Betting on NFL's Bad Boy - Terrell Owens

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The first question that popped into everyone’s heads when Owens signed in Dallas was: Can this guy co-exist with Coach Parcells, a guy with no sense of humor when it comes to prima donnas.

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Their chances at double-digit wins are greatly enhanced if T.O. is pulling with them and not against them

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How does he do it?

In a season when a franchise quarterback comes back from ACL surgery and two of the most exciting college players in recent memory hit the league, a guy who hasn’t played in almost a year continues to hog headlines. You gotta love Terrell Owens.

The NFL loves a bad boy and so do the folks at BetJamaica.com, who posted a trio of T.O. prop bets. He hasn’t recorded a first down, but he has recorded his first fine in Dallas.

"The first question that popped into everyone’s heads when Owens signed in Dallas was: Can this guy co-exist with Coach Parcells, a guy with no sense of humor when it comes to prima donnas," said Andy Amato, head linesman at BetJamaica.com.

"They keep saying all the right things, but the $9,500 fine on the weekend hints at bigger trouble in Big D."

With that in mind, BetJamaica.com has posted odds on whether Owens will finish the season as a Dallas Cowboy.

Yes, he will still be wearing the star on his helmet = -105

No, he’ll be gone = -105

Will He Dominate?

What makes T.O. such an intriguing character and what ensures teams will continue to give him another chance, is the fact the guy can flat-out play. Few would argue that he is the best WR in the league when he’s healthy and playing with purpose.

Getting those two stars to align is the tricky part and it creates plenty of interest and banter - and wagering opportunities.

BetJamaica.com offers some tempting odds for those who believe the preseason injury and antics will end when the teams kick off for real in Week 1. Can he lead the league in receiving yards? If he does, will that translate into an MVP season?

Owens will lead the league in regular-season receiving yards = 15/1

Owens will win MVP honors for the 2006 season = 25/1

Will The Cowboys Excel?

Owner Jerry Jones took a gamble when he signed T.O., knowing that his team’s fortunes would be joined at the hip with Owens.

"If he runs his legs and not his mouth, the Cowboys are Super Bowl threats," said Amato. "If it’s the other way around, his presence can have a destructive effect, as we all saw last season in Philadelphia."

To date, oddsmakers have been keeping the prop betting steady on Dallas, with no spike up or down, even as Owens has remained on the preseason sidelines and made headlines for missing meetings.

Will the Dallas Cowboys win the Super Bowl = 12/1

Will the Dallas Cowboys win the NFC = 6/1

Will the Dallas Cowboys win the NFC East = 2.5/1

Cowboys Wins Totals

A final BetJamaica.com prop bet that hinges on whether Owens succeeds or fails is the Dallas season prop for wins.

Oddsmakers at BetJamaica.com have set the over/under on Dallas wins at 9.5, meaning fans can wager whether the Cowboys will have nine or fewer wins or 10 or more wins.

In the tough NFC East, where six of their games are against playoff possibilities (New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins), topping 10 wins could be a tall order.

"Their chances at double-digit wins are greatly enhanced if T.O. is pulling with them and not against them," said Amato. "We expect heavier-than-usual action on this prop bet before the preseason is over."

Published August 28, 2006

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