5 Reasons Why the Dallas Cowboys Will Win the NFC East In 2014

Reasons Why the Dallas Cowboys Will Win the NFC East In 2014

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Dallas narrowly missed out on the playoffs last season, as key injuries and poor defense cost the Cowboys down the stretch. Despite the disappointing finish, hopes are high in Valley Ranch for an NFC East crown in 2014, but many analysts simply aren't buying it. Can Tony Romo lead the Cowboys back to postseason play? Here are five reasons why the Dallas Cowboys will win the NFC East and make the playoffs in 2014.

5. Tony Romo Will Have A Career Year

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5. Tony Romo Will Have A Career Year

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Tony Romo has shown he has the ability to be one of the league's best quarterbacks. In 2013, however, Romo threw for his fewest yards since an injury-shortened 2010 season, a year in which he played only six games. If Romo can stay healthy, look for the Dallas superstar to post numbers similar to those he posted in 2011, when he threw for 4,184 yards and posted a quarterback rating of 102.5.

4. Demarcus Lawrence Will Help Dallas D-Line Take Huge Step

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4. Demarcus Lawrence Will Help Dallas D-Line Take Huge Step

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With the departure of Demarcus Ware, Dallas' second round draft pick, Demarcus Lawrence, has huge shoes to fill. The second-rounder has huge upside, as he recorded 20 sacks and 34 tackles for loss in two seasons at Boise State. The 6-foot-3, 251 pound defensive end will have a huge say in whether or not the Cowboys' defense will be good enough to win the NFC East.

3. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant Will Stay Healthy All Season

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3. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant Will Stay Healthy All Season

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If Tony Romo and Dez Bryant aren't healthy in 2014, the Cowboys have almost no shot to make the playoffs. If Jason Garrett's two most important offensive players can stay healthy all season long, however, Dallas has a chance to surprise a lot of people. An improved offensive line, anchored by first-round pick Zack Martin, will keep Romo protected and give the veteran a chance to be on the field for all 16 games.

2. Defense Will Be Much Improved Under Rod Marinelli

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2. Defense Will Be Much Improved Under Rod Marinelli

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In 2013, the Cowboys ranked 26th in the league in points allowed and last in yards allowed per game, so there is really nowhere for the defense to go but up. Dallas improved the team's defensive depth this offseason, adding a lot of young but unproven players. It's hard to tell just how good a defense with so many young players will be, but the new-look Cowboys have a chance to be much improved under new defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

1. Cowboys Will Be Better In Close Games

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1. Cowboys Will Be Better In Close Games

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Dallas couldn't have been much worse in key situations last season, losing a remarkable five games by three points or less. Three of those games were one point losses, and if Dallas had been on the other end of those heartbreaking defeats, the team could've been 11-5. Romo will be better in 2014 in late-game situations, but hopefully his defense will be too. An improved Dallas team has a chance to be the surprise of the NFC East in 2014.

Jacob Dennis is an ACC Basketball writer at RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google


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