A Hall of Famer believes the Dallas Cowboys have the talent to overcome their first place schedule and win the NFC East for the second year in a row.
The NFC East hasn’t had back-to-back divisional winners since the Philadelphia Eagles dominated the division from 2001-2004. But will this year’s version of the Dallas Cowboys be good enough able to defeat their first place schedule and break that ominous streak? One Hall of Famer believes so.
The 2018 version of America’s Team started last season looking anything but the impending divisional champions. An ill-conceived plan to feature a receiver-by-committee approach following the release of veteran wideout Dez Bryant resulted in the Cowboys losing five of their first eight games.
A midseason trade for Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper changed the team’s fortunes, allowing them to win seven of their final eight contests and securing the NFC East title with an improbable 10-6 season-ending record.
This offseason, the key additions of veterans like defensive end Robert Quinn, wide receiver Randall Cobb, and safety George Iloka plus the return of tight end Jason Witten from retirement are expected to help America’s Team return to the top of their division.
This impressive group will be added to an already talented roster in Dallas that include the likes of quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott, the aforementioned Cooper and an offensive line chock full of Pro Bowlers. Throw in a dominating defense that possesses playmakers like defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, linebacker Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch plus an underrated secondary unit, and you have the makings of a possible Super Bowl contender.
Here’s what recent Hall of Famer, longtime Cowboys’ executive, and current NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt wrote about the NFC East in 2019 via NFL.com.
"“Unless the Giants or Redskins step up, this projects as a two-horse race between the Cowboys and Philadelphia, and while there is a good chance it will come down to the wire, I feel good about Dallas, which I see as the more stable team … I see the Cowboys emerging victorious.”"
In order to secure the divisional title once again, the Dallas Cowboys will need to dominate their first place schedule. Outside of facing their own divisional rivals twice, the Cowboys have some very tough matchups slated in 2019. Dallas will face off against the Saints in New Orleans, the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings, the Bears in Chicago, the Los Angeles Rams and the reigning Super Bowl champion Patriots in New England.