The last time a team won back-to-back NFC East titles was the 2004 Philadelphia Eagles. Following a division-winning, 12-5 2021 season, the Dallas Cowboys will look to break the streak that has plagued NFCE teams for 17 straight seasons.
Dallas enters the incoming season as a slim favorite over the Eagles to take the division title, but the lack of fan enthusiasm and depleted roster do not tell a story of success on the horizon.
For all the somewhat deserved negativity surrounding the Cowboys right now, they are still the reigning champs in the division and are bringing back All-Pro caliber players all over the field.
That said, while significant talent remains, Dallas is facing a tough early section of their schedule and will miss key players like Tyron Smith, Michael Gallup, and James Washington for at least multiple weeks.
Despite the injuries and roster shake-ups, the Cowboys are still expected to win the division and we do not talk about the reasons why enough. Dallas holds serious strengths on all sides of the ball and has more than enough reasons why they can pull it off. Let’s talk about that right now.
3 reasons the Dallas Cowboys will win the NFC East
3. Divisional Dominance
Over the last 10 seasons, the Cowboys have a 41-19 record against divisional opponents in the regular season. That equates to a .683 winning percentage, the highest in the division by a landslide.
To put it simply, the Cowboys have absolutely owned divisional opponents for quite some time now, and there is no reason why they would stop now. They have the best quarterback in the east by far (more on him later), an up-and-coming defense, and stars scattered throughout the rest of the roster.
In addition to their total success, Dallas is also 10-5 in NFC East road games over the last 5 years, while defending home turf incredibly well with a 13-2 record over that same time span. The consistent ability to win on the road, while being unbeatable at home spells trouble for the rest of this division once again.
Both Washington and New York are seemingly in rebuild mode, even if they don’t know it, while the Eagles have tried and succeeded at building a roster that could give them the upper hand over Dallas.
Here’s the bottom line: even with the roster taking a step down, the Cowboys have a top two roster in the division and a consistent history of beating up their rivals. Those two facts give them a clear shot at taking the division once again.