3 things the Dallas Cowboys will be wishing for on Christmas

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TEMPE, AZ – JANUARY 28: Owner Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Cowboys defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX on January 28, 1996 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Cowboys won the Super Bowl 27-17. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /

1. Win the Super Bowl

Winning the Super Bowl is what every team wishes for on the first day of training camp, and the Cowboys will more than likely be one of 14 teams playing for that chance. With a clinching win in sight this weekend, the Cowboys, for once, have a chance at winning the Super Bowl.

It’s not going to be easy by any means, but if the Cowboys can get hot, anything can happen. However, these next three games are going to be huge and will let everyone see whether this team has what it takes to win it all.

As of late, the Cowboys’ defense has been top-tier. They have allowed less than 20 points in five of their last six games and are forcing turnovers at a high rate. Dallas is tied for first in turnovers (31) and leads the league in interceptions (23).

Although they only rank middle of the pack in sacks per game (2.3), the reinforcements are making a huge difference. With defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, defensive end Randy Gregory and defensive tackle Neville Gallimore all finally healthy, the sky is the limit for this defense. In their first game back together, they all immediately made an impact. Lawrence had two tackles for loss, two QB hits, and a sack. Gregory added a QB hit, an interception, and a sack. Gallimore contributed a tackle for loss, a QB hit, and a sack on just 30 snaps.

Additionally, safety Donovan Wilson was just activated from IR meaning that his return is shortly approaching. However, safety Jayron Kearse has been lights out in his place, so his playing time shouldn’t be cut that much, if at all. Another good problem for defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

If the offense can get back to where they were in the first six weeks, this team can really run the table. Last season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ success came from both their electric offense and their stout defense. Their 31-9 win in the Super Bowl proved just that.

This can be a similar formula for the Cowboys this season. No, this offense nor defense isn’t as good as Tampa’s last season, but the potential is there. If the defense can keep playing the way it is and the offense figures it out, a Super Bowl win could be in sight.

After all, that is probably all Jerry Jones has been thinking since his last Super Bowl win in 1996. Let’s all hope that Santa is feeling jolly and brings the Cowboys their first championship in 25 years.