Looking at things from CV’s POV.
Call me a homer if you must but I think this team is good enough to repeat and do some serious damage come playoff time.
Not since the 2001-2004 Philadelphia Eagles has there been a team to repeat as NFC East champions. The Dallas Cowboys hope to change that this season.
2016 was a year to remember in Big D.
The emergence of a surprising 4th round draft pick, quarterback Dak Prescott, the stellar play of Cowboys’ number one overall pick, running back Ezekiel Elliott, and a little help of a last place schedule.
This year’s Cowboys team looks much different but still has hopes of not only an NFC East title, but a Super Bowl championship as well.
From 2006-2016, Tony Romo had been the starting quarterback. He retired this off season. Four players from the secondary are now with other teams (Barry Church, Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr, and J.J. Wilcox). The Cowboys also lost 40% of their starting offensive line from last year (Doug Free retired and Ronald Leary left via free agency). Now, La’el Collins will take over at right tackle while Jonathon Cooper will take over at left guard.
Through the draft and free agency, the Cowboys have been able to retool their defense. They drafted Taco Charleton out of Michigan with their first pick, followed by defensive backs Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis. All in all, the Cowboys drafted seven defensive players with their nine picks. They also added Nolan Carroll from the rival Eagles.
With all of these changes, a first-place schedule, and both the Giants and Eagles adding explosive weapons to their offense, many are doubting the Cowboys’ chances to repeat.
I disagree, respectfully of course.
Many people did not expect anything from the Cowboys last year and I believe they actually got better despite losing quite a bit in free agency.
The biggest pressure will be on Dak Prescott to not regress and continue to protect the football. I think the offensive line will continue to live up to their reputation as one of the best groups in the league.
Overall, the NFC East winner will win about 10 games. My prediction for the Dallas Cowboys just happens to be 10-6.