The Cowboys defeated their division rival the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day and improved to the league’s best record 10-1. After watching the Cowboys come out victorious I couldn’t help but marvel at how much better of a situation the Cowboys are in now, in comparison to last year. If you recall, last year the Cowboys went into their Thanksgiving game 3-7 and were hoping that Tony Romo would be their save their season having missed the last 7 games with a broken collarbone. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, they got embarrassed by the undefeated Panthers 33-14. And to make matters worse, Tony Romo ended up reinjuring his collarbone and missed the rest of the season. The Cowboys ended that year going 4-12, tied for the 2nd worst record in the NFL. Fans questioned Jerry Jones’ decisions as far as personnel went and were looking for Jones to fire head coach Jason Garrett.
My the difference a year makes. The Cowboys were able to take advantage of a high first round pick and drafted former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliot. He’s made an instant impact for the Cowboys running for over 1,199 yards and has averaged 109 yards per game. The Cowboys also found a gem at the end of the 4th round in quarterback Dak Prescott. Dak had to take over the starting job in the preseason when quarterback Tony Romo went down with an injury. Prescott has been a star in Dallas throwing for 2,835 yards, 18 touchdowns, and incredibly only 2 interceptions. Dak is wise beyond his years compared to other young quarterbacks in the league. Another difference that has helped the Cowboys is how well their defense has played. Many were worried especially when they heard that Rolando McClain and Randy Gregory were suspended to begin the year. The Cowboys fought through those distractions and have only allowed 19.4 points a game, which is 10th in the NFL. The Cowboys defeated some of the league’s best squads from last year including the Redskins, Packers, Bengals, and Steelers.
Time is told to heel all wounds and that’s certainly been the case in Dallas. Dallas has taken control of the NFC and looks to expand their lead as the season progresses. The Cowboys with a lot of skill and a little bit of luck have turned a 4-12 disaster to a Super Bowl contender. The only question that’s left is whether or not this young core in Dallas can keep it together through both the regular and post seasons? Regardless, Dallas fans have a lot to be thankful about this year.