Dallas Cowboys: Dare we dream of the Super Bowl?
By Matt Aaron
How this year is different for the Cowboys
As of right now, starting quarterback Dakota Prescott has a QB rating of 90.4, number one in the league over the first three games. He leads Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs’ MVP quarterback, six-time Super Bowl-winning QB Tom Brady, and every other quarterback in the league not named Prescott.
In these three games, Dak’s thrown for 920 yards, with nine touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s added in another 88 yards and a touchdown running the ball. In short, Prescott is playing at an MVP pace.
In Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Randall Cobb, Dallas has the best receiver corps its had in years. They look better than even the Dez Bryant-led receivers of the (former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony) Romo years.
The Cowboys have not just one, but two spectacular running backs, with Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard combining for 228 yards on the ground last Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
As has been noted virtually everywhere, this is the first time two Dallas ball carriers have run for over 100 yards in one game since Emmitt Smith and Chris Warren accomplished the same feat way back in 1998. America’s Team is averaging 32 points per game, fourth in the league.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys defense, though allowing a fair amount of yards, has held opponents to an average of 14.7 points per game, fourth-best in the NFL. This, while missing five defensive starters against Miami, and one of their best pass rushers in defensive end Robert Quinn for the first two games.
The rest of their defensive stars, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, cornerback Byron Jones and star linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch, while playing decently, haven’t seemed to have kicked into high gear yet.
In general, it seems the Dallas defense is still fine-tuning, still getting warmed up. And yet, they’re the fourth-best defense in the league. All of this is putting Super Bowl LIV dreams in the heads of many Cowboys fans.
Of course, there are still doubters.