Despite losing Dak Prescott to a brutal injury in Week 5, the Cowboys remained in the NFC East race thanks to one of the worst divisional showings in NFL history. With a chance at the division crown in their hands, the Cowboys were beat by rival New York in Week 17 and the book was closed on the season. It was a tough showing from Ezekiel Elliott as well as the Cowboys’ offensive line, who’s been one of the best units in the league over the past five years. Andy Dalton was the signal caller for much of the year, who picked up a 4-5 record as a starter, before leaving for Chicago.
The lead story this offseason for Dallas was the mega-extension that Dak received after over a year of deliberations. The signal caller was locked in for four more years at $160 million total. The Cowboys also pulled in Keanu Neal and Carlos Watkins as well as drafted Micah Parsons to help sure up a porous defense. The Super Bowl window was already shutting after the Cowboys shifted to head coach Mike McCarthy, but their players aren’t getting any younger. There’s a young corps in place, but many pieces are needed to complete a playoff team. 2020 will be written off by Dallas fans and things need to start moving in the right direction, otherwise McCarthy will be seeing an early exit.
Dallas Cowboys Week 1 odds
A year after their season was derailed by a major injury to Dak Prescott, the Dallas Cowboys open the 2021 NFL season against the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Cowboys finished 2-6 straight up and 2-6 against the spread on the road in 2020. Prescott is expected back for the game, making this an interesting watch. The Buccaneers– besides having an offense capable of exploding for 40 points– had one of the most athletic and efficient defenses in the NFL. Tampa is also the first team in NFL history to return all 22 starters coming off a Super Bowl victory.
Dallas has one of the better offensive lines in the league in terms of ability and athleticism, but it was decimated by injury a season ago and finished as PFF’s 26th-graded pass blocking team. The Buccaneers finished 8th in pass rush per PFF and added pass rusher Joe Tryon in the NFL Draft. This game will be decided up front between the Bucs’ pass rush and the Cowboys’ offensive line. Dallas opened as a heavy 6.5-point underdog (currently ).
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Cowboys Super Bowl odds and other futures markets 2021
- Odds to win Super Bowl: +4000
- To win NFC: +1800
- To win NFC East: +125
- Make playoffs: -150
- Cowboys win total: 9.5 (+105)
Odds last updated July 12
Cowboys prop bets
Prop bets are based on individual performance, typically surrounding players. Even once Dak Prescott went down, the Cowboys had a host of offensive weapons that were popular targets of prop bets. For example, Amari Cooper’s projected receiving total in the Cowboys’ Week 4 matchup with the Cleveland Browns was 89.5 yards. That game, Cooper went off for a season-high 134 yards, giving those who bet the over on his receiving total the win.
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Dallas Cowboys 2021 schedule and betting odds
|Week||Date||Opponent||Kickoff Time||Opening Line|
|Week 1||Thursday, Sept. 9||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8:20 p.m. ET||Buccaneers -6.5|
|Week 2||Sunday, Sept. 19||at Los Angeles Chargers||4:25 p.m. ET||Chargers -1.5|
|Week 3||Monday, Sept. 27||vs Philadelphia Eagles||8:15 p.m. ET||Cowboys -6.5|
|Week 4||Sunday, Oct. 3||vs Carolina Panthers||1:00 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 5||Sunday, Oct. 10||vs New York Giants||4:25 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 6||Sunday, Oct. 17||at New England Patriots||4:25 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 7||Sunday, Oct. 24||BYE||N/A||N/A|
|Week 8||Sunday, Oct. 31||at Minnesota Vikings||8:20 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 9||Sunday, Nov. 7||vs Denver Boncos||1:00 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 10||Sunday, Nov. 14||vs Atlanta Falcons||1:00 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 11||Sunday, Nov. 21||at Kansas City Chiefs||4:25 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 12||Thursday, Nov. 25||vs Las Vegas Raiders||4:30 p.m. ET||Cowboys -7|
|Week 13||Thursday, Dec. 2||at New Orleans Saints||8:20 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 14||Sunday, Dec. 12||at Washington Football Team||1:00 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 15||Sunday, Dec. 19||at New York Giants||1:00 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 16||Sunday, Dec. 26||vs Washington Football Team||8:20 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 17||Sunday, Jan. 2||vs Arizona Cardinals||1:00 p.m. ET||OTB|
|Week 18||Sunday, Jan. 9||at Philadelphia Eagles||1:00 p.m. ET||OTB|
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How to bet on the Dallas Cowboys
The moneyline is the simplest of bets, decided by the straight-up winner and loser of each game. Consider the following example:
- Cowboys +220
- Buccaneers -155
The Cowboys are considered underdogs in this matchup (indicated by +220), paying out $320 total for a $100 bet ($220 in winnings). The Buccaneers are the underdog in this matchup, requiring a $155 bet to win $100 (plus the initial bet back). How much either team wins or loses by does not matter in moneyline betting, the payout remains the same.
