Sitting on just two wins so far, with seven games left, will the Dallas Cowboys win again in 2020?
A nightmarish year for most humans has made its way into what is supposed to be a break from reality. The absolute train wreck that has been 2020 is almost as bad as the Dallas Cowboys season.
At this point, there is only one thing about this year that is going as one may have thought possible. In late November, the Dallas Cowboys have a real shot at winning the NFC East.
Yes, your team, with just two wins, currently residing in last place, is just one and a half games out of first place. What could be more indicative of 2020 than that statement right there?
In theory, with seven games left, the Dallas Cowboys could win four of those and win the division with just six wins. Of course, winning four games would be double the current total. That feat seems ridiculously impossible given the way this team has performed to date.
This team has started twice as many quarterbacks (Dak Prescott, Andy Dalton, Ben DiNucci, and Garrett Gilbert) as the number of games they have won. This team has given up 35+ points twice as many times as it has won a game this year. Even with an improvement in their play over the last three weeks, the Dallas Cowboys still have struggled to score, have not gotten stops when needed, and have lost all three games.
I know I’ve only been watching football for three decades now, but not scoring combined with not getting off the field when necessary seems like a bad recipe for success. It also begs the question, will the Dallas Cowboys win another game in 2020?
The quest starts Sunday, on the road, in Minnesota. Listed as a seven-point underdog, the Dallas Cowboys are winless away from AT&T Stadium, losing by an average of 11.5 points. They face a team with the league’s leading rusher in Dalvin Cook while employing the league’s second-worst rush defense.
Cook already has games of 130, 163, 181, and 206 yards rushing. The Dallas Cowboys gave up 307 yards rushing to the Cleveland Browns. Arizona pounded them on the ground for 261. Washington got them for 208. Expect another 100+ yard day from Cook and a win.
The Cowboys then will turn around and play once again just four days later in their annual Thanksgiving Day contest. Washington will come to town, looking to sweep Dallas for the first time since 2012. Ironically, these two franchises met on Thanksgiving that year as well.
This game likely represents one of just two “winnable” games the Dallas Cowboys have left on their schedule. Only Washington (because of the game being in Dallas) and Cincinnati are contests that Dallas could be favored to win.
Three of the final five will be on the road (at Baltimore, at Cincinnati, and at the Giants) with home games against San Francisco and Philadelphia. Only the Bengals represent a team who will not be fighting for a playoff spot.
If Dallas does lose their next three, an entirely plausible scenario, that would make them 2-10 heading into the final quarter of the year. At that point, it would probably be more beneficial to their future to try to lose the last four games to ensure a top-three pick in next year’s draft.
Can the Dallas Cowboys win again in 2020? Washington and Cincinnati, with possibly the Giants to end the year are the only realistic opportunities. Should they win again? It doesn’t really make much sense as even if they were to get extremely fortunate to earn a playoff spot, they would likely get blown out in round one. Will they win again? Only time will tell but the odds are not in their favor.