Dallas Cowboys: Can They Repeat as NFC East Champions?
The Dallas Cowboys are a team that has finished in the NFL’s Top 10 in rushing five consecutive seasons dating back to 2014. After allowing the most total yards in the league in ’13, the club has seen its defensive rankings improve every year. It’s a club that features a player that has run for the most yards in the NFL in two of his first three seasons. It’s a squad that is led by a quarterback who has yet to miss a game in three seasons.
The Dallas Cowboys rallied from dropping five of their first eight games this past year to win seven of their final eight outings. The team claimed a third NFC East title in five years. Jason Garrett’s offense was bolstered by a midseason trade for wide receiver Amari Cooper. It made quarterback Dak Prescott even more effective. Ezekiel Elliott continues to be a workhorse for this club. Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence and linebackers Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith spearhead a defense that allowed the fifth-fewest rushing yards in the league.
All the pieces are in place for Garrett’s club to repeat as division champions. But that was the thought back in both 2015 and ’17 and things did not go as plan. Four years ago, quarterback Tony Romo was injured during the summer. In 2017, Elliott wound up serving a six-game suspension. Regardless of the reason, this Cowboys franchise hasn’t won the NFC East two years in a row since the days of the “Triplets” (Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin). The ‘Boys reeled off five straight division titles from 1992-96.
So what’s to stop the Dallas Cowboys from repeating? It may be more like who in the form of the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s a team not too far removed from a Super Bowl LII Championship. In fact, Doug Pederson’s team has done something that the Cowboys have not done since the 2006 and ’07 campaigns – reach the postseason two consecutive years.
As for 2019?
Still, it’s worth noting that Garrett and company did sweep the Birds a year ago. It’s a feat that the team had not managed since 2012. Therefore, is this the year all that changes and the Dallas Cowboys finally put all the pieces together? Will they not only claim another NFC East title but go deep into the playoffs? It may be the franchise’s best opportunity in years.
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