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.
The real liability was the defense, who gave up the fifth-most points in the NFL in 2020. It’s a contract year for Prescott, who proved his worth without being on the field for most of the year. Sean Lee– a longtime captain and defensive staple– is due to be a free agent along with Aldon Smith. Their battered offensive line is also in jeopardy of being broken up this offseason, with center Joe Looney and tackle Cameron Erving‘s contracts set to expire.
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.
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The Dallas Cowboys were eliminated from the NFC Playoffs in Week 17.
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The Dallas Cowboys were eliminated from the NFC East crown in Week 17.
2020 Dallas Cowboys schedule and odds
|Week 1||Sunday, Sept. 13||8:20 p.m. ET||at LA Rams||Cowboys -2.5|
|Week 2||Sunday, Sept. 20||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Atlanta||Cowboys -7|
|Week 3||Sunday, Sept. 27||4:25 p.m. ET||at Seattle||Seahawks -1.5|
|Week 4||Sunday, Oct. 4||1:00 p.m. ET||vs. Cleveland||Cowboys -5.5|
|Week 5||Sunday, Oct. 11||4:25 p.m. ET||vs. NY Giants||Cowboys -8.5|
|Week 6||Monday, Oct. 19||8:15 p.m. ET||vs. Arizona||Cowboys -7.5|
|Week 7||Sunday, Oct. 25||1:00 p.m. ET||at Washington||Cowboys -8.5|
|Week 8||Sunday, Nov. 1||8:20 p.m. ET||at Philadelphia||Eagles -2|
|Week 9||Sunday, Nov. 8||4:25 p.m. ET||vs. Pittsburgh||Cowboys -3.5|
|Week 10||Sunday, Nov. 15||BYE|
|Week 11||Sunday, Nov. 22||4:25 p.m. ET||at Minnesota||Cowboys -0.5|
|Week 12||Thursday, Nov. 26||4:30 p.m. ET||vs. Washington||Cowboys -12.5|
|Week 13||Thursday, Dec. 3||8:20 p.m. ET||at Baltimore||Ravens -6.5|
|Week 14||Sunday, Dec. 13||1:00 p.m. ET||at Cincinnati||Cowboys -8|
|Week 15||Sunday, Dec. 20||8:20 p.m. ET||vs. San Francisco||49ers -1|
|Week 16||Sunday, Dec. 27||4:25 p.m. ET||vs. Philadelphia||Cowboys -1.5|
|Week 17||Sunday, Jan. 3||1:00 p.m. ET||at NY Giants||N/A|
How to bet on the Cowboys
A moneyline bet is simply a bet on what team will win a game outright, regardless of margin of victory. An example of a moneyline bet would be as follows: Say the Cowboys and Eagles are facing off in Dallas, with the home team carrying moneyline odds of -120 and the visitors’ moneyline odds sitting at +120. A bettor placing a wager on a Cowboys win would therefore win $100 for every $120 wagered, while one placing a bet on the Eagles pulling the upset would take in $120 for every $100 risked.
A point spread in an NFL game refers to the predicted minimum margin of victory for the favored team. Therefore, a point-spread wager on a favored team is successful when that team wins by more than the point spread at the time the bet was placed. Conversely, a point-spread wager on an underdog team is successful when that team either loses by less than the point spread at the time the bet was placed, or when it wins the game outright. As with moneyline bets, a point spread bet has specific payout odds for either outcome.
An example of point-spread bet would be as follows: The Cowboys are favored over the Redskins by 10.5 points, and that bet pays out at a rate of -110 if successful. Meanwhile, as underdogs, Washington has odds of +110 of beating that spread. Dallas goes on to win the game, but it does so by a 27-20 score, a margin of seven points. That means that in this instance, bettors who placed a wager on the Cowboys to cover the spread will lose, while those who bet on the Redskins as the underdogs will win $110 for every $100 they risked.
A totals bet is one of the more straightforward wagers available at regulated sportsbooks. In this type of bet, oddsmakers set a number for the total number of points that will be scored by both teams by the end of a game. Bettors then are able to place a wager on whether the two teams will either exceed or fall short of that total. As with moneyline and point-spread bets, a totals bet has specific payout odds for either outcome, although they’re very often set at -110.
An example of a totals bet would be as follows: The Cowboys and Giants are facing off, and oddsmakers have set a projected total of 50 points. Ultimately, Dallas prevails by a 31-24 score. Bettors who placed a wager on the Over will win $100 for every $110 risked.
A prop bet is one that’s based on a statistical benchmark that’s been set by oddsmakers, on either a team or individual-player level. As with totals wagers, bettors can put their money on either the Over or Under hitting. As with other types of wagers already discussed, a prop bet has specific payout odds for either outcome, although they’re very often set at -110.
An example of a player-based prop bet would be as follows: Oddsmakers set the projected amount of 2020 rushing touchdowns by Ezekiel Elliott at 10. Both the Over and Under wagers carry odds of -110. Elliott then finishes the season with 12 rushing scores. Bettors who placed a wager on the Over will win $100 for every $110 risked.
