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The Best, Worst, And Most Realistic Scenarios For The Upcoming Cowboys Season

105.3 The Fan
September 05, 2019 - 10:22 am
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By Sterling Daniels

Now that the #ZekeOutFreakout has come to an end, we can FINALLY put contracts aside (for the moment) and focus on some actual, regular season football!

By the time the Dallas Cowboys kick off Sunday 3:25pm on 105.3 The Fan, 239 days will have passed since C.J Anderson and the Rams ended another Cowboys season short of the NFC Championship Game. For every one of those days, I’ve been waiting and wondering about what this season has in store for Cowboys Nation.

Dallas’ offseason was turbulent to say the least and fans have experienced a Titan-sized roller coaster of emotions. I’ll try to comb through all those irrational thoughts and figure out exactly how this 2019 campaign will play out. Like the Cowboys red zone offense, I think the best way to solve this issue is by running a RPO.

Realist- Pessimist - Optimist that is.

Here are three potential cowboys headlines we could see on Dec. 30th in best, worst and most realistic scenarios:

2019 Schedule

Week 1: vs. Giants

Week 2: at Redskins

Week 3: vs. Dolphins

Week 4: at Saints

Week 5: vs. Packers

Week 6: at Jets

Week 7: vs. Eagles

Week 8: BYE

Week 9: at Giants

Week 10: vs. Vikings

Week 11: at Lions

Week 12: at Patriots

Week 13: vs. Bills

Week 14: at Bears

Week 15: vs. Rams

Week 16: at Eagles

Week 17: vs. Redskins

 

Realist (2019 Record 10-6 WWWLLWWWLWLWLWLW )

Playoff Bound...BARELY! Dallas gets set for second straight Wild Card game. Long road to Miami awaits

As expected, the Cowboys get off to a hot 3-0 start against subpar opponents. Unfortunately, the excitement is short lived as the good guys drop the next two games to the revenge-fueled Saints and the Packers as A-Rod pulls off another wild win in Dallas. Jason Garrett rallies the locker room to overcome the early adversity and the team bounces back with a three-game winning streak capped off with a dominant MNF victory over rival Giants.

At 6-2, confidence around the Metroplex is high. However, the season’s second half is plagued with inconsistency. Dallas fails to put together a winning or losing streak over the next seven weeks and enter Week 17 at 9-6. With a playoff berth on the line, Dak and the Boys hold off the Haskins-led Redskins to sneak into the playoffs at 10-6. Though fans are excited for another year of playoff football, there is a general uneasiness entering the postseason.

Garrett’s job is nowhere near safe and with a 4-4 away record, a Super Bowl run all on the road is a daunting task. But with a Top-10 defense and Ezekiel Elliott leading the league in rushing for the second straight year, this team can hang with anybody.

Pessimist (2019 Record 7-9 WWWLLLLWLWLWLLLW)

 

END OF AN ERA: Super Bowl aspirations end in Super Bust. Garrett fired, Prescott future in jeopardy 

Dallas comes out flat to start the season, but lack of strong competition gift the Boys a 3-0 start. The team knows they need to step up their play if they want to compete for a title.

They Don’t.

After dropping back to back games to the Saints and Packers, the 3-2 Cowboys suffer an embarrassing road loss to the Jets in a game where the offense never gets going. They follow that with a loss to the rival Eagles and enter the Bye Week on a four-game slide with a record of 3-4. Sir Claps-A-Lot uses the off week to his advantage and gets the team back to .500 with a win in New Jersey. However, the slow start comes back to bite Dallas as they enter the tough part of the schedule.

Alternating wins and losses over the next four weeks leaves the Cowboys 6-6 after a Thanksgiving victory and in need of a strong finish to the season. Sadly, Dak & Co. can’t get it together. Garrett’s message starts to grow stale and the team hits another three-game skid, effectively ending all playoff hopes. Red Man Walking hangs around to see the season through but after a 7-9 season, he is an early casualty on Black Monday. Dak gambled on himself and lost, now he is at the mercy of the next coaching regime.

Optimist (2019 Record 12-4 WWWLWWWWWWLWLWLW)

 

FINISH THE FIGHT?: Back-to-Back NFC East Champs Enjoy Bye Week; Still “Driven” to reach ultimate goal

The Offense seems to thrive in the new Kellen Moore system. Misdirections and Pre-Snap motions open up more space for skill players and Dak is able to return to 2016 efficiency. After ripping through their first three opponents, Dallas stumbles on the road in the Big Easy. They answer that adversity by winning six straight contests, picking up crucial tiebreakers against playoff contenders like Green Bay, Philly and Minnesota.

They enter a potential Super Bowl matchup against New England with a record of 9-1. Belichick and the Pats figure out how to slow down the Cowboys offense and win a defensive battle in Foxborough. Though the game plan is out on how to stop Moore’s new look offense, the Top-5 defense manages to lead Dallas to a 3-2 record to end the season. With a Week 17 win over Washington, Dem Boys becomes the first Back to Back NFC East Champion since 2004 and clinch a First Round Bye.

The early season loss to New Orleans costs Dallas Home Field throughout the playoffs, but a Home Divisional Playoff game with a shot to advance to their first NFC Championship game since 1995 is enough for fans to feel confident this is the year Our Boys can finally get over the hump.

The season is long and full of injuries. Things rarely go according to plan. Yet, barring any unforeseen injuries or turmoil, this team should be a contender with some meaningful football to play in December. Hopefully this exercise helped curb some of your Cowboy anxieties and you can enjoy the season without being too irrational.

But let’s honest...that’s not going to happen. :)