Yankees, are a “name brand” team that gets a ton of ignorant public sports betting money, which always drives down their value against the sports betting odds and makes them a frequent “go against” team for the sharper sports betting players. After coming off a playoff season in head coach Bill Parcells' first year at the helm, optimism ran high in Big “D” and at online sports betting blogs that were full of optimistic Cowboy posts.

After an opening loss at Minnesota, Dallas recovered with two straight wins and covers against the sports betting odds against Cleveland in their home opener and then at Washington, setting up a first-place showdown with the surprising New York Giants in Dallas.

Dallas’ offense was struggling noticeably despite their 2-1 record, which made them appear risky to those doing a thorough sports handicapping job. But many of the “masses of asses,” as always, made their main football picks on Dallas and were 26-10 losers to the online sports betting boards and sportsbooks. After Dallas lost at home to Pittsburgh 24-20 to slip to 2-3 both straight up and against the sports betting odds, it was obvious even to many of the general public that something was wrong with the Cowboys and that their offense was nowhere near the caliber of a championship team.

Their home loss to the Giants began a horrible 1-6 string both straight up and against the sports betting odds. Parcells was able to coax a 3-3 straight up mark out of his team in the latter portion of the 2004 season, which was good for a 4-2 mark against the sports betting odds.

Sports betting players that were sports handicapping potential football picks on the Cowboys during those final six games would quickly realize the value the Parcells brings to a team and bettors. He will not waste any games and will not allow his teams to take any weeks off. To his credit he was able to get Dallas to keep playing hard to the end.

When you couple Parcells’ motivational techniques along with Dallas’ depleted sports betting line value it is easy to see why they became a bargain for sports betting players with clear eye sight. That being said, Dallas burned a lot of sports betting pockets the first 10 weeks of the season.









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