A series of miraculous comebacks and obscene offensive numbers have been completely derailed in the wake of a major injury that ended Dak Prescott‘s season. Now it’s up to longtime starter Andy Dalton and new head coach Mike McCarthy to hang onto the NFC East. Ezekiel Elliott can expect some serious carries, but the workload for their deadly receiving corps might take a hit. Will the Cowboys have to retool their entire offense without Dak? Can the Cowboys win without Dak?
The NFC East is wide-open with a slew of teams with bad records and whoever limps to the finish line first will take the division crown. Below is a comprehensive guide to betting on the Dallas Cowboys in 2020, including live odds tables and weekly analysis.
Dallas Cowboys Week 7 odds
Things do not look good for Dallas– the Cowboys suffered an embarrassing home 38-10 loss to the Cardinals on Monday night. Andy Dalton struggled in his first start this season with two interceptions and 266 passing yards despite 54 pass attempts. Ezekiel Elliott fumbled the ball twice for the first time in his career and only compiled 49 rushing yards. The seat’s already getting hot for this coaching staff, but the Cowboys are still in sole possession of first place in the NFC East.
Dallas will try to bounce back against division rival Washington. The Cowboys opened as 3.5-point road favorites.
The Cowboys’ secondary has been terrible, allowing 236.7 passing yards per game (18th in the NFL) and are ranked last in pass coverage, per PFF. Dallas should have a decent opportunity to play better against a directionless and shaky Washington offense. The Football Team is last in pass offense DVOA, so if the Cowboys can’t stop this offense led by Kyle Allen, they can’t stop anyone.
Cowboys futures odds
Cowboys Super Bowl odds
The Cowboys without Dak Prescott don’t look much like contenders– they’ve surrendered 34 points to the Giants and got blown out of their own stadium by the Cardinals. Dallas looks like they’re well on the outside looking in when it comes to Super Bowl contenders and now sit at +6000.
NFC East odds
The woes of the NFC East have gone from a folly to extreme. The Cowboys (+115) are still the odds-on favorites and hold a half-game lead over Philadelphia despite being 2-4.
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.