The Dak Prescott Uncertainty Saga continues as the Dallas Cowboys have yet to announce whether or not the quarterback will play versus the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night. Things got even more interesting on Thursday when the betting markets shifted dramatically.
The Cowboys sat at -2.5 as road favorites over the Vikings for most of the week. But on Wednesday, the spread went down to -1 still in favor of the Cowboys only to completely turn around on Thursday afternoon.
In the midst of Dak Prescott’s second “limited” practice and some eyebrow-raising quotes from the team, the betting markets made the Vikings the new 2.5-point favorites.
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Although the line movement was surprising, many would assume it’s due to uncertainty surrounding Dak Prescott’s game status. To be fair though, one could question whether a Cowboys team without Dak would really be only 2.5-point road underdogs against a legit Vikings team.
Minnesota boasts the #3 pass defense and the #6 passing offense, per DVOA from Football Outsiders. The Cowboys have a complete roster and are true contenders in the NFC, but if Dak was hypothetically ruled out, they would likely be heavier underdogs.
According to the Action Network, 70% of the bets are on the Dallas Cowboys even after the line movement.
Things have gotten even more interesting on Friday as HC Mike McCarthy and owner Jerry Jones have very different tones regarding Prescott’s availability.
Mike McCarthy said on Friday’s press conference that Prescott had come in “sore” after pushing his workload on Thursday. Moments later, Jerry Jones said on 105.3 The Fan that he feels good about where the Dallas Cowboys quarterback is at and that he’d “like to think” he’s ready to go on Sunday night.
The Dallas Cowboys have said that this could be a Saturday decision. We’ll see how the betting markets adjust when Prescott’s status is announced.
One thing is for sure though, there’s some serious level of concern regarding Dak Prescott’s calf strain. It might not be a question of whether or not he can perform at a high level while dealing with it, but rather of whether or not there’s a risk of aggravating the injury.
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