NFL preseason betting posted Cincinnati as a 2.5 point favorite versus Dallas. Neither team was anticipated to play their starters long in this event. Since they still will each have 4 preseason games leftover after Sunday's match, it is an extra match for both teams.
The Dallas Cowboys won the competition with a score of 16-7. Teams tend to not use starters in the course of games like this that don't count in the course of the regular year, and for good reason since a few competitors were lost along the way.
The Dallas Cowboys released wide receiver Titus Ryan and tight end Kevin Brock. Both competitors were wounded in the course of the Hall of Fame game. Brock wounded his left ankle and Ryan wounded his left thumb. Tight end John Phillips tore his ACL throughout the Hall of Fame Competition and is now out for the year.
Scott Sicko, an undrafted free agent, proved himself an awesome tight end who likely ought to have been drafted. He caught the ball every time he was targeted and had the most reception of any receiver on the Dallas team. With John Phillips out of the year, he will probably be more important to team play this year.
The Dallas Cowboys have received a lot of buzz in NFL preseason odds as they are posted with odds of 9-1 to earn the Super Bowl. With the addition of wide receiver Dez Bryant, the Dallas Cowboys have a pretty potent offense that should be even better this year. The Cowboys have Tony Romo at quarterback and a trio of skilled running backs in Felix Jones, Marion Barber and Tashard Choice. They've also got 1 of the greatest tight ends in the NFL in Jason Witten.
The Dallas Cowboys are filled with skill on both sides of the ball but there are issues. They're still headed by a quarterback in Romo who has done pretty little in the playoffs and a coach in Wade Phillips who has never really won anything. The Dallas Cowboys also have pretty little depth behind Romo as they would need to rely upon Jon Kitna if something happens to Romo.
Dallas played 11-5 straight up the previous year and 9-7 against the spread. In what is the hardest division in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys will not have an effortless time. The NFC East seems to be greater this year with Washington adding Donovan McNabb at quarterback. Philadelphia looks pretty skilled with Kevin Kolb at quarterback while the Giants really want to rebound from last year. The Cowboys are the faves in the division however they could be overvalued this year due to the fact of their preseason buzz and high expectations. The Dallas Cowboys don't have an effortless agenda either since they will face 4 of the greatest teams in the league this year in New Orleans, Minnesota, Indianapolis and Green Bay not to mention their normal games versus the Giants, Redskins and Eagles.