NFL Future Win Totals Over/Under Dallas Cowboys
The start of the NFL 2017 season is still a bit down the road, but the sports books in Las Vegas are ready and waiting to start taking bets on the action. Oddsmakers recently released over/under win totals for every team in the league and there are quite a few shocking lines in the mix. While every year a handful of teams will take an unexpected leap forward — coinciding with a few squads regressing back from strong performances the previous season — it’s tough to predict exactly which clubs will take these drastic turns. Vegas has a few ideas, although they also expect consistent greatness from a few stalwart franchises.
Dallas Cowboys 9.5 Wins Over/Under: UNDER
This might be the biggest surprise of them all, as Dallas Cowboys are coming off a great season in which it won 13 games and claimed the No.1 seed in the NFC. Vegas foresees a serious regression for America’s Team this year, but are these projections on the “money”?
Strength of schedule is one area worth considering, as having a tough slate of games will obviously make it harder for the Cowboys to surge back to the top of the standings. Their opponents for 2017 went a combined 136-120 in 2016, a .531 winning percentage. Based on that, Dallas’ strength of schedule is tied for the 10th toughest in the league. Considering Vegas is putting them at 9.5 wins, they’re strength of schedule shouldn’t play a major factor, it has to be something else.
That something else is being a consistent contender, which Dallas hasn’t proved to be during head coach Jason Gerret’s regime. The Cowboys went from being a 12-win team and winning a playoff game in 2014 to a four-win bottom of the barrel team in 2015. After former quarterback Tony Romo’s preseason injury ahead of 2016 campaign, just about everyone wrote the team off. It was a mistake, as rookie quarterback Das Prescott and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott were able to pace the club to a fantastic outing. That was a wildly unexpected showing, but now the team will have a huge target on their back and plenty of tape for opponents to study. The NFL will be ready for the Dallas Cowboys this year.
Dallas relied heavily on its offense to garner those 13 wins last year and will lean heavily on it yet again to have a chance of going over in 2017. A lot of things will need to go right for the Cowboys to hit double-digit wins, including solid sustained output from Prescott, avoiding injuries on the stout offensive line and Zeke’s body being able to continue taking brutal pounding as one of the most used running backs in the league. The club drafted a number of young, talented defenders at the end of April, but there’s still some holes on the defense and it likely won’t be an area of strength this season. There are just too many moving parts and things that need to break right for Dallas to reach the over on this wager.
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Take the better odds — the public heavily hit the over and now under 9.5 is available at +120 — and watch as the Cowboys take a big backwards plunge in 2017.