Dez Has Twitter Beef with Cowboys, but Bettors Still Might Have Beef with Bryant
- Former Dallas Cowboy Dez Bryant has recently put his former franchise on blast on Twitter, specifically calling out past play-calling.
- In honor of Bryant's late-July Twitter tirade, let's revisit two of his most infamous moments that impacted Cowboys bettors everywhere.
Dez Bryant had a few things he wanted to get off his chest on Friday afternoon. The issue started with Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones mentioning that part of Dak Prescott’s sophomore year slump may have had something to do with “Dez in his ear.”
Jones also mentioned Jason Witten in his original quote, but that wasn’t relayed to Bryant in time. The Cowboys’ ex-WR1 quickly clapped back at Jones with a shot at Dallas’ lack of creative play-calling.
Bryant wasn’t done — not even close, actually. His next victim turned out to be none other than the Cowboys’ real MVP, Sean Lee.
Bryant is still a free agent and reportedly has received a contract offer from only the Ravens since April. The new leader for his services appears to be the Browns, who weren’t even among his nine most likely destinations shortly after Bryant and the Cowboys parted ways.
One of free agency’s more-polarizing players doesn’t appear to be helping his chances at finding a new squad by digging into his former teammates and employer – but since when has Bryant made life easy for anyone, including bettors?
In honor of Bryant’s late-July Twitter tirade, let’s revisit two of his most infamous moments with anyone who has backed the Cowboys over the years.
2012, Week 8: Cowboys vs. Giants (-2.5) | O/U: 48
The 2012 Cowboys were 3-3 entering their Week 8 date against the defending Super Bowl champion Giants. Things went south quickly, as the Giants built a commanding 23-0 lead fewer than 17 minutes into the game. Tony Romo’s three interceptions on the team’s first four drives deserved most of the blame, but Bryant wasn’t exactly helping matters with as many fumbles (1) as receptions (1) in the first 15 minutes.
Somehow, the Cowboys scored 24 unanswered points to take a 24-23 lead entering the fourth quarter. The Giants managed to build another lead, but there was still one last chance for Cowboys ML and spread backers to earn a hard-fought backdoor W.
Half a finger wound up being the difference between a victory for anyone backing the Cowboys’ spread or moneyline. Unfortunately for Bryant supporters, his late-game what-ifs were far from over.
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2015, Divisional Round: Cowboys vs. Packers (-6) | O/U: 51.5
The Cowboys finished the 2014 season 12-4 thanks to new-age triplets Romo, Bryant and DeMarco Murray. They earned a playoff date with Aaron Rodgers after taking down the Lions in the first round of the playoffs.
The Cowboys built a 21-13 lead late in the third quarter, but Rodgers was far from finished. Back-to-back touchdowns to Davante Adams and Richard Rodgers earned the Packers a 26-21 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
You know what happened next.
Under the updated NFL catch rules, Bryant’s miraculous snag from more than three years ago would’ve been ruled a completion. Unfortunately for anyone who bet the Cowboys ML or the over that day, 88’s ridiculous play would simply go down as an incompletion.
The Cowboys went 15-14-1 ATS with Bryant over the past two seasons, and 3-0 without him (including the playoffs). It remains to be seen if Bryant will find a way to finish his career with a Super Bowl championship. One of the league’s best contested-catch artists might not be the same monster we saw in years past, but it also might be a bit early to completely give up on Bryant, who leads all WRs in receiving touchdowns since entering the league in 2010.
Betting on Bryant and the Cowboys, as well as following 88 on Twitter, hasn’t been an act for the faint of heart. At the end of the day, NFL fans should be thankful for our Bryant-induced mini-football vacation in July.
Only 40 more days until opening night!