Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl 50 Odds Analysis
2014 Season in Review
The GoodThe Cowboys (12-4 SU, 10-6 ATS, 9-6-1 O/U) got a series of stellar campaigns from several of their key core players, including running back DeMarco Murray, wide receiver Dez Bryant and the entire offensive line. The ‘Boys finished the 2014 regular season ranked seventh in total offense, including a spectacular second in rushing (147.1 ypg) as Murray led the entire league with an eye-opening 1,845 yards and a fine 4.6-yards-per-carry average. Bryant finished eighth in receiving yards (1,320) and second in touchdowns scored (16) while Murray also finished seventh in touchdowns scored with 13. Dallas played standout defense against the run this past season, finishing eighth in rushing yards allowed while also putting up a stellar 29.2 points per game (fifth). The Cowboys also experienced some stability within its coaching ranks with head coach Jason Garrett earning a new deal and both, offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli cementing their respective positions with the franchise.
The BadThe Cowboys also had their fair share of ‘bad’ in 2014, finishing a mediocre 16th in passing, and 19th in total defense (355.1 ypg).
The UglyDallas’ pass defense was downright ‘ugly’ with the NFC East champions ranking an uninspiring 26th against the pass (251.9 ypg). If the Cowboys are serious about taking the next step toward being a legitimate Super Bowl contender, they need to address this issue before they meet up with the likes of teams like Philly or New Orleans.
Let’s take a look at the Cowboys’ statistics from this past season.
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Defensive LineSince parting ways with former franchise stalwart DeMarcus Ware a couple of seasons ago, the Cowboys have been in need of defensive line help in the worst way. The Boys’ need a couple of speed pass rushers that can cause havoc and semi-consistently win one-on-one matchups – much like Ware did in becoming the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks. Dallas could part ways with underachieving starters Tyrone Crawford and Jeremy Mincey and Nick Hayden while keeping George Selvie as a starter at left end. Ironically, the Cowboys do have another DeMarcus (Lawrence) that looks like he has the ability to become the team’s best pass rusher in 2015 and the foreseeable future. Still, the Cowboys need at least three new starters along the defensive line if you ask me.
Defensive BackfieldI don’t know how else to say it, but Dallas’ defensive backfield is so bad that it makes their underachieving conference counterparts in Philadelphia actually look competent – and believe me – that’s hard to accomplish. The point is, Dallas could use help at all four defensive backfield positions and probably three new starters. Brandon Carr was clearly mediocre at cornerback in 2014 and fellow corners, Morris Claiborne and Sterling Moore are both set to hit free agency, though I’m not sure the Cowboys will try to retain either average player.
Everson Walls thinks Morris Claiborne can still be … #DALCowboys #CowboysNation http://t.co/BOW6x5dozN pic.twitter.com/bnmXCI5Z2U — Cowboys Report (@cowboys_fanly) March 13, 2015While I suspect that the Cowboys will bring back one or two starters from their defensive backfield, I wouldn’t necessarily be surprised if Dallas had two new starting cornerbacks and one safety in 2015 with second-year safety J.J. Wilcox being the only safe bet to return.