2017 Dallas Cowboys NFL Preview
The Dallas Cowboys had a phenomenal 2016 campaign by going 13-3 as quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott both set the league on its collective ear as unusually poised rookies no less.
While Elliott was expected to be a star after being drafted fourth overall, no one on the face of the planet had any idea that Prescott would not only become the starting quarterback as a rookie, but one of the most prized young signal-callers in the league today. Now, with the Cowboys looking to build on their outstanding 2016 season, let’s take a look at six of their must-bet games this season.
In Depth Analysis On The 2017 Dallas Cowboys NFL Preview
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Giants at Cowboys (-5)
If ever there was a must-bet game on Dallas’ 2017 schedule, it’s their regular season opener against a New York Giants team that swept them in their two regular season meetings a year ago. Now, while I said this was a must-bet game, I didn’t say that I liked Dallas to cover the spread. As a matter of fact, after seeing the G-Men beat the Boys twice last season, I think they’re the easy pick to cover the spread as 5-point road dogs at the very least. The Giants are a robust 6-3-1 ATS in their last 10 games against the Cowboys as a road dog of 5-points or less and I believe New York’s second-ranked defense in points allowed (17.8 ppg) will find a way to keep the final score in this contest to a field goal. Dallas wins, but Eli Manning and the Giants get the narrow cover.
Pick: Dallas 28 New York Giants 27
Cowboys at Falcons (-1)
Analysis: The Falcons may have collapsed in Super Bowl 51 against New England, but they also led the league in scoring (33.8 ppg) and look like they’ll be able to put plenty of points on the board again in 2017, if they don’t suffer too much from a Super Bowl hangover. With that said, I wouldn’t expect a lot of defense in this contest as the Falcons light up Dallas’ mediocre pass defense and the Boys do likewise against Atlanta’s overly generous pass defense. In the end, going with the Falcons to get the narrow win and cover at home.
Pick: Atlanta 30 Cowboys 28
Eagles at Cowboys (-7)
Analysis: The Cowboys will host their longtime NFC East division rivals in a contest they should win, seeing as how Philly is in a bit of a rebuilding mode and went a modest 7-9 in the first year of the Carson Wentz-Doug Pederson era. Still, with Philly going 3-0 ATS over their last three road dates as a underdog of 6.5 points and 4-1 in their last five such meetings, I say the Birds will get the cover in a divisional thriller.
Pick: Dallas 28 Philadelphia 24
Redskins at Cowboys (-7)
Analysis: The Cowboys will host a Washington Redskins team looking to get back in the playoff mix and there’s good news – if you’re a Skins fan. Washington has gone 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS in their last three road dates against Dallas. Much like their Week 11 home date against Philadelphia, I like Dallas to get the much-needed home win, but the Redskins to cover with a fine effort.
Pick: Dallas 31 Washington 27
Cowboys at Raiders (PK)
Analysis: Just like their Week 10 matchup against the Falcons, there won’t be much defense being played in this contest seeing as how Derek Carr and the Raiders finished the 2016 campaign ranked seventh in scoring (26.0 ppg) and Dallas ranked fifth in putting points on the board. The Cowboys will go all-out to get5 the win, but I like Carr and the Raiders to get the narrow road win a flat-out thriller.
Pick: Oakland 31 Dallas 27
Seahawks at Cowboys (-3)
Analysis: The Seahawks are looking to get back to being legitimate Super Bowl title hopefuls and I suspect that Russell Wilson and company may need to win this late season matchup in order to keep their hopes alive for the top seed in the NFC playoffs. Seattle may not be the team they were when they won the Super Bowl a couple of years back, but the Seahawks are still very good and are my pick to cover the spread in this Week 16 matchup, by winning outright!
Pick: Seattle 27 Dallas 21