After finishing with a mediocre 8-8 record for the fourth time in nine seasons under former head coach Jason Garrett, the Dallas Cowboys are finally headed in a new direction under former longtime Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.
Dallas Cowboys SB Odds & Analysis After Draft
While the start of the 2020 NFL regular season is still months away from getting started (hopefully), the Boys will be looking to reach heights they haven’t seen since they won their last Super Bowl title way back in 1995. With a new regime in place and the Cowboys unveiling a new system for the first time in a decade, let’s find out whether Dallas is going to be legitimate Super Bowl contenders or whether they’ll be nothing more than mere pretenders this coming campaign.
Cowboys Offense Analysis
The Cowboys might have posted a mediocre .500 record a year ago, but they were downright dangerous on offense in finishing the 2019 campaign ranked first in total offense, second in passing, fifth in rushing and sixth in scoring by putting up a healthy 27.1 points per contest.
To add to their offense, the Boys put their franchise tag on quarterback Dak Prescott while re-signing wide receiver Amari Cooper and adding tight end Blake Jarwin and center Joe Looney in free agency. While Dallas had what looks like a modest free agent signing period on the offensive side of the ball, they also pulled off one of the best drafts of any team this year. Dallas snagged gifted wide receiver CeeDee Lamb with the 17th overall pick despite the fact that he was the top-rated wideout in the draft. The Cowboys also selected Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz in the fourth round and James Madison quarterback Ben DiNucci in the seventh round.
Cowboys Defense Analysis
The Dallas Cowboys were also solid on defense a year ago as they finished the 2019 season ranked ninth in total defense, 10th against the pass, 11th against the run and an identical 11th in points allowed (20.1 ppg). To upgrade their defense, the Cowboys signed veteran safety ha Ha Clinton Dix, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, defensive tackle Dontari Poe, safety Darian Thompson, cornerbacks Anthony Brown and Maurice Canady, linebackers Joe Thomas and Justin March and cornerback C.J. Goodwin in free agency while re-signing linebacker Sean Lee.
Dallas also selected Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs in the second round, Oklahoma defensive tackle Neville Gallimore in the third round, Tulsa cornerback Reggie Robinson in the fourth round and Utah defensive end Bradlee Anae in the fifth round.
Dallas 2020 Outlook
Following their excellent draft and solid free agency, things are looking up in Jerry’s World as the Boys get set for the upcoming 2020 campaign. Dallas could very well have the game’s most dangerous quartet in Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper and now, CeeDee Lamb. On defense, Dallas has been solid the last few seasons and although they took a slight step backwards a year ago, their offseason additions, particularly in the secondary, could very well put them in Super Bowl contention.
Being born and raised in Philadelphia, I have an inherent hatred for the Cowboys that goes back as far as I can remember. Having said that, I can’t, in good conscious, pick anyone other than Dallas to win the NFC East in 2020. I think 10 wins looks solid for the Cowboys in 2020 and possibly 11.