Cowboys’ X-Factor Candidates

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Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar (25) runs with the ball as Oakland Raiders cornerback Phillip Adams (28) chases during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

As the countdown to the new NFL season ticks away, NFL teams all across the nation are looking hard to find the advantage over their opponents. With the NFL being a league of parity, the “X-factors” are ultimately going to decide whether a team makes it or not into the postseason. Sadly, the Cowboys haven’t found one to get them into the playoffs in the last four seasons. If they are truly going to break out this year, they better hope there are some on this year’s roster. Looking through the roster, there are already some prime candidates that will be called upon to help this team get over the hump.

Offensive “X-Factor”: Lance Dunbar

Let me be the first to say I was totally wrong about running back Lance Dunbar. The little kid out of the University of North Texas has really shown us some flashes of greatness on the football field. I never thought he would be any factor because I banked on running back Joseph Randle being the key-change of pace back to running back DeMarco Murray. Yet in his short time with the team, Dunbar has shown he can really compliment Murray in the backfield. The guy can use his speed and elusiveness to create plays down the field and help spark the offense. Dunbar is like a poor man’s Darren Sproles, a dynamic player who can change the field position in a hurry. On Thanksgiving Day this past year, Dunbar broke out for 82 yards on 12 carries, which helped turn the game around for the Cowboys. Unfortunately, he got hurt again during the game, putting him out for the season. If this kid can stay healthy all season long, he could help bring a spark to an offense that gets bogged down a lot.

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  • BradAustin

    Def like your choices. If I had to pick from guys you haven’t already named, I’d say…

    Offense: Terrance Williams
    Defense: Henry Melton (see him turning into the 2012 beast now back with Marinelli)
    Special Teams: Ahmad Dixon (hard hitting, violent tackler for kick covers)

  • ctcowboy1968

    Dunbar needs more opportunities. Coaches were slow to use him last year. Randle had better step up this year or he will be out. He did not show anything last year.
    Harris is a playmaker. Get him the ball and good things will happen.
    I agree with Brad. Terrance Williams will have a big sophomore season. He could be a difference maker.
    Here’s my X factor: OL. This young line should be dominate and the strength of this team. It’s been a quick turnaround from several years ago. This unit will be the difference maker.