Cowboys among Super Bowl XLVI favorites?!

Jerry Jones believes he’s pinpointed the root of the Cowboys’ problems in 2011.

“We read our press clippings,” Jones said last week, inferring that the Cowboys’ heads were swollen by all the positive preseason hype.

Well, the Cowboys have a big problem. They’ll have to figure out a way to keep the players away from Las Vegas this offseason, and that’ll be especially tough with the lockout looming.

The Cowboys apparently can’t afford to have their egos pumped up too much, so better not let them see that the MGM/Mirage wise guys have given them 8/1 odds to win the Super Bowl next season. Only the Packers and Patriots, who are both 6/1, have better odds.

Let’s see. The Packers just won the Super Bowl. The Patriots have a three-time Super Bowl champion quarterback and had the best record in the NFL this season. Sure, it makes sense to consider a Cowboys team coming off a 6-10 debacle just a tier below those teams.