The Cowboys’ performance so far this season has undoubtedly been above expectations. After their great performance against the Patriots and their five-game winning streak, the Cowboy team is projected for great things this season. And that would include getting to the Super Bowl and winning it.
Right now, Dallas leads the East Division of the National Conference with a 5-1 record. This leaves him three and a half games ahead of the Eagles, Giants and Washington, all of whom are 2-5. And looking at the performance of these teams, the division title seems to be decanted for the cowboys.
When it comes to the National Conference, the Cowboys are in the race to have the best record and achieve the # 1 seed heading into the playoffs. Currently, this spot is in place of the Cardinals, who remain undefeated with a 7-0 record. And behind them, apart from the Cowboys, are also in the fight the Buccaneers, the Packers and the Rams.
Therefore, the current expectation is for the Cowboys to finish the regular season with at least 12 wins. This is stated by David Moore, a reporter for the Dallas Morning News, in a recent article. And this, in large part, is due to the calendar that awaits the cowboy team.
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Of Dallas’ 11 remaining games, only three will be against opponents who currently have winning records: Raiders (5-2), Saints (4-2) and Cardinals (7-0). On the other hand, there are two “trap” parties where you must not be careless. One would be this week against the Vikings (3-3), and the other would be in week 11 against the Chiefs (3-4), who are not to be trusted despite their bad moment. The other six games – Broncos, Falcons, Giants, Eagles and the two games against Washington – should count for wins if all goes as expected.
Besides, we must not forget that the team’s statistics are being very favorable.
After seven weeks, the Cowboys offense leads the NFL in total yards per game (460.8) and points scored per game (34.2). In addition, he ranks 5th in passing yards (296.5 per game), and second in rushing yards (164.3 per game). Without a doubt, it is one of the most fearsome attacks in the league right now.
Meanwhile, the western defense is also at the top of some statistics. Dallas leads the NFL in interceptions (11), third in changes of possession (14), and fifth in rushing defense (86.2 yards per game). On the other hand, the Cowboys need to improve their passing defense (29th, 295 yards per game) and reduce the number of points per game allowed (20th, 24.3 points per game).
Things may be different for Dallas this time
It is worth remembering that this is not the first time in recent years that Dallas has had a great performance in the regular season. Three specific cases are the seasons 2007 (record of 13-3), 2014 (12-4) and 2016 (13-3). However, this has not translated into successes in the preseason, since on all three occasions they fell in the divisional round of the playoffs.
However, this year the situation may be different.
Such as reseña Clarence Hill Jr., Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter, those Cowboys teams had their flaws. In 2007, the cowboy team had leadership problems both in the coaching staff and in the locker room. In 2014, the defense was considered a nightmare. And that problem continued in 2016, a year in which Dallas also had a very young team with great projection.
ON THIS DAY in 2016 — Cowboys beat the Steelers 35-30 thanks to a go-ahead 32 yard touchdown from Ezekiel Elliott
— Cowboys extended their winning streak to 8
— Zeke reached the 1,000 yards mark
— Cowboys had the best record in the NFL
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However, Hill indicates that this year the Cowboys have great players on both sides of the ball, a good group of coaches and excellent leadership in the locker room. It is true that the team still has things to improve, especially in the defense of passes, but that does not detract from their merits as legitimate candidates to at least reach the Super Bowl.
As noted in other articles, it is still early to make screenings beyond the regular season. There are still eleven games left, and anything can happen in them. However, that doesn’t mean that expectations with the Cowboys in 2021 are going to abate. On the contrary, these will continue to increase as Dallas continues to add victories and stay in the top of the statistics in the league.