2008 Season NFL Football Past Picks
August 16, 2008
This pick was released to clients on December 31, 1969 at 9:00PM ET.
Dallas at Denver
Saturday 08/16 09:00 PM Eastern
3 units on Dallas +3 (-115) (risk 3 to return 3) RESULT: LOSS
The 0-1 Cowboys will travel to the mile high city to take on the 0-1 Broncos, with each team looking for its first win. Denver Coach Mike Shanahan has been known for his emphasis on winning these pre-season games, accumulating a 39-19 preseason record in his head coaching career. For those paying attention, however, that emphasis has waned over the past few years, as he has posted a losing record going back to '06-07. Coaches change and it appears that Shanahan has made a big shift. That philosophy change led to a rare loss in their opener last week. Shanahan used almost his entire roster as it appears he's looking for new help coming off a losing season for only the second time in his tenure at Denver. It appears that this preseason may be used for extensive evaluation, as the Broncos are much less settled than Shanahan is used to. So we expect a lot more experimentation and "fix it" projects than there usual. Wade Phillips has also been a winner here, with an overall 10-7 mark. Tony Romo threw just three passes in the opener, but last year Phillips gave him a lot of snaps in week two. He threw 18 passes in a Cowboy win. The Cowboy QB rotation was diminished to just two. We expect more of the same here, with the Cowboys putting more effort into this one, while Coach Shanahan is in the unusual situation of looking for answers instead of letting a good team get tuned up. The Cowboys win their first on the road.