The Cowboys are giving six points to the visiting Redskins… Now we all know you usually get 3 for the home field advantage… Now Dallas gets 3 more for . . . ? ? ?
Dallas, after last weeks surprising performance against the Chargers have the 10th best passing yards/gm on defense and the 20th best rushing yards/gm on Defense! Against this rushing defense the Redskins have the 4th best rushing yards/gm…. A scheme anchored by Portis and Betts who put up 162 combined yards against a more than passable Bears defense.(No TD's though!)
The passing game for the Redskins was suspect in the game against the Bears, but Dallas managed less than 200 yards total passing against a Charger pass defense that ranked 31st in 2004 (avg 253.3)
So where do the Cowboys get the 3 points?
Kicker Billy Cundiff, who ranked 29th in his percentage kicking rating for 2004 was cut in August! Enter Jose Cortez for 2005! Granted the Redskins are without the leg of John Hall for this game, but is a rookie Redskins kicker worth 3 points in all important early schedule
– emphasize that point – NFC East Conference game?
There is almost certainly something to think about when we get to the QB’s!
Drew Bledsoe has the ignominious pleasure of being sacked 140 times over the past three years, and he has been criticized for holding onto the ball too long in his quest to make a big play. And this is a conundrum for the Tuna who has labored mightily to provide enough offensive weapons to help Bledsoe overcome this deficiency. A'la Julius Jones ! And if there is anything that Bill Parcells knows as well as he knows horses, it is that Coach Williams will be sending the house at his QB! At 33 years of age, Bledsoe still has zing in the wing, but he runs like he’s in a vat of pudding. Toss in Bledsoe’s indecisiveness and Dallas’ poor offensive line, and you’ve got a handy ingredient list for disaster. For this they get 3 additional points?
Mark Brunell will be 35 years old, barely, on game day. Five years ago he was the projected starter for the Jaguars. In June of this year he was described as “Brunell played behind a terrible line, so he often didn’t have enough time to make plays. But he has gone from a scrambling fantasy stud to a stumbling NFL backup.” Well fate, fortune, physical impairment and a debatable decision by Coach Gibbs has Brunell starting in the “bowl with a hole “on Monday evening. But there is no denying that in comparison to last season Brunell has indeed found the fountain of youth as far as his arms and legs go. Add to that the fact that he is playing behind a decidedly better offensive line and has receivers who can catch the ball more than once out of every four times it is thrown. The onus is now for him to make the completions and improve over a league poor 50% completion mark!
So the odds makers in Vegas, who always live by the creed that the house rarely looses, have set the odds at Dallas -6 for this prime time Monday Night adventure. Go figure!
You can figure out where I am going to lay my “jacksons” Are you going to play?