The online betting world is starting to focus in on March Madness betting, but the sports fans in Dallas have a whole list of Cowboys issues to deal with. First on the list of things that is causing some grumbling at Valley Ranch is comments made by defensive end Jason Hatcher. When asked about the future of the Cowboys’ defense under Rob Ryan, Hatcher said that the talent is there and the scheme is good but the defense lacks leadership. Hatcher pointed to the lack of a “Ray Lewis type leader” in the Dallas locker room that could bring the defense together.
While the 2011 season was going on, the pay per head sports experts were questioning the leadership abilities of linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Ware is often acknowledged as the most talented defensive player on the Cowboys’ defense and many feel he should assume a more prominent leadership role. Ware’s response to the comments was that Hatcher was wrong. Ware maintains that the Dallas defense has strong leadership and as the team gets more familiar with coordinator Ryan’s schemes, the leadership in the locker room will emerge.
The fans are also starting to make themselves heard when it comes to the job that Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones has done as general manager. Several fans have started social networking pages and websites dedicated to forcing Jones to hire a general manager and put Jones back to being just the owner. A bodog review of Jones’ responses to past fan insurrections indicates that these kinds of pressures do not bother him. But this is not just a smattering of fans here and there. The number of fans actively trying to force Jones to hire a general manager is growing and it will soon be something that not even Jerry Jones can ignore.
The Cowboys are in the same boat as all the other NFL teams in that Dallas has to use its franchise tag by March 5th or the team loses the tag for the season. Many sports experts are following the franchise tag. You can even read about the NFL franchise tag updates on the occasional NHL trade deadline blog. But there are some teams that may not use the franchise tag at all. The Buffalo Bills do not have any players outside of wide receiver Stevie Johnson that would require the tag. The wide receiver tag number is around $9.5 million this year and it is doubtful that the Bills will want to pay that much to Johnson.
The Cowboys have several candidates for the franchise tag, but it is expected that the Cowboys will not use the tag and rely on free agency instead. The most likely candidate for the tag is linebacker Anthony Spencer. But the Cowboys would rather work out a long-term deal with Spencer than pay him the $8.8 million that a franchise linebacker would get in 2012. The Cowboys are trying to avoid using the franchise tag if at all possible in 2012. At this point, Dallas is in negotiations with all of its free agents and hopes to have deals struck soon.
As the Super Bowl betting continues, the Dallas Cowboys are conspicuous by their absence in this year’s playoffs. The 2011 version of the Cowboys put up more of a fight but, in the end, the results were the same as 2010; the Cowboys missed the playoffs. As the off-season is getting ready to begin, there are a lot of questions that surround the Cowboys’ defense. One of the biggest question areas is at safety where the Cowboys had almost no interceptions and could not stop a big play all season long. Safety Abram Elam was signed to a one-year contract worth $2.5 million and Gerald Sensabaugh was signed to a five-year deal worth $22.5 million. It appears that the Cowboys have painted itself into a corner at safety.
The price per head sports experts are quick to point out that the Cowboys signed Sensabaugh to his contract at a time when no other team was showing an interest in the safety. The Cowboys could have gotten Sensabaugh for less, but did not. The problem is that Elam seemed to be more competent at safety and is well-liked by his teammates and coaches. Elam is also in demand with a few other teams. If the Cowboys want to make changes at safety, then it will have to retain Sensabaugh and let Elam go due to current contracts. That is the opposite of what many observers feel is the right thing for the Cowboys to do.
The pay per head sports experts point to bad contract decisions, like the one at safety, as one of the reasons why the Cowboys are going to have a difficult time making personnel changes on defense. The Cowboys are not going to be able to make wholesale changes without taking a financial hit, and some players are not convinced that wholesale changes are even necessary. Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware has come out in support of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and his system. Ware tells fans to be patient and give the defense a full off-season to work things out. A sportsbook review of the current roster shows players that could not flourish under two defensive systems. It will be interesting to see what changes, if any, are made on the Dallas defense.
Despite the surprise ice storm in North Texas on Super Bowl Sunday and the blatant greed that ignited the seating controversy, there is talk that the new Cowboys Stadium will host another Super Bowl in the future. The betonline scam that owner Jerry Jones caused by selling tickets to seats that did not exist was eventually settled out of court and, apparently, forgotten by the league. The rumors are growing stronger as new cities are announced for upcoming Super Bowl years. Both owner Jerry Jones and Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach are giving indications that the NFL could announce another Dallas Super Bowl in the not too distant future. Skeptics are warning that Jones will turn another Super Bowl into an embarrassment if given the chance.
