I long ago burned out on Fantasy Football. I can’t wrap my little brain around the FanDuelDraftKings craze. And I’ve wasted lots of time and a little money on not finishing first in those Eliminator Pools.
But, alas, like of fans, I do like to have a little extra interest in Cowboys games.
So let’s do this: I just robbed an imaginary bank and pocketed a virtual $1,000. What better way to spend it than on some mythical wagering.
I’ll start with my $1k bankroll and each week – usually on Thursday or Friday – I’ll analyze the upcoming Cowboys game and make a wager. With any luck, by Christmas it’ll be iPhone upgrades for everyone. Or maybe not.
Do I think we’ll win? You betcha!
Football can be a game of inches. And wagering on football can be – as I was painfully reminded last week – can be a game of .5.
As in, I lost my bet on the Jets over the Cowboys, minus-3.5 points. I could grumbled about missed extra points and this or that, but it’s Christmas Eve and I’m up $10 for the season. Not exactly enough for an iPhone upgrade, but in position to have some fun these last two weeks.
For Sunday … yuck.
The Cowboys are now officially eliminated, and giving tryout snaps to a quarterbacks who last week looked like he belonged more in the defunct NFL Europe. Kellen Moore is destined to make poor decisions, bad throws and lose a game. But I also watched some of the Bills last week against the Redskins.
At 6-8, Buffalo has nada to play for either. Like the Cowboys’ 2-0 start, the Bills started hot with Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy and a gritty defense and new coach Rex Ryan and a 5-4 record and … no. Just no.
These teams both stink. They neither have anything to play for. In those cases give me an ugly game with few big plays.
The Bills’ wobbly defense can get healthy against Moore. And their No. 1 rushing offense – like the Packers did two weeks ago – will eventually wear down a Dallas defense that has never been rewarded for its above-average play all season.
This, alas, is my strongest, biggest play of the season.
Bills 27, Cowboys 13.
STARTING BANKROLL: $1,000
CURRENT BANKROLL: $1,010
SEASON RECORD: 7-8
LAST WEEK: 0-1, -110
THIS WEEK: Bills minus-6 over Cowboys, $500
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.