The Dallas Cowboys are 7-4, in first place in the NFC East, in position to challenge for the top seed in the NFC, and legitimate Super Bowl contenders by virtually any standard. While this is undeniably fantastic news, losing three of the last four games isn’t quite so fantastic.
November was a wet blanket to an otherwise dream season. Aside from a couple hiccups, injuries, and league biased suspensions, this season has “meant to be” written all over it. As long as we can just put November out of our minds, of course.
Here are five areas the Dallas Cowboys are sure to improve in the month of December.
There’s plenty of reason for optimism around Cowboys Nation these days. The Dallas Cowboys may be coming off their worst stretch of the season but there are valid reasons to expect the best stretch is yet to come.
We look at what areas are sure to improve and the reasons why…
Dallas Cowboys Improvement No. 1
The Dallas Cowboys passing offense took an enormous hit this November when essentially four of the top five targets all missed time. Think about it – Michael Gallup (out most of the year), CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper, and Blake Jarwin all missed significant time in November resulting in a fairly significant dip in aerial production. The Dallas Cowboys dipped from 322 passing yards/game in October to 274 passing yards/game in November.
From weeks 1-5 the passing EPA dropped from .259 to .121 in the games since. While the success rate went from 58.3 to 46.1. They fell off a cliff, but frankly, it’s amazing things didn’t crater even worse given all the injuries this passing offense has suffered.
Luckily every one of those players above is on track to contribute heavily this month. Cooper and Lamb are both on track and Jarwin isn’t far behind on the rehab schedule. A return to dominance shouldn’t just be a possibility – it should be expected.
Aiding the passing attack in their resurgence is the offensive line. For the first time all season the Dallas Cowboys will have Tyron Smith, La’el Collins, and Zack Martin all starting together. With the continued improvement of Connor McGovern and Tyler Biadasz, this offensive line has never looked better and should be able to keep Dak Prescott clean without sucking extra players in to help in pass protection.
With his full roster of weapons running routes, Dak will be back to picking defenses apart. The pick-your-poison offense is back and that’s because the Dallas Cowboys once again have their “poison.”