The Dallas Cowboys have a 5-2 record, Dak Prescott is back under center, and the defense leads the league in sacks with 29. It is the first time since the 1987 season (strike season) through seven games that the Cowboys have that many sacks.
To put this into exact perspective, the last time the Cowboys forced 5 turnovers in the 2nd half of a game was in Super Bowl XXVII against the Buffalo Bills (a 52-17 blowout). That is one positive omen Cowboys Nation will happily smile about.
What makes this 5-2 start so significant is that the Cowboys won four straight games with their backup quarterback, Cooper Rush. They relied on their dynamic defense to carry them to victory. The Cowboys’ defense is such a big deal that they have held all of their opponents under 20 points (except for the loss to the evil Philadelphia Eagles).
The Dallas Cowboys have a very impressive 5-2 record, but this team has more work to do to become an elite team.
After finally putting away a feisty Detroit Lions team (24-6) this past Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys are happy that Dak is back under center, the running game is clicking, and the pass rush is elite. All of those things are a positive sign moving forward, but this team has not reached its full potential and still needs to improve in other areas to become an elite team.
For example, it took Dallas late in the second half to put the Lions away, and the Lions have one of the worst defenses in the league. Dallas’ offense should have obliterated them or at least attacked their weaknesses. Yes, a win is a win in the NFL, but elite teams don’t do that because they handle their business immediately and effectively.
So, let us take an objective look at how Dallas can improve and take this team to an elite status on both sides of the ball.