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    Are Cowboys Set to Thrive as NFC Underdogs in 2018?

    The last two successful seasons the Dallas Cowboys have been able to put together have both been years in which the team was a big underdog heading into the season. In 2014, the Cowboys were expected to have a bad season with one of the worst defenses in NFL after losing DE . In 2016, the Cowboys were basically scratched off after went down in . After all, we saw what happened in 2015 without #9 and no one expected to have the impact he had as a rookie.

    In 2018, the Dallas Cowboys seem ready to take on as one of the NFC underdogs once again. Although they're recognized as an above-average team, many doubt their ability to win enough games to make the postseason the year after a disappointing 9-7 record.

    With the being the clear favorites to win the as the defending champions, many have forgotten about the team that took the league by storm in 2016. Now without and , the 's future is uncertain. You need a passing game to win in the NFL.

    In a conference that basically has three contenders per division, it will be a challenge for the Cowboys to earn a playoff berth. The NFC West has the Rams, the 49ers and maybe the Seahawks contending, the North has the Vikings and the Packers while the Lions and Bears seem like potential surprises and the South has the Panthers, Falcons and Saints who were all contending for the in last year and will likely be in a similar scenario this year.

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    There are many reasons to be excited about the Cowboys' upcoming season, such as Dak's third year, 's arrival and a promising with rookie fixing the one question mark in the unit.

    Hopefully, this reasons outweigh the causes for concern. Such as big question marks at the , and position. On top of it all, the Cowboys' schedule isn't an easy one. They'll face quite a few contenders throughout the season and unlike the AFC, any NFC team that plans to play in January must have a very good record.

    With so many talented and promising teams, the race for the Wildcard playoff berths will likely be the most exciting one in the entire NFL this year.

    The big question here is, will the Cowboys be able to have success as an underdog in the conference once again in 2018? Personally, I even feel that said “underdog” status will help spark a fire in the play of a team with so many young and hungry competitors.

    This is a young team, one with few experience at various positions. However, it's a good team. Although the pass-catchers department is questionable, Dak Prescott might have the best season in his career and Ezekiel Elliott will be back without any off-field issues behind an improved offensive line.

    The is also promising at every spot except for safety, which despite having decent starters, it's probably the most questionable position on the team. At the very least, it looks like a better unit that 2017's.

    If being an underdog the entire season results in a successful year, then bring it. Besides, everyone loves the underdog.

    Mauricio Rodriguez
    Mauricio Rodriguezhttps://www.facebook.com/PrimeroCowboys/
    I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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    Brian Moore

    ARE COWBOYS SET TO THRIVE AS NFC UNDERDOGS IN 2018?
    Let;s be brutishly honest, they where 8-8 last year. Philly played their second string and still almost beat the Cowboys. The NFC is going to be a super tough place to play and I have many teams ahead of the Cowboys.

    Philadelphia Eagles
    Green Bay Packers
    Minnesota Vikings
    Atlanta Falcons
    Los Angeles Rams
    New Orleans Saints
    Jacksonville Jaguars
    With Washington, SF,and Carolina very close. This excludes AFC, which has several teams on it also that I feel are stronger. Of course anything can happen, and in several instances it does, but I still feel Dallas is on the outside looking in.

    Stranger

    Good. I like your response Brian. Dallas’s biggest deficit is depth in a few key positions. LB and OL. Questions about receivers is in every Cowboys fan’s mind but the receivers were bad last year … Witten was slow with no YAC and Dez was undependable and a cancer in the locker room. I actually think receiving will be ok.

    I like the fact that many have the same attitudes as you do. Everybody hates the Boys and get up for them a little extra anyway. It helps if people/other teams think they’ll be mediocre.

    dallas1966

    Imho this is the year the Cowboys return to elite status as THE Team in the NFL replacing the Patriots.

    Cowboysdude

    And you’re the type of fan that ‘jerruh’ loves……too blind to see that this team isn’t being run as a football team it’s being run as a money maker……winning is a bonus. So keep handing your money over lemming.

    dallas1966

    Let’s see who’s have the last laugh in February 2019.

    Cowboysdude

    As long as they continue to sell their red headed clapping puppet as a HC this team is doing nothing but watching the playoffs at home.


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