As the NFL season heads into week 4, NFL consensus picks and free bets for sports picks are being posted online throughout the country. It’s also a good time to look around the NFL for the latest news and player profiles.
At 2-1, The Dallas Cowboys have already had a season besieged by major injuries. In week 1, All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant went down with a broken foot. He was followed to the sidelines in week 2 by former All-Pro quarterback Tony Romo who suffered a broken collarbone. While both players are expected back around week 12, the Cowboys are looking for stop-gap solutions for a passing game that most experts expect will struggle.
One solution might come in the form of fourth-year running back Lance Dunbar out of University of North Texas. In last week’s disappointing 39-28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Dunbar was the lone bright spot on an offense that looked like it was struggling to find its best stride. When the dust settled, Dunbar had accounted for 100 yards receiving on 10 receptions from 10 chances. These results have thus altered the projected path of online free bets and has been a surprise for the Cowboys coming from the little used veteran.
If Dallas plans on using a conservation offensive scheme until its star players are back in the fold, Dunbar’s ability to catch passes out of the backfield gives them an extra dimension they didn’t know existed. After just three games, Dunbar leads all running backs in both receptions (21) and receiving yards (215).
In the running game, Dunbar will do nothing soon to make Dallas fans forget former greats like Calvin Hill, Duane Thomas or Emmitt Smith. In fact, he has only carried the ball a total of 82 times in just over three years. But as third down receiver out of the backfield, the sky may be the limit. Fans can look for the Cowboys to seek creative ways to get him the ball as defenses start to make adjustments.
Lance Dunbar, Jr. was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He lived there until 2005 when his family was forced to move to Haltom City, Texas due to Hurricane Katrina. After a distinguished high school career, he decided to stay close to home and went University of North Texas where he ended becoming the school’s all-time leading rusher in yards (4,224), rushing touchdowns (49) and number of 100-yard rushing games (21).
Despite having a solid college career, he went undrafted in the 2012 draft, only to be signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cowboys. Early in his pro career, he spent much of his time playing on special teams on the punting and kick return units. Unfortunately, the 2013 and 2014 seasons were plagued with minor injuries and issues related to holding onto the football, which adversely affected his playing time.
Surprisingly, Dunbar has a rushing average of 8.4 YPC over his four-year career with the Cowboys. While his fumbling issues have deprived him of any consideration as a feature back, his ability to run with the ball has prompted Head Coach Jason Garrett to seek ways to get him the ball in the open field. For now, Dunbar might be the Cowboys’ best option on offense.
With the NFL consensus picks currently available all over the Internet, you might want to consider sites that offer free bets and sports picks to help provide you with some insight into this week’s action. If you enjoy betting on NFL games, you should consider using all the help you can get during a season that has been very difficult to handicap.
Author Tony Samboras is currently a part time author and full time sports analyst. His interest in football has spanned nearly 30 years. His previous writing has included covering virtually every sport from archery to soccer. He is now a sports betting analyst regarding free online sports bets reviews.