The Dallas Cowboys must beat the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014. I’m not just talking about in our two divisional games. I’m talking about in the fight for the NFC East title. When you break down the NFC East, Philadelphia is the team to beat. I doubt the Cowboys will do well enough to get a wildcard spot in the playoffs. So winning the NFC East is what they must focus on. To win the NFC East, the Cowboys need to beat the Eagles.
The most obvious step to winning the NFC East is to win divisional games. The Dallas Cowboys did a good job last year in the division, going 5-1. Unfortunately the one loss against the Eagles cost us a trip to the playoffs. The matches against the Eagles will be very important. At the very least, we need to split them 1-1. We will also need to do well against the Redskins and Giants. It’d be ideal to be at least 3-1 against them. In order for the Cowboys to have a chance, they need to at least have a 4-2 division record.
Of course, there are 10 other games outside of the division. We need to win those games as well. In order to do so, we need to have a defense. The defense doesn’t need to be good, but it needs to find ways to help us win. Last year, they were a huge liability. This year they probably won’t be much better. They will still give up a ton of yards, but there may still be other ways for them to contribute. Turnovers will be the key. Last year the Cowboys defense was able to turnover the ball and gave it back to the offense. This kept the Cowboys competitive. We don’t need our defense to be elite, but they need to be able to give us a fighting chance. By focusing on turnovers, we can stay in the game.
Lastly, we need our unknowns to overachieve. I’m looking at our defensive line of Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Henry Melton, and Jeremy Mincey to exceed expectations. No one is giving these guys a chance, but in reality they all have the potential to play at a high level. We need Anthony Hitchens, Morris Claiborne, Bruce Carter, DeVonte Holloman, and J.J. Wilcox to step up. These guys are young hungry defenders that are looking to redeem themselves from last year poor performance. On offense we need Murray to have a healthy season, Escobar to start producing, and Williams to ball across from Dez.
This is a talented team and they can match up against the Eagles and beat them for the NFC East crown. However, they need to put it all together. We need our young players to step up. We need our coaches to adjust. And we just need a bit of luck to go our way. The NFC East is up for grabs, but the battle won’t be easy. Will the Cowboys be able to step up and claim the title?