For the last three years, the Dallas Cowboys have finished the last three seasons with a season ending record of 8-8. And each time the Cowboys playoffs hopes have hung on the final game of the season. And for three years straight, those playoff hopes have been dashed. And now, at least one Cowboys expert has come out to say it will probably happen once again in 2014.
During a chat last week, Dallas Morning News Columnist Tim Cowlishaw answered a reader’s question concerning his prediction for the Cowboys upcoming regular season record. He was asked to bet the over or under for the eight win prediction by Vegas oddmakers.
“Actually, I think 8 is right on the number. Again. I know that frustrates people. If you forced me to take one side or the other, I would lean towards the under but I wouldn’t go with confidence in any direction away from 8 wins. I think they should see how many years in a row Garrett can hang an 8 up there. It’s historic. In its own way.”
How would another 8-8 season, the Cowboys fourth in a row, effect this legendary franchise? A legacy of mediocrity comes to mind. I think you’ll find that label cemented by the national media to players like quarterback Tony Romo, receiver Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten. Will the Cowboys finally address the safety position? Will Dallas head coach Jason Garrett survive another season going 8-8? So far, being on the edge of a winning season has been enough to keep his job. Is there any reason to think that will change in 2015? Here’s the Cowboys upcoming regular schedule. What do you think?
Dallas Cowboys 2014 Regular Season Schedule
|1||September 7||San Francisco 49ers|
|2||September 14||@Tennessee Titans|
|3||September 21||@St. Louis Rams|
|4||September 28||New Orleans Saints|
|5||October 5||Houston Texans|
|6||October 12||@Seattle Seahawks|
|7||October 19||New York Giants|
|8||October 27||Washington Redskins|
|9||November 2||Arizona Cardinals|
|10||November 9||@Jacksonville Jaguars|
|12||November 23||@New York Giants|
|13||November 27||Philadelphia Eagles|
|14||December 4||@Chicago Bears|
|15||December 14||@Philadelphia Eagles|
|16||December 21||Indianapolis Colts|
|17||December 28||@Washington Redskins|
Let’s say the Cowboys split the regular season record with their NFC East foes. That gives Dallas a 3-3 record. Now let’s concede losses to some of the stronger teams they’ll face: San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Arizona, Indianapolis and New Orleans. If the Cowboys win the rest, we are looking at a 7-9 season-ending record.
Obviously, the NFL has become a more unstable and exciting league the past few years. A team like Seattle, who won the Super Bowl last season, could easily take a dive in 2014. As could any of these teams, including our beloved Cowboys. But as it stands right now, it appears this is going to be a tough, uphill battle for Dallas in 2014.
But what do you think? Will the Cowboys go over, under or stay at 8-8 this season? Place your vote below and feel free to chime in to our community discussion about it in our comments section as well.