Cowboys: Super Bowl or Bound to Fail?

Cowboys: Super Bowl or Bound to Fail?

The Dallas Cowboys on paper have been the most complete team all season. There truly isn’t a spot where they are weak. Yet here they are boasting a good not great record of 8-4 with multiple games in a row of mediocre offensive play.

The Cowboys’ defense has been phenomenal, largely on the back of breakout rookie star, Micah Parsons. Parsons and the lineman have been solidly holding down the run and the secondary has been extremely boom or bust, either allowing huge chunk plays or forcing turnovers.

The offense has been stalled largely due to injuries. Dak Prescott, Ceedee Lamb, Amari Cooper, Cedrick Wilson, Ezekiel Elliott, and Tyron Smith among others have been major injuries for the Cowboys offense this year at some point or another which has made it very difficult to run or pass as efficiently as they should be.

Offensive Struggles

The offense has been stalled largely due to injuries. Dak Prescott, Ceedee Lamb, Amari Cooper, Cedrick Wilson, Ezekiel Elliott, and Tyron Smith among others have been major injuries for the Cowboys offense this year at some point or another which has made it very difficult to run or pass as efficiently as they should be.

Over the past 3 games the lack of receiver depth has proven to be very strenuous on Dak Prescott. In those games he has thrown 3 TDs, 3 INTs, fumbled twice, and completed just 66% of his passes. All of those numbers are fairly uncharacteristic from the Dak we have seen the rest of the season.

With his top receivers back and Zeke getting healthier once again, this offense should get back to its explosive ways. This upcoming week of practice will be crucial for Dak and the WR room as they try to re establish their chemistry which they were clearly lacking for much of the Saints game.

Defensive Dominance

The Cowboys’ defense has been phenomenal, largely on the back of breakout rookie star, Micah Parsons. Parsons and the lineman have been solidly holding down the run and the secondary has been extremely boom or bust, either allowing huge chunk plays or forcing turnovers.

The secondary has been this teams biggest flaw but that doesn’t mean they’ve been bad. Trevon Diggs still leads the NFL in INTs with a whopping 9 including one against the Saints (should have had two more but couldn’t quite come down with them).

The downside of Diggs and the rest of the secondary though is they are primarily ball hawks which means they love to jump a receivers route and snag the INT. This is great when it works but the corners guess wrong they are almost always going to give up the big play. High risk, high reward.

This has proven true with Diggs as he is leading the league in INTs but also has allowed 609 total yards when targeted this season. 305 air yards and 304 yards allowed after the catch so when he allows a big play, he usually doesn’t have the speed to make up for it and limit gains either.

Verdict: Super Bowl

While they have struggled over the past few weeks, they have had tremendous adversity through injury and can very easily return to greatness once healthy again. This team is poised for a Super Bowl run if they can return to good health and stay healthy through the postseason.

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Anthony is currently a student at Indiana University Bloomington studying Marketing/Management. He is extremely passionate about the NFL and when he isn't writing for Knup Solutions he is likely writing or recording for his NFL podcast, The Touchdown Rundown, (available on Spotify, Apple podcasts or any other major platform) with co host Tom Zwiller. Anthony hopes to continue his sports writing career past his college days and possibly even work for his favorite NFL team, The Green Bay Packers.