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ESPN analyst projects Cowboys offense to dip in production in 2020 but still be solid overall

Predicting the Cowboys future is risky business.

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The 2019 Dallas Cowboys had one of the more efficient offenses in the NFL. First-year offensive coordinator Kellen Moore did wonders for Dak Prescott and Co. and helped them achieve outputs in terms of yardage and/or points at different times that had Cowboys fans excited about the future.

Of course, the goal is for consistency in that department and the hope is that Mike McCarthy can offer that. The huge output for the Cowboys offense in 2019 was surprising, but people are always trying to figure out what’s going to happen next.

ESPN’s Mike Clay has projected the 2020 Cowboys’ statistical output

Every year Mike Clay offers up statistical predictions for each NFL team. This is hardly an easy or completely accurate exercise, but it is without a doubt very interesting. There are reasons to believe in different ideas and notions.

Clay’s predictions for the 2019 Cowboys ended up being a tad low with regards to Dak Prescott. Take a look at what he thought the team would do a year ago.

Prescott ended up throwing for almost 5,000 yards and 30 touchdowns. Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper both failed to reach the prediction that Clay had for them in terms of yardage, but they both surpassed their predicted touchdown totals in their respective categories.

Clay was a big believer in DeMarcus Lawrence continuing his solid form, and while Tank was undoubtedly impressive, he regressed in sack numbers which has a lot of people calling his play into question.

Clay believes in the Cowboys defensive line

While Lawrence did indeed “dip” last season in terms of sack totals he was a highly productive player. Mike Clay believes that the sack numbers should rebound nicely for Lawrence in 2020 as well as his friends along the defensive line.

Clay was a believer in Robert Quinn last season and obviously the newest member of the Chicago Bears blew up in a way that nobody really saw coming. The good news is that Clay projects Gerald McCoy to have almost five sacks at defensive tackle.

Perhaps the most disappointing prediction here is the 164 snaps for second-year defensive tackle Trysten Hill. With the Cowboys adding to the position in free agency by way of both Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe, plus all of the defensive tackles that they are considering in the upcoming draft.

These are still productive numbers for the Cowboys even though they might not be what they were a year ago in respective categories. Do you think they’re attainable?

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