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Opening odds for Super Bowl LVI have the Dallas Cowboys tied for the fifth-best

Are these fair to the Cowboys?

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There is one game standing between now and the entire National Football League being focused on the 2021 season, but ultimately, only two teams have concerns that aren’t the future right now.

It is the hope of all Dallas Cowboys fans that our team will find themselves competing for football’s ultimate prize next year like the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be doing on Sunday. In order to get there, they will have to make a lot of changes and, shocker here, win a lot of football games. The jury is still out on how possible we all think that is.

What about how possible the oddsmakers think is is, though? The 2020 season is finally about to reach its conclusion which means that the next goal will be Super Bowl LVI. Are the Cowboys legitimate contenders for it?

Opening odds for Super Bowl LVI have the Dallas Cowboys tied for the fifth-best

The folks over at BetOnline released Super Bowl odds for next year’s “big game” this week and in absolutely no surprise the Kansas City Chiefs are favored to win it. Should they win on Sunday then KC will be looking to make NFL history and be the first team to ever win three Super Bowls in a row, a fate the 1994 Dallas Cowboys couldn’t achieve.

Where does the current version of America’s Team rank in Super Bowl LVI odds? They are not quite the middle of the road and are among the highest of non-playoff teams this year. The Cowboys are tied for the fifth-best odds.

Kansas City Chiefs 5/1

Buffalo Bills 12/1

Green Bay Packers 12/1

Los Angeles Rams 12/1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12/1

San Francisco 49ers 14/1

Baltimore Ravens 20/1

Cleveland Browns 20/1

Miami Dolphins 20/1

Seattle Seahawks 20/1

Dallas Cowboys 22/1

Los Angeles Chargers 22/1

New England Patriots 25/1

New Orleans Saints 25/1

Tennessee Titans 28/1

Arizona Cardinals 33/1

Indianapolis Colts 33/1

Pittsburgh Steelers 33/1

Philadelphia Eagles 40/1

Atlanta Falcons 50/1

Carolina Panthers 50/1

Chicago Bears 50/1

Houston Texans 50/1

Las Vegas Raiders 50/1

Minnesota Vikings 50/1

New York Giants 66/1

Washington Football Team 66/1

Cincinnati Bengals 75/1

Denver Broncos 75/1

Detroit Lions 75/1

Jacksonville Jaguars 75/1

New York Jets 75/1

As the old saying goes the easiest path to the playoffs is to win your division. You will note that the Cowboys have a sizable gap between them and the closest NFC East team as far as these odds are concerned. That doesn’t prove anything obviously, but it does show what prognosticators think next year’s version of the division, or at least what they think others think, which is the point in making odds.

Of teams that missed the playoffs this season, only last year’s NFC Champions, the San Francisco 49ers, have better odds to win Super Bowl LVI than the Cowboys (the Miami Dolphins have the same odds). Like Washington in the division, what happens to San Francisco at the quarterback position this offseason could obviously change this dramatically.

Would you take these odds for the Cowboys?

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