The Dallas Cowboys couldn’t replicate their 13-wins and NFC East title from a season ago and missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons and for the fifth time in Jason Garrett’s seven full years as head coach. While there was some speculation about his job status, owner Jerry Jones said he’s sticking with Garrett as the team looks ahead to 2018 after blanking the top-seed and division champion Eagles in the regular season finale.
Winning the last game looks good on Garrett’s resume but it does little to ease the pain of what could have been for the Boys. The Ezekiel Elliott saga hung over the team from the beginning of the season and although he avoided his six-game suspension then, the bill came due later in the year when Dallas was playing its best football of the year.
Then there’s the play of Dak Prescott, which regressed after he won 2016 offensive rookie of the year honors. His completion percentage was five points lower, he threw for nearly 350 fewer yards, had one less touchdown pass, and the biggest stat was his interceptions. He tossed 13 picks this year compared to just four last season. As a result the team’s scoring and yardage output went from a top-5 unit in 2016 to middle of the pack this season.
2017 Record: 9-7
2017 ATS Record: 8-7-1
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 6-10
Current Super Bowl Odds: N/A
Current Odds to Win NFC: N/A
Current Odds to Win NFC East: N/A
Week 17: Cowboys 6, Eagles 0
ATS Result: Cowboys -3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 41
Prescott’s scoring pass to Brice Butler early in the fourth quarter supplied the only points as the Cowboys struggled against a defense that consisted of Philly’s backups. The Eagles were just as anemic offensively in what turned out to be a boring game that played well below the closing total. Dallas allowed just 219 yards and covered the spread as a favorite with the Eagles resting a majority of their regulars.
Week 16: Seahawks 21, Cowboys 12
ATS Result: Seahawks +4.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 47
A look at the stat sheet and one would say the Cowboys won this game. They held the Seahawks to 136 total yards and owned the time of possession battle, but too many miscues proved costly in the ATS loss. A Dallas turnover led to the first Seattle touchdown and Prescott’s pick-six wiped out a 9-7 lead. A pass interference penalty set up the third Seattle score. Dan Bailey accounted for all the points, but he missed two kicks in the fourth to help keep the score below the closing total.
Week 15: Cowboys 20, Raiders 17
ATS Result: PUSH Cowboys -3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46
Dallas kept its playoff hopes alive by the slimmest of margins, having their final scoring drive extended by the width of a piece of paper. Dan Bailey kicked a short field goal and Jeff Heath preserved the victory by knocking the ball from Derek Carr’s outstretched arm as he reached for the goal line. The ball squirted loose and out of the end zone, keeping Dallas’ hopes alive.
Week 14: Cowboys 30, Giants 10
ATS Result: Cowboys -4
Over/Under Total Result: Under 42
After falling behind 10-3 in the second quarter, the Cowboys rattled off the final 27 points with Prescott connecting on three long scoring plays to get the cover win and keep their playoff hopes alive. Dallas scored 20 of those points in the fourth quarter and used interceptions from Sean Lee and Jeff Heath to thwart New York drives and keep the score under the closing total.
Week 13: Cowboys 38, Redskins 14
ATS Result: Cowboys +1.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 47
Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes to help waken a slumbering offense and the Cowboys scored more points than they had in their previous three games combined to get the cover win. Ryan Switzer helped cash the over with a punt return touchdown, Morris chipped in with 127 yards on the ground and the defense also made an appearance, limiting the Skins to 280 total yards with four takeaways.
Week 12: Chargers 28, Cowboys 6
ATS Result: Chargers -1
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46.5
Dallas ended its touchdown drought early in the fourth quarter and pulled within 16-6, but they couldn’t contain Philip Rivers, who threw for 434 yards, and the Chargers, who amassed over 500 yards of offense. Meanwhile, the Boys did little offensively once again and a pick-six punctuated Dallas’ third consecutive SU and ATS loss.
Week 11: Eagles 37, Cowboys 9
ATS Result: Eagles -6
Over/Under Total Result: Under 48
The Cowboys actually had a 9-7 lead at halftime before the Eagles turned it on in the second half. Prescott had his worst game as a pro tossing three picks and losing a fumble that was returned for a score as the Boys were blanked in the second half, turning this one into a laugher and a second straight ATS loss.
Week 10: Falcons 27, Cowboys 7
ATS Result: Falcons -3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 49
Dallas led 7-0 on Prescott’s TD run following a Xavier Woods interception, but it went south after that. The Boys wouldn’t score again with Prescott hounded all day. He was sacked eight times and Dallas managed just 233 total yards. Atlanta took the lead for good late in the first half and easily covered the 3.5-point spread, ending Dallas’ run of three straight ATS wins.
Week 9: Cowboys 28, Chiefs 17
ATS Result: Cowboys -2.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 53
Elliott got an emergency stay on his suspension and the Boys were happy he did. Elliott scored the go-ahead touchdown after the Cowboys surrendered a 14-3 lead and were embarrassed by an end-of-the-half flub that gave the Chiefs a touchdown. With a 28-17 lead in the fourth quarter, Jeff Heath picked off an Alex Smith offering, sealing Dallas’ third straight cover win.
Week 8: Cowboys 33, Redskins 19
ATS Result: Cowboys -3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 46.5
The running of Elliott was a key but the Cowboys changed the tide of the game with a blocked field goal near the end of the first half that was turned into a touchdown a few plays later. Instead of trailing 16-7, Dallas took the lead and never trailed. Newly signed kicker Mike Nugent added four second half field goals to pad the lead, giving the Boys a second straight cover. Byron Jones sealed it and cashed the over with a pick-six with only 21 seconds remaining.
Week 7: Cowboys 40, 49ers 10
ATS Result: Cowboys -6.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 48
The game flipped with an early turnover and the Cowboys never let up for the easy cover win. After going three-and-out on their first series, the Boys recovered a fumble on the punt and Elliott scored the first of his three touchdowns three plays later and the rout was on. C.J. Beathard made his first NFL start and the Boys were rude, sacking him five times while forcing a pair of turnovers. A late Niners touchdown allowed the over to cash for a third straight game.
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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