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Dallas Cowboys Season Odds Preview


Dallas had a chance in Week 17 to win the NFC East, but fell to the Redskins to finish the season 8-8 SU and on the outside looking in for the second straight year. With the make-up of the team looking similar to last year’s squad, the onus will be on Tony Romo and the passing game to outshoot opponents on a week-to-week basis. Considering Dallas has controlled its destiny on the last week of the season each of the last two years, there is no reason to believe that the Cowboys shouldn’t be right in the thick of the NFC East race again in 2013.

Dallas Cowboys 2012-2013 Season Odds

The Dallas Cowboys disappointed fans and bettors with another down season in 2011, which could have been so much more if they could have recorded even one more win down the stretch.

Odds to win NFC East: +260
Regular Season Win Total: 8.5 (Over -160)
Props: NFL MVP Odds Tony Romo 22/1

Dallas missed the playoffs for the second straight year and the third time in the last four seasons after going 8-8. Dallas was 7-4 at one point last season, but won only won of their last five games, which included a pair of detrimental losses to the New York Giants.

On offense the Cowboys remain a very strong team behind quarterback Tony Romo. Despite the Cowboys overall failings Romo had a solid season, passing for 4184 yards with 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Miles Austin and Dez Bryant give Romo two top targets down field, but his favorite target, Jason Witten may miss the start of the season after suffering a lacerated spleen in the preseason. Also gone is Laurent Robinson, who led Dallas in touchdown receptions last season.

The running game could be a committee again with DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones expected to share the load. Murray could takeover the bulk of the load though if he returns to the form he showed last season before injuring his ankle. Murray rushed for 897 yards on 164 carries in 13 game last season, but he had less than double digit carries in six of those games.

The biggest letdown last season was from the Dallas defense, which ranked 14th after allowing 343.2 yards per game. Dallas was strong against the run, ranking 7th (99.1 yards per game), but they were repeatedly beaten by the pass and ranked a dismal 23rd (244.1 yards per game). The weak pass defense caused Terrence Newman to get his walking papers and the Cowboys moved up the draft to take LSU corner Morris Claiborne. Even with one of the game's top pass rushers in DeMarcus Ware the Dallas defense is still a big question mark this season.

Odds to Win NFC East at Bovada as of August 20
Philadelphia Eagles +125
New York Giants +225
Dallas Cowboys +260
Washington Redskins +900

2012 Dallas Cowboys Schedule (All Times Eastern)

01 Sep 5 DAL @ NYG (New Meadowlands Stadium 8:30pm NBC)
02 Sep 16 DAL @ SEA (Qwest Field 4:05pm FOX)
03 Sep 23 TB @ DAL (Cowboys Stadium 1:00pm FOX)
04 Oct 1 CHI @ DAL (Cowboys Stadium 8:30pm ESPN)
05 BYE
06 Oct 14 DAL @ BAL (M&T Bank Stadium 1:00pm FOX)
07 Oct 21 DAL @ CAR (Bank of America Stadium 1:00pm FOX)
08 Oct 28 NYG @ DAL (Cowboys Stadium 4:25pm FOX)
09 Nov 4 DAL @ ATL (Georgia Dome 8:20pm NBC)
10 Nov 11 DAL @ PHI (Lincoln Financial Field 4:25pm FOX)
11 Nov 18 CLE @ DAL (Cowboys Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
12 Nov 22 WAS @ DAL (Cowboys Stadium 4:15pm FOX)
13 Dec 2 PHI @ DAL (Cowboys Stadium 8:20pm NBC)
14 Dec 9 DAL @ CIN (Paul Brown Stadium 1:00pm FOX)
15 Dec 16 PIT @ DAL (Cowboys Stadium 4:25pm CBS)
16 Dec 23 NO @ DAL (Cowboys Stadium 1:00pm FOX)
17 Dec 30 DAL @ WAS (FedExField 1:00pm FOX)

Dallas Cowboys 2011-2012 Season Odds Preview

The expectation bar has been set much lower for the 2011 edition of the Dallas Cowboys and the NFC East odds reflect that fact.

Gone is the Super Bowl contender status they earned last preseason and saw dissolve in a 1-7 start. Dallas can earn an NFC Wild Card spot, but it has a tough schedule to work through to get there and Cowboy bettors have to be careful with their money in 2011.

Odds to Win NFC East: +300
Regular Season Win Total: Over 9 (+105)
Props: MVP Odds Tony Romo 20/1

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Tony Romo watched half of last season with an injury and he is an obvious upgrade to stodgy veteran Jon Kitna. Roy Williams and Marion Barber are gone, freeing up more looks and touches for exciting WR Dez Bryant and RB Felix Jones.

Dallas failed to land top CB Nnamdi Asomugha, who went to the hated Eagles, and missed out on other roster upgrades. But Dallas has been a stacked and underachieving team for years – there is still plenty of talent in Big D.

At wideout, Miles Austin is one of the league’s top receivers and his connection with Romo makes the Cowboys' season win total odds a bit interesting (it is currently set at 9). Jason Witten remains a reliable target at TE for Romo as well, meaning this offense can put up points, assuming the offensive line can keep Romo out of the hospital.

For the first time in years, the Cowboys are not in the hype spotlight. Whether coach Jason Garrett can use that buffer wisely remains to be seen. One thing is for certain – it can’t be worse than the attitude under Wade Phillips, whose loose grasp on the team helped ruin the 2010 season.

If the Eagles don’t soar as expected, the NFC East could fall to the Cowboys.

Week 1: at New York Jets

NFC East Odds at Bovada as of August 21:
Philadelphia Eagles -140
Dallas Cowboys +300
New York Giants +300
Washington Redskins +2000

2011 Dallas Cowboys Schedule (All times Eastern)

01 Sep 11 DAL @ NYJ (New Meadowlands Stadium 8:20 PM NBC)
02 Sep 18 DAL @ SF (Candlestick Park     4:05 PM FOX)
03 Sep 26 WAS @ DAL (Cowboys Stadium 8:30 PM ESPN)
04 Oct 02 DET @ DAL (Cowboys Stadium 1:00 PM FOX)       
05 Bye     
06 Oct 16 DAL @ NE (Gillette Stadium 4:15pm FOX)       
07 Oct 23 STL @ DAL (Cowboys Stadium 4:15pm FOX)       
08 Oct 30 DAL @ PHI (Lincoln Financial Field 8:20pm NBC)
09 Nov 06 SEA @ DAL (Cowboys Stadium 1:00pm FOX)       
10 Nov 13 BUF @ DAL (Cowboys Stadium 1:00pm CBS)       
11 Nov 20 DAL @ WAS (FedExField 1:00pm FOX)           
12 Nov 24 MIA @ DAL (Cowboys Stadium 4:15pm CBS)       
13 Dec 04 DAL @ ARI (University of Phoenix Stadium 4:15pm FOX)
14 Dec 11 NYG @ DAL (Cowboys Stadium 8:20pm NBC)       
15 Dec 17 DAL @ TB (Raymond James Stadium 8:20pm NFLN)
16 Dec 24 PHI @ DAL (Cowboys Stadium 4:15pm FOX)        
17 Jan 01 DAL @ NYG (New Meadowlands Stadium 1:00pm FOX)