After two back to back 8-8 seasons without a playoff appearance, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones vowed to invoke changes that would make everyone at Valley Ranch “uncomfortable”. Those changes came in the form off a majority of the Cowboys’ coaching staff being let go, including defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Jones elected to keep head coach Jason Garrett and now says his job is not on the line this season. If you believe that, I’ve got some ocean front property in Arizona to sell you. After what some consider to be a less than stellar draft, let’s revisit the Cowboys’ upcoming schedule and try to predict where Dallas could rank in the standings at the end of the year.
So at the end of the first part of my analysis, the Cowboys were 3-1. Let’s see where they could be by the end of Week 8.
WEEK 5 – Denver Broncos @ Dallas Cowboys
Prediction: LOSS (3-2) Many expects have the Denver Broncos as their favorites to win the Super Bowl, and I would have to agree. Despite having a shaky offensive backfield, quarterback Peyton Manning was able to carry the Broncos to a 13-3 record, only to lose in overtime to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs. This off-season, Manning was given a gift in the form of Patriots’ wideout Wes Welker. Defensively, the Broncos added corners Quentin Jammer and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to their struggling backfield. Add another year under the Manning regime, and I expect the team to be better overall. I’d also expect the Broncos to beat the Cowboys in Big D.
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