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Can the Cowboys make the Playoffs in 2020?

The 2018 season was one of success for the Dallas Cowboys but the joy did not extend into the 2019 campaign. The Cowboys finished 2019 with an 8-8 record and they are a team that struggles to reach the playoffs in consecutive seasons. You must go back to 2007 to find the last time the Dallas Cowboys reached the playoffs for the second consecutive season. 2020 could be a big year for the team, but do they have what it takes to make a return to the playoffs?

It may seem like a strange reason to back the Cowboys to make the 2020 playoffs but they have a habit of doing so in every other season. Therefore, having not made the playoffs in 2019 despite making a strong start, the Cowboys could continue their recent trend of qualifying every other season and do so in 2020.

The alternating run has continued since 2014 and it would not be a surprise to see it happen again in 2020.

However, it is not enough to base a prediction on the trend highlighted above, there must be football reasons attached. One of which is the addition of new Head Coach Mike McCarthy. He knows what it takes to win a Super Bowl, having done so with the Green Bay Packers concluding the 2010 season.

McCarthy enjoyed a long spell with the Packers but did not pick up a team in 2019 following an interview with the New York Jets.

McCarthy is known for building great quarterbacks and is only going to improve the already outstanding Dak Prescott. There is every possibility Prescott could develop into a league MVP and there is no doubting the quality of the Cowboys current offensive line-up. McCarthy has the ability to bring out the best in the likes of Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Blake Jarwin.

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Another reason why this could be the year the Cowboys make the playoffs is due to the experience of the defense.

The defensive unit was way below its best during the 2019 season but you only have to look at the 2018 campaign to see just how good it can be for the Cowboys. The majority of the defensive players in the team played throughout the good 2018 season including DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford, Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, Jourdan Lewis, Xavier Woods, Anthony Brown, and Chidobe Awuzie.

Mike Nolan has been added to the coaching staff as the Defensive Coordinator and will be bringing plenty of new ideas. Perhaps this is why they opted to draft Wide Receiver CeeDee Lamb as opposed to defensive reinforcements.

The Dallas Cowboys look to be a team capable of reaching the playoffs in 2020.

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  1. Cowboys should have enough firepower on offense too make the playoffs, even with Jarwin going down. Loved Zeke’s play last week, very strong game. My growing concern is the other side of the ball. LVE going down makes the LB position somewhat tenuous. Some of the D-linemen are underperforming. On the plus side, loved A Smith play, and maybe, to my surprise, Hill is starting to come around. Diggs looked good, and glad Jordan is back. Our division is probably the weakest, which our cause also. These next two games will be very telling if this team has what it takes to get to that next level.

  2. Injuries on both sides if the ball are going to make the first half of the season tough. At best they will be fighting for a wild card spot. It is a shame they have been bitten so hard by the injury bug from the start.

  3. Dallas’ D gave up 20 points, against a REALLY good offense. Offense failed badly, believe they were 1-4 scoring TDs in the red zone. . .putrid. Magic Mike and his elf have more than enough weapons to win the division. . . . .off to a poor start

  4. VAM broke it down. Zeke looks more explosive/elusive then he has in yrs. Think we should utilize him and Pollard in creative ways out of the backfield, especially with our O-line so compromised. LVE was a big loss for us as he was arguably our best defensive player when right. McVay came in with a game plan that effectively neutralized our pass rushers and our D-line got owned. Many a DC has lost that chess match when matching wits with him. But going forward I think we will see more production from our D-line especially Griffen and to a lesser degree the declining Lawrence. A Smith should only get better. If our talented young guys Hill/Diggs/Lamb continue to develop and our “name” players play up to their potential we can still win our division. Maybe get a few players back Lee/LVE/Collins and who knows. I would also add that this coaching staff needs to step up their game as well. It’s in times of adversity when u need ur coaches to really do their part on both sides of the ball. In this wacky yr things are pretty wide open. We need this next game though.

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