Well, the 2020 NFL season is officially over. On Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers bested the Kansas City Chiefs in what turned out to be a blowout win in Super Bowl LV. Some things never change, and Tom Brady winning Super Bowls seems to be one of those things. But as Dallas Cowboys’ fans, we’re ready to move on from a heartbreaking season. In fact, speaking of Brady and championship rings, let’s move on in true Bill Belichick fashion:

“We’re on to Super Bowl LVI.”

Sure, first we have to go through free agency, the Draft, and much more. But it’s never too early to take a look at next season’s Super Bowl odds. As the Cowboys continue negotiations with Quarterback Dak Prescott, it’s tough to know where this team will stand in 2021.

With Prescott under center, the Cowboys might have one of the NFL’s finest offenses. But not knowing what the relationship will be between the quarterback and the front office is cause for concern.

When it comes to the defense, the Cowboys clearly need plenty of upgrades. They boasted one of the worst defenses in franchise history in 2020 and ended up firing Mike Nolan after the season. With a Top 10 pick, the Cowboys will aim to right the ship in 2021. The good news is, they don’t even need an elite defense. Even if it’s just good enough to let the offense win games, Dallas will be in a comfortable position.

Having said that, I was surprised at the Super Bowl LVI betting odds for the Dallas Cowboys. I expected Las Vegas – or should I say New Jersey? – to think more of this football team.

According to TheLines.com, the Cowboys have the 15th best odds of winning the Super Bowl, tied with the New England Patriots. They actually rank 7th among NFC teams:

  1.  GB Packers +900
  2. TB Buccaneers +900
  3. LA Rams +1200
  4. SF 49ers +1400
  5. NO Saints +1700
  6. SEA Seahawks +2200
  7. DAL Cowboys +3000

I was definitely surprised to see the Saints and the 49ers ahead of the Cowboys, given the reports about Drew Brees retiring and the fact that we’re not even sure if Jimmy Garoppolo will remain in San Francisco.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how and why the NFC is wide open with a few teams taking a step back and how the Cowboys had to take advantage of that opportunity. But the oddsmakers clearly have different expectations for the 2021 Dallas Cowboys.

There are a lot of things the Cowboys must do in order to prove them wrong. And it starts by making sure they extend Dak Prescott and upgrading the defense in the offseason both through free agency and through the Draft.

And that will only be the beginning.

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