No Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys Still A Touchdown Favorite Over Jacksonville Jaguars
October 27th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Tony Romo will be sidelined for at least six weeks following a broken clavicle that he suffered in Monday Night’s loss to the New York Giants.  Romo went down in the first half of play, thinking at first it was only a sprain.  Now, the Cowboys (1-5) must continue on without their leader after beginning 2010 with one of the worst starts in franchise history.

Dallas faces Jacksonville in week eight of the NFL season, with both teams looking to rebound after each endured a loss.  Dallas dropped to the Giants 41-35, and are now facing an extremely difficult climb up the ladder, as only one team in history has began this poorly and gone on to make the playoffs, the 1970 Cincinnati Bengals.

For the Jaguars, they fell to Kansas City 42-20 as they played without starting quarterback David Garrard, who sat out due to a concussion he suffered the week prior. The Jaguars could not muster much offensively, though they kept close in the first half, only to be out-scored 28-7 in the final two quarters.

Looking ahead at this match up for the Cowboys on offense, it will be back up quarterback and traveled veteran John Kitna who will be anchoring the offense.  Kitna came into the game against the Giants and started slow, but picked it up later in the second half.  He finished 16 of 33 for 187 yards and two touchdowns.  Dallas has plenty of talent surrounding Kitna, and they showed that they were capable of scoring without Romo, but got down too much against New York.  Against Jacksonville, the pass defense ranks 27th in the league and should favor Kitna and the Cowboys.

For Jacksonville on defense, the secondary should get a tough challenge against the receivers of the Cowboys in Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, as well as tight end Jason Witten.  Jacksonville has not been very good on defense defending the run or pass this season, and on paper this looks like a mismatch even with Kitna leading the charge.

Offensively for Jacksonville, head coach Jack Del Rio said that he will start Todd Bouman if Garrard is not able to go. Bouman threw for 222 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions against the Chiefs.  Running back Maurice Jones-Drew will be critical for Jacksonville against the Cowboys defense.

For the Cowboys on defense, stopping Jones-Drew will likely be at the top of list for Dallas.  Jones-Drew is one of the most dynamic players in the NFL, and the Cowboys will put a premium on stopping him, and limiting his touches in catching passes out of the backfield.

Game Line-

USA Online Sportsbooks have set Dallas as a 6.5-point favorite in this NFL Week 8 Match Up, with the over/under set at 42.5 points.

ATS Betting Trends-

Jacksonville is 2-8 ATS against a team with a losing record.

Over/Under Betting Trends-

The Under is 6-2-1 in Jacksonville’s last nine games on field turf.

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