Dallas Cowboys: Regardless of Outcome, 2021 Looks Bright

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The Dallas Cowboys have a chance to make the 2020 NFL Playoffs, but it’s 2021 that offers the most hope

The Dallas Cowboys have an outside chance to make the playoffs this weekend. If they win and Washington loses, they’re hosting a playoff game. The Cowboys have looked better the past few weeks (granted it was against The Bengals, Eagles, and a banged-up 49ers team) and with the NFC East looking bad all year, they have done enough to hang around and give themselves a chance.

Regardless of how this week, and potentially the weeks following, next season is looking good for the Dallas Cowboys. The offense still produced what will be close to three 1,000 yard receivers and a 1,000 running back. All of this with a menagerie at offensive line full of backups and backups to the backups, an aging backup quarterback, and an up and down coaching staff.

Not bad for a bad football team. Next year, with Dak Prescott back as well as most of the offensive line starters, there is no reason to think this offense won’t be able to produce at a higher level.

The defense has been bad most of the season. There have been some bright spots like Trevon Diggs developing, DeMarcus Lawrence being dominant, and Donovan Wilson flashing. However, over the past three games the defense has looked better, not great, but enough to win games and take away the ball from time to time. Some re-working next season and the defense could become better.

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Looking at 2021, there is also a hope that the offseason will look a little more normal. There will be minicamps, training camps, preseason games, and all with the backdrop of what looks to be a weak NFC East again. The Giants are still figuring out their offense, Washington has quarterback questions, and the Eagles are a mess at quarterback and defense. Sure, there have been injuries, but right now the Cowboys have to be the favorites in 2021.

With some smart moves this offseason, starting with signing Dak Prescott, the Dallas Cowboys could build a dominant team not just for 2021, but beyond as well. Much of the focus has to be on the defensive side of the ball and figuring out what to do on offense if Kellen Moore heads back to Boise State. But, the future is bright.

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Now we all wait for the Dallas Cowboys to play the Giants, and the Washington Football Team to play the Eagles. But this has been a tough year that has shown some signs of life. The focus for fans should be beyond the “what ifs” left in this season, and what will be moving forward. We may not have a top-five pick, but in a year or two, it may not matter.

  • Published on 12/29/2020 at 13:01 PM
  • Last updated at 12/29/2020 at 08:35 AM