As a series of articles, we look at game by game predictions for each NFC East team; the second team we look at is the Dallas Cowboys, who many people had tipped for the division title, but those plans have now been scuppered (as was most of this article) when Tony Romo got hurt in the 3rd pre-season game for the Cowboys against the Seattle Seahawks. On a brighter note, his replacement Dak Prescott has dazzled in pre-season and should present a massive upgrade on the tepid play they got from Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel when Romo was injured last season.
Week 1 – Home v NY Giants – WIN
After a stellar pre-season, Dak Prescott wows the entire NFL with his play in the season opener and tears apart a Giants defence that is still gelling with each other after it’s summer makeover. In the aforementioned Seattle game in which Romo got hurt, Prescott proved that with the top Cowboys first teamers he could still get it done against a usually stout defence; and in Seattle no less. The argument can be made that the “Legion of Boom” still weren’t going full throttle at risk of injury, but none the less it’s still a performance that will make people take note of Prescott.
Week 2 – Away @ Washington Redskins – LOSS
For all you keen readers who read my Washington Redskins predictions, you’ll have seen this one coming; but just to remind those who didn’t see it: The Redskins and Cowboys splitting the season series is inevitable, and home advantage tells here. A tough loss for this Dallas outfit against a solid Redskins outfit as Kirk Cousins exploits a defence that still has several holes in it and a revamped secondary will just do enough with to see off the Cowboys in this one. But revenge is coming for Jason Garrett’s men…
Week 3 – Home v Chicago Bears – WIN
Back to winning ways for Dallas as Prescott continues to impress and gains new admires making the most of Ezekiel Elliot as he exploits a mediocre Bears run defence allowing more opening for Prescott to play action his way to a 30 burger and comfortable win. The improving Bears will find it difficult in Dallas as doubts over Jay Cutler’s future grow bigger and bigger under a new regime and not being able to pick apart a less than stellar Cowboys defence won’t help.
Week 4 – Away @ San Francisco 49ers – WIN
Even with a rookie backup in place this will be the most comfortable of comfortable win for Prescott and the Cowboys against a team that I could realistically see going 0-16 this season, and that’s not an exaggeration. The 49ers defence is far from the fearsome beast that it was just 2 years ago when they were a perennial play-off team and their offence, even with the initiative Chip Kelly at the helm will be docile at best, thanks to either Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick at the helm. More interesting than this game’s result will be the cries for Dak Prescott to be the permanent starter as he impresses once again.
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