Can’t say we recommend the Cowboys repeating as NFC East champions because no team has done that, amazingly, since the Philadelphia Eagles won four straight.
The Dallas Cowboys are considered America’s Team, and there’s no question that they are the most popular team in the NFL in Canada, the USA and worldwide. If you were to look at the top-five most-watched or wagered regular-season games from 2018 (or most years), the Cowboys – the most valuable team in the world at around $5 billion (U.S.) — will be involved in most. People either love or hate them and there’s no middle ground.
Most teams this popular are championship contenders every year, but Dallas hasn’t even reached an NFC Championship Game since winning the franchise’s last Super Bowl following the 1995 season. Last year, the Cowboys finished 10-6 and won the NFC East for the second time in three seasons but once again lost in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Dallas Cowboys Acquisitions and Transactions
Dallas was very quiet this off-season in terms of big-ticket additions because owner/GM Jerry Jones knew he had to re-sign his top three skill position players: Quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott and receiver Amari Cooper. As of this writing, none have gotten a long-term deal. Jones did get Prescott a couple of weapons in former Packers receiver Randall Cobb and in future Hall of Fame tight end Jason Witten. He spent last year in the ESPN Monday Night Football booth (and wasn’t very good at it) before deciding to unretire.
Dallas also traded for Miami defensive end Robert Quinn, but he’ll be suspended the first two regular-season games for violating the NFL’s banned substance policy. It seems every year the Cowboys have at least a couple of top defensive linemen suspended to start a season.
Dallas Cowboys 2019 NFL Schedule
Dallas is tied for the 14th-toughest schedule in the NFL with its opponents combining for a .504 winning percentage last season. Interestingly, the Cowboys don’t play back-to-back home games once in 2019. All times in ET.
Week 1 (Sept. 8): vs. NY Giants, 4:25 p.m. (Fox)
Week 2 (Sept. 15): at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. (Fox)
Week 3 (Sept. 22): vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (Fox)
Week 4 (Sept. 29): at New Orleans Saints, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Week 5 (Oct. 6): vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m. (Fox)
Week 6 (Oct. 13): at NY Jets, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Week 7 (Oct. 20): vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Week 8: BYE
Week 9 (Nov. 4): at NY Giants, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Week 10 (Nov. 10): vs. Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Week 11 (Nov. 17): at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. (Fox)
Week 12 (Nov. 24): at New England Patriots, 4:25 p.m. (Fox)
Week 13 (Nov. 28): vs. Buffalo Bills, 4:30 p.m. (CBS)
Week 14 (Dec. 5): at Chicago Bears, 8:20 p.m. (Fox, NFL Network)
Week 15 (Dec. 15): vs. LA Rams, 4:25 p.m. (Fox)
Week 16 (Dec. 22): at Philadelphia Eagles, 4:25 p.m. (Fox)
Week 17 (Dec. 29): vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. (Fox)
Dallas Cowboys NFL Betting and Odds
The Cowboys were a terrific home team last year at 7-1 but were 3-5 on the road; they also won their lone home playoff game (vs. Seattle) but lost their lone road one (at the Rams). We are going to assume that Elliott doesn’t hold out into the regular season or miss it entirely as he has threatened. Jones is too shrewd a businessman and too hell-bent on winning a Super Bowl to not get a deal done with arguably the NFL’s top running back.
The Cowboys are the rare team in the NFL where their quarterback isn’t the most important player on offence – it’s definitely Elliott with Dallas. Prescott’s numbers plummet when Elliott doesn’t play. Dallas has a win total of 8.5, with the over a slight -158 favourite. The Cowboys are -120 to make the playoffs and -115 to miss. They are +130 to win the division.
Dallas Cowboys Prediction
Can’t say we recommend the Cowboys repeating as NFC East champions because no team has done that, amazingly, since the Philadelphia Eagles won four straight from 2001-04 – Philly would be our division choice this year as well. The Dallas defence should be very good, led by one of the NFL’s best linebacking duos in youngsters Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch. However, outside of Cooper there are few weapons for Prescott and it’s not likely that Cooper sets the world on fire like he did in 2018 after being acquired from Oakland. If Elliott goes down injured or does hold out, this team is in HUGE trouble. Dallas finishes 8-8 and misses the playoffs. That gets coach Jason Garrett fired.