Aikman, Smith and Irvin…… Have the triplets returned to Texas in the form of Prescott, Elliott and Cooper? Well, I think that might be a bit much, but the Cowboys are certainly looking a lot stronger than they have done in recent years. Ignoring the offence for a moment, the defence looks in great shape, especially at linebacker, with Jaylon Smith and Leyton Vander Esch proving to be draft steals. Demarcus Lawrence will also be given edge hep this season, in the form of one-time sack leader Robert Quinn.
Now back to those triplets, starting with Dak Prescott, who at times flatters to deceive, and couldn’t quite get them over the hump against the Rams in the Divisional Playoff round. Whilst he might now be the pocket passer the Cowboys are looking for, he has certainly been the darling of the anytime touchdown market. 3 times we backed Prescott last season, and 3 times he rumbled into the end-zone for a profit of £1,700. Not bad, right. When you consider he has scored 18 times in 48 career starts I would say he can earn you some real serious money.
Next up, Zeke. For me he is the best pure runner in the NFL right now. An whilst he had another solid season in terms of yardage, his touchdowns were a little bit down on his previous 2 seasons, although his receptions were way up. Despite his downturn in scores, he has absolute no threat to his carries heading into 2019, and will no doubt be a popular pick come Sundays.
The final piece of the puzzle, is the scoffed at Amari Cooper. Everyone said a 1st round pick was too much for the Alabama alum, but he emphatically proved everyone wrong, having one of his best seasons. Considering he is still only 25, and already has nearly 4,000 yards to his name, the best might be yet to come. From a touchdown perspective though, he still needs to be more consistent, as his odds are far too short most weeks. Cole Beasley was underutilised last season, and has subsequently moved on to the Bills, to be replaced by ex-Packer Randall Cobb. Cobb has scored touchdowns a relatively healthy rate, albeit he had a 12 score season back in 2014 which he has failed to come close too since. Michael Gallup looks extremely talented, and with Cooper on the other side he could have a nice 2nd season.
Now you’d be forgiven for thinking that I wrote this preview 10 years ago, as that’s right Jason Witten is back at tight-end. In his illustrious career Witten scored 68 times in 239 starts, so a rate of 28.8%, so whilst his comeback is good headline news, I will need to see odds over 5.50 before I get interested.