Will this be Tony Romo's last shot at a Super Bowl? The NFL odds makers are not giving the Dallas Cowboys much of a chance this year, but can America's Team silence the critics and bring the title to the Lone Star State?

America’s team was not who they thought they were last season, and another season is getting closer each and every day. With all of the NFL beginning their OTA’s, let’s take the time to breakdown the Cowboy’s weaknesses and discuss what aspects of their team they should focus on to put their club back into contention. 

Jason Garrett’s warm behind

In an article published Tuesday, the NFL Network reported that Jerry Jones stated that the “window is getting shorter” with the current Cowboys roster. If you think that Jason Garrett’s job is safe because he is Jones’ boy, you are sadly mistaken. 

The eventual Super Bowl champion Giants single handedly embarrassed the Cowboys at the end of the season, as New York dropped 68 points in two games against Dallas in weeks 14 and 17 to take the Wild Card spot, and then eventually they went on to win the Super Bowl.

Dallas DeMarcus and his band of misfits 

Last season, Dallas’ defense did a pretty good job of stopping the run. The emergence of young middle linebacker, Sean Lee helped, but their inability to stop the pass attack left them incapable of utilizing their talent to the fullest. 

Tony RomoAside from DeMarcus Ware’s 19.5 sacks last season, there was not a whole lot to get excited about when talking the Dallas pass defense. Ware can’t drop back into coverage when he is making quarterbacks have nightmares. The Cowboys picked mostly defensive players in the draft, so maybe that will help them to improve in this area. If the Cowboys want to compete for a Super Bowl, an average defense will not cut it, as we hear time and time again that “Defense wins championships.”


As Jones said, the window is getting smaller by the day, and that is increasingly true with Tony Romo. Despite the solid career he has put together in Dallas, fans only see to care about post season results. Tony Romo is not known as a leader, but rather a player who fails to pull through in clutch situations. 

Romo and Dallas’ offense will be looking up this season if Dez Bryant can take the next step and Miles Austin can stay healthy. The emergence of DeMarco Murray is going to be their main threat, but last season’s injury has raised some concerns.

Star Strike

After Romo, I mentioned some more of the Cowboys’ offense above that will be crucial to their success. Below I get into DeMarco Murray, who looks to be back healthy after fracturing his ankle last season, but who else on the Cowboys offense will need to elevate or re-elevate their game to get Dallas to a Super Bowl?

The easy answer is Jason Witten. Witten regressed last season after being the undisputed number one option in Dallas, even though he still led the Cowboys in receiving yards, just a few more Dez Bryant. He did not have the impact of past years though, only catching five touchdown passes. Laurent Robinson’s emergence didn’t help Witten last year, but Robinson is gone now and Witten will have to make up for a majority of those 858 yards and 11 touchdowns. Bryant is still not proven himself reliable, and Austin hasn’t proven he can stay healthy.

Knee of Murray

DeMarco MurrayThe 24 year-old Murray caught fire in his rookie season with the Cowboys, and set the NFL on fire. In his first start as a pro, Murray ran for 253 yards and a touchdown, which turned out to be one of the best single-game performances of any running back in 2011.

Murray’s breakout season was shorter than hoped, as he didn’t really emerge until late in week 6 against the Patriots, and he got hurt in the middle of week 14 with a fractured ankle. Although he told everyone he is back to 100%, he will have a lot to carry in a sophomore season with a lot to pressure.

Cowboys' future odds and predictions

The Cowboys are +2500 to win the Super Bowl this season, which means that ten teams have better NFL Odds to win it all, and this list includes the Eagles and. Dallas is also at +1200 to win the NFC, which puts them behind seven other NFC teams. Apparently, the sportsbooks don’t give the Cowboys much of a chance, but I’m on the other side.

The Dallas Cowboys have the parts and the ability to win it all. Obviously the salary cap hit they took with the NFL ruling that last season’s salary stacking was against the rules. However, they will compete to win a very tough NFC East, and if the Cowboys don’t make the playoffs, major changes might be coming to Big D. They have the offense, and I think the draft helped them on the defense side of the ball. I see the Cowboys as a 9 win football team and a wild card slot.