The sport betting experts try to give Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver Dez Bryant all the credit they can. When Bryant was having problems with hundreds of thousands of dollars in money owed for jewelry, the media made sure that it reported any of the payments Bryant made. It was expected that some of his teammates would talk to Bryant about his behavior off the field and how beneficial it can be to stay out of the limelight in the off-season. But if his teammates were talking, then Dez Bryant was not listening.
According to the price per head sports experts, Bryant was detained by police in Miami Beach after he got into yet another altercation with an unknown group. It is believed that the other party was part of a rap artist’s entourage, but no details have been released. The incident happened on January 15, and it could be evidence that Bryant has not learned how to control himself and still has a serious amount of growing up to do.
It has been reported that Dallas quarterback Tony Romo will pair up with Tiger Woods in an upcoming pro-am tournament on the PGA Tour. This announcement comes as the pay per head draft experts are starting to publicly wonder if the Cowboys should think about drafting a quarterback in the 2012 entry draft. Romo’s ability to win big games has been questioned for years and his dedication to the team has been questioned as he continually puts golf ahead of OTAs and other off-season activities. The Cowboys have not made any statements yet on what it intends to do in the draft, but the inability of Dallas to make it into the playoffs again this year makes fans wonder if Romo will be the scapegoat for the entire organization.
A bodog review of the Cowboys’ roster shows that, once again, the defensive secondary is a concern for the team. For the previous two years, the sports experts have been saying that the Cowboys need to either draft cornerbacks or pick some up in free agency. To this point, the Cowboys have done neither. But with new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan now calling the shots on defense, the Cowboys may not have any choice but to start picking up secondary players. Ryan’s scheme calls for the secondary to be active and make plays. The current Dallas secondary has shown repeatedly that it is unable to do that. The hope for Dallas fans is that he Cowboys will draft or pick up players that can execute Ryan’s scheme and get the Cowboys’ defense back on track.
The news was not all bad for the Cowboys’ defense in 2011. Whether you write a soccer blog or a football blog, you had to appreciate the season that Cowboys’ outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware had. The Pro Football Writers Association and the fans definitely noticed as Ware was voted into the Pro Bowl by the fans and he was placed on the All-NFL team by the Writers Association. Ware was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise perplexed Dallas defense. The problem for the Dallas defense was that it tried to use the wrong players for Rob Ryan’s system. The Cowboys will make roster changes to bring in players that Ryan needs. But it is expected that DeMarcus Ware will stay right where he is.
The online sportsbook experts did not expect much from the Dallas Cowboys in 2011. The Cowboys were coming off of a disappointing season in 2010 with a new head coach, new defensive coordinator and basically the same roster that could not make the playoffs last year. With some key injuries on the offensive line and in the offensive backfield, the Cowboys were even less of the team it was last year. The price per head sports experts did not expect Dallas to be a Super Bowl contender and the odds the Cowboys were given to win the Super Bowl reflected that.
Now that the season is over and the Cowboys lost the most critical game of the season to the New York Giants, the finger-pointing begins along with the long bouts of confusion. The fans are getting anxious over this lack of playoff success under owner Jerry Jones. Head coach Jason Garrett looked out of place at times and made decisions a high school coach in his first game would not make. You just don’t ice your own kicker on the game winning field goal. If you have been in football for more than a season or two, then you should know that instinctively.
New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was supposed to bring the system that he perfected in Cleveland to Dallas and use superior players to get better results. As the season wore on, it became evident that the Cowboys’ defensive players were not all that superior to the Browns’ players. According to the pay per head sports experts, Ryan’s defense in Dallas ranked 14th overall by the time the season was over. It did great against the rush where it ranked seventh, but wound up 23rd against the pass. The defense just could not stop the opposition when it had to.
A bodog review of the entire Dallas team shows a team that was affected by the lack of a training camp. The team did not have time to get used to its new systems and its new coaches and it suffered. Jason Garrett is going to have to work on his game management skills because he made several blatant errors that had even the most casual fans scratching their heads. To judge this team on this season is probably not fair.
The first questions that Jerry Jones handled after the loss to the Giants were about the futures of Garrett and Ryan. Jones was adamant when he said that both men would stay in their positions with the team next season. Jones did not address any concerns about the level of NFL caliber talent on the Cowboys’ roster. While changes are expected, Jones did not give any indication of what kind of changes to expect.
