The Denver Broncos host the Dallas Cowboys in a 2022 NFL preseason contest on Saturday evening. The cross-conference matchup is the preseason opener for both teams in 2022. Denver is coming off a 7-10 season and the splashy acquisition of star quarterback Russell Wilson. Dallas posted a 12-5 record and won the NFC East in 2021 before losing a playoff matchup to the San Francisco 49ers.
Caesars Sportsbook lists Denver as a 3.5-point home favorite for 9 p.m. ET kickoff. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the over/under, is 33.5 in the latest Cowboys vs. Broncos odds. Before making any Broncos vs. Cowboys picks, be sure to see the NFL predictions from SportsLine expert Larry Hartstein.
A former lead writer for Covers and The Linemakers, Hartstein combines a vast network of Vegas sources with an analytical approach he honed while working for Pro Football Focus. Entering the 2022 NFL season, he is 427-344 all-time on NFL sides (plus $3,764 for $100 players), including 394-330 against the spread. Hartstein went 68-50 ATS (58 percent) and 8-3 on money-line plays last season for a profit of $1,552. Anybody who has been following his NFL picks is way up
Now, Hartstein has zoned in on Cowboys vs. Broncos and just locked in his NFL picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks and analysis. Here are the NFL odds and betting lines for Broncos vs. Cowboys:
- Cowboys vs. Broncos spread: Broncos -3.5
- Cowboys vs. Broncos over/under: 33.5 points
- Cowboys vs. Broncos money line: Broncos -170, Cowboys +145
- DAL: Aiming to win NFC East for second straight season
- DEN: Have not made the playoffs since the 2015 season
- Cowboys vs. Broncos picks: See picks at SportsLine
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Why the Cowboys can cover
Dallas has considerable upheaval at the wide receiver position, which brings intrigue no matter the situation in the preseason. With Michael Gallup (ACL) and James Washington (foot) facing injuries and Amari Cooper leaving Dallas, the Cowboys are looking for production to complement CeeDee Lamb. T.J. Vasher and Jalen Tolbert will have the spotlight in the preseason, with Tolbert particularly drawing attention at this early stage. The former South Alabama star produced nearly 1,500 receiving yards last season and put up back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns in college.
Tolbert is a talented rookie, and Vasher brings great size at 6-foot-5 and a pedigree from Texas Tech. The Cowboys also project to rotate quarterbacks behind Dak Prescott, and Will Grier brings pedigree after arriving from Carolina in the offseason. He will compete with Cooper Rush and Ben DiNucci, both of whom have starting experience for the Cowboys.
Why the Broncos can cover
It remains to be seen just how much Denver might use Wilson in the entire preseason, much less the opener. However, the Broncos are set up well at the backup quarterback spot. Josh Johnson is the backup for Denver, and the 36-year-old has 37 games of experience across more than a decade of NFL work. Johnson made a start for the Baltimore Ravens last season and threw for 304 yards and two touchdowns.
He also has the ability to evade danger with mobility, and Denver is installing a new offense under head coach Nathaniel Hackett. The Broncos also have playing time available at wide receiver with the ACL injury to Tim Patrick, and Denver can observe KJ Hamler, Seth Williams and Tyrie Cleveland as potential options.
How to make Broncos vs. Cowboys picks
Hartstein is leaning Over the total, but he also says a critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back. You can find out what it is and see all of Hartstein’s NFL picks and analysis at SportsLine.
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