Dallas Cowboys: 5 Things to be thankful for

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Even though the Dallas Cowboys are 3-7, there are still a few things the fans can be thankful for.

Sitting in the cellar of the NFC East with a 3-7 record, the Dallas Cowboys are more than just a little disappointed with this season. They were supposed to compete for a Super Bowl not compete for the first overall pick.

But once the Cowboys lost Pro Bowlers Tyron Smith, La’el Collins and Dak Prescott to season-ending injuries, everything went downhill from there. The Cowboys lost four straight games, and the fanbase went bonkers for a top-3 draft pick.

Well, despite the 3-7 record, the Cowboys have been playing some inspired football lately. They just won their first game since beating the New York Giants back on October 11th. And with the Cowboys surprising win over the Minnesota Vikings (and a chance to take the division lead with a win over the Washington Football Team today), the Cowboys have a few positives working in their favor.

So since its Thanksgiving Day, here are 5 things the Cowboys fans should be thankful for about.


Once the Dallas Cowboys lost Dak to a gruesome season-ending ankle injury, the Cowboys went on a four-game losing streak and appeared to be a lock for a top-3 draft pick. Dallas lost to the Arizona Cardinals, Washington Football Team, the filthy Philadelphia Eagles, and the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers.

During the four-game losing streak, Dallas scored a measly 41 points. Total. A significant falloff from their 30 plus points a game prior to Dak’s injury. But after forcing four turnovers against the Eagles and losing to the Steelers in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, it was evident that Dallas had turned the corner and was playing much better football.

First and foremost, Dallas’ defense has improved tremendously, starting with the Eagles game. Then the momentum carried over through the Steelers game and to the surprising win over the Vikings. Against the Vikings, Dallas’ defense forced two turnovers, and was able to force a defensive stand to seal the much needed win.

Dallas’ offense came to life and scored 31 points with a balanced attack of rushing and passing. Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard rushed for 180 yards on 31 carries and one touchdown. Andy Dalton played his best football by passing for 203 yards and three touchdowns against one interception.

This is the third consecutive game where Dallas’ defense played beyond decent, and it’s the second consecutive game where the offense played beyond good. If Dallas’ offense can continue its upward spiral of being efficient, and the defense can play at least solid, this team will win more than three games.

Besides, Dallas is more than capable of beating the remaining teams on its schedule….but I will discuss that later.