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.
Do I think we’ll win? You betcha!
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I’ve been bungee jumping over a river, sky diving into a mountain and married a couple times.
But this just might be the scariest activity I’ve ever undertaken: Betting on Brandon Weeden.
Last week his stats looked impressive (22 of 26), but if you watched the game you know he was harmless. Most throws underneath, nothing downfield. Nada to strike fear into a defense that eventually shrank the field and shut Dallas down and out.
This week, however, should be different.
The Cowboys know they can’t dink-and-dunk with Weeden and win, so I expect more throws deep to Terrance Williams. I also so what rookie Jameis Winston did to Rob Ryan’s putrid defense, and Dallas will be able to move the ball on the ground and in the air.
Then there’s the availability of Saints quarterback Drew Brees. He’ll likely play, but won’t be at 100 percent.
And don't give me that "night game on Bourbon Street" myth. Don't look now but the Saints have their longest losing streak in the Superdome since 1980. They've lost their last six at home by a combined 185-104.
The Cowboys are a better team, even with Weeden. Getting points here is just a luxury I can’t pass up.
Cowboys 20, Saints 17.
STARTING BANKROLL: $1,000
CURRENT BANKROLL: $810
SEASON RECORD: 1-2
LAST WEEK: 1-0, +$175
THIS WEEK: Cowboys +4 over Saints for $200
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.