One player that did speak out was wide receiver Dez Bryant. He indicated that the team was angry and disappointed at the way the season turned out. When asked about his own performance in his second year, Bryant indicated that he did okay but that he could do better. The Cowboys’ players all seem to share the burden of the loss, which could be the first sign of a team coming together as a single unit.
The online betting experts thought that had seen it all when Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett iced his own kicker in week 13 and wound up losing in overtime to the Arizona Cardinals. What Garrett was doing was showing the rest of the league that Dallas rookie kicker Dan Bailey can be iced. It was information that Garrett probably would have liked to kept secret for just a few more weeks as the Cowboys need wins heading into the playoff stretch.
In week 14, the Cowboys were playing a very important game against the New York Giants. It was a divisional contest that would either give Dallas a stronger lead in the NFC East or push the Giants back into the divisional race. According to many price per head sports experts, the winner of the week 14 game would have an upper hand in the divisional race. As the game pressed on, the Cowboys slowly allowed the Giants to get back in the game after Dallas had taken an early lead. With almost no time remaining, Dan Bailey trotted out to kick what would have been a game-tying field goal. Using the lessons from week 13, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin iced Bailey. The kick Bailey unleashed prior to the Giants’ timeout was perfect. The kick after the icing was partially blocked and the Giants won the game.
According to the pay per head sports analysts, the Cowboys and Giants play one more time before the season ends. But with both teams tied at 7-6, the Giants need a little more magic to take the title from Dallas. If the Cowboys win the second meeting between the two teams, and both teams finish with the same record, then both teams would also probably finish with the same divisional record as well. But the Cowboys have the better conference record and that is what would win Dallas the division.
A bodog review of the Cowboys’ situation shows that its destiny is still in its own hands when it comes to the playoffs. If Dallas can finish the season going 2-1 in the last three games and win the second game over the Giants, then Dallas wins the division. Of course, if the Giants go 0-3 in the last three games then the Cowboys win anyways. The playoffs is all a game of “ifs” and the Cowboys still control its own destiny.
Something that has come to the surface in the past two weeks is the inability of the Dallas defense to hold on to a lead or shut down the opponent’s offense when it counts. In week 13, the Dallas defense gave up the winning touchdown in overtime to the Arizona Cardinals. While that one hurt, the NFL scores that occurred in the fourth quarter of the Giants’ game hurt even more.
Going into the fourth quarter of the week 14 game against New York, the Giants were up by a score of 22-20. The Dallas defense needed to hold the Giants’ offense while the Cowboys’ offense put up the points to win. But Rob Ryan’s Dallas defense buckled under the pressure for the second week in a row and now questions are starting to pop up about the reliability of the Dallas defense. The Cowboys will need more consistent play from its defense if it wants to win the NFC East.
Breeders Cup betting will likely take some attention in Dallas, and none too soon as fans of the Texas Rangers may need something to take their mind off a second straight World Series loss. Meanwhile, the Cowboys got rolled by a division rival, while the Stars continue to roll early in the NHL season.
The Rangers were a huge per head favorite leading three games to two going back to St. Louis, and in Game 6, they were within a strike of ending it all twice, but the Cardinals wouldn’t go away and won 10-9 in 11 innings in one of the best World Series games of all time (even if you are a Rangers fan). The Cardinals would go on to win Game 7 by a score of 6-2 to send the Rangers home empty-handed for the second year in a row, and now Texas has some questions to answer in the offseason, namely, do they splurge to keep free agent pitcher C.J. Wilson? He’ll be one of the biggest fish on the market and it could turn into a bidding war as teams (we’re looking at you, New York Yankees) aim to improve their rotation and price per head odds.
The Cowboys were routed 34-7 in Philadelphia in a game that wasn’t even that close, and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan calling the Eagles “the All-Hype team” probably didn’t help matters. His defense has no answer for the Eagles’ offense as Philadelphia ran for 239 yards. The Cowboys also tried to take away the Eagles’ deep threats, but they were massacred over the middle as Michael Vick took advantage of an injury to linebacker Sean Lee, who broke his wrist and Dallas had to put in Keith Brooking, who was exposed in coverage. Lee will try to play through his injury when Seattle comes to town this week, and it’s no BetOnline scam that the Cowboys are 11.5-point favorites at home.
The Stars remain on top of the Pacific after a week which saw them lose 5-3 at home to Los Angeles, but they rebounded to drop New Jersey 3-1, also at home. Dallas is fourth in the league in points allowed as they continue to employ a stout defense; they know they’re not going to win any offensive firefights. This week’s action brings a home game against Colorado on Friday, before they head out on the road to Carolina and Washington. The Stars have to keep their shape defensively if they are going to continue this run throughout the season, because we all know that defense wins Stanley Cups, and they could be a dangerous darkhorse for NHL fans.
