New Panthers owner David Tepper wants to win. And sites for betting in the NFL favor his team to beat the Cowboys in Week 1 of the regular season. There have been quite a few administrative changes under Tepper’s management. However, the hedge fund manager has allowed head coach Ron Rivera to run the team as he sees fit. “He watches and asks questions about guys,” Rivera said. “One of the things I really appreciate is he said, ‘I don’t know. I don’t assume to know. So I may ask you guys a lot of questions.’ And that’s what he was doing. He asked a lot of questions and made a lot of comments about things.” Starting QB Cam Newton added that “He was an open book for us.” Huh. Somehow Cammie doesn’t strike me as much of a reader.
It’s safe to say that running Ezekiel Elliott is the glue that holds the Cowboys together. And not because you get a buzz on when you sniff him. Zeke had a league-leading 1631 rushing yards and scored 15 TDs in 15 games in 2016. Accordingly Dallas went 13-3 and won the NFC East. Last season was a different story, though. Elliott missed six games, fell short of 1000 yards and scored just seven TDs. The Cowboys finished 9-7 and missed the playoff. Ezekiel may not be a swell person, but he’s one heck of a player. And when he has his head screwed on right, the entire team plays better. Even the defense. When the Cowboys hold on to the ball longer, the secondary has a chance to rest.
Hopefully Zeke won’t get into more domestic squabbles. But even if he did, there is a backup plan. Or rather a backup RB. Or three. According to SportsDay’s writer Brandon George, “Rod Smith should be the backup.” However, we shouldn’t “count out rookie Bo Scarbrough.” Nor “forget about Tavon Austin.” He’s a wide receiver but what the hell.
The Panthers have had a consistent defense for a few years now. However, they start another season looking for an offense that conveys the same sense of stability. Newton has a number of go-to targets. For example, tight end Greg Olsen and wide receivers Devin Funchess and Curtis Samuel. Nonetheless, the Panthers have lacked a pure wide receiver lead the team in targets since Kelvin Benjamin in 2014. As one remembers, the Panthers traded Benjamin to the Bills for a 2018 third and the seventh round draft pick.
“People act like it’s a negative that Cam runs for 700 yards,” offensive coordinator Norv Turner said. “The thing that Cam does here, he bails some people out. When it’s not going good, he can take it and go running 50 yards. And defenses understand that. That’s an added dimension I haven’t had in a long time.” Let’s see if Cammie can bail the Panthers out once more. And people backing them on sites for betting in the NFL.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Carolina Panthers Week 1 Betting Information
- Date: September 9, 2018
- Time: 3:25 pm (CT)
- Venue: Bank of America Stadium
Odds from BetAnySports.eu:
- Dallas Cowboys +3 (-115) 42½ (-110) +135
- Carolina Panthers -3 (-105) 42½ (-110) -155
- The Cowboys are 4-1 SU in their last five games.
- The Cowboys are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games.
- The total has gone under in eight of the Cowboys’ last ten games.
- The Panthers are 3-2 SU in their last five games.
- The Panthers are 3-2 ATS in their last five games.
- The total has gone over in six of the Panthers last eight games.
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