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Broncos at Cowboys: What bettors need to know

Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys (+7.5, 56)

The Denver Broncos are setting a historic offensive pace and quarterback Peyton Manning appears to be three steps ahead of every defense he faces. The Dallas Cowboys, who host Manning and the Broncos on Sunday, are averaging 33.5 points in two home wins and could need at least that much to stay close. Manning has thrown 16 touchdowns and no interceptions through four games and is on pace to shatter the single-season TD mark.

Denver is putting up 44.8 points and nearly 500 yards of offense and is coming off a 52-20 drubbing of the Philadelphia Eagles. That offense is masking some potential issues on the other side of the ball, where the Broncos rank in the bottom third of the league in total defense. The Cowboys are not much better on defense and gave up 506 yards while squandering a lead in a 31-20  loss at San Diego last week.

TV:
4:25 p.m. ET, CBS.
LINE: The Broncos opened as 5-point road faves and are now -7.5. The total is 56.
WEATHER: N/A

ABOUT THE BRONCOS (4-0):
Manning formed a quick connection with Wes Welker and has weapons spread across the field in wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker and tight end Julius Thomas. That passing attack opens up the ground game for a trio of backs in Knowshon Moreno, Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman. Denver still thinks it can get better on the offensive side of the ball and is due for an upgrade on the defensive side, where linebacker Von Miller has yet to play while sitting out a six-game suspension and cornerback Champ Bailey (foot) is still waiting to make his season debut.

ABOUT THE COWBOYS (2-2):
Dallas is down two defensive starters in linebacker Justin Durant (groin) and defensive end George Selvie (concussion), who were both missing from practice on Thursday and are uncertain for Sunday’s game. That puts even more pressure on Tony Romo and the offense to put up points, which they failed to do while being shut out in the second half of last week’s loss. Romo is completing 72.4 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and one interception but could be missing one of his weapons with wideout Miles Austin (hamstring) questionable.

TRENDS:

* Broncos are 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings.
* Over is 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Over is 5-1 in Cowboys last six home games.
* Broncos are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games.

EXTRA POINTS:


1. The Broncos have won 15 consecutive regular-season games, each by seven points or more.

2. Romo is 4-1 with 14 TD passes and one INT in his last five home games.

3. Denver LB Danny Trevathon was carted off the field at practice on Wednesday with a knee injury but came through an MRI exam clean and could make Sunday‘s game.

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Posted by CAlex6977
11 months ago

So ends my gambling career. Good game cowboys.
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Posted by mo008
11 months ago

Cowboys will win this afternoon in close game.
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Posted by MTFN50
11 months ago

would love to see the bubble burst and the cowboys beat this team As far as the point spread 7.5 and the cowboys at home ill take a shot . Surprised this number didn't change more .Guess more people are on the cowboys than I expected '
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Posted by acslim
12 months ago

den covers 2 td easy
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Posted by eylesy
12 months ago

Broncos going for 4th straight ATS win on opponents 3rd home game.
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Posted by sportspicks
12 months ago

35 - 31 Dallas
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Posted by mo008
11 months ago

"Cowboys will win this afternoon in close game."