NFL Playoff Picture: Oddsmakers Would Favor Cowboys Over Raiders in Super Bowl

A Cowboys-Raiders Super Bowl would be one for the ages. But, who would be favored? weighs in with its pointspread.


The Oakland Raiders facing the Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl would set the Internet ablaze.

The Oakland Raiders (10-3, second in the AFC West) haven't been to the Big Game since the 2002 season when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers handled them, 48-21. Their 27.5 points per game is fifth in the NFL and they feature a young stable of dynamic players including Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, and Khalil Mack.

Despite a loss on Thursday night to the division-leading Kansas City Chiefs, the Raiders still boast one of the best records in the NFL.

The Dallas Cowboys (11-1, first in the NFC East) lost Tony Romo before the season, and have rookies starting at quarterback and running back. Still, behind one of the top offensive lines in NFL history, they've defied the odds and rattled off 11 straight wins behind Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.

According to, if the Raiders and Cowboys met in the Super Bowl, Dallas would be a 4-point favorite. Prior to Oakland's Thursday night loss, the line had been Dallas -3.5.

"What a dream matchup this would be for the NFL," BookMaker's Scott Cooley said. "And of course you'd have all the Raiders-to-Vegas storylines, which would only fuel the wagering side of the Super Bowl. The Raiders are one team that can rival the Cowboys in terms of action, but I expect we'd still be somewhat one-sided with the favorite."

The Cowboys won and covered nine straight games at one point this season. The Raiders have won six of their last seven, covering five.

Neither the Raiders nor Cowboys have taken home the Vince Lombardi trophy this century, which would make this matchup one for the ages.

Oakland last won the Super Bowl at the end of the 1983 season. The Cowboys last won it in 1995. Combined, that's a 50-plus-year title drought.

According to SportsLine's projections, Oakland has a 99% chance of making the NFL playoffs, a 24% chance of winning the AFC West, a 10% chance of reaching the Super Bowl, and a 5% chance of winning it all.