2020 Team Analysis & Schedule
The Dallas Cowboys are known as America’s Team, and they have a large following throughout the United States. Dallas entered the NFL in 1960, and they dominated the league during the early 1990s.
Despite being one of the most popular and successful teams in the NFL, the Cowboys have not won a Super Bowl since 1995. The Cowboys have seen plenty of playoff appearances since that time, but they have struggled in the postseason.
The 2020 season will mark the beginning of a new era for the Cowboys as they will have a new coaching staff. Dallas will once again feature an explosive offense, and they have all the makings of a playoff contender.
Dallas Cowboys 2020 Schedule
|Week 1||Sept. 13||at Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Atlanta Falcons|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||at Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||Cleveland Browns|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||New York Giants|
|Week 6||Oct. 19||Arizona Cardinals|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||at Washington Football Team|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||at Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||Bye week|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||at Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 12||Nov. 26||Washington Redskins|
|Week 13||Dec. 3||at Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||at Cincinnati Bengals|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||San Francisco 49ers|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 17||Jan 3.||at New York Giants|
Last Year’s History
The Dallas Cowboys finished the 2019 regular season with a record of 8-8, which earned them second place in the NFC East Division. Dallas got off to a 3-0 start to the regular season, but they failed to make the playoffs.
The 2019 season cost head coach Jason Garrett his job, and the Cowboys will be led by Mike McCarthy in 2020. Dallas has one of the most talented rosters in the league, but they have yet to make a run at the Super Bowl.
Dallas was able to win two of its final three regular season games, but it was not enough to win the NFC East Division. A Week 16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles was a huge blow to their playoff chances, and it ended up being another disappointing season.
Dallas did go 5-1 against NFC East opponents in 2019, but they struggled against the rest of the league.
Dallas Cowboys Key players
Dak Prescott was chosen by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and he has enjoyed a terrific career in Dallas. Prescott is still trying to secure a long-term deal with the Cowboys, and he will likely be playing for a payday this season.
The quarterback threw for 4,902 yards a season ago, which included 30 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions. He has completed 65.8 percent of his passes since entering the NFL and continues to get better as he ages.
Dallas has one of the best offenses in the NFL, and Prescott is one of the main reasons for that.
Ezekiel Elliott has had over 300 carries in each of the past two seasons, and he also plays a role in the passing game. The running back racked up more than 1,700 offensive yards a season ago, and also accounted for 14 touchdowns.
Running backs are not extremely durable in the NFL, but the Cowboys seem determined to get everything out of Elliott during his prime. Elliott also runs behind one of the best offensive lines in the league, which creates some large holes for the former Ohio State star.
Amari Cooper joined the Cowboys in 2018 and immediately gave the offense some new life. In his first full season with the Cowboys last year, Cooper had 79 receptions for 1,189 yards.
Cooper is the top target for Prescott, and he is capable of making some huge plays for the offense. Elliott is the player that the Cowboys feature the most on offense, but Cooper sees plenty of touches as well.
Dallas Cowboys New Additions
The Cowboys had several needs entering the offseason, and they were aggressive in free agency and improved the team in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was brought in to help improve the secondary, and he should be a starter in Week 1. DT Gerald McCoy was also signed, and that should help the Cowboys get pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
Veteran QB Andy Dalton was signed to back up Dak Prescott, providing the Cowboys with some insurance.
Dallas made a huge splash in the 2020 NFL Draft when they selected wide receiver CeeDee Lamb in the first round. Lamb had a great career at Oklahoma and will be an immediate weapon on offense.
Dallas Cowboys Key Subtractions
Dallas will be looking to fill many holes on their roster after they saw several key players leave the team. Both the offense and defense are losing some starters, and that could hurt their chances this season.
Wide receivers Tavon Austin and Randall Cobb are no longer with the team, and that will allow defenses to key on Amari Cooper. Center Travis Frederick also retired after the 2019 season, and that will hurt the offensive line.
The defense will be without defensive ends Michael Bennett and Robert Quinn. Cornerback Byron Jones and safety Jeff Heath have also moved on from the team, leaving holes in the secondary.
The NFC East has been one of the wildest divisions in football over the last few seasons, and it’s extremely wide open. Dallas and the Philadelphia Eagles have been the two top teams in the division of late, and that should be the same this season.
Philadelphia won the division a season ago with a record of 9-7, and nine wins might win it again this season. Dallas must find a way to beat the Eagles if they want to secure the division.
Washington and the New York Giants are both expected to struggle in 2020, but they have plenty of young talent on their rosters. The Cowboys have the most talent in the division, and they should win the NFC East this season.
Dallas Cowboys Offense
The Cowboys are loaded with offensive talent, and they can move the ball in a variety of ways. Dallas led the NFL with 431.5 offensive yards per game a season ago, and their offense could be even better this season.
Even though the Cowboys led the league in yards per game, their offense averaged just 27.1 points per game. The offense seemed to struggle in the red zone, but a new offensive system could produce a huge change in scoring this season.
Dallas has talent to spare, and the addition of CeeDee Lamb only improves this. The BetUS sportsbook has his Over Under for receiving yards this season set at 850 yards. Look for the Cowboys to be in the top five in the NFL in total offense in 2020.
Dallas Cowboys Defense
Even though the Cowboys were better than the league average on defense a season ago, this is one area that needs to improve. The only problem is that the Cowboys will be replacing several starters from 2019, and it remains to be seen how this will work.
The Cowboys only allowed 20.1 points per game a season ago, but they need to lower that number to be considered elite. Dallas will be without a number of their top pass rushers, which will put some pressure on their struggling secondary.
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