NFL Betting: Dallas Cowboys Offense Report Card

Jordan Sharp

Friday, July 19, 2013 2:59 PM UTC

Friday, Jul. 19, 2013 2:59 PM UTC

After showing some promise in the offseason of 2012, the Cowboys fell flat once again thanks to injury and inconsistency. The Cowboys seem mended and ready for 2013, but will they not meet expectations once again?

Dallas could be a sleeper in the NFL odds this season, or they could once again be overvalued. Are you thinking of adding them to your football picks? Better think twice.

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2012 recap

If anyone tells you that Romo had anything to do with Dallas’ horrible 2012 season, they are a complete idiot. Romo had arguably the best season of his career, and he was money down the stretch. Romo threw for almost 5000 yards, good for 3rd in the NFL behind only Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford. He was 6th in the NFL in touchdown passes with 28, and 5th in the NFL in completion percentage. Romo wasn't the problem, it was simply everyone else.

Dez Bryant was also fantastic; but other than him and Romo, it was sad. Jason Witten had another 100 catches, but he only had 3 touchdowns. Miles Austin had a case of the drops and couldn’t stay on the field, and promising young running back, DeMarco Murray got hurt again and missed six games last season.

The Cowboys had 71 lost games last season due to injury, and only the Redskins and Packers had more. However both those teams still made the playoffs. Dallas also had only eight 16-game starters from a season ago, and they placed five guys on IR. “It’s no excuse,” is the normal cliché answer for injuries, but when you were hurt as much as Dallas was last season, it can be one.

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Question marks

So, this should be easy. All those things I just got done mentioning translate into this section. Can Murray stay healthy? He has now played in only 23 of a possible 32 games in his career. Is Witten no longer a big threat in the TE slot? Can Austin catch a damn pass? All of these things are worries for the Cowboys.

Outside of Murray, I am really concerned about Austin’s performance from last season. He had 118 targets and only reeled in 66 catches. Compare that to Witten’s 110/150 rate or Bryant’s 92/138 (Bryant even had several drops) and either Romo was shafting him, or Austin wasn’t getting open and catching the ball. If Austin can’t take pressure of of Bryant, it hurts the Cowboys in multiple areas.

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Offensive grades

There wasn’t a whole lot that needed to be done this offseason on offense for the Cowboys. Most of their work was needed on defense, but outside of health, this team has some upside. They were hampered this offseason by the salary cap hit they took from the uncapped season, and with that in mind, they were limited this summer in who they could sign and retain. They did resign Doug Free which is always nice, but other than that, this summer was a no-show for Dallas on offense. If consistency and health do not improve, then Dallas will have little value in the NFL odds. Those are two big variables, and that is why Dallas has an average grade.

My Grade: C+

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