The Cowboys Will Win the NFC East
There was once a time when there was no question who would win the NFC East. In the 90’s, Dallas won not only the NFC East 6 times, but they won a remarkable 3 out of 4 Super Bowls. Who could forget that glorious 52-17 blowout in Super Bowl XXVII followed by the 30-13 beat down in Super Bowl XXVIII, both against the lowly Buffalo Bills? With players like Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith, Darren Woodson, Deion Sanders, the Cowboy’s roster was the best in the league . The roster was so good that in 1993 the Cowboys sent 11 players to the Pro Bowl. The dominance that the Cowboys portrayed throughout the 90’s reminded us all why they were dubbed “America’s Team” in 1978.
Even though Dallas is not a bottom of the barrel team, they have only made the playoffs 4 times and won only two NFC East titles since 1999. There was a lot of hype going into last season for Dallas and the expectations were set high. Unfortunately for Cowboys fans, Dallas pretty much tanked last year and finished with a disappointing 8-8 record. Their rival, the New York Giants, won the division and eventually the Super Bowl, salting their wounds. There are a lot of people that are saying the Cowboys are going to have the same hardships and issues that troubled them last year, but I say that’s all hogwash. In fact, I feel the Cowboys are going to win the NFC East this season and possibly even make a run for the Super Bowl. Here’s why:
Firstly, I feel that Tony Romo is going to have his best season yet. I would even go as far as to say that he will be ranked in the top three best QBs in the NFC behind Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. Since Romo was inserted at halftime against the New York Giants in a 2006 regular season game, he hasn’t looked back. His career stats have been exceptional and I feel that his time is now. He has two of the most talented receivers in the NFL with Dez Bryant and Miles Austin. Romo also has one of the NFL’s best Tight Ends in Jason Witten. Tony had a lot of pressure on him him last year because of how god awful his offensive line was. The Cowboys addressed that issue by bringing in 6 rookies to fight for their spots on the line.
With all of the help from an improved offense, Romo should out shine all other QB’s in his division. I know I’ll hear flack from Giants fans, but don’t worry guys, even one of your all-time greats agrees that Tony is better than Eli. “Tony Romo is probably, if you look at it, statistically, he’s probably the best quarterback in the NFC East,” Armani Toomer said on the “Movin’ the Chains” show on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “You look at Eli Manning and what he does in the fourth quarter, but you talk about consistency, talking about 31 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions, that guy (Romo) can play.” “I’m talking about for me, if I wanted a guy that is going to throw less interceptions and be more productive, higher completion percentage, I’m going to go with Tony Romo.”
Secondly, I feel that what was just merely an average defense last year, will be a top-5 defense in the NFL this season. As Rob Ryan, brother of Jets coach Rex Ryan, heads into his second full season as the Cowboys Defensive Coordinator, I can assure you that he will have a successful game plan this time around. Dallas acquired Carolina middle linebacker Dan Conner and paired him with the young and charismatic Sean Lee. The two middle linebackers will have assistance on the outside from veterans DaMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer. Together they will form arguably one of the best line-backing cores in the NFL. The biggest weakness Dallas’ defense faces is with their sub-par secondary, but with the signing of Kansas City Chiefs star, Brandon Carr, they shouldn’t be as bad as you might think.
Finally, I feel that the Dallas Cowboys will win the NFC East with the help of their sophomore phenom running back, DeMarco Murray. I feel Murray’s stats for the 2012-13 season will earn him a spot on the NFC Pro Bowl team. He ran for an incredible average of 5.5 yards per carry in his rookie season and took the NFL by storm. With a full off-season to prepare and a preseason to get comfortable as the star back, look for him to break 1,500 yards this season. Murray also proved to have good hands out of the backfield and this season he will become a huge screen option for Romo to dump to. If Murray can stay healthy than you can expect his speed, power and intensity to help carry the Cowboys back to the promised land.
With a newly revamped defense and Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray poised to have career defining years, the 2012-13 Dallas Cowboys will win the NFC East and dethrone the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.