Team Record Against the Spread: A 15-Year Review

For those who participate in pick’em games, such as ESPN’s Pigskin Pick’em (my personal favorite), or for those who bet on Cowboys games, below is a look at the Cowboys’ record against the spread during the past fifteen years, including regular season and playoff games.

What you will most likely learn from this is that taking the Cowboys is about as much of a toss-up as anything on which you could place a bet. Between 1992 and 2006, the Cowboys’ overall record was 143-114, for a .556 winning percentage. The team’s record against the spread was nearly .500, at 124-124-9. During the past five years, where the Cowboys have been less competitive than they were in the 1990s, the team had an overall record of 39-43 (.476 winning percentage). The team still had nearly a .500 winning percentage against the spread during this time, going 39-39-4.

The information in this table is based on a several sources. The records against the spread sometimes differ from source to source, due to changes in the point spread that take place during the weeks of the games.

Year Games Straight vs. Spread
1992 19 16-3 14-5
1993 19 15-4 11-8
1994 18 13-5 9-9
1995 19 15-4 9-9-1
1996 18 11-7 8-10
1997 16 6-10 3-11-2
1998 17 10-7 8-8-1
1999 17 8-9 8-9
2000 16 5-11 7-8-1
2001 16 5-11 8-8
2002 16 5-11 7-8-1
2003 17 10-7 9-7-1
2004 16 6-10 7-9
2005 16 9-7 7-7-2
2006 17 9-8 9-8
Total 257 143-114 124-124-9

 

Later this week, I will have a more detailed summary of the Cowboys’ performance against the spread during the 2006 season.

  • Very consistent. That just goes to show you that the bookies know what they are doing.