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Cowboys vs. Raiders Week 1 Preseason Picks

The Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders are facing off this Monday in a preseason game that’s providing NFL bettors with a good look at the the future of the two storied franchises. With new head coach Dennis Allen at the helm, the Raiders are in serious development mode, and that’s exactly what preseason handicappers are looking for.

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When: Monday, August 13, 8 PM EST
Where: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, CA

Cowboys vs. Raiders Moneyline, Point Spread & Over/Under Odds

Point Spread Odds: Dallas +1 vs. Oakland -1

Moneyline Odds: Dallas +100 vs. Oakland -120

Game Total Odds: Over 35 / Under 35

2012 Oakland Raiders Preseason Week 1 Betting Analysis

Sharp sports bettors have long known that handicapping NFL preseason games involves looking at a lot more than how the teams are playing. No team is going to risk blowing out a starter’s knees on a meaningless preseason game, so traditional stats go out the window.

In this case, the Raiders bring a serious home field advantage to the Monday night affair. Oakland fans are notoriously harsh on opposing teams and can create real intensity anytime they want, including the preseason.

It’s Oakland’s head coach Dennis Allen’s debut in silver and black, so we’ll expect to see the Raiders playing it more like a real game (though not a lot like one). New coaches are interested in making a good impression on the fans and in their eyes, a win is a win is win…even in the preseason.

Because of Allen’s experience as a defensive coordinator in Denver, and QB Carson Palmer’s deep NFL experience, watch for Oakland to spend more time working on the D, while keeping their offensive schemes more or less behind wraps. So watch for the capable Matt Leinert to see plenty of play on MNF.

Oakland comes into this matchup with an 18-9 series advantage, although the Cowboys have taken the last two. Watch for Allen and company to put on a show for the home crowd and walk away with the win.

2012 Dallas Cowboys Preseason Week 1 Betting Analysis

Preseason punters can safely assume that the Cowboys will be phoning this one in. They’re carrying a host of injured players and won’t be feeling like they’ve got much to prove in Oakland. Dallas head coach Jason Garrett is 2-2/1-3 ATS in the preseason and won’t be feeling the need to road test much of anything.

There’s a glut of Cowboys competing for some of the deep spots on the Cowboys roster, especially WR, so don’t be shocked to see them airing it out early. This could lead to either big receiving yards, or big interceptions.

Oakland Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys Predictions

At the end of the day, there’s just not much in this for the Cowboys and plenty for the Raiders. Place a bet on Oakland and the over and you’ll be in possession of a slightly larger roll.

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This article was written by Jess

Jess is the editor of MobileSportsBetting.com. His job duties include everything nobody else is doing, and making sure it all gets done on time. When he gets a chance, Jess loves to write about NFL, MLB, Formula 1, and tennis betting.


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