The Cowboys are coming off a disappointing 9-7 season in 2008 but they have the talent to rebound this season if everything goes right.
Football odds show that the Cowboys went 7-9 against the spread last season even though they finished with a winning straight up record. That shows the popularity of the Cowboys at the sports book. Dallas lost a lot of players in the off-season so they will need people to step up this season. Getting rid of Terrell Owens is expected to actually help the offense although Roy Williams has to prove he is actually a #1 receiver and Tony Romo has to prove he can lead a team to a playoff win. The other main problem for Dallas is that head coach Wade Phillips has never proven he can win as a head coach.
The Cowboys added linebacker Keith Brooking in the off-season as football odds
information shows but they lost a number of players including defensive end Chris Canty, linebacker Zach Thomas, safety Roy Williams, defensive tackle Tank Johnson and linebacker Greg Ellis. The Cowboys look to have a number of defensive weaknesses heading into 2009 even though they still have some talented players including DeMarcus Ware.
Dallas still has a lot of talent that can impact football odds, especially on offense. Romo has a lot of weapons at his disposal including running backs Marion Barber and Felix Jones and tight end Jason Witten. The Cowboys were only 18th in the league in points scored in 2008 as football odds stats show but that number figures to improve simply because their should be more continuity. The key player could be Williams as he has never shown the ability to be a marquee receiver.
The defense is going to be weaker for Dallas in 2009. How much weaker is the question. The Cowboys were 8th in the league in yards allowed by 20th in points allowed and those numbers could be worse in 2009. The Cowboys didn’t make any off-season improvements and instead suffered losses.
Dallas continues to get a ton of respect in terms of football odds. Despite the fact they made very few improvements from last year’s 9-7 team and that they play in the tough NFC East, the Cowboys are 16-1 in football odds to win Super Bowl XLIV at the online sportsbook