2019 Cowboys Season Preview & NFL Futures Lines
Looking for 2019 Dallas Cowboys predictions? We’ve got your back. Written off early, the Dallas Cowboys came on strong last season to win the NFC East. Dallas’ 7-1 second half record solidified the team’s third playoff appearance in five years. Behind a stingy defense led by Pro Bowlers Demarcus Lawrence, Byron Jones and Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas upended Seattle in the NFC Wild Card before ultimately falling to St. Louis 30-22 in Divisional playoff action.
Though, not even this success earned ninth-year Head Coach Jason Garrett an extension. And after repeatedly falling short of lofty expectations set by aging iconic owner Jerry Jones, Garrett enters 2019 in the final season of his current contract.
At 76, Jones is clamoring for another Super Bowl run. Though, with loads of prime talent returning -Dallas’ entire starting unit from last season remains intact- the Cowboys are expected to again contend for top NFC East honors.
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2019 Dallas Cowboys Predictions: Roster Changes
Roster change wasn’t a prevalent theme this offseason for the Cowboys, though America’s team made subtle tweaks. The biggest moves, however, came via a marquee re-signing and contract extension.
Dallas paid top dollar this offseason to retain its defensive anchor and give this young, upstart group a shot at making a deep playoff run. Demarcus Lawrence’s five-year $105 million contract represents the franchise’s centerpiece summer move. The boys also made waves by acquiring DE Robert Quinn for a mere sixth round draft pick. A Lawrence-Quinn tandem looks awfully good on paper, and should terrorize many NFC backfields in 2019.
With wideout Cole Beasley gone, former Pro Bowl WR Randall Cobb was brought in on the cheap as a potentially strong replacement. Rounding out Dallas’ economical offseason signees are Free Safety George Ioka, and reserve Defensive Linemen Kerry Hyder and Christian Covington -each veteran should earn coveted roster spots after navigating league trenches.
Another major decision rendered by team personnel involved the firing of Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan. Much maligned for his lack of scheme success, Linehan is replaced by a man he coached, former Cowboys backup QB Kellen Moore.
Moore’s ascension hasn’t been embraced by Cowboys nation, though only time will tell if he can improve an offense ranked 22nd from 2018.
Finally, as a locker room boost, TE Jason Witten unretired and will spend his season mentoring the team’s emerging playmakers.
Minus a first round pick due to last year’s mid-season Amari Cooper trade, Dallas carefully navigated the 2019 draft.
Selections DE Trysten Hill and versatile offensive hand Tony Pollard will spend rookie seasons learning the finer points of professional football behind talented veterans.
One such veteran includes 2018 NFL leading-rusher Ezekiel Elliot. Team brass exercised the fifth year of Elliot’s contract after the Pro Bowler carried Dallas’ offense last season, gaining 1,434 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
Elliot and Lawrence remain the heart-and-soul of the Cowboys’ offensive and defensive hopes heading into this expectation-filled campaign.
And while the Cowboy’s offseason wasn’t filled with marquee signings, it was nonetheless solid. The team retained a proven core while making slight adjustments which could push them further into the postseason spotlight this winter.
2019 Dallas Cowboys Predictions: Offense
Dallas’ offensive life begins and ends on the arm of Dak Prescott. A two-time Pro Bowler and Rookie of the Year, Prescott gained 3,885 passing yards and 22 touchdowns last season.
Further, Prescott improved his record as Dallas’ starting QB to 32-16, even without a prime receiving core most of the year. Although, a full season with Amari Cooper, and the expected emergence of Michael Gallup, should see Dallas approach 2016 passing game levels.
And as the passing game regains strides, two-time NFL rushing leader Elliot will provide three downs of dual threat action. In addition to his impressive 2018 rushing totals, Elliot hauled 77 receptions for three touchdowns.
With a stout offensive line, new offensive coordinator Moore will be expected to maximize his team’s considerable skill position talent.
Anything less could result in his mid-season removal and severely dampen win/loss total expectations.
2019 Dallas Cowboys Predictions: Defense
Defense carried an offensively inconsistent Cowboys group through peaks and troughs in 2018. And if the team’s offense makes even slight improvements, DeMarcus Lawrence and company can lead this group deep into postseason play.
Adept at the pass rush and fielding a strong secondary, Dallas ranked sixth last season in points allowed. Again, expect a young group like Dallas to only improve in the upcoming season.
If Randy Gregory returns from suspension and the rookie corps makes slight contributions, Dallas might go over their modest projected nine-game win total this season.
2019 Dallas Cowboys Handicapping: (Strengths/Weaknesses)
Dallas’ strength resides in its defense and rushing game. That factor will lead to plenty of under totals in an offensively-charged league.
Until proven otherwise, though they appear improved, offense, namely point total, stands as the Cowboy’s major weakness.
2019 Dallas Cowboys Prediction (Final Record): 9-7
Projected to finish second in the NFC East, even with the scheduling demands placed on reigning division champions, it’s still hard to conceive that this Dallas group won’t win at least nine games.
Whether this happens, though, is almost solely contingent on the team’s new offensive coordinator and subsequent offensive performance. If Prescott finds targets regularly, as he did during 2018’s second half following the Amari Cooper trade, this Cowboys group might surge to double-digit regular season wins.
That stated, season-opening contests vs. NYG, Washington and Miami (all 2018 non-playoff teams) should aid Dallas’ early momentum. However, matchups with New England, New Orleans, the Rams, Bears and two meeting vs. Philadelphia should be a trial-by-fire for Dallas’ upward mobility.
Still, expect Dallas to take a step forward, defy Vegas, and win nine or ten games while again threatening in the playoffs. Slightly undervalued, the Cowboys are prime sleeper material for futures odds.
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