You Betcha Week 9: Cowboys (+3) Over Eagles

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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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Nothing better than handicapping a game and have it turn out, well, exactly how you handicapped it. I figured defenses – and conservative offenses – would dominate Cowboys-Seahawks and that the Over/Under of 42 was ridiculously high. The 13-12 final was a walk in the park, easy money and perfect, other than Dallas dropping its fifth straight.

With only Kellen Moore to turn to, looks like the Cowboys will stick with Matt Cassel against the Eagles Sunday night. You can’t call this a must-win in early November, but it’s a must-win. A loss here and Dallas is 2-6 with a road game left before Tony Romo comes to the rescue.

The Cowboys smothered the Eagles in Week 2, limiting old friend DeMarco Murray to two yards on 13 carries. It was so long ago, though, that Brandon Weeden actually finished the game with a clinching touchdown pass to Terrance Williams. I know, feels like a dream.

Dallas’ defense should be even better this time around, given the returns of Greg Hardy and Rolando McClain. But the offense will have to open it up. Dez Bryant should be better in his second week back and now the running back job belongs solely to Darren McFadden.

The sputtering offense has scored only two touchdowns in the last 18 quarters. They’ll need to score at least two to beat Philadelphia, even at home. I see a tight game but, when in doubt, take the more desperate team, the home team, and the team getting three points.

Eagles 21, Cowboys 20.




LAST WEEK: 1-0, +200

THIS WEEK: Cowboys plus+3 over Eagles 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.

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