With the NFL regular season only hours away, each fan has high hopes for their team to chase after the Super Bowl. As for the Dallas Cowboys, let just say they had an interesting offseason and preseason to say the least.
Long gone are fan favorites like Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and last preseason cut of Dan Bailey (this one was quite interesting since Bailey was the 2nd best accurate kicker of all time). Now the Cowboys are truly in the hands of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. As the preseason came along, people got excited to see both Dak and Zeke play but then injuries happened. Because of that, Jerry Jones made sure his stars would not get hurt. So while they sat, we got to see the rest of the Cowboys play and there are some concerns.
The depth of the team is very interesting. The 1st team defense looks decent and could be good. Last year, the Boys were a surprising 8th in total defense. The Cowboys defense looked horrible when the 2nd and 3rd unit came in and that could be a problem if key pieces are down. Defensive backs are thin as it but if Sean Lee or Jaylon Smith went down, Cowboys would be in some trouble.
Another issue is David Irving being suspended for 4 games. Irving continues a bizarre trend of at least one Cowboys defensive starter being suspended. A good sign is that Randy Gregory is finally able to play and he is definitely ready to make an impact this year but the biggest will be on the offense.
Zeke will be the workhorse on offense, no question about it. It will come down to what Dak will be able to do in this new offense. Can he make the necessary throws if defenses are willing to load the box for Zeke? Which receiver will Dak find great chemistry and be his go-to receiver? Are we getting Dak who helped lead the Cowboys to 13-3 in 2016 or are we getting Dak who played poorly down the stretch last season. No one is expecting Dak to throw 400 yards every game, but Cowboys need him to do enough to get them back into the playoffs.
Honestly, Cowboys season could go 7-9 or 10-6. The NFC East is unpredictable and since 2004, no team has won the division twice in a row. Also, NFC East games are a heart attack waiting to happen. This is going to be a long season for Cowboys fans so get your popcorn ready.