The Dallas Cowboys Will Win the NFC (L)East in 2014

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Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) runs after a reception for a fourth quarter touchdown against Philadelphia Eagles safety Patrick Chung (23) at AT&T Stadium. The Eagle beat the Cowboys 24-22. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

“You’re crazy.” I heard that. That was the thought that resonated in the darker regions of your mind when you read that headline. Well, wasn’t it? It’s okay to admit it. Because nowadays whenever anyone mentions how the Dallas Cowboys will win anything it’s met with Resistance. Allow me to be your Muse.

Double entendres aside, let’s look at this objectively. In the 2013-2014 NFL season, I predicted we would win the division and, in an even more bold move, I stated we would sweep the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, and Philadelphia Eagles. The looks that I received were less than cordial. The words that I received were enough to make angels shudder.

We’ve got some great weapons on offense.-OC Scott Linehan

Yet, here we stand in the position of hindsight and, as insane as it sounded a year ago, I was almost deadly accurate. We lost the division by one game. One. Which, by no coincidence, was also the only division loss we had last year. So the same loss made me inaccurate twice. Contrarily, if we have aren’t starting our second string quarterback Kyle Orton, I would’ve worn a Nostradamus’ smile.

However, crow is crow no matter how you cook it. I’ve eaten mine proudly. Although I can’t help but stare at that one loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that cost the Dallas Cowboys so much. A divisional crown. A playoff berth. Glorious bragging rights for sweeping all of our rivals. So close. So…close.

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  • Dana

    Great artical! I also agree. All great points. The haters are still out there but, I have faith in the Cowboys!!

  • David

    I do like your optimism but think it is more than a long shot to say the least. While I still think the NFC East is not very good at all, I still think Dallas is a long shot to win the division. For that to happen several things must take place this year.
    1) Their offense must run the ball and run it a lot. This will help with time of possesion and keep the defense off of the field. I have little faith in Dallas doing this because of their pass happy coach.
    2) They must get very good play from their LB’s, particularly ther Will and that person needs to be a playmaker. I am not sure they have that player on their roster.
    3) Their Safety play must improve dramatically. They were average to horrible last year and need to improve light years in what is going to be a pass happy division with good WR’s. Wilcox must improve greatly as the FS is one of the most important positions in this Tampa defense. See Gosselin article in the Dallas Morning News which was quite accurate.
    4) Lastly this team needs to be better coached by JG. They can not afford to have anymore clock management issues or poor game management like the GB game last year.
    So that is a lot to ask of this team and HC and which is why I think it is a huge long shot to win the division. And one more last reason is their brutal schedule. I will leave it with that..

  • truthbetold

    It’s not going to happen. I wondered if this was a joke at first lol. The defense is a mess. That can’t be stated enough. The offense has weapons, but is led by a quarterback who can’t do anything right when you absolutely need him to. I think every team in the division is better, and i predict 6 wins and 4th place.

    • navyvet50

      So every division team we beat twice last year is now going to be better, but the Cowboys are not…..isn’t there a Redskin site you should be at.

      • truthbetold

        Who cares about the regular season? Considering that all 3 of those teams have literally taken turns eliminating the cowboys from playoff contention, yes they are better.

        • navyvet50

          The Cowboys were eliminated from playoff contention by bad defense and a coach that falls apart in big games. the cowboys have problems but Romo is not one. Put the Seattle quarterback on the Cowboys and send Romo to Seattle and see who wins a playoff game first.

  • ed in ca

    I don’t just agree with you, Patrik, I think they may actually make it deep into the playoffs. Bit it hinges on the health of two unproven young guys in Wilcox and Claiborne. Keep those guys upright and on the field and this could easily be one of the toughest teams in the league even without Lee. And lets face it, Lee was destined to suffer a dragon ending injury at some point. Perhaps it’s best that it happened with enough time to recover.

    • ed in ca

      Season ending, that is. What’s a dragon ending injury?

  • HTTR4Life

    You make some strong points, but you are focusing too much on the positives and not enough on the negatives. Dallas had one of the worst defenses in NFL history last year. Now you lost your defensive leader in Ware, and your biggest playmakers in Lee and Hatcher. That defense has nowhere to go but down. You won’t be able to stop anybody, and everyone knows defense wins championships. Yes, you jettisoned age for youth, but at what cost? Now the offense will have to score 30+ points a game just to keep up with the other team. Normally, I’d say your offense MIGHT be up to that task, but not when Romo is coming off back surgery and your backup is Weedon…WEEDON. Yeah, you’ll be lucky to get to your typical 8-8 this year. Have fun in the basement!

    • navyvet50

      Now you lost your defensive leader in Ware, and your biggest playmakers in Lee and Hatcher. and what did they produce …the worst defense in Cowboy history…..the only direction for the defense is up.