Given the amount of offensive firepower on the Cowboys and the team’s mainstream popularity with bettors, there are already several player props available on multiple Dallas players.
Futures bets are those placed on events or contingencies that do not yet have a final outcome/result. For the NFL, futures bets are available throughout the offseason, and those that can only be settled at or past the conclusion of the regular season are typically available on an in-season basis as well.
There are a wide variety of futures wagers available at any given time. During the offseason, wagers centered on team outcomes – such as Super Bowl winner, conference winner and division winner – are particularly prevalent. Futures on projected regular-season team win totals are also popular. Player-level prop bets can fall under the umbrella of futures wagers as well when placed in the offseason or preseason. Multiple Cowboys-based player prop futures and their corresponding odds are listed below.
Teaser wagers are a slightly more sophisticated type of bet, as they allow the bettor to manipulate the point spread a certain amount in either direction. Teaser bets involve two or more sporting events, and each sporting event in the teaser must have a successful outcome for the teaser bet to pay off. Teaser bets can be based on both point spread and totals. In an NFL teaser, a bettor can manipulate a spread in either direction by between four and 10 points, and a projected total by 6, 6.5 or 7 points. Odds vary depending on the amount of the movement.
Dallas Cowboys 2019 season in review
2019 Regular-Season ATS: 9-7 (56.2 percent)
2019 Over/Under: 10-6 (62.5 percent)
Another season of mediocrity and considerable underachievement finally did in Garrett, who had forged the second-longest tenure for a Cowboys head coach behind only Tom Landry. Dallas seemingly had the horses to compete heading into the season, but it ultimately missed the playoffs for the seventh time in 10 years.
Admittedly, that outcome was difficult to foresee out of the gates, when the ‘Boys rattled off three straight wins over the Giants, Redskins and Dolphins to start the campaign.
In retrospect, those were hardly noteworthy wins, considering that trio of clubs finished with a combined 13-35 mark. The real measure of the 2019 Cowboys really came in their performance against eventual playoff teams. Big D dropped games to the Saints, Vikings, Patriots, Bills and Eagles. Then, there were surprising defeats to the likes of the Jets and Bears. The game that prevented a losing season was about as deceiving a win as there is – a 47-16 late-afternoon drubbing of a completely disinterested Redskins team in Week 17 after the Cowboys were already eliminated from the postseason.
That’s not to say there weren’t stirring individual performances in 2019. Prescott positioned himself for a big payday by playing in all 16 games and throwing for a career-best 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns. Elliott was also a full-season participant for the first time in his career and responded with 1,777 scrimmage yards (1,357 rushing, 420 receiving) and 14 total touchdowns. And the third member of Dallas’ modern-day Triplets, Cooper, supplied a career-high 1,189 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on 79 grabs while also seeing action in each contest. Second-year wideout Michael Gallup also took a major step forward by posting a 66-1,107-6 line through 14 games.
Yet even those numbers contain evidence of what often ailed the team through Garrett’s tenure – their most important offensive weapons were available for the entirety of the season and Dallas still managed to finish no better than average.
2020 off-season moves
Key re-signings: Dak Prescott, QB (franchise tag); Amari Cooper, WR (five years, $100 million); Blake Jarwin, TE (three years, $24.25 million); Kai Forbath, K (one year); Anthony Brown, CB (three years, $15.5 million)
Key retirement: Travis Frederick, C
Key free agent losses: Randall Cobb, WR (to HOU); Byron Jones, CB (to MIA); Robert Quinn, DE (to CHI); Jason Witten, TE (to LVR); Jeff Heath, S (to LVR)
Key free agent signings: Gerald McCoy, DT (from CAR); Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S (from CHI); Dontari Poe, DT (from CAR); Greg Zuerlein, K (from LAR); Andy Dalton, QB (released by CIN)
Key draft picks: CeeDee Lamb, WR (1st round); Trevon Diggs, CB (2nd round)
The Cowboys did let some productive veterans walk in free agency, but they’ve largely made for those departures with some prudent shopping on the open market. Dallas managed to remake its defensive line with a clear focus on plugging up the middle via the signings of McCoy and Poe. Then, the acquisition of Clinton-Dix gives McCarthy a player he once thought enough of to invest the 14th overall pick in and the defense a more athletic option than the departed Jeff Heath. The May 2 signing of Dalton means Dallas now has one of the best No. 2 quarterbacks in the NFL and an excellent insurance policy should anything go awry with Prescott. Finally, the draft was deemed to be one of the league’s best, a sentiment that is largely fueled by the unexpected acquisition of Lamb with the 17th overall pick. Joining a receiver corps already helmed by Cooper and Gallup, Lamb stands to benefit from plenty of one-on-one matchups — at times possibly against a team’s third-best corner — and the trio will present the most formidable of challenges to defenses.