The hope for Dallas Cowboy has been raising up after their first playoff win in 13 years last season. Jerry Jones, the owner, expects his Cowboys to play in the new Cowboys Stadium in Super Bowl 45 in February.
Offense: The Cowboys boast one of the most balanced offensive attacks in the NFL. Pro Bowl quarterback Tony Romo, and a talented receiving unit, helped Dallas put the sixth-best passing offense in the league on the field last year.
Led by Marion Barber, a talented running back corps also helped the Cowboys feature the seventh-best running attack.
Romo is as fun a quarterback to watch as there is in the NFL. I love the way this guy can scramble to buy time. He was terrific in 2009 when he threw for nearly 4,500 yards and 26 touchdowns with just nine interceptions.
Romo will have no shortage of weapons to work with in the receiving unit. Wide receiver Miles Austin had a coming out party in 2009, catching 81 passes for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Cowboys added another playmaker by drafting Dez Bryant at the end of the first round. He could prove to be an absolute steal. His presence also figures to get more out of Roy Williams, who has been a disappointment since coming over from Detroit. Jason Witten is one of the very best in the business at the tight end position. He hauled in 94 passes for 1,030 yards and two scores last year.
Dallas will have the potential to dominate with its running game. The trio of Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice combined to rush for nearly 2,000 yards in 2009. Barber figures to share even more of the work load this season, and that won’t be a bad thing when you consider that Jones and Choice both averaged better than 5.5 yards per tote.
Defense: The Cowboys finished as the second best scoring defense in the NFL last year, giving up only 15.6 points per game. Led by Big Jay Ratliff up front, the Boys were especially tough on the run, allowing only 90.5 yards per game on the dirt (No. 4 in the NFL).
Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware is an animal. With an 11 sack campaign in 2009, the guy now has 64.5 for his career. That’s good for an average of 12.9 sacks per season.
Joining Ware in the linebacker unit is Anthony Spencer. The Cowboys are hopeful that he can build on his solid 2009 campaign when he produced six sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
The Boys must replace departed safety Ken Hamlin, but a unit anchored by Terrence Newman and Mike Jenkins should be just fine. Wade Phillips has a lot of confidence in defensive backs Alan Ball and Orlando Scandrick as well.
Prediction: 1st NFC East – The Cowboys have the fewest question marks of any team in the NFC East. If they can avoid the injury bug, I like their chances of bringing home another NFC East title. Take a look at my 2010 NFL predictions to see which teams I have winning the other seven divisions.
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