It’s a hot mess.
That is the perfect description of the Dallas Cowboys in 2018. You really can’t get a feel for this team because so much change has happened, for better or worse. All you really know is you want to see what will happen on September 9th when this team kicks off their season against the Carolina Panthers.
What I do know is that this team can be successful if it can just get back what it was like in 2016. Yes, you are missing big pieces like Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, but you still have one major weapon in Zeke Elliott, who was the engine of that season.
The passing game will still click because the system is back to what Dak Prescott likes, not force feeding one receiver down the field all the time. Dak is going to spread it around, and you will see this offense rolling again.
All this can happen if the offensive line can stay healthy though. With backup center Joe Looney and a rookie guard in Connor Williams in the lineup, things could shaky with blocking. IF the offensive line fails, so does the offense. This is the biggest thing to watch for this season.
Yet, if the offense struggles this season, for the first time in awhile, the defense is good enough to lead the way. This defense has quickly gone from disappointment to hero in just one offseason. Thanks to emergence of risk players like Jaylon Smith, Randy Gregory and other success stories, the defense has emerged as one of the bright spots for the Cowboys. Even former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo describes this as the best defense for the team since 2003.
This defensive front seven has the ability to not only tackle well, but get penetration. They are effective against the run and pass and boast a lot of depth as well.
The only weakness is the safety position which is currently thin because of injuries and lack of quality depth.
So, it is fair to say this team is a hot mess because it isn’t a perfect team. It has a lot of flaws, a lot of unknowns that could backfire against the team this season. On the other hand, it has some pieces that are really good and could help keep this team move forward.
So let’s just call it now, 10-6 and the NFC East Crown. Not too bad for a hot mess.
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