Early season power rankings have the Dallas Cowboys as an average team. Is the nation not giving the ‘Boys enough respect?
Coming off of a playoff win and a great offseason, the Dallas Cowboys are predicted to be a mediocre team. The Cowboys’ roster is underrated … yes, underrated.
Last week, NFL Nation of ESPN gave out their power rankings. Some of the spots made sense. Kansas City Chiefs at number one, Los Angeles Rams sit at number three, but Dallas is all the way down to number 19.
To top this all off, the Cowboys are predicted to be win 8.4 games in 2019. This is ridiculous because ever since 2016, when the team drafted quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, they have stayed above .500.
Even in the worst of the three years, they managed to win nine games. The Cowboys should at the very least be in the top 10. With the additions of former Pro Bowlers Robert Quinn (defensive end) and Randall Cobb (wide receiver), both the defense and offense have added a little spark.
Also, All-Pro Center Travis Frederick will be back on the offensive line to shore up some blocking problems. In no way have the Cowboys gotten any worse. At the very least they will be incrementally better than the 2018 season.
Another underrated advantage the Cowboys will have this season is a full offseason working with wide receiver Amari Cooper. Cooper was sensational last year recording 896 yards in total games (including postseason). Now, Cooper has had the whole offseason and will spend all of training camp with Prescott.
If you go position group by position group, Dallas has a really good roster. It might change next year after several of the current players leave the team, but right now the team should be viewed as a contender.
The only question mark is on offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. How involved will he be in the offensive game plan, playbook, and play calling? Most likely things will be more or less the same because he is such a young coach with very little experience in the coaching arena.
Hopefully, the coaches can build the offense more around Prescott with Elliott and Cooper as the main focuses. If they do so, the ceiling for this offense will be off the charts high.
Barring a serious injury or a surprise suspension, the Cowboys should be a playoff team in 2019. The team has been over trending upwards over the past few seasons, maybe this year the Cowboys can compete in a championship game?
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