When you are the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback, the online betting sports fans pay a lot of attention to you. That is especially true when you are losing. Tony Romo has lost eight of his last 12 NFL starts, he only has one playoff win in his career and his style of play is being singled out by many people as the primary reason why the Cowboys are struggling.
For all of the price per head activity that surrounds Romo, he remains a polarizing figure among Cowboys’ players, fans, management and others in the Dallas sports world. Dallas Mavericks’ star player and NBA finals MVP Dirk Nowtizki has made statements in support of Romo. Dallas Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett has indicated that Romo is not to take all of the blame for the team’s failings as of late.
But former Dallas Cowboys’ cornerback, and recent NFL Hall of Fame inductee, Deion Sanders has said that Romo is not an elite quarterback and not the one that will lead Dallas to the Super Bowl. Sanders says that Romo shows the fortitude to be a winner, but lacks the decision-making abilities of a true champion.
The price per head bookmaking services may hear a little less out of Dallas defensive coordinator this week after his comments last week may have worked to inspire the Detroit Lions. Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, along with his brother Rex Ryan (Jets head coach), is never at a loss for confidence. Prior to the Detroit game, Rob Ryan said that his defense practices against receivers that are better than Detroit’s Calvin Johnson. Ryan went so far as to say that Johnson would be a third-string receiver on the Cowboys at best.
By the time the week four game against the Lions was over, the Cowboys’ defense had collapsed and Calvin Johnson had caught two critical touchdowns. Ryan’s insistence that Johnson only needed to be in single coverage for the entire game could be one of the things that cost Dallas the game. We may hear boasts from Ryan in the future, but he may avoid mentioning individual names from now on.
The top NFL pick for the Cowboys two years ago, wide receiver Dez Bryant, is having problems finishing games because he is unable to practice. Bryant has a deep thigh bruise that makes it painful for him to run for extended periods of time. By the time that the fourth quarter comes around, Bryant can barely move. NFL fans in Dallas have been impressed to this point because Bryant has played well in the three games he has been in. But the pain and lack of conditioning is starting to catch up with him.
Head coach Jason Garrett mentioned that the trainers are doing everything they can for Bryant, but the big wide receiver may experience conditioning issues until that deep thigh bruise is gone. Bryant caught two touchdown passes in the week four loss to Detroit, but he has been unable to run the deep routes that he is expected to run since the season opened.
The sports betting world was not sure what to make of the Dallas Cowboys coming into the 2011-2012 season. The Cowboys just came off of an off-season full of controversy, distractions and a lock out. But something looked like it was clicking with the Cowboys when they took the field for week one. Even though the first game of the season was a loss to the New York Jets on national television, the Cowboys showed a new determination that had to have been born out of the new coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and head coach Jason Garrett have been nothing but positive the entire off-season, and now it looks like it is wearing off on the team.
You don’t have to go fishing very far for examples of how Tony Romo is developing as a player, teammate and leader. With a fractured rib and punctured lung, Romo went out and lead the Cowboys to a 2-1 record by beating the previously undefeated Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. When his center was having problems snapping in the shot gun, Romo took his center aside and calmed him down. When the Redskins did an all out blitz late in the game to try and neutralize Romo, the calm quarterback threw a key pass to wide receiver Dez Bryant that set up the game winning field goal. Romo’s toughness and leadership skills took a huge leap forward in a very important win for Dallas.
The NFL betting lines may not have counted on a Dallas win by field goals only in week three, but the Cowboys will take the win any way they can get it. The six field goals in a game is a Dallas Cowboys’ team rookie record for rookie kicker Dan Bailey. The win helped the team to gain confidence in Bailey as well as quarterback Tony Romo.
Another Dallas Cowboy who was playing to spite incredible pain was running back Felix Jones. Jones was hurt in week two against the San Francisco 49ers when he dislocated his shoulder. But NFL fans got to see a new side to Felix Jones when he went out and put up 115 rushing yards against an aggressive Washington Redskins defense. What made Jones’ performance even more noteworthy is that most of the yards were put up in the second half of the game. After 30 minutes of getting hit on a bad shoulder, Jones was able to go out and pick his game up even further in the second half to help the Cowboys grab the win.
