With the NFL preseason underway, it’s a good time to start looking at some odds and futures bets. One team in particular that will be under the microscope is the Cowboys, who have an over/under win total of 10 and are the favorites to win the NFC East for the second consecutive season.
Dallas will certainly have some competition from the Eagles, Commanders, and Giants to retain the crown. Quarterback Dak Prescott will look to build off a solid 2021 along with the defense, which saw two playmakers emerge in Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs. Below, we’ll break down the Cowboys’ win total and their odds to win the NFC East, NFC, and the Super Bowl.
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Cowboys Betting Preview 2022: Over/under win total
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook
OVER 10 wins (-110). Last season, the Cowboys finished with more than 10 wins (12-5) for the first time since 2016 (13-3), which was Dak Prescott’s and Ezekiel Elliott’s rookie season. Dallas will try to win more than 10 games in Mike McCarthy’s third season, which will be helped by a relatively soft division schedule.
However, the Cowboys have a tough first six weeks of the season, squaring off against the Buccaneers, Bengals, Giants, Commanders, Rams, and Eagles. Luckily, their first two games against the Bucs and Bengals are at home. If they can go 4-2 or 3-3 through six games, they should be able to pick up a couple of wins against the Bears and Vikings in Weeks 7 and 8 before the bye week. After the bye, six of the Cowboys’ last nine games are against teams who did not make the playoffs last season. If Dallas goes 5-1 in the division, it should put it in the driver’s seat to go OVER this win total.
Cowboys Betting Preview 2022: Odds to win NFC East
To win NFC East (+140). Heading into this season, the Cowboys are slight favorites to win the division over the Eagles, who have the second-best odds at +160. The biggest question mark for Dallas is who will step up in their wide receiver unit.
In the offseason, they traded Amari Cooper and saw Cedrick Wilson sign with the Dolphins. This left the Cowboys with CeeDee Lamb, James Washington, Michael Gallup, and rookie Jalen Tolbert at the receiver spot. However, Gallup and Washington are dealing with injuries, making Tolbert the team’s No. 2 receiver. If Tolbert can make some plays, in addition to what they get from Dalton Schultz, Ezekiel Elliott, and Tony Pollard Jr., the Cowboys should be in good shape to win the division. Last season, the Cowboys went undefeated in the NFC East (6-0), but we should not expect them to do that this year with an improved Eagles team and some notable changes in Washington and New York. At +140 odds, the best play is to wait until the regular season begins because we could see a better number for Dallas, depending on how the first four weeks play out.
Cowboys Betting Preview 2022: Odds to win the NFC
To win NFC (+900). For the Cowboys to win the NFC this season, they will have to leapfrog the four favorites in front of them (Buccaneers, Packers, Rams, and 49ers). Tampa Bay is currently the favorite to represent the NFC (+300) in Super Bowl 57.
The good news for Dallas is that they will get to test their mettle against the Bucs, Packers, and Rams in the regular season. For the Cowboys to win the NFC, they will need their defense to be stingy again, as they only allowed 21.1 points per game last season (seventh best in the NFL), and for Prescott to be an MVP candidate this season. At 9-1 odds, it doesn’t hurt to put down half of a unit on Dallas, who has a favorable schedule on paper after the bye week.
Cowboys Betting Preview 2022: Odds to win Super Bowl 57
To win the Super Bowl (+2000). The Cowboys are considered one of the long shots to win the Super Bowl this season at 20-1 odds. The last time Dallas was in the Super Bowl was during the Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin era. If the Cowboys were to make the Super Bowl, let alone win it, it would be a bit of a surprise based on how we saw their playoff run end last year.
The NFC is stacked at the top with the likes of the Buccaneers, Packers, and Rams, who should all be in the playoffs barring a significant injury. Finally, when it comes to the AFC, four other teams have better odds than Dallas to win the Super Bowl (Bills, Chiefs, Chargers, and Broncos). If you do place a wager on the Cowboys, only sprinkle a half unit on it, as we know the odds will change throughout the year.