When the Dallas Cowboys won a third Super Bowl in just four years way back in January 1996, what would the odds have been they’d wait at least 25 years for another?
But that’s the deal for America’s Team – a quarter century of misery with Jerry Jones floundering while the rest of the country laughs at his entitled fanbase.
The Cowboys regularly pack 100,000 fans into AT&T Stadium in Arlington, but Jones’ marketing genius is not matched by what he puts on the football field. Cue a ton of underachievement from overpaid and overrated squads.
JJ rewarded his franchise QB Dak Prescott with an eye-popping $160million contract over the next four years in a bid to finally end that Super Bowl drought. Pity they only have Cooper Rush and Will Grier to back him up tho…
The Cowboys improved to 4-1 Sunday with a fourth straight win – 44-20 over divisional rival the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium.
Prescott was again pretty good with 302 passing yards and three scores, while Ezekiel Elliott again looked great as he rumbled for 110 yards and a score. The incredible Trevon Diggs meanwhile picked off a Mike Glennon pass in the second half to make it six picks in just five games. Unbelievable.
Dallas now owns a 4-1 record and heads the NFC East standings ahead of Washington (2-3), Philadelphia (2-3) and the New York Giants (1-4).
Here’s the latest from the online bookmakers on how Dallas will perform in 2021.
What are the odds for the Cowboys to win the Super Bowl?
Okay, we know it’s been 25 years, and will be at least 26 before Jerry holds another Lombardi Trophy aloft. Don’t laugh but sportsbooks aren’t writing off their chances of a world championship off completely and the odds are shortening after that 4-1 start and what is now a three-game win streak.
Dallas is now as low as +1200 (bet $100 to win $1200) to win Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in California on February 13, 2022. You can still get +1600 though – that is the best value – with PointsBet. Some way still off the likes of Buffalo and Tampa Bay, who are the current +600 favorites. The Cowboys had been around the +3500 mark before the season began.
When did the Dallas Cowboys last win a Super Bowl?
You have to go back more than a quarter of a century like we said. The only constant during that period of futility = Jerry Jones. After scooping three Lombardi trophies in four year (thanks to Jimmy Johnson) things have been thin since.
The third of those Super Bowl wins was the most recent for the Cowboys, as Johnson’s replacement Barry Switzer managed to get a talent-laden roster over the line = just.
A late-season implosion almost blew any chance of Dallas winning it all, but they made the playoffs with a 12-4 record and then saw off the Eagles and Packers in playoff games at Texas Stadium.
Then the Cowboys won Super Bowl XXX in a game played in Tempe, Arizona on Sunday January 28, 1996.
Dallas was a heavy favorite to defeat the AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers, but made heavy weather of doing so. it took two Larry Brow interceptions (of two horrible Neil O’Donnell throws) to clinch a 27-17 victory.
Cowboys odds to win the NFC East division
With Prescott back healthy, Dallas was an early +150 favorite to get back on top in the East, with Washington close behind. The Giants came next with the Eagles – and young QB Jalen Hurts – the underdog.
That + against Dallas is now long gone though, and the odds on them winning the East are shortening weekly. The Cowboys are now -380 after that defeat of the Giants. Washington is now +900 after a loss to New Orleans to fall to 2-3. Philadelphia is also +900 after suprising Carolina. The Giants are way out at +3500 after being destroyed in Dallas, and seeing QB Daniel Jones, star RB Saquon Barkley and WR1 Kenny Golladay all go down with injury.
Latest Odds To Win The NFC East in 2021:
- -380 Dallas Cowboys (FanDuel)
- +900 Washington Football Team (PointsBet)
- +900 Philadelphia Eagles (DraftKings)
- +3500 New York Giants (DraftKings)
NB: Odds correct on October 11, 2021
Can the Cowboys make the Playoffs?
Absolutely, as long as Jerry doesn’t meddle and as long as McCarthy raises his game.
The former Green Bay HC was seen as the savior to finally raise Dallas out of a decade of Jason Garrett mediocrity. But it didn’t work out like that in year 1.
