America’s Team will host what many believe to be America’s best team on Sunday, October 6th as the Dallas Cowboys welcome the Denver Broncos to the Lone Star State. While no real rivalry exists between the Broncos and Cowboys, the high profile nature of both teams makes their meeting a notable one. Sportsbook.ag has the contest listed as one of its NFL Games of the Year, and its early line points toward a Denver victory. The offshore bookmaker has the visiting Broncos listed as a -3.5 against the spread favorite in the 2013 NFL Week 5 inter-conference clash.
Denver reached the playoffs in 2011 with an 8-8 record and it even won a Wild Card meeting with the Steelers, but few really believed the Broncos were a legitimate Super Bowl threat. That all changed last year, though, when the team acquired four-time MVP Peyton Manning.
Manning certainly delivered on the high expectations, for the regular season anyway, as the Broncos earned the AFC’s top seed with a 13-3 record. However, Denver lost in miraculous fashion in the playoffs, falling 38-35 in overtime to the eventual Super Bowl champion Ravens.
The sour conclusion to the season has not soured fans, pundits, and bwin odds makers on the Broncos championship chances, though. Denver is a +550 favorite to win the Lombardi Trophy in 2014, which is a lot more than the Cowboys can say at this juncture.
Dallas, which finished third in the NFC East standings last season with an 8-8 record, is considered a middle of the pack team, once again, coming in at +4000 Super Bowl odds. The Pokes inconsistent performance in 2011 and 2012, obviously plays a role in that line as well as its underdog status against the Broncos. Dallas is a less than stellar 9-7 in its last 16 home games and it went 0-3 at home last season against winning teams, losing by an average of 9.3 points per game.
2013 NFL Week 5 Betting Trend: The Broncos are 4-1 both straight up and against the spread in their last five games as a road favorite with a spread between 0 and 3.5 points.
Broncos vs Cowboys Line 2013 NFL Week 5: Provided by Sportsbook.ag
Denver Broncos -3.5 (+100)
Dallas Cowboys +3.5 (-120)