The story of the Dallas Cowboys organization is filled with a rich and colorful history.
Before being officially named the Cowboys on March 19, 1960, the team was called the Dallas Rangers but was changed to avoid confusion with the Dallas Rangers baseball team.
That first season was one to forget, as the team didn’t win a single game.
But since then, the Cowboys have won five Super Bowls and have become the most valuable franchise in all of sports, with an estimated worth of $5.5 billion.
Current Roster for the Dallas Cowboys
On January 7, Owner, President, and General Manager, Jerry Jones, shook things up and hired Mike McCarthy, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, as the new Head Coach.
Kellen Moore will be the Offensive Coordinator to start the year, and Mike Nolan will be the Defensive Coordinator.
Entering his fifth NFL season, Dak Prescott will retain his role as the starting quarterback. Although Dallas only finished with eight wins in 2019, Prescott had a career year with 4,902 passing yards and 30 touchdowns passes.
Backing him up will be veteran Andy Dalton.
At running back, Ezekiel Elliott will hope to add another 1,000-yard rushing campaign to his resume after recording 1,434 rushing yards in 2018 and 1,357 rushing yards in 2019. He has some of the best hands in the league for a running back, catching 55 passes for 420 yards last year.
Tony Pollard is also expected to have a few carries each game.
Dallas is stacked at the wide receiver position, giving Prescott plenty of weapons with Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and rookie CeeDee Lamb. Tight end Blake Jarwin will also serve as a nice red-zone target at 6-foot-5, 246 pounds.
Some of the leaders on the defensive side of the ball for Dallas this year will be DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch. and Xavier Woods.
Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl Championships
From 1967 to 2019, the Cowboys won a total of five Super Bowls.
In 1972, Dallas defeated the Miami Dolphins 24-3 to win their first championship. Six years later, Dallas bested the Denver Broncos 27-10 for a second Super Bowl win.
The Cowboys went through a bit of a lull in the 1980s, but they returned strong in the 1990s, winning championships in 1993, 1994, and 1996.
Famous Dallas Cowboys Players
Former quarterback Troy Aikman is one of the most famous players in franchise history, finishing his career with 94 wins, 3 Super Bowl victories, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Aside from winning two Super Bowls with the Cowboys, former defensive back Deion Sanders also made an appearance in the 1992 World Series. Since retiring, he became an analyst for the NFL Network, CBS Sports, and Barstool Sports.
Former wide receiver Michael Irvin won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys, and he showcased his dominance at the position in 1996 with 111 receptions, 1,603 receiving yards, and 10 touchdown catches. Irvin showed off his footwork off the field on Dancing with the Stars in 2009, and he’s currently an analyst for NFL Network.
Emmitt Smith is another three-time Super Bowl winner, rushing for 18,355 yards in his 15-year career. After he retired, Smith focused on the business world, launching a new career as a real estate developer and co-owner of a men’s grooming and lifestyle club.
Odds for the Dallas Cowboys to Win the Super Bowl
Dallas has the sixth-best odds (+1700) to win the Super Bowl in 2020, according to FanDuel.
The Kansas City Chiefs (+650), Baltimore Ravens (+700), San Francisco 49ers (+900), New Orleans Saints (+1200), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1500) are all ahead of Dallas.
In Week 1 of the 2020 season, the Cowboys (-122) are favorites to beat the Los Angeles Rams (+104).
Dallas Cowboys Betting Preview
The Dallas Cowboys started hot in 2019 by winning their first three games but came back to earth, losing their next three. Despite that, they atop the division after 10 games.
A 2-4 mark over their final six sent them tumbling to an 8-8 record and one game behind the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East standings. The poor finish snapped Dallas’ three-year run of winning regular seasons.
Key offseason moves
A new era has begun in Dallas with longtime Packers head coach Mike McCarthy replacing Jason Garrett, who did not have his contract renewed after his ninth season with the Cowboys.
Based on McCarthy’s track record (eight consecutive playoff berths with Green Bay) and the Cowboys’ ultra-talented roster, expectations are as high as they can be for a first-year head coach. Having an owner as insistent on winning as Jerry Jones adds to those expectations.
While Dallas has a new head coach, it retained offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and gave him at least one more talented skill player to work with by picking Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb at No. 17 overall in the draft.
The Cowboys needed more help on defense, but when Lamb fell to them they jumped at the opportunity to add to their already strong pass-catching core, led by Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. Lamb was a dynamite big play weapon for the Sooners, and he should have ample opportunity to contribute immediately with the Cowboys.
While drafting a high-end wide receiver was a luxury, making a number of moves to improve the defense was a necessity.
Because Dallas lost shutdown corner Byron Jones in free agency, drafting a corner in early appeared to be the plan. The Cowboys drafted Alabama CB Trevon Diggs in the second round and Tulsa CB Reggie Robinson II in the fourth round.
Diggs could start immediately, and Robinson is expected to fill a backup role after being moved to safety late in training camp.
Dallas thought it had recovered nicely to fill a hole on the defensive line after losing Maliek Collins to free agency by signing two players from the Carolina Panthers - Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe. While Poe remains on the team and is expected to start at tackle, McCoy suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury and was released from his three-year contract.
