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Prediction Machine: Cowboys Huge Underdogs In NFC East

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Even the most devout fan would struggle to label the 2014 Dallas Cowboys as a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

In fact, if the season were to be played 50,000 times, would the Cowboys win a single ring? According to PredictionMachine.com, the answer is no.

The site, which simulates each game and the season 50,000 times, forecasts the Cowboys winning the Super Bowl 0.0 percent of the time. The Cowboys are rated as the 26th best team in the NFL, and 4th best in the NFC East.

While the offense — led by Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray and a young, athletic offensive line — is viewed as the league’s 6th best, the defense is once again considered the team’s Achilles’ heel. The prediction site forecasts that the Cowboys will have the 32nd-rated defense in the NFL. That’s dead last.

The New York Giants are forecasted to win the NFC East, with Philadelphia and Washington close behind.

Dallas has a 5.9-percent chance of qualifying for the playoffs, that compared to much better odds for Philadelphia (46.5 percent), New York (45.7 percent), and Washington (35.7 percent).

The Cowboys’ schedule could factor heavily into the simulation, as 9 of the Cowboys 16 opponents are forecasted to make the playoffs. That’s tied for the most in the NFL.

And while the Cowboys are long shots to reach Super Bowl XLIX, the predicted match-up is a familiar one. The Broncos and Seahawks will once again meet, but this time, it’s Manning and the Broncos coming out on top.

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