What To Expect From The Dallas Cowboys in 2014

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Dec 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) watches from the bench against the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Cowboys won 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) watches from the bench against the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Cowboys won 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

June 6, 2014 is by no means the time to start making predictions on how a team is going to finish the season.  No one knows what to expect from the Dallas Cowboys or any other team for that matter.  Of course, you have people out there who are trying to do just that however.  As you may or may not know, Nate Davis from USA Today Sports spun a wheel or drew names out of hat or something close to these silly methods and landed on Dallas Cowboys coming up with three wins this season.

His rationale is based on the idea that Tony Romo will not be finishing the season and that the defense will again be horrific to watch.  As a reference point, he doesn’t really think all that highly of any NFC East team except the Philadelphia Eagles.  He has the Eagles going 11-5, with Washington (7-9) and the Giants (6-10) joining the Cowboys in the below .500 box.

With nothing to go truly go by, these are just arbitrary numbers just thrown out there.  But what if someone actually tried to use numbers as an accurate way of predicting possible future outcomes.  That sounds (GASP!) logical.  If you know which statistics mean more than others, you can get a fairly good idea as to what to expect.

There are always mitigating factors that are impossible to account for, but by and large, if you use the right numbers, reading the tea leaves can be less guesswork than you may imagine.  As an ode to the irrational Mr. Davis, let’s take a look at some of those statistics and portray a way too early look into the crystal ball that will show us the 2014 Dallas Cowboys.

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  • Rod Davis

    Nice to see a rational Cowboys story, good job.

  • David

    If Romo stays healthy the Cowboys will win more than three games. I would not expect them to go 7-1 in their division again however. This division is still very weak however and I do not see a team here that will compete for the NFC crown. There Seahawks, Niners, Saints, Panthers, Cardinals and even the Gmen all had top ten defenses. If Eli Manning can get a run game and not throw 30 picks they may be a big challenege in the East. If the Packers improve their defense they will obviously be contendors just by having Rodgers and a strong run game with Lacy. I just dont think the Cowboys defense can improve enough with thier LB’s and secondary they have right now. I like their D-line and the rotation they will put on the field. The teams has playoff and I beleive a SB worthy O-line and offense but their defense is nowhere near that level. If they draft well and often on defense over the next couple of years then I think they could make a run at the end of the Romo window..

  • SmartThinking

    Whenever they look at this Dallas team, everyone in the sports media is, pretty much, of the same voice: if Romo can remain upright then the team has a chance. If Romo goes down, so does the team.

    Regardless of whether you agree with their take or not, it’d be foolhardy not to listen to what they have to say and apply your own set of metrics to the equation. I have my sense of what’s gonna happen this season. So do you and everyone else. I suppose that’s the illogical fun of it.

    The important point, I think, is to keep both feet firmly planted in Realville. Expecting too much from this team given the killer schedule, the overall chaos of key players leaving, rookie mistakes, injuries and coaching re-positionings, not to mention the waning but still impactful meddling of Big Jones, and there’s a lot that can make this season yet another disaster for this Dallas team. If they surprise us all, then great!

    I’m not setting my sights too high. If they can make a legitimate run for the division title and beat the current division winner both times without losing any more of their starting players, I’d consider this to be a successful season. Expecting much more than that is reaching for the stars in my view.