The Dallas Cowboys enter the 2013 season as underdogs.
Coming off of a very disappointing 8-8 season, no one, outside of Dallas, really expects the Cowboys to be championship contenders. In fact, I don’t think I’m going out on a limb when I say that most people don’t think this Cowboys team will be much better than they were a year ago.
In the NFL, a team’s success is often measured by playoff success and championships. At the end of the day, every team wants to hoist that Lombardi Trophy. So come along with me as I try to decipher the Cowboys’ best and worst-case scenarios.
Let’s kick off with the worst-case scenario: I think the worst-case scenario would obviously be an injury to Tony Romo, who I think is the Cowboys most indispensable player. Romo, for as much flak as he catches, is the reason the Cowboys were even in playoff contention last year. Say what you say, but without Romo, this team goes nowhere, and put your feelings aside; you know it’s true.
The best-case scenario for the Cowboys, obviously, is winning the Super Bowl. In order for that to happen; however, a lot of things have to go their way; particularly, all the changes that have taken place during the offseason must work.
The team will need to become balanced on offense and the defense, as a unit, has to improve considerably from 2012. I know the NFL is a passing league, but as the expression goes, “if you can run the ball and play defense, you can win championships.”