After being dealt two frustrating losses on the road to AFC opponents, the Dallas Cowboys found a way to win by one over the Detroit Lions to get back on track in Week 17. Then in Week 18, they ran over the Washington Commanders and put the nail in Ron Rivera's coffin.
With a record of 12-5, they won the No. 2 seed in the NFC and are once again the NFC East champs. While their win sealed it, the Philadelphia Eagles (who were once 10-1) dropped their final two games to make sure the lead was comfortable for Dallas.
Ready to return to AT&T Stadium, where they're 8-0, the Cowboys will host the No. 7 seed Green Bay Packers in the first round of the playoffs. With that game coming up, let's look at which five members of the team will be under the most pressure as they look to end their recent postseason woes.
5. Michael Gallup, WR
There was a time when Michael Gallup was a 1,000-yard receiver but since the Cowboys decided to sign him to a five-year extension ahead of the 2022 campaign, he still doesn't have 1,000 yards — and it's been two years.
Dallas foolishly traded Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns and then used the money to pay Gallup and franchise tag Dalton Schultz. They wound up letting Schultz walk this offseason while Gallup hasn't come close to playing up to his $62.5 million extension.
In an effort to get him going, they were forcing him the ball early in the year but after he had just three receptions on 10 targets in the win over the Chargers, Gallup became a forgotten man. The offense improved as they started to target Brandin Cooks and Jalen Tolbert more while also getting KaVontae Turpin in the mix.
For Gallup, he had four yards on two receptions in Week 16 and none in either Week 17 or 18. He finished with 34 catches for 418 yards with two touchdowns. Dallas is likely to move on in the offseason unless Gallup can reclaim the magic he once had during the postseason.