The Dallas Cowboys‘ 2022-23 season may already be over.
After a pitiful performance in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, things went from bad to worse when team owner Jerry Jones revealed quarterback Dak Prescott will undergo surgery on his right thumb and miss multiple weeks of action.
So, let’s take a look at how Prescott’s injury affected the Cowboys betting odds in the futures market. Dallas fans, you might want to look away.
Dak Prescott injury: Cowboys QB to miss 6-8 weeks
It was a nightmare of a season debut for Prescott and the Cowboys. Not only did Dallas fail to score a touchdown in its 19-3 beatdown at the hands of Tom Brady and the Bucs Sunday night, but Prescott also left the game in the fourth quarter after injuring his throwing hand.
Prescott underwent surgery Monday to repair a fractured thumb, and he’ll miss 6-8 weeks of action, per a tweet from Todd Archer of ESPN.
So, it will be the Cooper Rush show in Dallas for at least the next six games. The Cowboys will play the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants, Washington Commanders, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, and Detroit Lions over that stretch. Dallas is hopeful its QB will be able to return on Oct. 30 against the Chicago Bears, but that seems to be the best-case scenario.
The Cowboys could realistically be 1-6 or 2-5 by the time Prescott returns to the field, and it might be too late at that point to make a run at a playoff spot.
Cowboys betting odds plummet after Prescott’s injury
Heading into the 2022-23 NFL season, the Cowboys were +125 favorites to win the NFC East, +850 to win the NFC, and +1800 to win the Super Bowl. Those numbers have plummeted since Sunday night.
As of Monday afternoon, the Cowboys now have the worst odds of any team to win the NFC East (+600). Dallas is +2600 to win the NFC and +4500 to win the Super Bowl. The Philadelphia Eagles were the biggest winners of Prescott’s injury news, as they’re now -150 favorites to win the NFC East, +600 to win the NFC, and +1300 to win the Super Bowl. Philly is now the second-biggest favorite to win the NFC behind only the Buccaneers.
There are still 16 games left to play, but the Cowboys are now being priced like a team that has no chance of making the playoffs in 2023. If you invested in Dallas in the futures market before the season, no one would blame you if you decided to burn those tickets.
All betting odds courtesy of FanDuel as of 9/12.
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