Dallas Cowboys, When Healthy, Could Be NFC East's Best Team

By Mark Donatiello
Matthew Emmons

The Dallas Cowboys do it to us every year. Big-name talent on a high-profile franchise keeps expectations high for Big D, but they always seem to fall short. On a team that hasn’t been successful in some time, could this be the year?

Their divisional rivals are in trouble. The defending NFC East champions will likely be without their quarterback, and the rest of the division is trying to rebuild after extremely disappointing seasons. It’s possible that the Cowboys are the favorite in one of the toughest divisions in sports.

When healthy, the Cowboys were one of the best teams in football. Unfortunately, injuries derailed what could have been a promising season.

While DeMarcus Ware is the most talented player on the Cowboys defense, their depth at linebacker was what made defense great. The secondary was vastly improved under Rob Ryan, and Ware’s presence made the defensive line opportunistic.

Unfortunately, injuries to Sean Lee and Bruce Carter derailed the defense. Forced to sign replacements that were out of football, the fact that the Dallas defense was relevant was impressive. They’ll be better now that they’re healthy.

Offensively, the Cowboys again fell apart because of injuries. Talented weapons to the outside battled lingering issues, while running back DeMarco Murray‘s injuries made the offense one-dimensional. Without a consistent rushing attack, the Cowboys struggled, but a healthy Dallas looked unstoppable.

With a healthy running game and a deep group of linebackers back in action, the Dallas Cowboys could very well be the team to beat in the division.

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