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 former-Falcon Keanu Neal and former-Texan Carlos Watkins 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.
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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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Cowboys futures odds
Futures are long-term bets that can range from an offseason to a full season (or beyond). Team win totals, award winners, and player performance are common futures. For example:
2020 Odds to win NFL OROY
- Joe Burrow +220
- Tua Tagovailoa +290
- Clyde Edwards-Helarie +500
- Justin Herbert +1200
This line for the Offensive Rookie of the Year would often be bet before the season starts. Futures allow for bettors to capitalize on players they think are favorites to win awards long before the odds shift away from their favor. For example, Herbert opened with odds of +1200 to win the OROY award after the NFL Draft; his odds shifted and he eventually won the award in December.
Cowboys Super Bowl LVI odds
The Dallas Cowboys opened with +3000 odds to win Super Bowl LVI. Those odds are good enough for best in the NFC East and seventh-best in the NFC.
Cowboys NFC East odds
The Dallas Cowboys were eliminated from the NFC East crown in Week 17 in 2020.
Cowboys win totals
9.5 wins (+110 over)/(-133 under)
Dak is back at the helm and the Cowboys are ready to bury one of their worst seasons in recent memory. In the eyes of oddsmakers, Prescott is worth at least 3.5 wins to the Cowboys, though keep in mind that the league is playing 17 games this season.
Dallas Cowboys 2021 schedule and betting odds
Check back for the complete Cowboys 2021 schedule along with the opening spreads for every game.
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.
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.
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
Key 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)
Key free agent losses: QB Andy Dalton (to Bears), LB Joe Thomas (to Texans), CB Chidobe Awuzie (to Bengals)
Key free agent signings: S Keanu Neal (one year, $5 million), DL Carlos Watkins (one year, $1.8 million)
Draft pick position needs: CB, DL, OT, EDGE