It could be a very up and down season for Cowboys fans. Their NFL Odds are pretty far down the totem pole, and right now it might take a miracle for them to win the Super Bowl. One side of the ball looks like it might give Dallas fans nightmares.
Super Bowl (+5000)
At 50:1, the Cowboys are pretty far down the Bovada NFL Odds list this summer, and even though their defense may be one of the worst in the NFL this season, there is cause for hope. The Dallas offense might be one of the better units in football this season, and even with the loss of a few staples, the Cowboys have one of the more diverse set of skill players in the league. As long as he is healthy, DeMarco Murray is going to be a stud this season in the Dallas backfield. The Dallas offensive line should be one of the top units in football, (they have spent enough money on it) and with three or four very talented pass catchers, Tony Romo is going to have plenty of time to throw, and targets to throw to. Dez Bryant is one of the top receivers in football, Jason Witten is still going strong, and Terrence Williams looks like one of the biggest breakout threats this season now that Miles Austin is in Cleveland. However as I mentioned above, the mode changes quickly when we go over to the defensive side.
To win the NFC, the Cowboys would have to stop some people, and after a season where they gave up well over 400 total yards per game, it doesn’t look like they have improved much. Oft-injured middles linebacker Sean Lee is out for the season once again, and even though Dallas brought in Pro-Bowl caliber DT, Henry Melton, he is coming off of an ACL injury, and no one is sure about his health or prolonged athleticism. After that, the Boys didn’t do much to stack up their defense this offseason. Seven of their ten-offseason free agent signings were on offense, and it looks as if even though they might not be the worst defense in the NFL, the Cowboys will almost surely be in the lower third of the league in points and yards allowed.
NFC East (+350)
With that being said, can we trust Dallas as a future odds wager? At Bovada, one would get +350 if Dallas won the division, however with the other three teams still looking pretty solid, it basically all boils down to their defense. Unless Romo throws for about 5000 yards and 40 touchdowns this season, the Cowboys might not have much of a shot. Their schedule in the first half of the season is not fun, and at best they will go 4-4 SU to start the year. Even though 9-7 might win this division this season, I am much more inclined to trust the other three teams who all three have better defenses. While the Cowboys may be great for your fantasy team this season, I don’t think they are going to be much of a help to your ATS or NFL Future Odds wagering this season.