Dallas Cowboys 2013 Season Win Total Outlook & Projection:
2013 Dallas Cowboys Las Vegas Season Win Total Line;
As of this writing, oddsmakers have the 2013
regular season win total line
for the Dallas Cowboys set at 8.5 wins.
This represents an increase of 1/2 win from the Cowboys'
past season mark of (8-8)... 8.5 is also the identical
season win total line oddsmakers set coming into last season.
Some of the factors affecting this season's line are; weakness at offensive
line which Dallas hopes to have partially addressed in the draft with C Travis Frederick,
questions at safety, and uncertainty at running back
with Murray's injury woes... Furthermore, the Cowboys allowed 24 more points than they scored
last season, part of which can be attributed to injuries on defense.
In an effort to address their defensive woes,
the Cowboys hired Monte Kiffin and switched their defensive philosophy to the 4-3,
and Tampa 2, which may be a better fit for their talent pool.
Unfortunately Jay Ratliff has since been put on the PUP list.
On the plus side,
the Cowboys will face
an easier schedule on paper compared to a season ago;
with their opponents'
winning percentage checking in at .480 compared to .504.
In 2013 the Cowboys will play just 5 games versus teams that made the postseason last year.
This is a decrease of 2 such games compared to a season ago.
As you can see, 4 of the 5 contests versus returning playoff squads are all home games.
Quite fortunate indeed.
Additional contests versus quality opponents include;
NY Giants in week 1, @New Orleans in week 10, @NY Giants in week 10, @Chicago in week 14.
Other possibly competitive matchups include;
@Kansas City in week 2 (QB upgrade with Alex Smith), St. Louis in week 3 (the Rams went 4-1-1 playing in a division with San Francisco
& Seattle), @Detroit in week 8 (could bounce back from disappointing campaign,
and we'll throw the road game @Philadelphia in week 7 into the mix.
In 2013 we project the Cowboys to go (9-7), topping the
Vegas season win total of 8.5 games... We see a possible hot start for the Cowboys
out of the gate. But we're uncertain they will close the same way with trips to Chicago & Washington
near the end of the season, not to mention a home tilt with Green Bay.
However, if the Cowboys show enough defensive improvement,
there could be some nice upside to this projection.
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