Prognosticator predicts big things for 2020 Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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Can the Dallas Cowboys get over the hump in 2020? One prognosticator likes their chances.

2020 has been a challenging year for most of us. With so many unpleasant things occurring, it is refreshing when you come across a bit of good news. As we prepare for what we hope is a full NFL season, when that good news involves the Dallas Cowboys, it is especially nice.

Over the past month, I have tried to bring some of that positivity to your door, releasing projections for the quarterback, running back, and receivers of this team. While I’m looking for big things from the Dallas Cowboys offense, it now appears there are others sharing this outlook

On Friday, ESPN prognosticator Mike Clay tweeted out his projections for the 2020 season. Perusing through his detailed work, it is clear that he is quite high on the Dallas Cowboys as well.

Clay has the Dallas Cowboys tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the second-best team in all of football. I’m pretty sure after missing out on the playoffs last season, Cowboys fans would be ecstatic to see their team near the top of the NFC.

Clay also has the Cowboys individually dominating most categories in comparison to the NFC East rivals. In a head-to-head matchup with Philadelphia, position by position, he ranks the Eagles tight ends, defensive line, and cornerbacks above Dallas. The Cowboys, however, win every other matchup.

Dallas also dominates the New York Giants, only being bested at running back, tight end, and the defensive line. Comparative to the Washington Football Team, they only have the edge over Dallas along the defensive line.

This falls in line with the division predictions of the Dallas Cowboys taking the NFC East with a record of 10-6. That would be one game better than the Eagles who Clay has as the last team in the playoffs and well ahead of New York (6-10) and Washington (5-11).

Dallas is, of course, predicted to be led by their offense. The Cowboys are listed as the third-best offense in the NFL only behind New Orleans and Kansas City. This is largely due to Dallas possessing top-five ranked groups at running back, receiver, and offensive line.

Truly great teams need balance to succeed and Clay believes that the Dallas Cowboys have that. After trotting out a high-powered offense, he thinks their defense can hold their own too.

According to Clay, Dallas has the 11th best defense in the NFL. This is almost entirely because he ranks the Cowboys linebacker group as second only to Seattle. Like most people, his biggest concern for Dallas is how the cornerback group shows up.

If the Dallas Cowboys can get any consistent play from guys like Chidobe Awuzie, Trevon Diggs, Jourdan Lewis, and Anthony Brown, this defense could breakthrough as a top-ten unit.

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All in all, it appears that the Dallas Cowboys are poised to make a run in 2020. That would definitely qualify as some much-needed good news during such a trying year.