Cowboys vs. Broncos Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 1 Odds, Prediction

Nik Kowalski | Updated Aug 09, 2022

The Denver Broncos have a new quarterback and head coach as they enter the 2022 season with high aspirations, beginning Saturday night versus the Dallas Cowboys.

August 13, 2022, 9:00 PM ET
Empower Field at Mile High

Russell Wilson should make his Broncos debut in Week 1 of the preseason, his first NFL game in a jersey other than Seattle. The new face on Denver’s sideline is head coach Nathaniel Hackett, Green Bay’s former offensive coordinator.

The Cowboys are still one of the contenders in the NFC, littered with stars across their roster from quarterback Dak Prescott to versatile defender Micah Parsons. With all their star power, another first-round playoff exit for Dallas is unacceptable in their eyes.

Saturday’s kickoff in Denver is 9 p.m. ET, with the Broncos -2.5 on the point spread and the over-under at 33.5 on the NFL odds.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Cowboys led the NFL with 30.4 points per game in 2021, and were a top-10 defence with 21.2 points-against. The Broncos were also one of the league’s stronger defences a year ago with 18.9 points-against, second in the NFL.

Dallas was the NFL’s best team against the spread last year, covering in 13 of their 18 games. No team went under the total more than Denver in 2021 with 12 of their 17 outings falling short of the number. That said, in the last eight Cowboys–Broncos meetings, the over is 6-2. These clubs met in Dallas last year where the Broncos stunned Dallas 30-16 and led 19-0 through three quarters.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys lost more than they gained in the offseason, highlighted by the departures of receiver Amari Cooper (traded to Cleveland), defensive end Randy Gregory (signed with Denver), and receiver Cedrick Wilson (signed with Miami). Dallas signed James Washington to fill the void at receiver, but he’s now out two to three months with a foot injury.

The core in Dallas is still intact though. Offensive linemen Zack Martin and Tyron Smith are two of the best in the NFL, while Parsons along with DeMarcus Lawrence and Trevon Diggs add star defensive talent at all three levels. On offence, CeeDee Lamb is poised for another massive year after 2,037 receiving yards in his first two NFL seasons.

Denver Broncos

Wilson’s dropped into an offence that was just missing a guy at quarterback. Sophomore running back Javonte Williams is back after a 1,200 yard, seven-touchdown rookie season and the likes of Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, and eventually K.J. Hamler are all back in the receiving core.

Gregory is Denver’s big addition on defence, joining a unit already containing safety Justin Simmons, cornerback Pat Surtain II and linebacker Bradley Chubb. Surtain II is the player to potentially evolve into a superstar this year, finishing his rookie campaign in 2021 with four interceptions and a touchdown.

Denver is listed at +670 to win the AFC and +1000 to win Super Bowl LVII.

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