Predicting the Cowboys’ Second Half

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You can put it in the books Dallas Cowboys fans. The first half of the Dallas Cowboys’ 2013 NFL season is officially over and your Cowboys sit at a mediocre 4-4. That record should be a whole lot better than it is, but what’s done is done. Instead of dwelling on what has been, let’s focus on what lies ahead.

Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

In a division that has the lowest winning percentage of any other in the NFL, a 4-4 record seems a lot better than it looks. Dallas, Washington, Philadelphia, and New York combine for a 10-20 record. The next closest division is the AFC South, with a 10-19. And that number is skewed by the biggest outlier in the league, the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are a nasty 0-8. Even the lowly Giants have mustered two wins.

What I’m getting at with this comparison is Dallas doesn’t have to be perfect in the second half. They just need to be good enough to outlast the three other bottom dwellers in the division. Have you ever heard the old adage, you don’t have to outrun a bear; you just have to outrun the slowest person in your group? That applies in this situation. And with the Cowboys sitting at 3-0 in the division, that task got a lot easier.

So without further adieu here’s my educated guess for the remainder of the Cowboys regular season schedule. Remember Dallas has a late bye this year, so Week 11 is a win no matter how you look at it.

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