Rob Ryan finally has a defense that is capable of dominating opponents with coverage or pressure, but the key to the Cowboys’ hopes hinge on the performance of Tony Romo in the clutch.
Prediction: 9-7, third in NFC East
I really like the new additions to the Cowboys secondary but this team still has a lot of holes. The offensive line is my number one concern. If they can get better play up front, they could easily exceed my win total projection.
Prediction: 8-8, third in NFC East
I want to pick Dallas to make the playoffs, but the lack of depth at receiver, Jason Witten's injury, and the Cowboys' inability to finish last year hold me back. I'm underwhelmed by Jason Garrett's play selection and game management.
Prediction: 7-9, third in NFC East
The early part of the schedule is unforgiving and the preseason injuries won't allow continuity to set in until it's too late. Tony Romo still has a good season.
Prediction: 7-9, fourth in NFC East
The two biggest acquisitions of the offseason were at cornerback, with big-ticket free agent Brandon Carr and Claiborne, the first-round draft pick. Carr has already shown he can be a star. But if Claiborne can learn quick enough, and shake off a spring on the sidelines, he’ll do so much more than merely clamp down on opposing receivers. But Carr and Claiborne will also allow defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to blitz like he really wants to do.