Cowboys Favorites to Represent NFC in the Super BowlPosted by: Mike Davis
The Detroit Lions could have clinched the NFC North by simply winning the remaining games on their 2016 schedule. This past online NFL gambling weekend, the sportsbooks had the Lions pegged as the underdogs against the New York Giants. Unfortunately for Detroit, the Lions were unable to deliver on the upset and ended up succumbing to New York 17-6. Had Detroit won it would’ve been all but smooth sailing to lock up the North. But with that the loss the Green Bay Packers have now come within 1-game of the Lions. As fate would have it, Detroit will have to face the Packers in Week17 and there is no doubt that that contest will ultimately determine the fate of the NFC North. But first Detroit will have to prove their merit against the NFC Super Bowl favorite.
In Week 16 the 9-5 Lions will travel to Texas to face off against the 10-2 Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. This past weekend the Cowboys beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-20 to bounce back from their loss against the New York Giants the week before. Additionally, Dallas was able to clinch a playoff berth. But since the Lions are dangerously close to losing the North, what will most sportsbooks have to say about Detroit’s chances against the Cowboys?
NFL Odds – Week 16 – Monday, December 26th
Dallas Cowboys -7 (-115) 42½ (-110)
With the Cowboys being the frontrunners to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, seeing the odds favor Dallas is more than expected. The success the Cowboys have enjoyed this season was unanticipated, but seeing Detroit being in contention for a playoff berth is even more unprecedented. At the start of the season, the Lions had even worse odds to win the division than the Bears, and we’ve all seen how Chicago’s season has unfolded. But this Sunday, Detroit will look to earn their playoff spot while Dallas will be vying to come one step closer to clinching home field advantage throughout the postseason.
Unlike Detroit, whose success has been founded on Matt Stafford’s 4th-quarter prowess, Dallas is an all-around talented team. From having one of the biggest and best offensive lines in the league, to having two rookies in contention for the Rookie of the Year award, one of which is in contention for the MVP, as well as the NFL’s best rushing defense. Behind those favorable traits, it’s easy to understand how Dallas has achieved their stellar record.
Now that Dallas has clinched a playoff berth, the focus of the Cowboys will begin to shift more and more towards the Super Bowl. It’ll be interesting to see how both Ezekiel Elliot and Dak Prescott will fare in the playoffs, but week in and week out both those rookies haven’t failed to disappoint. It’s certainly an exciting time to be a Cowboys’ fan, as this will mark the first postseason in several years that Dallas hasn’t had Romo as their quarterback. Either way, the Cowboys are the sportsbook favorites in this Sunday’s contest, and that likely won’t change in the postseason.