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Super Bowl Prediction
by ASA - 09/03/2008
To win the Super Bowl - Play on Dallas (+350)
The last two years the Cowboys have been one postseason collapse away from a possible Super Bowl appearance. After going 9-7 in 2006 and fallÂ¬ing in the playoffs following Tony Romoâ€™s fumbled extra-point hold, the Cowboys bounced back and finished 2007 with an NFC-best 13-3 record. The home-field advantage they earned didnâ€™t last for long. The Giants ended the Cowboysâ€™ dream seaÂ¬son, upsetting Dallas 21-17 in the second round.
With the NFC still being inferior to the AFC, it is no doubt that the Cowboys will be among the best again in 2008. The AFC has a bunch of teams that could contend for a Super Bowl bid with the Patriots, Chargers, Colts, Jaguars, Steelers and even the Titans and Browns all capable of earning the AFCâ€™s Super Bowl bid. The Cowboys are head and shoulders above the rest of the field in the NFC, with only the Giants and Seahawks as likely teams to give the Cowboys a run for their money. Look for Dallas to get past its previous postseason jinxes and advance to the Super Bowl.
The Cowboys, who sent 13 players to the Pro Bowl last season, had no key departures and will only benefit from another year of experience together. They also added talented, yet often injured lineÂ¬backer Zach Thomas, to their corps, and troubled defensive back/returner Pacman Jones. With his re-instatement, and if keeps his head on straight, Jones adds another dimension to an already potent defense and gives the Cowpokes a special teams edge. Dallas cut running back Julius Jones but quickly reÂ¬placed him with a very talented rookie out of ArÂ¬kansas, Felix Jones.
Combine all of that with a quarterback who has gained the respect of all of his teammates, a bowling ball running back who never seems to go down on first contact, a wide receiver who always silences his critics and a defense that has no holes, and youâ€™ve got yourself a serious juggernaut.
Look for the experience and talent to come up big and for the Cowboys to come out on top of a weak NFC. Watch them show up for Super Bowl XLIII on Feb. 1.