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.