When a NFL franchise is consistently referred to as America’s Team, the overall fan base will be rather wide. The Dallas Cowboys have been fan favorites going back to their glory days in the 1970’s and 80’s.
In recent years. There has been a ‘what have you done lately’ attitude towards Dallas. Losing records and quick postseason exits have been the norm for quite some time. Last season’s 8-8 record while missing the playoffs marked the end of the Jason Garrett era as head coach.
Will The Dallas Cowboys Really Live Up To The Sportsbook Hype?
In his place, former Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy is now at the helm. After leading the Packers to a Super Bowl title in 2010, Cowboys fans are hoping for their own title run in 2020. McCarthy was the Packers’ head coach for close to 13 years. He did lead his team to the playoffs in nine of those seasons.
The US Sportsbooks are bullish on Dallas to start the season on a strong note. The Cowboys have been opened as 2.5-point road favorites against the Los Angeles Rams for their Week 1 opener. The game will be a prime time presentation on Sunday night, Sept. 13.
The Rams are just two seasons removed from a loss to New England in the Super Bowl. They slipped to 9-7 last year to miss the playoffs. Home field advantage looses some of its edge if there are no fans in the stadium. Yet, this is still somewhat of a surprising spread given the two teams involved. Furthermore, this is where the offseason hype takes place. Dallas got high grades for its recent draft.
Quarterback Dak Prescott has a new target to throw the ball to in rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb. Although Prescott is still in the middle of contact negotiations.
The Cowboys did lose some key players in free agency. However, the overall expectation level remains rather high. Their main competition in the NFC East should come from the Philadelphia Eagles. They won the division title last year at 9-7 after beating Dallas in a crucial late-season showdown.
NFL future betting odds at most books have Dallas as an ever-so-slight favorite. The Cowboys’ odds to win the NFC East are +110 verse the +115 odds that Philly repeats as champs.
Many Cowboys fans and bettors alike want to pin most of the blame on Garrett for the team’s shortcomings. McCarthy’s tenure in Green Bay ended on bad terms with back-to-back losing seasons. The pressure to turn things around overnight in Dallas is already sky-high.
Another big reason why sportsbooks appear to be favoring America’s Team is common sense. They know that a certain percent of the fan base will bet on this team sight unseen. This causes the odds to be inflated for both Week 1’s matchup and the season as a whole.
Value NFL bettors who have gone against the Cowboys in recent years have done quite well for themselves. This upcoming season is all about hype vs. recent trends.