Are you ready for some football? The Dallas Cowboys will head to Empower Field at Mile High on Saturday night to take on the Denver Broncos in their first preseason game of the year.
Obviously, the major players will play a little bit, but the depth is where this game will be won or lost, so let’s look at this game and the NFL odds to determine the Broncos vs. Cowboys best bet for this game.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos Information
Both of these rosters had made some major changes throughout the offseason, so it will be an interesting test to see how they shape up throughout the preseason and what connections can be made.
Let’s begin by talking a little bit about each team’s quarterback room and impactful players for this first preseason game of the year. This is essential when making NFL picks.
Last Season’s Output
The Cowboys won the NFC East last season but lost in the NFC Wild Card Round to the San Francisco 49ers. The Broncos failed to make the playoffs but made a major trade by acquiring Russell Wilson to lead the offense.
Cowboys vs. Broncos Analysis
Owner Jerry Jones has said that most of his veterans will not play much in the preseason and instead focus on participating in team scrimmages and practices before suiting up for Week 1.
That means we should not expect to see Dak Prescott on the field here, but the rest of the quarterback room is not that solid.
Backup Quarter Back
- Cooper Rush
- Will Grier
- Ben DiNucci
Will be competing for a backup quarterback position on this offense, and Grier has the most NFL experience.
Back in 2019 with the Carolina Panthers, he threw for 229 yards but finished without a touchdown and four interceptions. This will be much different than the 2022 NFL stats.
With injuries to their wide receiver room, it will be interesting to see how wide receiver Jalen Tolbert performs in his first real NFL action.
They have some depth rookie receivers, notably Dontario Drummond, but eyes will be on Tolbert’s progression in this game and throughout the weeks.
Russell Wilson on the Field
Head coach Nathaniel Hackett has not announced if quarterback Russell Wilson will be on the field for this game to see some game action in a new system after being with the Seattle Seahawks his entire career up to this point.
He has some solid weapons at his disposal, but with a veteran defense, it will be interesting to see how much they actually play before the NFL schedule hits the regular season.
The biggest news between these teams during the offseason was how Randy Gregory was a free agent and left the Cowboys to join the Broncos after not liking one of the terms in his contract. However, he was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list and will not be available for this game.
Wide receiver Tim Patrick is done for the season after tearing his ACL in practice, so the depth at receiver will be tested a bit more.
This gives guys like rookie Montrell Washington, Tyrie Cleveland, and Kendall Hilton a chance to prove themselves on this team.
Odds Breakdown for this Matchup
The odds show that the Dallas Cowboys are a three-point underdog heading into this game on the road. It makes sense with how little information we have about some higher-level players, their availability for this game, and the depth is so similar.
Dallas Cowboys Odds
The Cowboys lost a few key players this offseason, making Dallas the underdog in this matchup. We’re not entirely sure who will be playing in this preseason game yet, so it’s possible the line could change.
Denver Broncos Odds
After adding Russel Wilson to their QB room this off-season, it makes sense the Broncos are viewed as a legitimate playoff team.
Even if we do see Wilson, it’s unlikely he will play more than a quarter. It’s the Broncos depth across the board that makes them the favorites in this NFL matchup.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos Betting Pick and Prediction
These teams are very similar in their roster build, but the Denver Broncos are the better complete roster. I do not trust the Dallas wide receiver depth, and if they are sitting out guys like CeeDee Lamb, it will hurt even more for this game.
Mike McCarthy finished 0-4 last preseason, and we are still yet to see how Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett coaches in the preseason as this is his first career postseason game in the position.
Who to Bet On?
I really like the depth of Denver’s secondary and defense as a whole compared to Dallas so go with the Denver Broncos to cover the three points in their building with a lot of excitement surrounding the team.
NFL Pick: Broncos -3 (10/11)
NFL Pick: Over 31.5 (10/11)