3 best-case scenarios for the Cowboys in 2023, 2 worst-case

What would it take for things to go perfectly right or horribly wrong for the Cowboys in 2023?
Dallas Cowboys, Dak Prescott
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Dallas finishes as the number one defense in the NFL

In 2022, the Cowboys ended the season as the fifth-best defense in terms of scoring, allowing just 20.1 points per game. Where they struggled, a bit, was in overall yardage, finishing 12th. A perfect scenario for the Cowboys in 2023 would be if the defense was able to shore up the bigger plays being allowed and thus thrust themselves toward the top spot, overall.

Dallas is already top-10 when it comes to third down percentage (37.7 last year) and finished third in sacks with 54. They have the talent to create takeaways and get after the quarterback, so a few minor tweaks could see this unit finish as the best in all of football.

The way to get there? It's all about stopping the run, and Cowboys fans know that. Dallas finished in the bottom half of the league against the run in 2022, and if they can make that a strength, they'll be well on their way to being the top unit overall.

The Cowboys win the Super Bowl

Of course, the best-case scenario for any team this coming season is to win the Super Bowl. But, not every team has a legitimate shot. Look, the Cowboys have a well-rounded team and rank among the NFL's best on offense and defense. They certainly have the talent, there.

It's going to be about performing when it matters most, and that's not just on Dak, but the entire team as a whole. That's on Mike McCarthy. It's on the leaders of this team to make plays when it counts, especially come playoff time. We can all agree that the Cowboys boast one of the better rosters in football, but can they put it together?

Now, let's look at two possible worst-case scenarios for Dallas this coming season.