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Cowboys vs Raiders Odds – Inept Raiders should get preseason win

Posted by Stan Simmons on 4/18/2012 11:35:33 AM
NFL oddsThe Cowboys vs Raiders odds might surprise you: yes, the Raiders are favored. Online betting sharps know that this is the preseason, and the Raiders are far more likely to win when the other team isn’t trying - opposed to winning in the regular season, when half of their own team isn’t trying. The Raiders should get the job done here.

Cowboys vs Raiders odds: Raiders -2

  • WHO: Dallas Cowboys @ Oakland Raiders
  • WHAT: NFL betting
  • WHEN: Thursday, August 13 – 10:00 PM ET
  • WHERE: McAfee Stadium
  • KEY STAT: Cowboys 3-1 in last four meetings
  • PICK: Raiders -2

Cowboys vs Raiders odds maker breakdown: Offense

Both the Cowboys and Raiders have plenty of running back depth, which should be the feature of this game. The Cowboys are three-deep with Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice. The Cowboys also have some depth at quarterback as most NFL betting cappers know that they went out and acquired Jon Kitna, who is a capable backup.

Even so, the Raiders have four quarterbacks – JaMarcus Russell, Jeff Garcia, Charlie Frye and Bruce Gradkowksi – who have started NFL games. Furthermore, they have Darren McFadden, Justin Fargas and Michael Bush in the backfield. They have plenty of experience to carry them through this game.

Betting Edge: Raiders

Cowboys vs Raiders odds maker breakdown: Defense

The defensive edge should also go to Oakland, as although the Cowboys have the better unit in general, they are a veteran unit that probably won’t see much time.

The Raiders defense is no more talented than their opponents’, but they have a number of players that are fighting for starting spots and playing time, which means they will be hungrier to perform. The Cowboys defense is set and their veterans don’t have to prove any points in the preseason.

Betting Edge: Raiders

Cowboys vs Raiders odds maker breakdown: Special Teams

The Cowboys and Raiders are both set on special teams as far as kicker and punters goes, so that matchup should be fairly even. As far as returns go, the Raiders have a stellar return man in Johnny Lee Higgins but the Cowboys have a pretty good one themselves in Felix Jones. We’ll give the slight edge to Oakland.

Betting Edge: Raiders

Cowboys vs Raiders odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries

At one point in his career, Javon Walker was a significant player but not anymore. Even so, he’s out for this game with a knee injury.

Betting Edge: Even

Cowboys vs Raiders betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick

It’s not like the Raiders win regular season games, so winning a preseason game should mean something to them. Meanwhile, the Cowboys have bigger and better plans this year, and won’t be as focused. You might be surprised to see the Raiders favored over the Cowboys in the sportsbook but their running game should lead them to victory.

STAN’S PICK: Raiders -2

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Stan Simmons first tasted football through the college game, but his football handicapping has strictly focused on the professional sport. Not many people devote as much time to the NFL as Simmons. For six days a week he works, labors and handicaps the sport, and on the seventh he rests as the games play out. Thoughts or questions?



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