Finally! Football is back.
O.K. so it's only the Hall of Fame Game, but it's the first pigskin of the 2017 season and sportsbooks in Vegas and across the world are taking bets on it.
DALLAS COWBOYS VS. ARIZONA CARDINALS (Pick-'em, O/U 36.5), Thursday, 8 p.m. ET
At BookMaker.eu, a market-setting offshore sportsbook, early money came in on the Cowboys. They opened as 1-point underdogs and now the game is a pick-'em.
Nearly every book is currently dealing pick-'em.
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In any preseason game, most bettors first try to handicap the quarterback situation.
Carson Palmer won't play as Bruce Arians looks to keep his 37-year-old starter fresh for the regular season.
Arizona has a capable backup. Strong-armed but scattershot Drew Stanton has played in 33 games, starting 13, and this is his fourth year in Arians' system.
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Dak Prescott might play a few series, then the Cowboys will turn things over to Kellen Moore, who missed all of last year on IR. Moore has been highly accurate in camp and the team is counting on him to seize the No. 2 job.
Still, Dallas just signed 36-year-old Luke McCown for depth.
Here's the angle I prefer: coaching.
I think Jason Garrett cares less than Arians. While Arians is 7-9 in the preseason, Garrett is 9-16, including 2-10 the past three years.
Over his tenure, Garrett is the NFL's least profitable preseason coach.
Pick: With Arizona coming off a losing season and Garrett's history in exhibition games, back the more motivated Cardinals.