Week 4 of the preseason is upon us which means we are only a week from the start of the regular season. As always, make recreational bets for the preseason for some action, and wait for the regular season in a week. Week 4 in the preseason is all about the backups. The rotation will work similarly to how week 1 did. In other words, starters will be pulled after the first series and backups will fight for an NFL contract. Pretty important game for a lot of people, but to starters this is nothing more than a one drive scrimmage.
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Broncos vs. Cowboys Spread and Betting Odds:
Denver Broncos -2 (-110)
@Dallas Cowboys +2 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Broncos vs. Cowboys Pick:
I had the Broncos last week, in what equated to playing roulette in the 4th quarter. It was pretty well a tossup late before the Texans scored a touchdown and then completed the 2-point conversion to win the game. The Broncos will go up against another Texas foe, the Cowboys. Brock Osweiler will assume the backup role in this game, or I suppose, you can say starter since Manning will be gone quickly in this game. These preseason games are important for the 2nd year pro out of Arizona State who was taken in the second round. Second round picks are expected to produce, and I think Osweiler has showed glimpses of why he can be a starting quarterback. However, he’s been too inconsistent for my liking. Preseason is really the only time he can showcase his talents so it is important for himself. He’s been adequate this preseason, there have been moments of good football and average football. Osweiler was on point in game 2, passing for 105 yards and a touchdown on 10 of 13 passing. Last week he didn’t look so great, going for 43 yards and a pick on 4 of 11 passing. Zac Dysert, who many think has a chance to be a good quarterback, will follow Osweiler. Dysert was taken in the seventh round of the draft last year, but many people believe he should have been taken earlier. He passed for 63 yards on 8 of 11 completions, chipping in with a touchdown as well against the 49ers a couple of weeks ago. Look for him to get more playing time this week, as he sat last week giving Osweiler all of the playing time with Manning.
The Cowboys will be just fine on offense this season under Tony Romo. Romo will get the brunt of the blame for which should be another inconsistent season, but I don’t think it’ll be deserved. The defense in Dallas is going to be bad, with a chance I think, to be the worst defense in the NFL. The secondary should be able to get beat with ease. It isn’t only the starters here, but there is no depth to be found exactly anywhere on this roster. Defensive line scares me as well with this unit. Osweiler and Dysert should be able to move the ball against them. The defense has been steamrolled already and it is only the preseason, showcasing the lack of depth throughout. They gave up 27 to the Chargers, 37 to the Ravens, and 25 against the Dolphins. That gives us an average of 29.6 points per game, in the preseason! Preseason is typically a time for the defense to look good given no teams game plan, but Dallas has had problems nevertheless.
I like the quarterback rotation of Osweiler and Dysert here over Brandon Weeden and Caleb Hanie. Weeden is in a position he should be, in a backup role, but what he is going to do any given week is anyone’s guess. I give the edge to the Broncos’ defense, too. The Cowboys should get exploited right off the bat, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Bronco first-stringers get a touchdown or at least a field goal before they exit. I like the Broncos to win this game by a score of around 27-17. Consequently, the point spread of -2 on Denver looks pretty enticing to me.
PICK = BRONCOS -2 (-110)