The beginning of the 2021 regular season is nearly upon us. In a little over five months this year's champion will be crowned at Super Bowl LVI in Inglewood, CA. Based on current betting odds, the Dallas Cowboys are only given the seventh-best chance of winning the big game among all NFC teams.
With only +2800 odds according to this recent model, Dallas is near the middle of the pack with the 14th best odds of all NFL teams. The six NFC teams ahead of them are the Buccaneers, Rams, 49ers, Saints, and Seahawks.
At the very least, the Cowboys are still seen as heavy favorites to represent the NFC East in the playoffs. Washington is only 24th on the NFL list and tied for 10th among NFC teams. The Eagles and Giants are just hovering above the bottom.
Getting to the tournament is critical and something the Cowboys haven't done since 2018. And now with seven teams making the playoffs from each conference, the chances of that happening are slightly better than the last two decades of despair.
But obviously, the bar for success in Dallas is higher than playoff appearances. Hiring Mike McCarthy was supposed to be what pushed this organization past Jason Garrett's greatest hits and to something bigger.
Many are optimistic about this year thanks to a renovated defense and the returns of Dak Prescott, Tyron Smith, and other key players from injury. But unfortunately for the Texas chapter of Cowboys fans, putting your money where your hope is may not be legal for another year after lawmakers missed the 2021 deadline. You'll have to take a road trip into a neighboring state if you want to get in on the action.
Finally seeing that sixth Lombardi Trophy added to the case will be reward enough for any true member of Cowboys Nation. We're still in the time of year for peak excitement, and hopefully this team is going to keep fueling that fire once the real action begins!