Week 1 NFL Predictions: Cowboys will victimize weak Browns secondary

Coming off a surprising 10-win season, the Browns are looking a little shaky heading into Week 1 of the 2008 NFL regular season. NFL odds favor the Dallas Cowboys in this match-up, and with good reason. BetOnline.com current betting line has Dallas Cowboys (-3) at Cleveland Browns (+3) – Sunday, September 7 at 4:15 p.m. ET
Derek Anderson was very impressive last year, coming out of nowhere to toss 29 touchdowns and making the Pro Bowl. He re-signed in the off-season and was primed to lead the Browns to the playoffs before suffering a concussion in the preseason.
Anderson will start on Sunday, but concussions are tricky business and there’s no guessing how he’ll play. He did make it through Wednesday’s practice with no restrictions, however.
If Anderson is knocked out, Brady Quinn will take over. The former first-rounder played in limited action last season so it can’t help the Browns odds.
Even if Anderson is good to go, he still must face an improved Dallas secondary. The new look is highlighted by Adam “Pacman” Jones, who returns after a year-long suspension. Jones is as talented as anyone in the NFL and there’s no doubting he wants to prove everyone wrong and make a huge impact in Big D. It could be a long day for the Browns passing game.
Because of Dallas’ passing game, there’s a lot to like about the Cowboys odds. Tony Romo and Terrell Owens made sweet music last season, hooking up on 15 touchdowns (Romo threw 36 in total). Although Owens is starting to get up there in years, there’s little reason to believe he’s ready to decline.
Moreover, the Browns secondary looks like a potential disaster. After shipping off Leigh Bodden in the offseason they’re left with inexperience and retreads. Calling it patchwork is an understatement. Cleveland should be able to slow Marion Barber and the Dallas running game, but the Cowboys can throw the ball at will.
Betting on football should be easy in this one. Dallas is clearly the more talented team, and its passing game is a brutal matchup for Cleveland. The Cowboys win and cover.
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