Dallas Cowboys skill position trio among best in the NFL

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 27: (L-R) Amari Cooper #19, Ezekiel Elliott #21, Dak Prescott #4, Leighton Vander Esch#55, and Byron Jones #31 of the Dallas Cowboys get introduced before the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium on January 27, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 27: (L-R) Amari Cooper #19, Ezekiel Elliott #21, Dak Prescott #4, Leighton Vander Esch#55, and Byron Jones #31 of the Dallas Cowboys get introduced before the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium on January 27, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys don’t quite have the Triplets of the 90’s era teams, but they do have a formidable trio, and they are among the best in the league.

From the 1989 NFL season until the 1999 season, the Dallas Cowboys had arguably the most dominant trio of players that the NFL had and has ever seen. The Triplets, as they are affectionately referred to as, consisted of wide receiver Michael Irvin, running back Emmit Smith, and quarterback Troy Aikman.

Together, this trio of players accounted for 102 wins, eight playoff appearances, Three Superbowl appearances and victories, almost 350 touchdowns, and over 63,000 yards across 10 seasons as a collective threesome. They are all NFL Hall of Famer’s, while also being three of the greatest players to ever play the game.

While the Cowboys don’t have players with their achievements or accolades just yet, they do have a trio of players that could be capable of getting close to that level of success. With Dak Prescott at the helm, Amari Cooper split out wide, and Ezekiel Elliott set up in the backfield, the Cowboys could possibly strike gold twice. Even if they don’t live up to the hype and careers of the original Triplets, they are still one of the most combustible trinities in the entire league, if not the best.

When looking around the NFL for competition though, there are a few groups of guys that come to mind. The most immediate thought revolves around the three-headed beast that resides in New England. Although he is a very young player in the NFL, Sony Michel showed his stuff during last season, and to a tune of almost achieving a 1,000 yard rushing rookie season, falling short at 931 rushing yards on 209 attempts.

That is okay though, because he has arguably the greatest quarterback ever at the helm in Tom Brady, while Julian Edelman is also beastly in his very own right. You can say what you like, but if the Super Bowl jewelry from just last season isn’t enough to make the case, then just keep your eyes open this season.

The New Orleans Saints are another team that could have something to say about the best NFL skill position trio. While Mark Ingram eventually made his way up to Baltimore this past offseason, Alvin Kamara is still wearing the black and gold. While Kamara has been one of the most explosive backs in the league over the past two seasons, he also has Drew Brees tossing the pigskin to an elite receiver in Michael Thomas to compliment said explosiveness.

The last team that can rightfully hold a candle in this argument would be the Los Angeles Chargers. When Keenan Allen is right, he can be amongst the most electric and productive receivers in the league, which he was last season with an amount of 1,196 receiving yards and 97 receptions. With Melvin Gordon leading the backfield and Phillip Rivers under center, they might also be a team that could contend that they have the best trio in football.

While there are a few other teams with a few of the pieces or at least something that resembles the pieces, these are the ones that are as close to surefire as they can get. There are those that seem close but aren’t as well.

You could look at the Minnesota Vikings, who have the absolute best receiving tandem in the league, with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen along with an electric young back in Dalvin Cook. The hold-ups here though are that you would like to see more from Cook, after only playing 4 games during his rookie season and having not overwhelmed during last season, while quarterback Kirk Cousins is only consistent at being inconsistent.

You could take a peep at the Kansas City Chiefs, who have one of the best quarterbacks in the league, with reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes. Even with the questions on Tyreek Hill‘s status, you could still throw in Travis Kelce since he is a receiver that lines up at the tight end position, but that still leaves the tailback in question. Who’s the lead dog between Damien Williams and Carlos Hyde, and furthermore, can they be every-game impact players?

The last triad of players that you could even consider here would be that of the Los Angeles Rams, but they have major question marks as well. Brandin Cooks is seemingly the number one receiver, but at times Robert Woods or Cooper Kupp both looked like that guy as well. While there are way more questions than answers on Todd Gurley‘s knee situation, there are still a ton of questions surrounding quarterback Jared Goff as well, as it had some even thinking about whether they were sold on him as the future or not.

Needless to say, there are and will be those who will scoff at the idea of Dak Prescott being the man at the helm in the future for the Dallas Cowboys, but that would be useless. On top of the facts that Jerry Jones is “sold” on Prescott and that Prescott looks to be in line for a new deal any day now, Dak Prescott wins ball games.

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Across his short career, not only has he won 66 percent of his games with a record of 32-16, but no quarterback other than Tom Brady has won more than him since he’s been in the league. These are a few of the reasons why, along with having one of the best running backs the league has and a top 10 receiver in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys have one of the best skill position triangles in the entire league.