Can 2007 Cowboys Defy the Oddsmakers?
by Allen Eastman - 06/02/2007
Football is my favorite (and most profitable) time of the year. In just a few weeks, training camps will be open. Then August rolls around and it's time for the NFL exhibition season. Before you know it, the regular season is here and the REAL fun begins.
With the NFL Draft behind us, I thought I'd preview some of the conferences and see what kind of odds various teams are getting heading into the new season.
I'll start this week looking at a team that has broken many a football fan's heart: the Dallas Cowboys.
Dallas hired Wade Phillips as their new coach but the team still has the biggest ingrate in football in. Terrell Owens (honorable mention to Randy Moss). T.O.should exhibit more self-control then he did when Bill Parcells was coach, but he can bring a team down in a hurry with his worn-out act.
ODDS TO WIN THE SUPER BOWL: 20-1
ODDS TO WIN THE NFC TITLE 6-1
ODDS TO WIN THE NFC EAST 9-5
The Cowboys suffered through what seemed to be a never-ending off-season dealing with the departure of The Tuna and adding a new coaching staff very late in the process. Gone is Drew Bledsoe, who gives way to another old quarterback, Brad Johnson. He'll serve as the backup to Tony Romo, who had his own devils to deal with after his botched hold on a field goal that would have sent the Boys into the second round of last season's NFL playoffs. To summarize, Phillips makes a darn good assistant coach. His experience and success has been on defense and I don't think Dallas has improved their D enough, either through the draft or free agency. Philips doesn't exactly bring a bevy of excitement or success to the job, but he inherits a decent team. The defense will define the Cowboys season. As for me, I see Dallas as a middle-of-the-pack team not worthy of the very generous odds.