Dallas should secure their second win

Cowboys To Overcome Broncos On The Road

The NFL season is underway and the excitement builds as we head into week two of the campaign. The Denver Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys both began the 2017 term with victories and will now look to kick on.

The Cowboys were handed a huge boost before their game against the New York Giants. Running back Ezekiel Elliott was due to play his only match in the first half of the season. However, Elliott was granted an injunction to stave off the ban – for the near future at least.

The 22-year-old was not needed to be at the peak of his powers in his side’s win over the Giants. Dallas’ defense dominated Eli Manning and company, allowing just three points. Dak Prescott and his offense put 19 points on the board, securing a comfortable victory for Jason Garrett’s side.

Denver benefitted from a missed field goal to start the season for the second term on the bounce. In the last campaign Graham Gano’s miss handed them an opening-day win over the Carolina Panthers.

Against the Los Angeles Chargers Younghoe Koo spurned the chance to extend the contest, allowing Vance Joseph’s men to claim the victory.

The two sides are now on a collision course in a bid to extend their unbeaten start to the term. We’ll now break down both teams and the betting odds for the contest.

Denver Broncos

Siemian has the chance to build

The Broncos produced a strong performance to see off the Chargers and their talented roster. There were doubts ahead of the start of the season about Siemian and his ability at quarterback. However, he rose to the occasion to spread the ball around the field, throwing two touchdowns.

The 25-year-old did have fortune on his side to throw only one interception. Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward dropped a would be pick-six early in the contest. That could have had consequences for the quarterback and the Broncos, but he regained his composure to guide his team to victory.

Siemian was not outstanding, but solid enough to get Joseph’s men over the line. Due to the talent on Denver’s defense – decent outings could be the difference between 8-8 and a 10-6 record to secure a playoff berth.

The pressure is on him to maintain his standard of performance against the Cowboys’ defense that shut down the Giants – albeit without Odell Beckham Jr. However, he will be aided by the players around him on the offense, who flashed at times on Monday night.

CJ Anderson made a welcome return to the backfield against the Chargers. The running back missed the majority of last season due to injury, but on his return he rushed for 81 yards on his 20 carries. He will be an important player this term to ease the strain on Siemian.

Denver’s defense had their moments against the Chargers. Von Miller was held in check, but Shaq Barrett and Bradley Roby made plays. They will have their hands full with the Dallas’ offense and will need to be at the peak of their powers to cope with the skill players and powerful offensive line.

Dallas Cowboys

Dallas should secure their second win

The Cowboys were on form from the off to defeat the Giants. New York were the only side to beat the Dallas last season at full strength. Garrett’s men were able to strangle the life out of Manning and his offense to secure the victory with relative ease at AT&T Stadium.

Elliott notched 104 yards on the ground against one of the best run defenses in the NFL. Prescott was also impressive as he threw for 268 yards and one touchdown.

The duo were incredible in their rookie seasons and it is widely regarded that players make their biggest improvements in their second term. The win over New York was a positive start and Dallas will be expecting a lot from both players once again this season in their charge for the playoffs.

Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of Dallas’ win from their point of view was the display of their defense. The NFC East outfit lost a number of players in the off-season, especially in their secondary.

In their first outing they performed well as a defensive unit and limited the Giants to just three points. The pass-rush capitalised on the dire display from New York’s offensive line as they put Manning under pressure, with DeMarcus Lawrence notching two sacks.

Anthony Brown and Jaylon Smith also made plays, which will be important over the course of the term. Dallas have lost experience from their side making it imperative that their younger players rise to the occasion.

Discipline will be more important than quality against the Broncos, especially in Mile High. It’s a tough test to have early in the campaign, but one Garrett’s men should be prepared for.

Betting Options

Other than a few rare occurrences, week one of the 2017 NFL season was a low-scoring affair. Neither Dallas or Denver were prolific on offense, while their defenses were both on form

As teams find their rhythms expect that to change over the coming weeks, but it might be a little while yet before the touchdowns begin to flow.

This contest should be a close affair as the Broncos are a strong opponent at home. The atmospheric conditions make life tough on opponents, who are not used to the thin air. That gives them an edge especially late in games.

Denver’s defense was pivotal in their win over the Chargers, although they did give up three touchdowns to Philip Rivers and company. Prescott, Elliott and the Cowboys will ask sterner questions on the ground and through the air with their plethora of talent.

The same could be said on the other side of the ball where Dallas will have to better against the run to stop Anderson affecting the game.

The Cowboys will have ambitions of repeating their efforts from last season with their 13-win term. Expect them to notch their second win of the season against the Broncos.

Their talent on the offensive side of the ball will be too much for Denver to handle due to their dual threat. Not many teams in the NFL can pose a significant challenge on the ground and through the air. Therefore back them at odds of -119   with Marathon Bet to secure the win.

The spread will be interesting, but taking the Cowboys at -5.5 at odds of +155   with UniBet is a solid option. Dallas should also be able to hold Denver to under 19.5 points at +105   with Winner Sports.

Tips Summary

Dallas Cowboys To Beat Denver Broncos
Sunday 17th September 2017 16:25 ET (21:25 BST)
Odds: -119

Dallas Cowboys To Beat -5.5 Spread
Sunday 17th September 2017 16:25 ET (21:25 BST)
Odds: +155

Denver Broncos To Score Under 19.5 Points
Sunday 17th September 2017 16:25 ET (21:25 BST)
Odds: +105

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