This just wouldn’t be the Dallas Cowboys if there weren’t any distractions. The bye week wasn’t very friendly for the Boys, who saw every team in their division win and also lost the court battle that has kept Ezekiel Elliott on the field since the beginning of the year. Zeke’s suspension was reinstated and he could begin serving his time as early as Week 7 when Dallas visits the San Francisco 49ers.
After losing three games all of last season, the Cowboys have a better record than only the Giants, Bears and 49ers in the NFC, but Jason Garrett hasn’t hit the panic button yet. They will survive without Elliott. They prepared for his absence at the beginning of the year and have known for some time that his suspension might eventually happen. The ground game might not be as strong, but it’ll certainly be better than a lot of teams with Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and Rod Smith divvying up the carries.
The real concern has to be on defense. In two games before the off-week, the Boys allowed 35 points and a 100-yard rusher in each. They could get Sean Lee back in the lineup, which will definitely help the league’s 22nd-ranked run defense. It also helps that they get the Niners, who have had problems scoring and running the football.
2017 Record: 2-3
2017 ATS Record: 2-3
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 3-2
Current Super Bowl Odds: +2200
Current Odds to Win NFC: +1100
Current Odds to Win NFC East: +600
Current NFL Odds: Cowboys -6
Over/Under Total: 46.5
Week 6: BYE
Week 5: Packers 35, Cowboys 31
ATS Result: Packers +2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 52
The Cowboys will be happy if they never see Rodgers again. For the second game in a row the Boys took a first half lead, this time 21-6 on the strength of three Prescott TD passes, and again they lost it in the second half. Prescott’s touchdown run with over a minute left gave Dallas a 31-28 lead, but they left too much time on the clock and Rodgers worked his magic, sending the Boys to their second straight ATS loss.
Week 4: Rams 35, Cowboys 30
ATS Result: Rams +5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 51
Dallas led 24-13 before giving up a field goal at the end of the first half and being outscored 19-6 in the second. It was a frustrating defensive effort after they smothered Arizona the previous game. They couldn’t contain Todd Gurley, who outperformed Elliott, and the Boys failed to cover the 5-point spread. The Boys saw their chance at victory end with Elliott being stopped a yard short of a first down on their final possession.
Week 3: Cowboys 28, Cardinals 17
ATS Result: Cowboys -3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46.5
The Cowboys caught a huge break early in the game and capitalized. Up 7-0, the Cards had an apparent touchdown called back by penalty on the second drive and eventually missed a short field goal. That opened the door for the Boys, who owned the fourth quarter. They scored a pair of TDs and pressured Palmer most of the evening, not allowing the Cards to get back in it.
Week 2: Broncos 42, Cowboys 17
ATS Result: Broncos +2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 44
While Elliott and Prescott had their troubles, the Cowboys defense was a bigger problem. The group allowed 380 total yards and was picked apart by Siemian’s four scoring passes and C.J. Anderson, who ran for 118 yards. Denver used a 28-3 scoring run to turn a tie game into a blowout and easily cashed the over.
Week 1: Cowboys 19, Giants 3
ATS Result: Cowboys -6
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46.5
It was the kind of game we saw the Cowboys play a lot last season, relying on Elliott and Prescott to keep the chains moving and not putting the defense in bad situations. The two were spot on again with Zeke running for over 100 yards and Dak throwing for 268 without a turnover. The bright spot was the play of the defense, which held the Giants to just a field goal and 233 total yards. Dallas forced a punt on New York’s first five drives and took a 16-0 lead at halftime, which seemed like 100-0 given how the Boys manhandled the Giants front.
Preseason Record: 3-1
ATS Record: 2-1-1
Over/Under Total Record: 2-2
As good as the Cowboys were last season they couldn’t beat the Giants and that slump dates back even further. Dallas lost the final meeting in 2015 and is 0-3 SU and 0-2-1 ATS in that stretch. The teams typically play close games with nine of the last 10 decided by a touchdown or less.
Week 1: Cowboys vs. Giants, Sunday, Sept. 10, 8:30 p.m ET – NBC
Week 2: Cowboys at Broncos, Sunday, Sept. 17, 4:25 p.m. ET – Fox
Week 3: Cowboys at Cardinals, Monday, Sept. 25, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 4: Cowboys vs. Rams, Sunday, Oct. 1, 1 p.m. ET – Fox
Week 5: Cowboys vs. Packers, Sunday, Oct. 8, 4:25 p.m. ET – Fox
Week 6: Bye Week
Week 7: Cowboys at 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 22, 4:05 p.m. ET – Fox
Week 8: Cowboys at Redskins, Sunday, Oct. 29, 4:25 p.m. ET – Fox
Week 9: Cowboys vs. Chiefs, Sunday, Nov. 5, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 10: Cowboys at Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 12, 4:25 p.m. ET – Fox
Week 11: Cowboys vs. Eagles, Sunday, Nov. 19, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 12: Cowboys vs. Chargers, Thursday, Nov. 23, 4:30 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 13: Cowboys vs. Redskins, Thursday, Nov. 30, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 14: Cowboys at Giants, Sunday, Dec. 10, 4:25 p.m. ET – Fox
Week 15: Cowboys at Raiders, Sunday, Dec. 17, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 16: Cowboys vs. Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 24, 4:25 p.m. ET – Fox
Week 17: Cowboys at Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m. ET – Fox
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