Who would of thought of this Sunday’s meeting the Dallas Cowboys (6-3, 2nd in NFC East) and Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8, 4th in AFC South) from Wembley in London will be the game that could decide the rest of the Cowboys’ season. After losing consecutive games in less than one calendar week, Dallas needs this win more than the Jags do. If you are tempted to bet this game then follow my NFL week 10 betting advice to win your wagers.
Matchup: Dallas Cowboys Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Date: November 9th
Start Time: 1 PM EST
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
TV Info: Fox
Live Stream: NFL.com
Radio: Dallas Cowboys Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Point Spread: Cowboys -7.5
After rushing to 6-1 record and being considered the best team in the league, the the Cowboys are now 6-3 after losing Tony Romo to a knee to his surgically repaired back in week 8. Now Jerry Jones’ Cowboys will tangle with the Jaguars in a must-win game if they hope to stay in the driver’s seat in the race for the NFC East crown.
"That is the reason he's over there. They're afraid of losing to the Jaguars" – @TonyDungy comments on why Tony Romo made trip to London
— PFTonNBCSN (@PFTonNBCSN) November 4, 2014
The Dallas Cowboys opened as 7.5-point favorites vs the Jacksonville Jaguars and the game total was 45 early in the week. Click here for more NFL week 10 odds.
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The Cowboys are hoping to have starting quarterback Tony Romo available when they take the field at Wembley Stadium. After missing last Sunday’s 28-17 home loss to Arizona, Romo followed his regular Wednesday routine by sitting out Dallas’ first practice in England, again to rest his injured back. He has fractures in two small bones, an injury unrelated to a herniated disk he suffered last year or the offseason surgery he needed to remove a cyst earlier in 2013.
— PFTonNBCSN (@PFTonNBCSN) November 4, 2014
The nine-hour flight to London didn’t make Romo’s condition any worse, coach Jason Garrett hopes his signal caller can progress in the days leading up to this matchup. Romo will give his back a workout when the Dallas Cowboys head to practice on Thursday, and is expected to play when they meet the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend.
"Obviously, all these things are medical decisions," Garrett said. "Really important for our medical team to weigh in on what our players have. Getting feedback from the player, as to how they feel, how they handle the workload, is really, really important."
Romo ranks in the top five in the NFL in completion percentage (68.2) and passer rating (103.6) while throwing for 1,998 yards with 15 touchdowns. He’s thrown three interceptions in seven games since opening with three in a 28-17 loss to San Francisco on Sept. 7.
"We as coaches, the football people, we’re most interested in function, how is the player functioning," Garrett said. "He might say `this,’ the doctor may say `this,’ but what we see is `this.’
However, with or without Romo, I believe the Cowboys will win this game on the back of their defense and on the legs of league leading rusher DeMarco Murray, who just had his record streak of 100-yard games to start the season snapped at eight.
Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles leads the NFL in interceptions, and he’s also turned the ball over at least once in every game he’s played in so far this season. That bodes well for the Dallas defense, which has nine interceptions and seven forced fumbles. Look for this number to grow in front of the London crowd.
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) November 6, 2014
Jacksonville has been able to hang with most opponents this season due to surprising play from its young stars including Bortles, Allen Hurns and Denard Robinson, but late game turnovers have doomed their season. I expect this trend will continue after a conservative start to the game as both teams won’t want to embarrass themselves in front of the London crowd. Dallas will be forced to play conservatively as a direct result of trying to protect an injured Romo or having the erratic Weeden under center. On the flip side, the Jags won’t open up their full playbook to prevent a big mistake from Bortles.
Look for Dallas to still win this game based off talent alone, but I don’t think you’ll see a blowout as the Cowboys will try their best to avoid any further injuries going into a much-needed bye week to get healthy.
The total has gone over in four of Dallas’s last five games when playing Jacksonville and the Jaguars are 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 games.
My NFL week 10 betting advice is to back the Cowboys with or without Romo.