Dallas Cowboys Odds To Win The Super Bowl 2018
Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Odds
America’s Team opened among the early Super Bowl favorites heading into the 2017-18 regular season. However, after the NFL handed out a six-game suspension to star running back Ezekiel Elliott, several sportsbooks were forced to rethink future Super Bowl odds.
The Cowboys slipped slightly and are now pegged as +1400 favorites behind a handful of other Super Bowl contenders, including defending champion New England Patriots.
While Elliott’s suspension certainly puts a damper in Dallas’ championship plans, there’s no need to hit the panic button just yet. Here are some keys to watch throughout the season if the Cowboys look to come out as Super Bowl champions in 2018.
In Prescott Dallas Trusts
The minute Dak Prescott was called upon to fill in for the injured Tony Romo last season, the young quarterback grabbed the No. 1 job and literally ran with it. So much so that it eventually forced Romo to hang up his cleats and retire.
From that moment, this became Prescott’s team. A fourth-round pick of the Cowboys, Prescott had an outstanding rookie season, racking up 3,667 yards passing to go along with 23 touchdowns. His 104.9 QB rating ranked third among starting pivots, only behind Matt Ryan and five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady. Not a bad way of starting off what is sure to be a successful NFL career.
Prescott is out to prove that 2016 wasn’t a fluke and that he can in fact be mentioned among the best quarterbacks in the league. To do that he’ll need to post the same numbers — or even better — from last season.Cowboys Super Bowl Odds +1200
Running Game Strong
Ezekiel Elliott will miss the first six games of the NFL season pending an appeal. But even without Elliott — the NFL’s rushing leader in 2016 — the Cowboys have built a strong backfield, which features a pair of former starting running backs.
Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden are more than capable of sharing the workload while Elliott serves his suspension for his part in an alleged domestic violence case. McFadden was limited to just three games in 2016, but rushed for 1,089 yards in his first season in Dallas in 2015.
After four successful seasons with the Washington Redskins, Morris joined the NFC East rivals in 2016 and was a solid secondary option behind Elliott. Between Morris and McFadden, the Cowboys will bide their time as their No. 1 star back serves his punishment.
Bryant Still Top Throwing Option
Have we witnessed the fall of Dez Bryant? After back-to-back below average seasons, Bryant will be looking to return to his dominant form in 2017. The Cowboys’ No. 1 receiver had just 50 receptions and 796 yards last season — a slight improvement from 2015 when he made 31 catches on 74 targets and recorded 401 yards in an injury-shortened campaign.
Bryant remains Dallas’ big-play wide receiver, however Prescott has built an on-field connection with Cole Beasley, who led the Cowboys in receptions (75) and receiving yards (833) last season. While those are strong numbers for a No. 2 receiver, it’ll be unacceptable for Bryant, who has posted 1,200 or more receiving yards three times in his career.
Super Bowl Journey a Tough One
If the Cowboys want to go all the way, they’ll have to get through a difficult 2017 regular-season schedule. It gets tough right out of the gate in Week 1 as the Cowboys host their division rivals, the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football.
The Cowboys will hit the road for two tough matches in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos and Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals. A Week 4 match against the Los Angeles Rams will most likely produce a win, but the Cowboys will take on the Green Bay Packers in Week 5. Dallas’ schedule also features games against the Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks — not exactly a walk in the park.
Will we see another 13-3 season from the Cowboys? BetOnline initially set Dallas’ projected win total at 9.5 but that over/under line has since been pulled after the news of Elliott’s suspension. What seemed like a no-brainer over wager at the time is now a question whether the Cowboys can get to 10 wins without their No. 1 rusher and an extremely difficult schedule.
Don’t bank on another 13-win season, but 10 or 11 victories seems attainable for the defending NFC East champions. It won’t be enough to get to the SB LII in an ultra-competitive NFC.
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