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Cowboys Being Disrespected by Early Odds for 2021 NFL Season

Devon Platana
The Dallas Cowboys are being disrespected by early odds for the 2021 NFL season.
The Dallas Cowboys are being disrespected by early odds for the 2021 NFL season. / Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Wednesday was an exciting day in the football world because the full 2021 NFL season schedule was released. Now, teams will know exactly which order they'll play each of their opponents in. While Dallas Cowboys fans are excited to see what their team can do with a healthy Dak Prescott under center, some doubters aren't expecting much from America's Team this season.

FanDuel Sportsbook's early odds for the 2021 NFL season predicts that the Cowboys will likely start the new campaign 0-2. Even though their first two games are against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Chargers, respectively, you can't help but feel like it's disrespectful to pin an 0-2 start on Dallas.

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The Cowboys and Buccaneers are scheduled for a Week 1 clash in Tampa. Currently, the reigning Super Bowl Champs are 6.5-point favorites in that matchup. It's not that surprising to see the Cowboys as the underdog in this game. The Buccaneers are a well-oiled machine that managed to bring back most of their championship-winning roster. On the other hand, there are a lot of question marks for Dallas.

Meanwhile, the Chargers are even 1-point favorites to defeat the Cowboys in Week 2. These odds are more of a headscratcher, considering that Los Angeles went 7-9 last season while Dallas was 6-10 without their No. 1 signal-caller. Now, don't get it twisted: the Chargers have an exciting, young group of players, but the Cowboys have a much better squad assuming everyone is healthy to start the season. Even four months away, it seems strange to favor the Chargers.

As it stands, the Cowboys have +2800 odds to win the Super Bowl next season, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. While those odds are worse than the Buccaneers' (+650), they're certainly better than the Chargers' +3200. Maybe it's time for people to stop doubting the Cowboys by giving them the early respect that they deserve.

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