|Date & Time||Thursday May 4, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
Super Bowl Odds: +900
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The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a 13-3 season, their most victories since 2007, and they discovered two rookie stars in quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. Despite falling apart in the playoffs, it was a very successful season for the Cowboys and shows serious promise for the future.
Now the question is…
Can Jason Garrett and this crew take the next step and get Dallas into the Super Bowl?
Here’s the Dallas Cowboys 2017 NFL preview.
Key Player Losses: While he didn’t play much last season, losing Tony Romo is the end of an era and guarantees Dak Prescott is the future of the Dallas Cowboys. Romo also finished his Dallas career with 34,000 passing yards and 248 touchdowns, so he is one of the top quarterbacks of this generation despite the jokes the Internet makes. Besides that, most of the Cowboys losses came on the defensive side of the ball, as Barry Church is now in Jacksonville, Brandon Carr is in Baltimore, J.J. Wilcox is in Tampa Bay, Terrell McClain is in Washington and Morris Claiborne is a New York Jet. That’s a lot of defensive production that needs to be replaced, especially in Church and Carr, two of the Cowboys top tacklers last season.
Key Player Additions: The Cowboys tried to replace a lot of those defensive players by bringing in veterans Robert Blanton, Nolan Carroll and Stephen Paea. None of those guys are jump off the page signings, but they do add depth and bing experience to a unit that had some question marks heading into the offseason. Offensively, Byron Bell has 72 starts under his belt at offensive tackle and is a valuable backup behind Chaz Green, at least for now.
Draft: The Cowboys added an immediate contributor on the defensive line in Taco Charlton, an aggressive pass rusher with great size and power who will be a difference maker sooner than later. Cornerback Chidobe Awuzie is another rookie who can play right away and also contribute on special teams. Corner Jourdan Lewis will compete for playing time right away and has great hands that make him a potential spark on defense. Wide receiver Ryan Switzer has a little Cole Beasley to his game and safety Xavier Woods is a decent tackler and can play in the box. Really solid draft for the Cowboys who added depth to key areas and snagged two possible immediate starters.
Outlook: The Dallas Cowboys haven’t won back-to-back double-digit games since 1995-96, so it’s certainly going to be interesting to see if this team can break the drought. The NFC East is no cakewalk and while last year's offensive talent is still there, we have to remember Prescott and Elliott are still kids with only one season under their belts. Things get tougher when defensive coordinators have a full offseason to scout and prepare a gameplan to slow you down. The Cowboys are rightfully the favorites to win their division and should be a legit Super Bowl contender, but the lack of recent success makes you question if this franchise can get it done. Something always goes wrong. Kind of like the Chicago Cubs. Get over the hump, then I’ll believe you. As for a play on a future bet, +900 odds is tempting and probably worth a look if you're looking to lockup odds that won't be there come November.
Sep. 10 New York Giants 7:30 PM
Sep. 17 at Denver Broncos 3:25 PM
Sep. 25 at Arizona Cardinals (Mon) 7:30 PM
Oct. 1 Los Angeles Rams 12:00 PM
Oct. 8 Green Bay Packers 3:25 PM
Oct. 15 BYE
Oct. 22 at San Francisco 49ers 3:05 PM
Oct. 29 at Washington Redskins 3:25 PM
Nov. 5 Kansas City Chiefs 3:25 PM
Nov. 12 at Atlanta Falcons 3:25 PM
Nov. 19 Philadelphia Eagles * 7:30 PM
Nov. 23 Los Angeles Chargers (Thu) 3:30 PM
Nov. 30 Washington Redskins (Thu) 7:25 PM
Dec. 10 at New York Giants 3:25 PM
Dec. 17 at Oakland Raiders * 7:30 PM
Dec. 24 Seattle Seahawks 3:25 PM
Dec. 31 at Philadelphia Eagles 12:00 PM