By Charles Jay
Will the New England Patriots continue on a roll as they pull into Arlington? That is the question that is on the minds of football bettors as they undertake to move to 4-0 with a victory over the Dallas Cowboys in NFL action that is scheduled to get underway at 4:25 PM ET at AT&T Stadium. Before the game, BetAnySports customers can get reduced juice wagering, and after the opening kickoff, they can place wager on dynamic numbers as the contest is in progress through the facilities of Live Betting Extra.
The Pats are coming off a bye week, which came after a 51-point explosion against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tom Brady had previously destroyed the Buffalo Bills, who were pumping their chests on the heels of snuffing out Andrew Luck and the Colts. It is quite possible that if the Cowboys are going to win this one, they are going to have to do it by way of a shootout. Are they built for that kind of thing?
That’s a good question. With Tony Romo and Dez Bryant both out of the lineup, the ‘Pokes have dropped two straight games. They had an outstanding first half against Atlanta, but were held scoreless over the final 30 minutes. And they went to overtime against New Orleans, but lost on a touchdown without even having an opportunity to get their hands on the ball.
In the football betting lines established on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Pats are sizable favorites:
New England Patriots -8.5
Dallas Cowboys +8.5
Over 49.5 points -110
Under 49.5 points -110
Tom Brady is once again chalking up some real superlatives for the Patriots. He currently leads the league in attempts and completions, not to mention yardage, and he has yet to throw an interception. He is 72% accurate in the first three games, and he has been pulling the trigger of an offense that has moved almost effortlessly. New England has averaged 45.23 yards per drive, which is best in the league, and they have also scored 3.84 points per drive. To give you some perspective on how impressive that figure is, consider that the #2 team, the Arizona Cardinals, are at 2.9 points per drive. The Pats have scored a touchdown on 45% of their possessions.
Brandon Weeden has lost ten straight starting assignments, and that sounds like a tough thing to overcome. But BetAnySports patrons may be surprised to know that Weeden has a higher completion percentage than Brady (76.3%) and has averaged more yards per attempt (9.3). So he’s been pretty efficient in there. But he is going to be missing a very important component of the overall scheme, from this point forward, as Lance Dunbar, not only part of the running back “committee” but the one who accounted for a lot of productivity catching passes out of the backfield (21 receptions, 215 yards) is out for the season with torn ligaments in his knee.
Meanwhile, New England has suddenly found its own dual-purpose dynamo, as Dion Lewis has emerged not only as the team’s top rusher (4.9 ypc) but also a recipient of fifteen of Brady’s passes. This puts additional pressure on the Dallas defense, which will be fortified to an extent with defensive end Greg Hardy and linebacker Rolando McClain coming back from four-game suspensions.
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