All right, as everyone here knows, the Dallas Cowboys are not my favorite team but I have attempted to draft a bias-free prediction for the Cowboys season. I know I'm taking a risk here, but we'll see what happens. If it's any consolation, the Mavericks are my favorite basketball team so here goes...
For better or worse, the Dallas Cowboys are a team that has been in the spotlight since the days legendary Tom Landry roamed the sidelines in his trademark fedora.
Through the years, the Cowboys have meant ratings, content in their role as one of the most polarizing sports franchises in North America.
Now, expectations are as big as the dazzling Metroplex skyline that I’ve seen on television since the days my dad dutifully watched Dallas on CBS every week.
Much like J.R. Ewing’s motley crew, the Cowboys have plenty of drama and will be must-see television throughout much of the upcoming NFL season.
For starters, the eyes of Texas (and everyone else) will be on Tony Romo who is coming off a season where he tossed for a team-record 4,483 yards with 26 touchdown against a paltry nine interceptions.
Furthermore, his arsenal is rife with solid weapons such as Miles Austin (an NFC-leading 1,320 receiving yards last season), Jason Witten (94 rec, 1,130 yards) and a triumvirate of talented tailbacks in Felix Jones, Marion Barber and Tashard Choice.
Of course, the Cowboys’ defense, (fourth against the run last season, surrendering just under 91 yards per game), is also an elite unit and Jay Ratliff is quite possibly the best nose tackle in the game today.
With all of that said, we have seen the Cowboys fall short of expectations before (what team hasn't) and as a Broncos fan, I have my reservations about Wade Phillips' coaching abilities, having watched him fail consistently.
Be assured that if the Cowboys fail, owner Jerry Jones will not stand for such insolence and shake things up considerably.
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