The Dallas Cowboys’ defense stepped up in the team’s Monday night win as well. Dallas’ defense has been taking a verbal and physical beating for almost two seasons now, and it looked like that would continue as the Redskins’ offense pummeled the Cowboys’ defense in the first half. But in the second half the Cowboys pushed back, and the end result was a Dallas win. The new and gritty attitude of the Cowboys makes the week four game against the Detroit Lions one of the more difficult NFL picks of the week.
The sports betting world watched as the Dallas Cowboys almost pulled off the win over the New York Jets on opening weekend in the new Meadowlands. But quarterback Tony Romo’s two costly turnovers late in the game were the difference as the Cowboys lost 27-24. Rather than a barrage of questions and criticisms about Romo coming from the Cowboys’ locker room, there was nothing but a stream of praise.
Veteran tight end Jason Witten says that the team knows what Romo is capable of and that the Jets game was just a bad night. Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones said that the team showed the promise of a good season in that one game and that he thinks Dallas will be a playoff contender this season.
The Cowboys performed better than expected as the defensive secondary held up to the Jets’ passing game and the Dallas receivers were able to navigate through Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. The young offensive line played well and that could affect a lot of NFL betting lines for the rest of the season. Romo did play well until the last nine minutes of the game when he gave up a fumble and threw an interception. But the Cowboys did have a lot of good things to take from that game without having to do much fishing for positives.
Second-year wide receiver Dez Bryant was injured late in the game against the Jets which prompted some interesting rumors to start swirling around the Cowboys. Bryant is expected to play in week two, but the lack of depth in the Cowboys’ receiving corps has caused some people to speculate that Dallas my sign veteran wide receiver Terrell Owens for a second stint with the team. The Cowboys have not made any comment on Owens, but he would be a welcome addition to a receiving corps that has lost a lot of depth over the past couple of years.
NFL fans in Dallas like to see the team make smart personnel moves in a time when there is so much uncertainty on the field. That is why the recent announcement of a contract extension for veteran tight end Jason Witten was welcome news to Cowboys’ fans. Witten is one of the leaders of the team on and off the field, and his hard work was rewarded with a five-year contract extension worth a reported $37 million. According to sources close to Witten, that will insure that the Cowboys’ tight end finishes his career in Dallas.
The betonline.com reviews of the new Dallas defense under new coordinator Rob Ryan are promising. Most Cowboys fans will admit that Ryan does not have much to work with, but he had all of his components working at high efficiency against the New York Jets offense. The Cowboys weak secondary was bent, but it did not break. The defensive line allowed some big running plays, but it was able to control the line of scrimmage for much of the game and put pressure on New York quarterback Mark Sanchez. The fans got to see a more aggressive Dallas defense that gives promise to a new season.
Even fishing fans are putting down their pole and getting ready for what should be a huge weekend in the Dallas sports area, as the Texas Rangers are preparing to return home for a massive homestand. On the gridiron, the Cowboys head north to take on the New York Jets to kick off the 2011 regular season.
The Rangers have Thursday off after a six-day road trip through the American League East, and they won two of three in Boston, scoring at least seven runs in all three games and 10 or more in two of them. Then Texas dropped two of three in Tampa Bay, a week after they had done the same thing to the Rays at home, but they’re still 2.5 games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels in the West and the MLB betting favorites to come away with the division title. The next week will have a big say in Texas’ fate this season as they return home for six games, welcoming Oakland and Cleveland to town, and two straight sweeps are very possible. Rangers fans should also have a close eye on the Angels’ MLB baseball scores, as they will host the New York Yankees and then head to Oakland for a three-game set. If the Angels slip up, particularly this weekend against the Yankees, Texas should be there to capitalize.
The Cowboys ended their preseason slate with a 2-2 record after a 17-3 in Miami, but the finale is the least important as head coaches are just trying to get through the last game without their starters being injured, and they’re looking to fill out their depth chart, so a lot of the players who played in that game, are no longer with the team. And with no NBA schedule on the horizon, even Maverick fans will be tuning in this season to follow the Cowboys, starting on Sunday night with a huge primetime matchup on the road against the New York Jets, where defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will go up against brother Rex, who has led the Jets to the past two AFC title games. But more important, the Cowboys have some injuries to worry about, starting with a secondary that wasn’t great to begin with. Starting cornerbacks Mike Jenkins and Terence Newman will both miss this game, so look for the Jets to go after their replacements, Alan Ball and Orlando Scandrick. Offensively, rookie tackle Tyron Smith has a knee injury and will miss 2-4 weeks, while tight end Martellus Bennett has a high ankle sprain, which is usually a six-week injury. The Cowboys are 4.5-point underdogs in this contest, but the line could move a little more towards the Jets before gametime in your sports betting book.