There are a lot of things that the Dallas Cowboys hope to happen this season -- none more than getting to and winning the Super Bowl -- something that owner Jerry Jones and this fanbase has been clamoring for over two decades.
With all of the changes that have happened this season, there is reason for optimism but also some doubt. New offensive coordinator with a new scheme, players returning from injury, and cutting Ezekiel Elliott. These are all reasons to be hopeful and a bit cautious about what will happen this season for the Cowboys.
One thing is for certain, though, and that is every team needs a little luck to reach the big game, and that applies to the Cowboys going into a season where they are viewed with only a handful of other NFC squads as teams capable of making the Super Bowl.
With that in mind, here are a few dream scenarios that would greatly benefit Dallas in their quest to reach the SB for the first time in nearly 30 years.
1. The Eagles struggle under new management
It's a bit surprising that the Philadelphia Eagles are still being looked at as the top team in the NFC and the one with the best chance of reaching the Super Bowl again. Not because of the talent on their roster, but more so because of the loss of their offensive and defensive coordinators.
Losing Jonathan Gannon will hurt Philly's defense at times this season, with new players coming in and possibly a new defensive scheme and game plans being used it's only natural for players to make mistakes. But the real issue will be how new defensive coordinator Sean Desai overcomes adversity during the season if star players get hurt or teams find weaknesses in his defense. He's a well-respected coach but with the weight of the Philly media on you and a rabid fan base, everything could easily come crashing down around him.
The same goes for new offensive coordinator Brian Johnson who's replacing Shane Steichen this season. Going from a quarterback coach to an offensive coordinator may not seem like that big of a jump but when your main focus goes from helping a group of 3-4 players to now overseeing how an entire scheme is installed and run, that's a lot. Johnson will most likely use a lot of what Steichen installed to make things easier in his first season but just like Desai, Johnson will need to figure out quickly how to handle defenses that know how to attack this offense. His inexperience could well be the biggest weakness and reason that the Eagles struggle in 2023.