Dallas Sports Fan – ‘Boys Face Huge Visit From Eagles, Rangers Land Negotiation Rights For Darvish
NFL fans in Dallas will be on pins and needles on Saturday night as the Cowboys welcome Philadelphia to town for a big NFC East showdown, while Texas showed they were a major player in baseball’s free-agent market. On the court, the Mavericks are preparing for their season opener on Christmas Day, while the Stars continue to shine on the ice.
Tony Romo showed why many think he is an elite NFL quarterback with a brilliant performance in a 31-15 win in Tampa Bay, but some sportsbook reviews would say that the Cowboys took their foot off the gas in the second half. Dallas was up 28-0 by halftime, but they can’t afford a drop in intensity, especially with a streaking Philadelphia team visiting on Christmas Eve. The Eagles trail the Cowboys by two games in the East, but they also trounced Dallas 34-7 in Philadelphia in Week 8, so they would win the tiebreaker if the two had the same record at the end of the regular season, and the New York Giants are still in the mix as well.
The Rangers watched their rivals, the Los Angeles Angels, snag former ace C.J. Wilson, along with slugger Albert Pujols, and they probably took a tumble in the odds with price per head companies that help set lines. But Texas swung back as they posted a $51.7 million bid for Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish, who some say is stepping into the majors as a top-of-the-rotation starter right now. At 25, Darvish has a huge arsenal of pitches he can go to at any time, and the Rangers now have 30 days to sign him to a contract.
The Mavericks lost both preseason meetings with Oklahoma City, falling 106-92 at home and then 87-83 on the road in this abbreviated preseason, but Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd didn’t play in the first game and then had minimal minutes in the second as the Mavericks have their eye on the prize. Their title defense begins Sunday at home against Miami in a rematch of the Finals, and it’ll be interesting to see how the Mavericks are thought of by betting players and bookies that use price per head software. They should be favored, but the Heat are a huge public team.
The Stars are overshadowed in the city, but they’re chugging along in first place in the Pacific Division after wrapping a five-game road trip with a win over the New York Islanders and a loss in New Jersey, followed by a home victory over Anaheim. Four of the Stars’ next five games are at home starting with Philadelphia on Wednesday, and could have an effect on their sport betting odds down the line.