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Why the Cowboys defense has their work cut out for them over the next four games

Running the table for Dallas might be even harder than it looks.

Miami Dolphins v Washington Commanders Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys can jump ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East division lead with a win on Sunday night. Of course, that lead will only be temporary unless the Eagles drop one of their four remaining games of the season. While it would feel good to be at the top for a moment, we all understand that the Cowboys need some help if they are to somehow win the division and host a playoff game. That means we will all turn into Seattle Seahawks fans or even, as much as it pains me to say, New York Giants fans over the final month of the regular season. Whatever it takes, right?

Even if the Cowboys were to get some help, there’s a good chance it won’t be enough. That’s because Dallas has quite the gauntlet of high-scoring opponents over their next four games.

The Cowboys are the No. 1 scoring team in the league with 388 points on the year, but the next five teams on this list are all teams on the Cowboys 2023 schedule. They’ve played two of them so far and lost both of those games. Their next four games will consist of teams on this list. Are the Cowboys going to be able to out-shoot each of them?

The Eagles have the receiving duo of A.J. Brown and DaVonta Smith. Brown already has over 1,100 yards on the season and Smith is on pace to do the same. The Eagles are grind-them-out chain movers as only the Cowboys have more first downs on the year than the Eagles.

The Bills are on the docket after that and feature the Josh Allen-to-Stefon Diggs connection. Diggs is 31 yards shy of hitting 1,000 yards for the sixth-straight season. Buffalo also has Gabriel Davis and Khalil Shakir who both average over 15 yards per catch. They each have big-play ability.

And speaking of big-play ability, the Dolphins have the league’s best wide receiver in Tyreek Hill who is on pace to become the NFL’s first-ever 2,000-yard receiver, breaking Calvin Johnson’s record (1,964) in 2012. They also have speedster Jaylen Waddle who is on pace to record a 1,000-yard season in each of his first three years in the league. Miami also features a running back tandem of Raheem Mostert and rookie De’Von Achane who have 21 rushing touchdowns between them. If there’s an offense to be worried about stopping, it would be this one.

Finally, they finish off this rough patch with the Lions who have a little bit of everything. They have a dynamic receiver in Amon-Ra St. Brown who already has over 1,000 yards receiving and gets better and better each year. They have a nice running back duo themselves in veteran David Montgomery and the pass-catching rookie Jahmyr Gibbs. They also have star rookie tight end Sam Laporta who has the fourth-most receiving yards by a tight end this season.

Can the Cowboys go 4-0 against the league’s top-scoring teams? Maybe. After all, they are the best of the best when it comes to scoring points, so they have the firepower to out-duel them. Outscoring all of them, however, that might be too much to ask for.

The Cowboys have positioned themselves for an exciting finish, but we should all prepare ourselves for some high-scoring battles on the horizon. The Cowboys’ defense is coming off its two worst pass-defense games of the year and those opponents weren’t near the offensive juggernauts coming down the pike. Brace yourself. It’s going to get a little bumpy.

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