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Breaking down early Cowboys point spreads

The Cowboys full schedule is out for the 2020 season. DraftKings Sportsbook has released point spreads for Week 1 and beyond. We break down the early odds.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott looks to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Dallas won 35-30 Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL released the 2020 schedule and the Dallas Cowboys will look to get back into playoff form with a Sunday Night Football opener at the Rams. The Cowboys are currently even money (+100) to win the NFC East, putting them just ahead of the +140 Eagles. Their preseason win total is installed at 9.5 with -134 odds on the over and +110 odds on the under.

DraftKings Sportsbook posted all the Week 1 point spreads the evening of the schedule release, and they have since added nearly 100 additional games throughout the season. DK does big business in New Jersey and Colorado, so it is no surprise they have all 16 lines for the Giants, Jets, Eagles, and Broncos. However, they have multiple lines for other teams as well. For the Cowboys, we get five additional lines, including a big home game against the Steelers midway through the season.

Point spreads

Week 1: @ Rams (-2.5)
Week 5: vs. Giants (-7.5)
Week 8: @ Eagles (+2.5)
Week 9: vs. Steelers (-3.5)
Week 12: vs. Washington (-8)
Week 16: vs. Eagles (-3.5)

Most likely cover

The Cowboys’ best chance to cover should be against Washington at -8 in Week 12. Dallas beat Washington by an average of 19.5 points last season and could be even more formidable on offense this season. Washington upgraded its defensive line by adding Chase Young through the draft, but needs to fill multiple starting spots in the secondary. Having to defend against one of the best receiving corps in the NFL will be difficult, but Dallas’ ground game will also be a major factor. The odds are stacked in favor of Dallas. It has a young quarterback on the rise in Dak Prescott, a top-notch running back in Ezekiel Elliott, and a group of wideouts that includes Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb.

Most likely fail to cover

The Cowboys and Eagles have been jockeying for control of the NFC East for some time now, but Philadelphia has upgraded its secondary while Dallas has lost its top cornerback. Even though Dallas swept the series last season, both its wins were in one-score games. A Week 16 matchup at -3.5 might be tough with a much better group of defensive backs on the Philadelphia side.

Line most likely to change

One wild card to look out for is the Steelers at -3.5. It’s unclear what Ben Roethlisberger will look like returning from injury, and Pittsburgh managed to finish 8-8 without him last season. If he returns to his usual levels of production, Heinz Field could present a challenge.

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