Dallas Cowboys 2018 Review,  10-6, 1st NFC East

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Dallas Cowboys

10-6

1st NFC East

Grade : B+

After a slow start to the season, third year quarterback Dak Prescott and the Cowboys were able to find some success in the 2018-19 season. Dallas started the season 3-5 before winning 8 of their last 9 games. The late season run was enough to win the NFC East, earning the Cowboys a first round home playoff matchup with the Seattle Seahawks. Zeke Elliott and the Cowboys running attack dictated the game against Seattle, with Zeke registering 137 yards and a TD on 26 carries. The Cowboys went on to lose a tough game against the LA Rams in LA the following week by a score of 30-22.

Prescott did just enough to keep his quarterback job safe for another season, while Ezekiel Elliott made strides towards becoming the best, most feared halfback in the league. This young team has a chance to improve each season as long as the young core can stay healthy. With the offensive line in Dallas, plus Amari Cooper and Zeke Elliott playing at their full potential, no one can deny that Dallas would have to be considered a super bowl contender next season.

2019-2020 Season Outlook

The Cowboys are looking good going forward. The Dallas front office has done an efficient job in managing the contract situations with big name players, and the Cowboys aren’t projected to lose to many pieces this offseason. Dallas will bring back a minimum of 4 of the starting 5 linemen who led the Cowboys running game. Dallas ranked 5th in the league in rushing yards per game, and will be projected to make it into the top five again next season as well.

The Cowboys are expected to lose an effective pass rusher in Demarcus Lawrence who is expected to test free agency this offseason. Lawrence led the team with 10.5 sacks this season.

The Dallas defense has been heavily linked to a big upgrade in the secondary for the 2019-20 season, with free agent to-be Earl Thomas on the top of the wanted list for the Cowboys in the offseason. The Cowboys had tried to trade for Thomas in the middle of the season, with a season ending leg injury to Thomas ending all midseason negotiations.

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