Week 13 outcomes clear Cowboys outlook for rest of 2020

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The remaining schedules of each NFC East team

  • Dallas (3-9): @ Cincinnati, vs. San Francisco, vs. Philadelphia, @ New York Giants
  • Philadelphia (3-8-1): vs. New Orleans, @ Arizona, @ Dallas, vs. Washington
  • New York Giants (5-7): Vs. Arizona, vs. Cleveland, @ Baltimore, vs. Dallas
  • Washington (5-7): @ San Francisco, vs. Seattle, vs. Carolina, @ Philadelphia

If I were a betting man, I would bank on the Cowboys going 1-3 down the final stretch of the 2020 season. It’s not difficult to envision a win against the Bengals, especially since it will be a revenge game for quarterback Andy Dalton. The San Francisco 49ers should handle Dallas pretty easily.

Dallas could beat Philadelphia in Week 16, but with quarterback Jalen Hurts leading the Eagles instead of Carson Wentz, the Cowboys’ chances have gotten smaller. The Giants would have beaten Dallas the first time if it wasn’t for two clutch Dalton to wide receiver Michael Gallup throws to get into field goal range in the final seconds.

A quick little prediction for the final standings of the NFC East

  1. New York (7-9)
  2. Washington (6-10)
  3. Philadelphia (5-10-1)
  4. Dallas (4-12)

While I don’t actively root for the Cowboys to play badly on the field, I would consider myself a member of team-tank.

In my opinion, tanking just means playing all of your young players to see what you have with them for the future, hoping for a competitive game, then ultimately falling just short of winning. So can this coaching staff please get rookies like defensive end Bradlee Anae, safety Reggie Robinson II and defensive lineman Ron’Dell Carter on the field?

I would consider this season a mulligan, with Prescott and offensive lineman in Tyron Smith, La’el Collins, and now Zack Martin, all being on injured reserve, this offense was bound to sink. This isn’t even factoring in all of the defensive troubles.

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If Prescott, Smith, Collins, and Martin can all return to form before next season, and the defense just plays like an average unit, I believe the Dallas Cowboys will be threats in 2021. In the meantime, they might as well try to maximize their resources to be able to reload this roster this offseason, and that includes coming in third or last in the division.

Picking top-five and trading back is, in my opinion, the ideal scenario. The next best thing is picking top-eight in every round of the draft next year.