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The story remained the same in Dallas last season. The third straight 8-8 season and third straight season without a trip to the playoffs.

Offensively the Cowboys were among the best in the league last season, ranking fifth in scoring. Too bad their defense couldn’t pull their weight. The Dallas defense was the worst ranked unit in the league last season and if they had been even slightly better it could have been the difference between making and missing the playoffs as the Cowboys lost five games by three points or less.

Dallas Cowboys Odds to Win NFC East: +400 at Bovada
Dallas Cowboys Odds to Win Super Bowl: 50/1 at Bovada
Dallas Cowboys Regular Season Win Total: 7.5 at Bovada
Dallas Cowboys Betting Props: Tony Romo to Win NFL MVP 40/1 at Bovada

Tony Romo had his usual season for Dallas last year, passing for just over 3800 yards with 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also missed the final game of the season due to back surgery, a must-win game that Dallas lost 24-22 to Philadelphia. Romo is expected to ease his way back into the lineup during the preseason, but the back surgery should not keep him from suiting up as usual once the season starts.

Dez Bryant put up another monster season last year, catching 93 balls for 1233 yards and 13 touchdowns to solidify his spot among the league’s elite receivers. Beyond Bryant and the always reliable Jason Witten the Cowboys' receivers are a bit thin after releasing Miles Austin, but there’s plenty of potential in Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley. The Dallas running game also appears to be in good hands after DeMarco Murray rumbled for 1121 yards and a strong 5.2 yards per carry.

We already mentioned the Cowboys defense was the worst in the league last season and not surprisingly it caused defensive coordinator Monte Kiffen to be demoted. Taking over for him is Scott Linehan. He’ll be in charge of a defensive unit that lost DE DeMarcus Ware and DT Jason Hatcher and will be without LB Sean Lee for the season due to a knee injury. Dallas restocked with DTs Henry Melton and Amobi Okoye and grabbed DE DeMarcus Lawrence in the draft.

The secondary, which was the Achilles Heel of the defense last season, does have some young talent in Morris Claiborne, Orlando Scandrick and Brandon Carr and has to show at least some improvement this season.

Bettors who stuck with the Cowboys all season lucked out with their 9-7 ATS record. If you only bet Dallas as the underdog you would have done even better, as they were 6-2 ATS as a ‘dog.

NFC East Odds at Bovada as of August 5

Philadelphia Eagles +125
New York Giants +300
Washington Redskins +375
Dallas Cowboys +400

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The Dallas Cowboys went 8-8 SU and 6-10 ATS last season, once again finishing just shy of a playoff spot and an NFC East title. Tony Romo was signed to a big contract extension this offseason, and will look to earn it by getting the Cowboys back into the playoffs.

Odds to Win NFC East: +200 at Bovada
Regular Season Win Total: 8.5 at Bovada
Betting Props: Tony Romo to win NFL MVP (33/1) at Bovada

The last two seasons have been heartbreaking for Dallas Cowboys fans. For the second year in a row last season, the Cowboys controlled their own destiny for the NFC East title in Week 17. And for the second straight year the Cowboys lost, this time to the Redskins, to fall to 8-8 SU and to fail to advance to the postseason. Dallas went just 4-4 SU and 1-7 ATS at home in 2012.

The passing attack was the main strength of Dallas’ team last season. Romo threw for 4,903 yards and 28 touchdowns, but was also hampered by 19 interceptions. The Cowboys finished third in the NFL in passing yards, but were unable to get anything from the running game, finishing 31st in the league in that department with just 79.1 yards per game. Running back DeMarco Murray will need to be much better if the Cowboys are going to have any success diversifying their offense.

Dallas finished 24th in scoring defense allowing 25 points per game, finishing below league average against the pass (allowing 230.3 yards per game) and the run (allowing 125.2 yards per game). LB Justin Durant and S Will Allen were brought in to help shore things up on defense, but with a slew of personnel losses on that side of the ball, it figures to be a work in progress again this year.

Fair or not, all of the pressure is once again squarely on Romo’s shoulders. The Cowboys are a team that relies almost entirely on its passing game, and will need Romo to cut down on the mistakes if they are going to get over the hump and win the NFC East title this season.

NFC East Odds at Bovada as of August 2
New York Giants +200
Dallas Cowboys +240
Washington Redskins +240
Philadelphia Eagles +325

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