"8.5 wins? You must be joking!"
The 2012 NFL season is just around the corner, so this is a good time to take a final look at how Vegas sees the coming season unfolding.
The Vegas bookmakers are not high on the Dallas Cowboys this year, and currently have the over/under for the Cowboys set at 8.5. That win total wouldn't just have the Cowboys out of the playoffs, but would also have them finishing third in the division behind the Eagles (10.5 wins) and Giants (9.5 wins), but ahead of the Redskins (6.5).
You followed the Cowboys through OTAs, minicamps and training camp. You've watched the preseason games and formed an opinion of the strengths and weaknesses of the 2012 team. Are you optimistic enough about the Cowboys' chances this year that you would take the over on those 8.5 wins? Or are you picking the under?
You can look up the projected win totals for all 32 teams at sportsbook.com individually, or you find out after the break how the individual odds combine into divisional standings for all 32 teams.
The Packers and Patriots sit at the top of these odds with 12 wins each, with Green Bay favored slightly over New England. The second tier of teams at around 10 wins is made up largely of last year's playoff participants. Given the fact that the playoff teams churn by about 50% every year, there are bound to be some teams coming up short this year. Will the Cowboys be one of the teams to profit from this trend this year?