Dallas Cowboys 2010 Odds Preview
They might be the most talented team in the NFL, but talent hasn’t been enough in recent years and the Dallas Cowboys odds situation reflects this. Dallas has fallen short of expectations numerous times since Wade Phillips took over as head coach. Anything less than a Super Bowl in 2010-11 might cost him his job. Of course, if you’re listening to Sportsbook.ag, he has a pretty good chance of getting it done – Dallas has +900 Super Bowl odds this season.
Odds to Win NFC East: Even Regular Season Win Total: 10 (OV -140, UN +120) Super Bowl Odds: +900
The wealth of talent Dallas has collected on offense is absurd. It all begins with Tony Romo, who finally shook the choker label last season after playing well through December and into the postseason. Certainly, the Cowboys’ 34-3 season-ending loss to Minnesota in the playoffs can’t be blamed on Romo; he was under siege the entire game, as the Vikings racked up six sacks and dropped the quarterback countless other times.
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Pass protection remains a major question heading into the 2010 season. Turnstile left tackle Flozell Adams is gone; the Cowboys acquired former first-round pick Alex Barron from the Rams, but he’s proven just as underwhelming in Big D as he did in St. Louis. The inexperienced Doug Free will probably start the majority of games at left tackle; that situation bears keeping an eye on. The line does excel at run blocking, however. Dallas finished seventh in rushing a year ago, and the three-headed monster of Felix Jones, Marion Barber and Tashard Choice is back for another tour of duty. Jones is the big-time playmaker, though he’s an injury waiting to happen. Barber has looked good in training camp and will resume starting duties, while Choice could have a bigger impact than most expect – truth be told, he should probably be the No. 1 guy in this rotation. The “D” will again be one of the better units in the NFL after finishing second in fewest points allowed last year. Dallas dominated against the run, holding opponents to 90.5 yards per game. The pass defense is underwhelming on paper after allowing 225 yards per game, but teams were often forced to abandon the run and keep chucking the ball to keep up with the Cowboys’ high-powered offense. DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer form one of the better pass-rushing duos in the NFL; they combined for 17 sacks last year and it wouldn’t at all be surprising to see that number rise in 2010. The Cowboys also feature a sound secondary, led by cornerbacks Terrance Newman, Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick. Whether throwing the ball or running, it will be tough to penetrate the Dallas defense. With apologies to the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, the NFC shapes up as the Cowboys’ to lose. Dallas has collected an incredible wealth of talent, and Phillips has run out of excuses. It’s do-or-die time for America’s Team, as they aim for a Super Bowl berth in their own stadium.