Cowboys' Super Bowl Odds Reflect Surprising Shift Amid Ezekiel Elliott Contract Extension

Zach Brunner
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For seemingly all preseason, both fantasy football and NFL fans have had their eyes on the Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott's contract situation. And just when the focus began shifting to the 2019 NFL season Week 1 kickoff on Thursday night, Jerry Jones and the Cowboys stole back the spotlight once again, giving Elliott a six-year, $90 million extension, with $50 million guaranteed.

While having Elliott in the backfield should make Dallas a better football team, the Cowboys' odds to win the Super Bowl have actually dropped from +2500 to +2800 over the past three days, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

It's tough to make the case that Dallas has a worse chance of winning the Super Bowl with Elliott in the backfield, but considering the Cowboy's Super Bowl odds remained steadfast +2500 from July 1 through Sept. 1, 2019, that change seems to be what the books are currently reflecting.

Elliott has been a true bell-cow running back for the Cowboys since entering the league, averaging 21.7 carries per game over his three seasons. During that same span, he has also averaged 101.2 rushing yards per game to lead one of the league's most consistent rushing attacks over the last three seasons.

Leading the odds to win the Super Bowl are the reigning champion New England Patriots, at +800. The Kansas City Chiefs (+850), New Orleans Saints (+1150), Los Angeles Rams (+1350) and Philadelphia Eagles (+1450) round out the top 5, with the Cowboys coming in with the 11th-best odds in the league.

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