Due to suspensions and injuries, the 2017 regular season might already be lost for the 5-4 Dallas Cowboys. But next year should be special.
Three years ago, Sports Illustrated boldly predicted on the cover of their legendary magazine that the then 70-92 Houston Astros would become the World Series champions in 2017. And they were right!
So, we here at The Landry Hat are following their footsteps. We believe the 5-4 Dallas Cowboys will be the Super Bowl champions … in 2019. February 3, 2019 – Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Georgia to be exact.
That’s likely not the prediction Cowboys fans want to hear in the midst of the 2017 regular season. But the truth is Dallas has a serious depth problem right now. Last week, without running back Ezekiel Elliott (suspension), left tackle Tyron Smith (groin injury), kicker Dan Bailey (groin injury) and linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring injury) on the field, the Cowboys were embarrassingly blown out by the Atlanta Falcons 27-7.
There is simply no “next man up” for missing four Pro Bowlers. And facing the NFC East leading Philadelphia Eagles this weekend, plus playing a whopping three games in 12 days starting this Sunday, it puts the Cowboys at a severe disadvantage when it comes to their hopes of returning to the playoffs this year.
According to MakeNFLPlayoffs.com, Dallas has less than a 27% chance of making the postseason right now. And the Cowboys would likely have to win six out of their next seven games in order to do so. That’s a big ask without Elliott, their most talented player, in the backfield. Not to mention your starting left tackle, the most accurate kicker in NFL history and the team’s top defender either out or less than 100% healthy moving forward.
The Cowboys upcoming schedule includes the 8-1 Eagles twice, the 3-6 Los Angeles Chargers, the 4-5 Washington Redskins, the 1-8 New York Giants, the 4-5 Oakland Raiders and the 6-3 Seattle Seahawks. And you know in each of those divisional matchups to throw out the poor records because of the disdain the clubs have for one another.
It simply appears the deck is stacked against the Dallas Cowboys this year. But with yet another offseason training program to develop their young talent, higher selections in the draft to add to their roster, Ezekiel Elliott playing the entire season and, hopefully, the re-signing of defensive playmakers like lineman DeMarcus Lawrence (UFA) and David Irving (RFA); the 2018 version of America’s Team should hoist a Lombardi Trophy for the first time since 1996.