Dallas Cowboys Season In Preview


It is time for the Dallas Cowboys to finally play a meaningful game. What will it take for them to be the best in the NFC East? Let’s find out.

The Dallas Cowboys season in preview is more than just predictions, it is what to look for and what to expect. It is time, finally, for the NFL season to start and Dallas Cowboys’ fans everywhere are waiting with baited breath to see the starters finally take the field. We all know what Tony Romo and Dez Bryant will bring to the games, but there is a lot more than those two who will make this team succeed.

We all know the questions surrounding the running game. I do think that the committee is good enough to carry the load. Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden should be able to carry the ball for the bulk of the plays. Between the two look for a few explosive plays with some speed at the running back position that hasn’t really been there. Lance Dunbar is amazing as a receiver out of the backfield, and newly added Christine Michael looks to be the power back the Dallas Cowboys haven’t had in awhile.

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The secret, if you can call it that, to the offense will be the offensive line and its ability to stay healthy. The Dallas Cowboys are blessed to have probably the best line in football, which helps open running lanes. It also keeps Tony Romo upright to throw to a highly capable stable of wide receivers led by Bryant. I do expect Terrance Williams to have a big year with Cole Beasley and Devin Street causing matchup nightmares in the slot.

On defense, there will be some questions for the first few weeks while the suspensions of Rolando McClain and Greg Hardy are being served. I do think the defense should rack up more sacks this season. The biggest question is still the secondary, but if Morris Claiborne can step his game up even half a notch, expect some better coverage this year with the addition of Byron Jones. The linebackers will be a key to this defense and how Sean Lee recovers from his injury and playing a new position will be the catalyst to the performance.

Special teams is where there is some fear right now. We know L.P. Ladouceur and Dan Bailey will be great, but the coverage has been shaky at best this preseason. I know that many of the people playing on special teams last year aren’t even on the team anymore, but there was so many mistakes that the hope is that they can tighten up the ship before the first game. I do think the return game will be a little better than many think once Lucky Whitehead gets a game or two under his belt.

I think the Dallas Cowboys are in fact the team to beat in the NFC East, regardless of what many experts are saying about the Philadelphia Eagles. We have all seen this movie before; the Eagles are predicted to be amazing, yet they crumble. The key will be if the Dallas Cowboys can run the ball and stop a lot of the passes over the middle that killed them last season. The run defense has to stop the over-pursuit and play their lanes.

Now we wait for the first game Sunday night. Some questions may be answered, and some may take some time.

Either way, it is time for football.

My prediction for the season? 12-4.

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