If Tony Romo Produces, The Dallas Cowboys May Contend

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If you had to ask me right now who I think will be in the Super Bowl, I’d say the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. Yes, even with Bruce Irvin’s faux pas and suspension. The second question which arises then is where do I rank the Dallas Cowboys? Without a doubt if Tony Romo gets the protection he has been sorely lacking, and if DeMarco Murray and Joseph Randle can find holes to run through, the Cowboys will be in the thick of things in 2013.

I already know what some are thinking. How can I say this? Because we were right in the thick of it the last 2 years, right up until the last game, and that was without the protection we need from the Offensive Line, nor a running game after Murray was hurt.

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) runs with the ball against New Orleans Saints cornerback Elbert Mack (44) at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

I know the en vogue Internet thing is to call those things excuses, but that is an inaccurate assessment. To contend for a Super Bowl you have to have one of the following, a dominant passing attack, a dominant rushing attack, or a dominant Defense. The more balanced you can be in these aspects of the game, the better your chances. That is simple logic.

In the last two seasons when did we look like contenders? Easy answer is when Murray was making teams pay. Even with his added presence the last 2 years the Cowboys rushing attack has still been below par. Over the last 2 seasons, which is a total of 32 games, the Cowboys have managed 13 rushing touchdowns total. To put this in perspective a little bit, there was a 32 game stretch in Emmitt Smith’s heyday when he rushed for 45 touchdowns in 32 games. More than three times the amount amassed the last 2 seasons. That won’t cut it.

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