The Dallas Cowboys failed to cover the spread for the second straight game, but are still an impressive 9-2-1 ATS and atop the NFL ATS Standings.
The Cowboys beat the Minnesota Vikings 17-15 in Week 13’s Thursday-night opener but were favored by 3 points. That came a week after beating the Washington Redskins 31-26 on Thanksgiving after closing as 6-point home favorites.
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The New England Patriots are half a game back at 9-3 ATS after covering as 13.5-point home favorites in their 26-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. The Oakland Raiders, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints are all 8-4 ATS. The Detroit Lions are the only other team above 60 percent at 7-4-1 ATS, as they’ve covered four straight games (tied with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the longest current cover streak).
D. J. Swearinger Limited Jersey True story: When Thomas got drafted and was leaving for the NFL, he decided he needed to settle all of his debts. The cable bill was in his name, so as he was packing, he told his roommate Ben Strickland that he owed $17.83 for the bill. Strickland was half asleep and thought his soon-to-be-millionaire friend was kidding, but the Badgers’ cornerback wrote the check just so he could go back to bed. “A couple of days later,” Strickland says, “I notice the check was cashed.”
He is not a man with wild thoughts or unrealistic dreams. Thomas doesn’t jet off to exotic places in the offseason. One of his favorite things to do is to work in his backyard garden. His dreams involve good health, a happy family and winning in the place he loves.
Strickland, now an assistant coach at Florida Atlantic, wonders whether Thomas is so determined not to miss a snap because it’s one of the only ways he can still compete. He is fighting his body, the wave of younger players and time. In a world in which so much is out of his hands, the playing streak is something Thomas can control, something he can dominate.