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5 Early Bold Predictions for the Dallas Cowboys in 2021

The are just 68 days from the Game against the and 101 days until the regular-season opener against the . The Cowboys have a lot of work to do to get ready for the and make a run at getting back to the .

Though we have a long time to wait for an actual game of football to be played, here are 5 to help you look ahead to the start of the 2021 season. These predictions are meant to be a little bit out there but hopefully based on some semblance of realism.

1. Randy Gregory Hits Double-Digit Sacks

The stars are aligning for to have the best season of his career in 2021. Primed with a full offseason for the first time in his career and coming off a strong end to the 2020 campaign, Gregory has a chance to finally show why he was so highly regarded as a pass rusher coming out of Nebraska in 2015.

Gregory was arguably the Dallas Cowboys' best pass rusher in the second half of the 2021 season. He was productive and effective, creating pressure and recording .

With continuing to get the respect of the league on the other , Gregory will get the benefit of far more single-blocker pass-rush situations. Of course, it's only a matter of time until Gregory begins forcing teams to double him.

2. Damontae Kazee Leads the NFL in Interceptions

With an improved from a full offseason for Randy Gregory, the Cowboys will be getting after opposing quarterbacks, creating more pressure, and creating more turnovers. Coming off of a torn Achilles, has a shot at having a huge bounceback season.

Just a few years removed from a seven interception season, Kazee could benefit from the pressure Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence will create off the edge. The interior pass rush will be better in 's second year and 's third. will help make the Cowboys' 3-technique rotation formidable for opposing offensive lines.

The Cowboys' defense should create more turnovers in 2021, and Damontae Kazee will be a big part of that playing the deep middle third of the Cowboys' cover-3 defense.

3. Three Wide Receivers over 1,000 Yards

Last year, it felt like wishful thinking to imagine the Dallas Cowboys' three-headed monster at of , , and , each going over 1,000-yards receiving. However, with the way and the were humming in the first five games of the season, it was possible.

Through five weeks of the season, Amari Cooper was on pace for 1,356 yards receiving, Michael Gallup was on pace for 1,113 yards, and CeeDee Lamb led the way and on pace for 1,385 yards.

The to Dak Prescott killed that dream in 2020, but with a 17 game season in 2021, it doesn't feel like much of a stretch to think those three could eclipse 1,000 yards each in 2021.

4. Dak Prescott Throws for 5,000

Speaking of pace stats, before his injury, Prescott was on pace to throw for 6,700 yards. Like the , it's doubtful that Prescott would have kept up that pace over a 16 game season as games became more reasonable and not a full-blown shootout every week.

Even if he wouldn't have thrown for 6,000 yards, I do not doubt that he would have thrown for at least 5,000 yards in 2020. Fast forward to 2021, and the addition of the 17th game makes this an even higher likelihood.

5. Dallas Cowboys Win 13 Games

The NFL is (now) a 9-8 or 8-9 league. A big portion of the NFL will finish one or two games of the old .500 that won't be .500 anymore. The Cowboys' defense will be better. The schedule combined with the influx of talent and a newer, more familiar scheme should help the defense be better. And if the defense is better, the Cowboys will win a lot of games.

The Cowboys will have better health along the , which will lead to more consistency in both the and the . Prescott will be better protected, which should lead to more sustained drives. looks lighter and more rejuvenated heading into his sixth season in the NFL. The Cowboys have all kinds of talent on the offensive side of the ball and upside on the defensive side.

The Cowboys are poised for a bounce-back season as a team. 10 or 11 wins seems like the most popular landing spot for the Cowboys in terms of win totals, but the Cowboys will surprise some folks. Hey, it wouldn't be a bold prediction if we played it safe here, right?

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What bold predictions do you have for the ?

John Williams
John Williams
Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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