The Dallas Cowboys finished the regular season with a 13-3 score, and you would think that this result would get you some respect. However, Jonathan Jones of Sports Illustrated wrote that Dallas would have a 9-7 record in the new season, which is a significant downgrade.
“O.K., Dak. Let’s see if you can do it again. Count me among the early-season doubters of Prescott who believed that he would fall back to earth after a solid September. Clearly, I was wrong, but Cowboys fans of the past 21 years should know that one season of success does not necessarily roll into two. With a better pass rush this season, Dallas can get back to the playoffs, and Jerry Jones took the right first step in getting Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton at the end of the first round of the draft,” wrote Jones.
However, with Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott only getting better, how could Dallas have such a “bad” record in the new NFL season? The offense will be based on the running game and Dallas is one of the best teams when it comes to that. According to Jones, the pivotal game for Dallas will be in Week 14 against the Giants. He wrote:
“The Cowboys have three home games before their return trip to New York, including extra days’ rest since they face Washington on Thursday night the week before. Meanwhile, the Giants will have just returned from a grueling trip to Oakland. This game will go a long way in determining the NFC East with a tough Raiders-Seahawks-Eagles finish for Dallas.”
The NY Giants are definitely an unpleasant team to face in the regular season, and the match will most certainly be tough. However, the Cowboys have to play three games at home before the duel with the Giants and all of those three are against squads which did not participate in the 2016 playoffs. One or two wins up and down is possible, but Dallas has to win more than ten games.
What do you think?