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2012 NFL Over/Under Win Totals: Cowboys Set At 8.5 Wins

"<em>8.5 wins? You must be joking!</em>"
"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 individually, or you find out after the break how the individual odds combine into divisional standings for all 32 teams.

National Football Conference
NFC East Proj. Wins
Philadelphia Eagles 10.5
New York Giants 9.5
Dallas Cowboys 8.5
Washington Redskins 6.5
NFC North Proj. Wins
Green Bay Packers 12
Detroit Lions 9.5
Chicago Bears 9.5
Minnesota Vikings 6
NFC South Proj. Wins
Atlanta Falcons 9.5
New Orleans Saints 9.5
Carolina Panthers 7.5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6
NFC West Proj. Wins
San Francisco 49ers 10
Arizona Cardinals 6.5
Seattle Seahawks 7
St. Louis Rams 6
American Football Conference
AFC East Proj. Wins
New England Patriots 12
New York Jets 8.5
Miami Dolphins 7
Buffalo Bills 7.5
AFC North Proj. Wins
Baltimore Ravens 10
Pittsburgh Steelers 10
Cincinnati Bengals 8.5
Cleveland Browns 5.5
AFC South Proj. Wins
Houston Texans 10
Tennessee Titans 7
Jacksonville Jaguars 5.5
Indianapolis Colts 5
AFC West Proj. Wins
Denver Broncos 9
San Diego Chargers 9
Kansas City Chiefs 8
Oakland Raiders 7

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?

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