3 things Dallas Cowboys must do for a shot at Super Bowl LVI

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3. Stay healthy/Add to their depth

The Dallas Cowboys 2020 season was one plagued with significant injuries. The team saw its starting right tackle La’el Collins go down with a season-ending injury before the season even started. The team also saw its starting left tackle Tyron Smith, their starting quarterback Dak Prescott, and their starting tight end Blake Jarwin all suffer season-ending injuries as well.

Fortunately, the team managed to sign veteran backup quarterback Andy Dalton in the previous offseason. Dalton demonstrated how important it is to have competent backups and played admirably for much of the season. The same cannot be said about the players who played in relief of Collins and Smith.

The Cowboys’ offensive line went from a source of strength for the team to one of its most significant liabilities in 2020. The organization will have to make shoring up the depth of its offensive line one of its top priorities this offseason.

That lesson can also be applied to practically every position for Dallas. The team will either have to be significantly luckier (healthier) or they will need to make sure that they have quality players on the bench. The latter of which they can accomplish either through free agency or through smart selections later in the draft.

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The Dallas Cowboys will need to have fewer significant injuries next season if it wants to compete for a shot at the Super Bowl. The team should also invest in trying to acquire quality backups just in case. However, much of this factor simply boils down to luck and the fact of the matter is that luck has (mostly) not been on America’s Team side in its 25-year Super Bowl drought.