The 2020 regular season is sneaking up on us quickly, with the opening Thursday Night of the season just about a month away. Since we’re close to the season kicking off, it’s truly prediction time for NFL pundits and fans. Which means it’s time to argue about other people’s predictions!
Bleacher Report put together their predictions for the 2020 season, giving the Cowboys the edge in the NFC East with a 9-7 record.
“Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is banking on the idea that a new head coach can get his team deep into the playoffs. If Mike McCarthy can get the most out of this roster, he may just be correct. From a talent standpoint, it’s hard not to like what Dallas brings to the proverbial table.”
There’s no question the Cowboys have one of the most explosive offenses on paper in all of the NFL, but the questions around their defense are legitimate.
Leighton Vander Esch claims to be healthy, with the nerve issue in his neck a thing of the past, but a serious injury like that will always bring some concerns. Opposite DeMarcus Lawrence the Cowboys don’t have a clear option to rush the passer, though you can find optimism in guys like Aldon Smith and Bradlee Anae.
Then, of course, there is the question about replacing cornerback Byron Jones. Once again, you can easily find optimism if you want to as a fan, but we will need to see quick development from these young corners to fulfill the expectations.
9-to-10 wins feels like a fair assessment of the Cowboys heading into the 2020 season, but if this offense truly explodes the way we think they can, this could be an 11 or 12 win team. Either way this feels like a two team race in the NFC East between Dallas and Philadelphia, and neither team is exactly perfect.