The Cowboys also thought they had upgraded the safety position when they signed Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to a one-year deal, but they've since cut him.
Top 3 players
RB Ezekiel Elliott
Player props at DraftKings and FanDuel
MVP: DK (+10,000); FD (+6500)
Rushing yards: DK (1,275.5); FD (None)
Rushing/Receiving yards: DK (1,725.5); FD (1,734.5)
Rush TDs: DK (9.5); FD (None)
Rushing/Receiving TDs: DK (None); FD (12.5)
Most regular season rush yards: FD (+950)
Outlook: Elliott has led the NFL in rushing yards two times in his first four seasons, so he is as dependable as they come. He did not lead the league last year but still had 1,357 yards. He’s steady in the passing game, too, with 131 receptions and 987 receiving yards over the last two seasons. Elliott had nine games last season with at least 100 yards from scrimmage, and he scored 14 touchdowns. The Cowboys’ offense should be one of the NFL’s best again this season, so expect Elliott to be among the elite running backs yet again.
Elliott has eclipsed 1,275.5 rushing yards in three of his four seasons and he did so in easy fashion. The only time he didn't, he missed six games. He has surpassed 12.5 touchdowns twice and led the league in rushing twice. Betting over on his yardage totals seems like the best bets.
QB Dak Prescott
Player props at DraftKings and FanDuel
MVP: DK (+1400); FD (+1200)
Passing yards: DK (4,275.5); FD (4,319.5)
Pass TDs: DK (27.5); FD (27.5)
Outlook: In his fourth season, Prescott blew away his previous career bests and moved into elite territory. His 4,902 passing yards last year were more than 1,000 more than his previous career-high. His 30 passing touchdowns were seven more than his previous career-high. Those drastic improvements came in the Kellen Moore’s first season as offensive coordinator, and Moore returns in the same role this season. Elliott returns as the lead runner, as do Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup as the top pass catchers. Add rookie CeeDee Lamb to that group, and Prescott has the most talented group of skill players he’s had in his young career.
Even if you don't see Prescott matching last season's career-high of 4,902 passing yards, it's hard not to expect him to eclipse the passing yardage totals listed by DraftKings and FanDuel. It would be difficult to bet the under on touchdown passes, too, because this offense will be so good you'll be sweating every week.
As for MVP, voters seem to favor new players so why not take a shot on a quarterback on one of the league's top offenses?
WR Amari Cooper
Player props at DraftKings and FanDuel
MVP: DK (None); FD (+20,000)
Receiving yards: DK (1,050.5); FD (999.5)
Receiving TDs: DK (6.5)
Lead league in receiving yards: DK (None); FD (+3300)
Outlook: It’s no surprise that Cooper’s career year in 2019 coincided with Prescott’s. Cooper had 1,189 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns, and there is no reason to believe those statistics have to be his ceiling. The addition of CeeDee Lamb should create more opportunities for Cooper to get open, and growing chemistry with Prescott should create more trust. Cooper is always a threat for a monster game, too. Each of the last three seasons he has had one game in which he had at least 200 yards receiving.
Cooper has caught more than 6.5 touchdown passes each of the last three seasons, and this season he'll be playing in a better offense. Both receiving yardage totals seem like good over bets, too. He has eclipsed 1,000 yards three of the last four years and went way over 1,050.5 last year by tallying 1,189.
Regular season win Total (9.5 at DraftKings and 9.5 at FanDuel)
The over is heavily juiced at both web sites. The Cowboys have the same win total as division foe Philadelphia at FanDuel. Philadelphia is 9.0 at DraftKings. The expectations are too high for this team to win fewer than 10 games so it's better to bet the over than the under.
Odds to win Division (-121 at DraftKings and -130 at FanDuel)
If the Cowboys’ recent pattern continues, they are due to win the division title this year. They won it in the last three even-numbered years (2018, 2016, 2014). They finished second in 2019 and 2017. Both sites have pretty good prices for a team this talented to win the division.
Odds to Win Super Bowl (+1500 at DraftKings and +1500 at FanDuel)
Cowboys fans used to the success from the 1990s have been starved of a championship for the last 24 years. They are on the shortlist of favorites this year, coming in with the sixth-best odds to lift the trophy. The five teams ahead of them on DraftKings are the Chiefs, Ravens, 49ers, Saints, and Buccaneers. When you consider that the favorites are as low as +600, the Cowboys' price seems pretty juicy.
The Cowboys were so talented last season that their two three-game losing streaks were head-scratchers. Five of their eight losses came against playoff teams, but losses to the Jets and Bears were unacceptable.
A little bit of consistency will go a long way for Dallas in 2020, and perhaps a new direction in the form of new head coach McCarthy is just what they need to become a Super Bowl contender. McCarthy knows all about what it takes to keep a team in the upper echelon of the NFL so it’s a safe bet to assume the Cowboys will get back to that point.
Expect Dallas to be one of the top two teams in the division and to be a legitimate threat to win the NFC. There is too much promise surrounding this team to pick it to win fewer than 9.5 games.