The Dallas Cowboys: Contenders or Pretenders?

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The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a crucial divisional win (27-20) against the Washington Football team, but they enter week 15 with many questions surrounding the rest of their season.

The playoffs are a month away and the Cowboys sit atop the NFC East, and are able to clinch a post season birth this week with a win against the Giants and a Washington loss to the Eagles. However, despite an almost guaranteed playoff appearance and one of the best records in the NFC, the Cowboys have had their fair share of struggles over the course of the year and the team that was regarded as a legitimate contender four months ago has people reconsidering.

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The Cowboy’s roster is loaded with numerous superstars like Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliot, Amari Cooper, Ceedee Lamb, and Zack Martin on the offensive side, while players like Trevon Diggs, Micah Parsons, and Randy Gregory are thriving on the defensive side of the ball. Yet with all these big names, America’s team has still struggled during points this season, going 1-3 over the month of November and losing key players to short term injuries consistently.

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Arguably the two best players on the offense, quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliot have struggled as of late being that Prescott has posted a quarterback rating of less than 80 in three of their last four games and Elliot has battled a knee injury over this time. However, The Cowboys have definitely held their own against other good teams like the Buccaneers, Patriots, and the Chiefs showing they can compete at a high level when all the gears are in motion and everyone is healthy.

With the playoffs just over one month away the Cowboys will continue on their path to SoFi stadium in February, and hopefully have any kinks that exist now, worked out.

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