Even taking into account the injuries his team suffered, McCarthy was underwhelming and his game management and decision making on Sundays came in for heavy criticism. His defense, piloted by his DC hire Mike Nolan, was historically bad – the worst in team memory.
Nolan is now out and Dan Quinn is in as DC, and there is optimism that things will be different in 2021. Prescott returns to lead an all-star cast on offense, while tackles Tyron Smith and La’el Collins are also back (the latter is though serving a suspension right now).
The Cowboys, with RB Ezekiel Elliott looking like he’s not done yet, and a stellar cast of receiving options including Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup, is as good as it gets on offense.
If Quinn can somehow raise that awful defense to be middle of the pack say, then Dallas should at least win the East and potentially enjoy playoff success too.
That’s a big if, but it is by no means out of the question. And the sportsbooks bet accordingly. Dallas is favored to make the playoffs at -156 while if you think it will miss out on the postseason you can get +128 odds. Both those lines with FanDuel.
How many regular season wins in 2021?
Sportsbooks set an over/under for every NFL team and its regular-season wins. No different in 2021.
For Dallas that figure is 9.5 – so you can bet either over or under to win on the Cowboys’ fortunes.
FanDuel offers -110 that Dallas will win more than 9.5, and also -110 that it wins less.
Dallas Cowboys 2021 Schedule
The 2021 NFL Schedule is out, and the Cowboys have the 30th most difficult slate in the league. In short, last season’s miserable performances give them a chance to do better this time.
Dallas, like the other 31 teams, will play a 17-game regular-season schedule for the first ever time in 2021. Next up is a visit to Foxboro to meet Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots on Sunday October 17 (kickoff 3.25pm local, 4.25pm ET).
That Cowboys’ schedule is as follows:
- September 9: Dallas Cowboys +8.5 @ Tampa Bay Bucaneers L 31-29
- September 19: Dallas Cowboys +3.5 @ L.A Chargers – W 20-17
- September 27: Dallas Cowboys -4 vs Philadelphia Eagles – W 41-20
- October 3: Dallas Cowboys -4.5 vs Carolina Panthers – W 36-28
- October 10: Dallas Cowboys -7.5 vs New York Giants – W 44-20
- October 17: Dallas Cowboys -4 @ New England Patriots
- October 31: Dallas Cowboys @ Minnesota Vikings
- November 7: Dallas Cowboys vs Denver Broncos
- November 14: Dallas Cowboys vs Atlanta Falcons
- November 21: Dallas Cowboys @ Kansas City Chiefs
- November 25: Dallas Cowboys vs Las Vegas Raiders
- December 2: Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints
- December 12: Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Football Team
- December 19: Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants
- December 26: Dallas Cowboys vs Washington Football Team
- January 2: Dallas Cowboys vs Arizona Cardinals
- January 9: Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles
You should be able to work out from those weekly handicap figures that Dallas is currently 5-0 against the spread (ATS) on the 2021 season.
Dallas Cowboys 2021 Draft
Dallas went into the 2021 needing badly to fix that disastrous defense, and new coordinator Quinn got the full backing of the Jones family and the Cowboy front office.
The Cowboys used their first six picks on defense, headed by Penn Stake’s Micah Parsons, the consensus best linebacker in the draft. He was followed swiftly by Kentucky CB Kelvin Joseph, who filled an area of dire need.
In all Dallas selected eight defensive players, and while not all will make the team, they should at least bring an improved showing on that side of the ball in 2021.
The Dallas Cowboys draft picks in 2021 were as follows (overall pick number in brackets):
- Round 1 (12): Micah Parsons, LB Penn State
- Round 2 (44): Kelvin Joseph, CB Kentucky
- Round 3 (75): Osa Odighizuwa, DT UCLA
- Round 3 (84): Chauncey Golston, DE Iowa
- Round 3 (99): Nahshon Wright, CB Oregon State
- Round 4 (115): Jabril Cox, LB LSU
- Round 4 (138): Josh Ball, OT Marshall
- Round 5 (179): Simi Fehoko, WR Stanford
- Round 6 (192): Quinton Bohanna, DT Kentucky
- Round 6 (227): Israel Mukuamu, CB South Carolina
- Round 7 (238): Matt Farniok, G Nebraska