Football odds players will have their selection of two of the most storied NFL betting franchises of all time that enter the preseason with full agendas. Oakland opened as a 1-point favorite against the football odds with an over/under NFL betting total of 34.5.
Both teams have a lot to accomplish in the preseason but also have a lot of question marks. The Dallas Cowboys have run one of the toughest training camps since Jerry Jones took over as owner in 1989.
Jones has been up front and honest about his embarrassment over Dallas’ collapse against the football odds at the end of 2008 as they blew a near certain playoff spot and ended their final season at Texas Stadium out of the money.
Dallas will play in a new football palace for 2009 against the football odds and they may be peaking ahead to that game next week which will be their first ever in that new venue. The more business like approach for the Cowboys was called for after coach Wade Phillips admitted that he was soft on his players.
After Dallas’ collapse against the football odds last December, Phillips had to toughen up his team and so far they have been consistent in approaching that goal.
The Oakland Raiders have a somewhat different approach this preseason against the football odds under head coach Tom Cable, who had the interim tag removed at the end of last season after the Raiders finished strong against the football odds.
Cable is trying to provide a positive training camp for Oakland against the football odds in order to set a tone for the upcoming regular season. Veteran Jon Kitna and rookie Stephen McGee should get plenty of snaps at quarterback for the Cowboys. McGee was a fourth round draft pick out of nearby Texas A&M.
Kitna, a 13 year pro that made his fame with the Seattle Seahawks, offers a potential preseason advantage with his experience. Meanwhile a quarterback controversy may loom in Oakland between last year’s starter JaMarcus Russell and newly arrived veteran Jeff Garcia.
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