What can you expect out of the 2014 Dallas Cowboys? They are a team surrounded by many questions marks. Are they going to be successful? Or will they be watching the playoffs from the comfort of their own homes? It will be very hard to give an accurate answer to these questions at this point of time. There are simply too many variables to consider when predicting football, especially for an erratic team such as the Cowboys. When I look at the fan’s expectations of the Cowboys, I see a range of predictions. To get a better picture of the Cowboys, we should look at the floor and ceiling that this team can realistically achieve. So let’s begin with the floor.
I cannot see the Cowboys go worst than 5-11. If they go 5-11, the defense won’t be the only one to blame. We know the defense is going to be bad, but the offense should be able to balance it out. If they don’t, then the Cowboys are doomed. I can see this happen if the offensive line doesn’t live up to expectations. I can see Tyron Smith regressing a bit after a stellar 2013 campaign. Travis Frederick could have a sophomore slump. It’s entirely possible that Zach Martin struggles in his rookie year. Doug Free could go back to 2012 form and play terribly. It is entirely possible for the offensive line to underachieve this year, but I find it unlikely. Another reason the offense could struggle is because of Romo. Romo is one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the league in terms of seasonal production. However, when it comes to turnovers, Romo can be prone to throwing a high number of interceptions. Romo’s career high in interceptions is 19, which he threw in 2012 and 2007. If Romo turns over the ball like that in 2014, the Cowboys could be drafting in the top 10 next April. However enough of the negatives, let’s look at the best case scenario.
Realistically, I can see the Cowboys going 11-5 at best. This scenario has the offense firing on all cylinders. The offensive line is dominant, Romo is hot, Murray is going strong, and Dez is dominating. However, if the Cowboys want to have a winning record in 2014, the defense needs to step it up. I don’t think anyone expects the defense to be amazing. It’s not totally crazy to think the defense can improve. The key to a successful year is the defense forcing turnovers. This defense tends to give up a lot of years, but if it can turnover the ball and stop points from being put up, then the Cowboys can be successful. The defense does not need to be dominant, but if it can give the ball to Romo, then the Cowboys will have a chance.
If you’re a pessimist, the worst I can see the Cowboys going is 6-10. On the other hand, if you’re an optimist, the best I can see the Cowboys can do is 11-5. That’s a huge range, but it’s very fitting considering how erratic the Cowboys can be. In my personal opinion, the Cowboys will be closer to 6-10 than 11-5. The way injuries have been piling up and from what I’ve seen from preseason, they will struggle this season. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see.
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