NFL gambling odds players have been surprised at the slow start of Carolina while Dallas remains a frustrating NFL betting enigma. The Cowboys opened as 9.5-point home chalks against the NFL gambling odds for this one with an opening NFL betting total of 46.
The Carolina Panthers were the number one seed in the NFC playoffs last year but have stumbled out of the gate for 2009 with a mark of 0-2 both straight up and against the NFL gambling odds. Last week Carolina was beaten by Atlanta 20-28 as the Panthers failed to cover as 6-point road dogs against the NFL gambling odds.
Quarterback Jake Delhomme has been the problem so far for Carolina against the NFL gambling odds as he has a dreadful quarterback rating of 45.3 with 1 touchdown pass and 5 interceptions. The defense has also struggled against the NFL gambling odds as it ranks 30th overall for points allowed.
Both of Carolina’s games have gone over the total. The Dallas Cowboys opened their new $1.5 billion stadium last Sunday Night and suffered a heartbreaking 31-33 loss to the New York Giants as 3-point favorites against the NFL gambling odds.
Quarterback Tony Romo has been inconsistent and was the problem last week for Dallas as he threw 3 interceptions. The Cowboys wasted a great effort by their running backs as they accumulated 251 yards on the ground led by Marion Barber with 124 and Felix Jones with 96.
Dallas ranks 2nd overall in total yards and 3rd overall for points scored. The Cowboy defense has struggled against the NFL gambling odds as it ranks 30th in total yards allowed and 26th overall for points allowed.
The Dallas defense looked helpless at the end of their game against the Giants as Eli Manning picked them apart to set up the game winning field goal. Dallas has covered 3 out of the last 5 head to head meetings between the teams with 4 out of the last 5 matchups having gone over the total.
With such a big number to cover and a struggling quarterback and defense the Cowboys could be an overlay, even against a team that has faired as poorly as Carolina so far. If Delhomme can pull himself together the Panthers may be a live dog with added value. But that looks to be a BIG “if!”