The Dallas Cowboys have set their roster and game one is right around the corner. What can we expect?
Aside from the well-documented issues on defense and the injury to Tony Romo, the Cowboys offense looks like it could carry this team to the playoffs. Not to mention be one of the best in the league. The Cowboys will have to score by the truckload and luckily the roster is built to do just that.
First, Dak Prescott being thrust into the starting role so early isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There is no tape in the NFL on Prescott and that gives a little bit of an edge to the Cowboys. There are some issues to his game like the way he holds the ball lower, or how he has over and under thrown receivers. But, his ability to keep a play alive and use his feet to get yardage bodes well for the offense.
The running game looks like it could be the one thing the Cowboys can rely on all season. Ezekiel Elliot and Alfred Morris should be able to run for a ton of yards, even if teams stack the box.
Add in a sprinkling of Lance Dunbar out of the backfield as a receiver and Rod and Kevin Smith for short yardage, something that has plagued the Cowboys over the last few seasons, and this running game could be epic.
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The receiving corps, as long as it stays healthy, should be able to chew up yardage as well. Dez Bryant is arguably one of the top three receivers in the game and all Cole Beasley does is move the chains.
Terrance Williams is an underrated number two, and help form one of the best top three in the league. Where the Cowboys can surprise is Lucky Whitehead on special teams and Brice Butler blowing the top off of a defense.
It doesn’t matter who the quarterback is as long as everyone stays healthy. If we stopped looking at the offense here, it is still one of the best in the league. However, there are two more groups that will allow this offense to put up 30 points in just about any game on the schedule.
The Tight Ends
The tight ends are led by the reliable and all-world Jason Witten. Witten does everything well and should provide leadership, an outlet, and a safety valve for Prescott. Not to mention his ability to block like an extra offensive lineman. Add in Gavin Escobar, Goeff Swaim, and James Hanna (when he returns) and the tight end group will not only help in the passing game, but help the run game be explosive.
Th Offensive Line
Which of course brings us to the strength of the Cowboys offense, both literally and figuratively. The offensive line is the best in the NFL. Simple as that, it is strong, agile, and dependable. While there is some concern on the depth, the starters are all the envy of the league as a unit. It should allow for a potent running game and give Prescott enough space to be dangerous as a passer.
The Cowboys should be able to put up at least 30 in every game as long as they stay healthy. There is no reason to believe the Cowboys won’t have one of the most powerful offenses in the league. While every game could be a shootout without a pass rush to speak of, the first few games should set the tone. At least until both Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory return to bolster a maligned pass rush.
It will be up to Jason Garrett to keep his foot on the pedal and always go for the kill. Garrett can’t allow teams to hang around. He has a history of putting the team into neutral too early and allowing teams to creep their way back into games. He will need to continue to put up points deep into games and ensure the Cowboys stay ahead.
With game one around the corner, the Giants have a weak defense and it should allow for the Cowboys to find a rhythm on offense. It will be a good test to see how they will mesh on the field.
It is time for football. Now the Cowboys just need to get on the field, put their foot on the gas, and not let up. It will be the best thing they can do this season.