Football is America’s sport and every fall the diehard football fan prepares for the upcoming season.

Some of the great football fan pastimes include: cheering on your favorite team, tailgating before kickoff, and betting on the game.

Whether you’re a seasoned football bettor or need a refresher on the basic rules of football betting , it is important to prepare for the season before it even kicks off.

2010 NFL Betting Preview: Dallas Cowboys

2009 Record: 12-6

2009 Record Against the Spread (ATS): +5.4 units, 10-8 ATS

Team Total Odds: Over / Under 10 wins on the 2010 season

Odds to win the NFC East: -105

Odds to win the NFC: 5 to 1

Odds to win Super bowl XLV: 10 to 1

Dallas Cowboy Strengths:

The Cowboys are one of the best teams in the NFL, therefore they have numerous strong points, but this is an offensive strength.

The Cowboys finished second in total offense in 2009. Tony Romo set career best numbers in attempts, yardage, and interceptions.

This sets up for the Cowboys to be a good bet against teams that struggled against the pass last year such as Tennessee (31st in pass defense) and Jacksonville (27th in pass defense).

Dallas Cowboys Weakness:

The Cowboys’ defense ranked ninth in total defense a year ago, but the secondary had some issues. They could only muster 11 interceptions and were prone to the deep ball.

They allowed 45 pass receptions of 20 yards or more and that could spell trouble when facing a pass happy team like they do when they head to Green Bay to take on the Packers in November.

Key Off Season Acquisition:

Although he has already suffered a high ankle sprain that will sideline him until the regular season opener, the best pickup in the off season for this team was wide receiver, Dez Bryant.

The first round draft pick had displayed a great work ethic in practice and the ability to make spectacular catches. When healthy he will be a huge asset to this offense.

Trend to Watch:

The Cowboys have not been the best team to bet on when they take to the road, especially if facing a good passing team.

The Cowboys are a woeful 4-16 ATS when they are on the road and go up against a team that are averaging 235 or more passing yards per game.

This could be big trouble when they head to Houston in the third game of the season. The Texans were number one in the league last year in passing yards averaging 290.9 per game.

Schedule Slant:

The NFL schedule is never easy but if analyzed properly it is possible to circle possible games that may be a good or bad time to back your favorite team.

For the Cowboys it is the game against the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cowboys travel to Arizona on Christmas Day and are in a divisional sandwich. They play the Redskins the week prior and end the season with a game against the Eagles.

It will be tough for the Cowboys to get motivated to play what should be a mediocre Cardinals team. As noted they tend to struggle on road games and this is a play against spot for the Cowboys. PLAY AGAINST : Dallas Cowboys as a road favorite in Arizona.

Best Bet:

The Cowboys are set for a very good 2010 season. They have an explosive offense that should rank in the top of the statistical categories in the NFL, and a tough defense.

The schedule is tough at times but overall when the dust settles, the Cowboys should easily win the NFC East. BEST BET: Cowboys to win the NFC East -105.

It is a very long season and things are always subject to change as the year develops.

Injuries, personal changes, and surprises can change the way a team plays and the way they will be bet on or against.

It is always best to get to know the team before the season starts and have a feel for how they will play. It’s been a very long offseason but finally, football is here.

Get ready for kickoff!