Fans of the Dallas Cowboys were probably wishing and hoping that nothing would happen to star quarterback Tony Romo during the 2016 season, given his propensity to get injured over the last few seasons. That’s because when he goes to the sidelines, THEY go in the tank. This year it seemed a bigger problem, because there was nothing in the way of a veteran backup on the roster. The Cowboys simply didn’t move in that direction. Well, now the nightmare has become reality, as Romo is out for about ten weeks with a broken bone in his back, and the team has to turn to Dak Prescott, a rookie, to lead the way, as they line up to face the New York Giants on Sunday, kicking off at 4:25 PM ET at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. BetAnySports don’t have to stop when the opening whistle blows; instead, they can continue wagering in real time through the magic of Live Betting Ultra.
Now let’s be fair about the whole thing. Prescott, who was at one point considered a genuine Heisman Trophy candidate while he was at Mississippi State, had a great pre-season, looking very much like a ten-year veteran, and getting the job done through the air and with his legs. So owner / GM Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett have some confidence in him. And as an insurance policy, they have signed Mark Sanchez, who had been cut by the Denver Broncos.
Of course, things are a bit different, because now the other teams are going to be “game-planning” for Prescott. The New York Giants have some new personnel to do that with, as some kind of move had to be made. This was the team with the most porous stop unit in the league, having given up 420 yards per game in 2015.
In the football betting odds that have been established on this game at BetAnySports, the Giants are the slight favorites:
The Giants’ management opened up the wallet and spent some money in the off-season, as they brought defensive end Olivier Vernon to the Big Apple (Ok, the suburbs) from Miami and also kept Snacks Harrison, a premier run-stopper, in the Meadowlands by plucking him from the Jets. Other additions include defensive backs Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple (the first-rounder out of Ohio State). And if Jason Pierre-Paul, whose effectiveness was affected by the protective cast he had to wear on the hand where he blew off a couple of fingers in a fireworks incident (a cast that has been removed) can come back strong, that’s like acquiring another Pro Bowl-level player.
So clearly this stop unit has been reconstructed. But how long until they are fully integrated into the scheme of coordinator Steve Spagnuolo?
As BetAnySports patrons know, one situation where a lot of adjustment does not have to be made is in the relationship between quarterback Peyton Manning and his offensive coordinator for the last two years, Ben McAdoo, who has not been elevated to the head coaching spot. Tom Coughlin, who guided this team to a couple of Super Bowl victories, felt the footsteps behind him after this team blew a number of late leads, and now he gives way to the 39-year-old, who has transformed Manning into a West Coast maven, with 4436 yards and 35 TD’s last season.
Odell Beckham, the most electrifying receiver in the game, comes back, and now the Giants may have a combo to reckon with, as Victor Cruz has returned and promising rookie Sterling Shepard was taken in the second round out of Oklahoma. Now ail the Giants have to do is run the ball, and that is going to be a tall task, although the Cowboys are missing three front seven people due to suspension, including linebacker Rolando McClain.
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