The Dallas Cowboys were hit by an injury to star QB (QuarterBack) Dak Prescott which stopped them making a proper charge last year, but can they make the playoffs in the 2021 season?
The Cowboys had a new head coach coming into last season and as always the hype was high on them making a playoff run, defensive frailties hurt the start of their season and then Dak Prescott suffered a season ending injury which effectively stopped any chance they had of retrieving their season.
At the point of the Prescott injury, the Cowboys were leading the league in points scored with a 2-3 record having lost in spectacular fashion to the Falcons and Browns. Dak had thrown for 1,690 yards in his four completed games with nine TDs and four interceptions as well as a hat-trick of rushing TDs against the Falcons.
Andy Dalton stepped into the QB role following that injury and couldn’t keep up the scoring against teams who were marching up and down the field on that terrible defense, he went down with a concussion meaning a third choice QB, and the season was done and dusted. The Cowboys finished third in the NFC East at 6-10.
Will the Defense Improve?
Fans and top sportsbooks were hoping for a decent defense with the appointment of Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, but after conceding the fourth most points in the league, Nolan was let go and replaced by Dan Quinn after his release from the Falcons.
The Cowboys have some talent on defense, especially at LB with Leighton Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith and rookie Micah Parsons, but their players couldn’t make the system work last year so any change of system and coaching is surely a good thing for that side of the ball.
If they can keep players healthy on offense it won’t take too much of an improvement on the defensive side of the ball to give the Cowboys a chance of making the post-season again.
How Is the Offense Looking?
Jerry Jones has invested money on the offense and it’s given them a top three trio of wide receivers led by Amari Cooper with CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup providing good options as alternates. Lamb was highly drafted last season and showed his talent with some highlight reel catches while Cooper is one of the higher paid WRs in the league.
Ezekiel Elliott will have to prove his worth after a poor season, he’s still reaping the benefits of a big contract deal and will be costing the Cowboys nearly $10m this year. It was reported that Zeke contracted Covid in the off-season and he never really looked at 100% through the season. In fact, Tony Pollard looked the more explosive player when given the chance.
Frankly, it all depends on the health of Dak Prescott and it seems like his recovery has been on schedule so there shouldn’t be any reason why he won’t return and keep them scoring points. Great news for the best betting sites.
Can They Make the Playoffs?
It’s a weird division, and tough to call this year after none of the four teams seemed to want to win it last year. The Washington football team eventually secured the title while the Giants stumbled into second place with the Eagles unable to get things going all year finishing bottom of the pile.
Washington moved to Ryan Fitzpatrick which will make their offense more entertaining and balance out the best defense in the division while the Giants should welcome back Saquon Barkley who missed most of the year and have added speed on offense.
The Eagles moved on from Carson Wentz and look like a team in transition at the moment, so probably won’t pose much of a threat in the divisional race. The NFC East has gone over 15 years without a team retaining the division title, I’d be very surprised if that run is broken this season. The Cowboys have the talent to make the playoffs and the best sportsbooks think they’ll do it as NFC East champions.
NFL Pick: Dallas Cowboys YES to make the playoffs at -160 on BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
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