Was there a more disappointing team in the league last season than the Dallas Cowboys? After Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott shined in their respective rookie campaigns that saw Big D win 13 games and head to the playoffs, the team fell flat on its face a year ago and grossly failed to live up its lofty preseason expectations.
This time around, the NFL betting markets aren’t buying into Jerry’s squad. Linemakers initially opened the Cowboys up with a 9 game season win total, but that has since been bet down to 8.5 with nominal juice backing both sides of the number. Their odds to win Super Bowl LIII have also gotten longer. After opening at 20-1, you can now get the Cowboys to win it all in the +3300 range. If you’re a value shopper like me, now is probably the time to pounce!
Even though Dallas underperformed last season, it still managed to churn out nine wins with Elliott missing a bulk of games due to legal issues. On top of that, the Cowboys also logged a winning mark against the betting line ( 8-7-1 ATS ), and proved to be moneymakers for total bettors that cater to unders ( 10-6 ). Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan and Rod Marinelli are all back for one more run at glory. We’re not sure that’s a good thing, but at least a sense of familiarity is back in “JerryWorld.”
The passing game regressed terribly last season. Dez Bryant is gone. Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson were brought in to completely rebuild the pass catching group. The offensive line was good, but not great last season. The defense had issues at linebacker and in the secondary. They snagged Leighton Vander Esch out of Boise State to help solidify the front seven, but not many more moves were made to shore up a defense that got shredded by the better offenses it ran up against last season. The pass rush was also middle of the pack.
What Dallas does have going for it heading into the year is a much easier schedule. A year ago, they took on a first place schedule. This time around, their schedule is predicted to be league average. Surprisingly, the Cowboys were much better on the road ( 6-2 ) than they were at home ( 3-5 ) last season. If they can find a way to take care of business against divisional opponents, and scratch out wins against either the Jaguars, Titans, Saints and Buccaneers when they come to Arlington, Big D could have a shot a competing for division honors.
The Eagles and Cowboys are the only teams predicted to produce winning marks in the NFC East this season. There is talent on Big D’s roster, and the hope is the new bodies brought in only add to it. For it all to come into place, the defense has to fill some glaring holes, and the offense needs to once again run the ball with reckless abandon. That’s a lot of ifs entering 2018…
The Dallas Cowboys, are one of the most storied franchises, as well, the Cowboys long been known as “America’s Team,” and since their establishment in 1960, have had their fair share of achievements, chief among them five Super Bowl titles.
Among the many notable names to have graced the Cowboys roster over the years are NFL Hall of Famers like Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith, and Deion Sanders, while former head coaches Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson each claimed a pair of Super Bowl wins each.
Now calling the luxurious AT&T Stadium home, the Cowboys’ venue is a top destination for any sports fan. Among the many notable features of the stadium is its retractable roof, massive HD video screen, and over 100,000 fan capacity (including standing room only).
Week 1: Cowboys at Panthers, Sunday, September 9, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 2: Giants at Cowboys, Sunday, September 16, 8:20 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 3: Cowboys at Seahawks, Sunday, September 23, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 4: Lions at Cowboys, Sunday, September 30, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 5: Cowboys at Texans, Sunday, October 7, 8:20 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 6: Jaguars at Cowboys, Sunday, October 14, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 7: Cowboys at Redskins, Sunday, October 21, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 8: Bye Week
Week 9: Titans at Cowboys, Monday, November 5, 8:15 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 10: Cowboys at Eagles, Sunday, November 11, 8:20 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 11: Cowboys at Falcons, Sunday, November 18, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 12: Redskins at Cowboys, Thursday, November 22, 4:30 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 13: Saints at Cowboys, Sunday, November 29, 8:20 p.m. ET – FOX/NFL Network
Week 14: Eagles at Cowboys, Sunday, December 9, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 15: Cowboys at Colts, Sunday, December 16, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 16: Buccaneers at Cowboys, Sunday, December 23, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 17: Cowboys at Giants, Sunday, December 30, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
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