The defending NFC East champs are probably going to be favorites to win the division again in 2017. However, while we are yet to have divisional NFL Odds or season win totals, the schedules of all 32 teams are out and the Cowboys look to have a smoother ride than some of their divisional rivals.
Like some fine Kentucky bourbon, the Cowboys’ schedule is rough to start out, but it finishes smooth in the second half. Their opening game against the Giants is going to be no cakewalk, while they travel on the road for Weeks 2 ad 3 against the Broncos and Cardinals.
After a Week 4 home matchup against the Rams, the Cowboys play host to the Packers in Week 5 before their bye week. After that, they play have some tough but winnable trips to Washington and Atlanta, but from Week 11 on four of their final seven games are against teams that did not make the playoffs last year.
After putting up 13 wins last season the Cowboys will likely be slightly overvalued no matter what they do in the draft. Their season win total will surely be at least 11½ if not 12½, so while they should still be favored to win the division and be one of the favorites to win the NFC, that doesn’t mean they are a strong bet this offseason.
Other than the Giants the Cowboys don’t have a lot of competition within the East, so presumably, they could win all four games against the Eagles and Redskins. I see them with at least 10 wins, but getting to 11 or 12 means they will have to win games on the road in New York and Oakland, or winning a home game late in the season against the Seahawks in Week 16.