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ESPN writer predicts that the Dallas Cowboys will win one of the next three Super Bowls

And that the Eagles won’t.

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It’s the offseason, so anybody and everybody are throwing around predictions for the upcoming season. Most of those include which player will win MVP honors, what team will surprise, and which playoff team will fail to make the postseason.

ESPN’s Dan Graziano took the whole predictions thing a step further, as he wrote on ‘25 NFL predictions through 2021’. One prediction that stands out the most, though, is his bold prediction that America’s Team will hoist the Lombari Trophy once in the next three seasons. His reasoning? Zeke, Dak Prescott, and the offensive line.

3. The Dallas Cowboys win one of the next three Super Bowls.

It just feels as if people are sleeping on a team that went 9-7 last year while its best player/key to the offense was suspended for six games. Assuming Ezekiel Elliott plays all 16 games, there’s no reason not to like the Cowboys as 2018 contenders. And with their dominant offensive line all under contract and Dak Prescott still on his rookie deal at quarterback, there’s no reason to think there’s any major drop-off coming in the short term.

The Cowboys have not won the Super Bowl since the 90’s during The Triplets era, but the franchise is sitting in a good spot to make the next jump. A franchise running back in Ezekiel Elliott, a young stud on a cheap contract behind center, and a dominant offensive line is certainly a recipe for success — just look at the 2016 season.

Dallas has also taken steps to address the defense — revamping the secondary, hiring former Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard to be in charge of the DBs, and a defensive line that features DeMarcus Lawrence and, now, the return of Randy Gregory. That, combined with a second-place schedule as opposed to a first-place schedule and an offensive staff that is prepared to maximize Dak’s strengths, has the chance to get the Cowboys back into the playoffs in 2018.

Another one of Graziano’s predictions that is interesting to Cowboys fans is the very next one, claiming that while the Cowboys will hoist a Lombardi by 2021, the Eagles will not — despite what occurred this past February.

4. The Philadelphia Eagles won’t.

This is nothing against the Eagles, who should have a very good team again and stand as a legitimate threat to become the first repeat NFC East champion since 2003-04. This is just to make a point about how hard it is to repeat and sustain the kind of success Philadelphia had last year. In 18 NFL seasons since the turn of the millennium, there have been 12 different NFC champions. Of those, the only one that’s returned to the Super Bowl within three years is the Seattle Seahawks, who played in back-to-back Super Bowls following the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Carson Wentz is a young superstar quarterback, the roster is well built and well coached, and if there’s a team built to buck history, this could well be it. But it’s really hard to buck that kind of history.

It is easy to think that the Eagles may go a run of dominance considering that Philly won this past Super Bowl without their franchise quarterback, but Graziano thinks differently. The ESPN writer compares Philadelphia to the Seahawks, when Seattle looked to be poised for a dynasty when they were led by Russell Wilson and the Legion of Boom. Sure, they did win one, but it showed us how hard it is to win year-after-year.

The Cowboys and Eagles are obviously fierce rivals and the two franchises have won the past two NFC East crowns. Both are led by young signal-callers that were drafted in the 2016 NFL Draft, and both have passionate fan bases that want — perhaps, need — to taste success.

This rivalry will be fun to watch as we watch Prescott and Wentz grow for their respective teams. Let’s hope that Graziano’s predictions become a reality and that Dallas goes back to having a 5-Lombardi Trophy advantage over Philadelphia.

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