Not everyone is panicked about the Cowboys being 0-2. Vegas sports books are loving the early season struggles of America's Team.
The 27-20 loss to the Bears turned out to be a big money winner for the guys who set the lines in Sin City. The Cowboys were installed as seven-point favorites, a number that seemed awfully dubious to anyone who watched them trip over their own feet against the Redskins. As often happens with a team as widely beloved as the 'Boys, bets piled up on the Cowboys to cover the spread and handle the Bears with little trouble. That should be a lesson to everyone that betting with your heart can only wind up breaking it.
The news got even better for the bookies. A lot of sharper bettors saw the Cowboys as a line begging to be used in a teaser bet. Teasers allow bettors to combine bets on various games or between point spreads and over/unders to create more favorable spreads in exchange for lower odds on winning. On Sunday, a teaser bet on the Cowboys would have dropped the point spread to just one point which meant that you were essentially betting on the Cowboys to win. That sounds pretty reasonable, especially when you're getting six points on another line as well.
"We knocked out every teaser in the world with the Cowboys minus-1," Vaccaro told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "It was one of the better days that any bookmaker would want to see. Obviously, you don't get these results all the time. There are days when it goes the other way."
It's pretty fitting that a teaser bet would wind up slapping so many Cowboys backers in the face. They've proven to be nothing but a tease this season.
Two weeks as the favorite hasn't worked out well at all for Double J's band of merry men, so maybe being the underdog will prove to be a better position for this much hyped bunch. They are three-point underdogs to the Texans right now, a state of affairs that has to be giving Jerry Jones some serious heartburn as he contemplates a Texas where the Houston side is 3-0 and the mighty Cowboys are the league's punchline.
Maybe he can drown his sorrows with a nice teaser on the Cowboys this week. Make them nine-point dogs and they aren't looking too shabby. That way even if the Cowboys lose, Jerry can cover some of the revenue he'll lose without the expected home playoff games at the end of the season.
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