Betting on the point spread is determinant on how many points a team wins or loses by. Take the following example:
- Cowboys -3.5 (-110)
- Chargers +3.5 (-110)
In this example, Dallas is favored by 3.5 points, indicated by “-3.5.” If the Cowboys win the game 28-24, the Cowboys (-3.5) win the bet and would have a total payout of $19.09 on a $10 bet ($9.09 in profit). If the Chargers keep the game within four and lose 42-39, the Chargers (+3.5) would win, and the payout would be the same as listed above.
Point total (over/under)
The point total refers to the over/under line set by books. This number projects the total number of points scored in a game and, like prop betting, is bet whether one thinks the score will go over or under the set point total. For example, Dallas’ Week 8 matchup with the Eagles had a projected point total of 46.5 points. The Cowboys lost the game 23-9, resulting in just 34 total points scored. Those who bet under the point total in that game came away with a win.
Typically, games involving the Cowboys and a competent offense resulted in the league’s highest point totals on the season. Games against the Seahawks and Browns had point totals over 50 while games against the Giants had point totals under 45. The range of Dallas’ over/under projections were some of the most varied in the NFL in 2020.
In-play and live betting
Sometimes, the most thrilling and rewarding bets are bets made while games are being played. These are referred to as live bets or in-play bets. Odds are ever-changing during games, which would prove to be fruitful for sharp and prepared bettors. For example, if the Cowboys (-225) were heavily favored against the Raiders (+190) before kickoff, a payout on a $10 bet on the Cowboys to win would win just $4.44.
However, say the Cowboys fell to a big 21-3 deficit in the first half despite controlling the overall game (due to a costly turnover or special teams gaffe). Odds may swing in favor of the Raiders, who may be a -110 favorite at halftime. Taking the Cowboys to come back and win the game could present plus-odds (say, +130). Should a bettor take Dallas (+130) at halftime and the Cowboys pull off the comeback, winners would win $13 instead of $4.44 (plus the initial $10 bet).
This could also be an effective way to “hedge” your bet; say a bettor took the Raiders (+190) in that game, but Dallas jumps out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and is controlling the overall feel of the game, bettors could hedge by throwing some money down on Dallas (-270) to return some of the inevitably-lost bet.
Parlays and teasers
You can always string bets together in the form of parlays or teasers. Usually during busy Sundays, bettors can parlay several teams to win or cover against the spread and if all bets are successful, the payouts are multiplied. Teasers function similarly, except they allow bettors to move each point spread to a more favorable line in exchange for diminished odds.
Cowboys 2020 recap
Record ATS: 5-11
Over/under record: 9-7
It’s easy to say that the wheels came off the wagon once Dak Prescott went down with an injury, but the reality is the Cowboys were 1-3 at that point. It was a giant flop of a season by Cowboys standards and 2020 will be buried in the past. The name Dallas Cowboys, like it or not, always earns the team a bonus point or two at sportsbooks, as the public direction almost always sways in favor of the Cowboys. As a result, they posted an NFL-worst 5-11 record against the spread.
What Dallas had no shortage of under Prescott, though, was points to be scored; they scored 39, 38, and 31 in three of their first four games. However, their defense was a total liability– their 29.6 points allowed per game was 28th in the NFL. Because of the porous defense and ability to score, Dallas routinely exceeded projected point totals early in the year.
Cowboys 2021 offseason moves
Re-signings: QB Dak Prescott (four years, $160 million), CB Jourdan Lewis (three years, $16.5 million), DL Antwuan Woods (one year, $2.2 million)
Free agent losses: QB Andy Dalton (to Bears), LB Joe Thomas (to Texans), CB Chidobe Awuzie (to Bengals)
Free agent signings: S Keanu Neal (one year, $5 million), DL Carlos Watkins (one year, $1.8 million)
Draft picks: LB Micah Parsons, CB Kelvin Joseph, EDGE Chauncey Golston, LB Jabril Cox