NFL betting expectations are over the top for Dallas, who is considered to be a top shelf NFL gambling contender to win the NFC and host the Super Bowl in February.
Sports-Gambling opened with the Dallas Cowboys as a 3.5-point road favorite over the Washington Redskins and with an over/under of 40. Kickoff is at 8:20 PM Eastern.
This is the renewal of one of the oldest and most intense rivalries in pro football. Washington will also make its regular season debut for new head coach Mike Shanahan and new quarterback Donovan McNabb, who arrived from arch-rival Philadelphia. McNabb is expected to play despite missing the tail end of preseason due to injury.
The big news from Dallas was how lethargic the offense played in preseason and the inability of the first unit to move the ball effectively. Despite the problems owner Jerry Jones’ dream of having the first ever NFL team to host the Super Bowl at their home field is what he is focused on.
“I don’t mind telling you it’s a great feeling to have a competitive team this year,” said Jones. “And for this team to do the ultimate this year would be on par with having won the first Super Bowl. I haven’t gotten over that. It would be something out of a story book. A man can dream.”
Dallas has beaten the NFL odds in 9 out of their last 12 September matchups and has gone under the total in just 4 out of their last 14 September games.
Washington used preseason to issue in a new culture with Shanahan as well as a new 3-4 defense with coordinator Jim Haslett. Washington has struggled at home and has beaten the NFL lines in just 3 out of their last 14 home games. The Redskins have gone under the total in 6 out of their last 7 season openers.
In this head to head NFL betting matchup the underdog has had good long term success with 19 payouts in the last 26 meetings. Washington has gotten the money in 5 out of their last 7 games against Dallas and the series has failed to go over the total in the last 4 games played at Washington.