Should You Bet On The Dallas Cowboys In The 2014 NFL Season?

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Should You Bet On The Dallas Cowboys In The 2014 NFL Season?

The Dallas Cowboys will enter the 2014 regular season looking to avoid making NFL history by becoming the first team in league history to record four consecutive .500 seasons, but that’s not the bad news.

Unfortunately, the worst part for the Cowboys and the vast fan base is the fact that the prospects for them doing so appear to be almost non-existent.

This is the final season of head coach Jason Garret’s contract. Owner Jerry Jones desperately wants him to succeed, but another 8-8 season would likely get him fired. And if you haven’t been keeping up, the Cowboys go 8-8 every season.

"In terms of the record of this team, this is not a make-or-break situation for Jason and members of this staff," Jones said at the Cowboys’ opening training camp news conference. "We’ve got a job to do. We obviously want to zero in on what we have to do this afternoon and what we do the next day and the next day and the next day."

"I know firsthand that we’ve got a relationship, that I have a relationship (with Garrett) and there’s nobody that has a better feel for me than Jason, in terms of the relationship. We both know where our expectations are and when it’s looking good and when it’s looking dire. And I don’t expect it to be the latter."

Let’s explore what the Cowboys face as we move closer to the start of the 2014 NFL regular season.

Betting On The Dallas Cowboys To Win the 2015 Super Bowl

If you’re thinking about whether or not you should bet on the Cowboys to win Super Bowl 49, then I’m going to advise you to stop…like right now!

Seriously, betting on Dallas to overcome all odds and cash in on this fun-filled season-long futures odds wager is a waste of time for even the most hardcore Cowboys fanatic.

Dallas had a multitude of problems on the defensive side of the ball last season and things could be even worse this coming season with Dallas losing three of its most productive members, including its top defender and former franchise superstar DeMarcus Ware.

Not only did Dallas lose Ware to the Denver Broncos, but they’ll also be without injured linebacker Sean Lee and quality defensive lineman Jason Hatcher who will suit up for Washington this season.

While the Cowboys have a new defensive coordinator in veteran NFL coach Rod Marinelli, there’s no doubt that he’s going to have his work cut out in trying to help Dallas improve its pitiful defense, which ranked dead last in the league overall last season. Dallas finished the 2013 season ranked 30th against the pass and 27th against the run, so they’ve got plenty of work to do. Save your money if you plan on betting on the Cowboys to win Super Bowl 49.

Betting On The Dallas Cowboys To Win the NFC East

  • Philadelphia Eagles +130
  • New York Giants +300
  • Dallas Cowboys +350
  • Washington Redskins +400

Despite their recent struggles the Cowboys have somehow managed to go 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS in its last 10 games against their NFC East division rivals…that’s the good news.

The bad news is that Philadelphia looks like they’re going to have a great chance to improve on their 10-6 mark from a season ago while Eli Manning and the New York Giants probably can’t play any worse than they did in going 7-9 last season.

Heck, the Cowboys may even have trouble beating out a Washington Redskins team that is looking to rebound and will probably going to be more potent this season under new head coach Jay Gruden than they ever were under Mike Shanahan.

The Cowboys did go 5-1 against their division counterparts a year ago, but I don’t see them duplicating that feat this season.

I say stay away from the Boys here and back the Eagles or Giants first and foremost.

Betting On The Dallas Cowboys To Win In Week One

  • San Francisco at Dallas +4.5
  • Over/Under 48.5

The Cowboys are 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS in their last five games against NFC West division teams, though none of those contests came against San Francisco . When it comes to their head-to-head rivalry against the Niners, Dallas is 2-3 SU and 2-2-1 ATS in its last five meetings, though they haven’t played the Niners since 2008.

The Cowboys are also 4-6 SU and 6-4 ATS in its last 10 games as an underdog between 4.0 and 6.0 points and they’ve also gone 6-4 ATS and SU in their L/10 home games overall, so their ATS history says they’ve got a decent chance to cover the spread.

Unfortunately for Dallas , I don’t agree with history and can easily see San Francisco pounding the snot out of the overmatched Cowboys to get their own 2014 campaign started off on the right foot.

Frisco is far superior on both side of the ball, they have the more potent rushing attack and more explosive quarterback, not to mention that Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh could out-coach Dallas ‘ Jason garret in his sleep.

With san Francisco going 6-2 SU and 7-1-2 ATS in its last 10 road games, I say this matchup is a lock win and cover for the Niners.

My Pick: San Francisco -4.5 Points

Dallas Cowboys Betting Tips

  • When Dallas is a favorite, they’re pretty good at getting the SU win, but not the ATS victory as they’ve gone 7-3 SU in their L/10 games as a fave but just 3-7 ATS. However, the polar-opposite is true when the Boys are underdogs, with the polarizing franchise going 3-7 SU and 7-3 ATS as a dog in their L/10 games.
  • I think the Cowboys are going to get routed by the Niners, Saints, Seahawks and Eagles (once) while likely getting in high-scoring affairs against New York and Washington (twice).
  • I do believe that Dallas is looking at a couple of ‘easy’ victories as well when they face Tennessee , Houston and Jacksonville .
  • In the end, all signs are pointing towards another mediocre season in the Big D, if they don’t take another step backwards that is. I’m expecting this to be Jason garret’s last season as head coach as stupefying owner Jerry Jones makes another change because of the mediocrity that he’s helped create!

Dallas Cowboys Projected 2014 Starters

 

Offense

Defense

QB

Tony Romo

DE

George Selvie

RB

DeMarco Murray

DT

Henry Melton

WR1

Dez Bryant

DT

Nick Hayden

WR2

Terrance Williams

DE

Demarcus Lawrence /  Jeremy Mincey

TE1

Jason Witten

MLB

Bruce Carter

TE2

Gavin Escobar

WLB

Justin Durant

LT

Tyron Smith

CB1

Brandon Carr

LG

Ronald Leary

CB2

Morris Claiborne

C

Travis Frederick

CB3

Orlando Scandrick

RG

Zack Martin

SS

J.J. Wilcox

RT

Doug Free

FS

Barry Church

NFL Odds to Win Super Bowl 49

  • Seattle Seahawks +525
  • Denver Broncos +640
  • San Francisco 49ers +700
  • New England Patriots +900
  • Green Bay Packers +1200
  • New Orleans Saints +1600
  • Indianapolis Colts +2000
  • Philadelphia Eagles +2700
  • Cincinnati Bengals +3100
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +3500
  • Baltimore Ravens +3700
  • Atlanta Falcons +3800
  • Chicago Bears +3800
  • NY Giants +4000
  • Arizona Cardinals +4200
  • Carolina Panthers +4400
  • Kansas City Chiefs +4400
  • San Diego Chargers +4500
  • St. Louis Rams +5000
  • Detroit Lions +5000
  • Washington Redskins +5200
  • Dallas Cowboys +6000
  • Houston Texans +6000
  • Miami Dolphins +6000
  • NY Jets +7500
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +7500
  • Cleveland Browns +9000
  • Minnesota Vikings +1100
  • Buffalo Bills +12500
  • Tennessee Titans +20000
  • Oakland Raiders +25000
  • Jacksonville Jaguars +30000