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Cowboys Somehow Moving Into Underdog Status in NFC East

Based on the current chatter, you'd think the Eagles went 12-5 and swept the last year. But while the accomplished those things and are the reigning Division Champions, many seem to be favoring Philadelphia going into 2022.

Just yesterday we shared an article from a national sports media outlet that ranked Nick Sirianni over Mike McCarthy among all NFL head coaches. Eagles RB Miles Sanders is out here calling his squad an “all-star team.”

Even Vegas, while still favoring Dallas to win the division this season, is giving Philadelphia nearly identical .

While we certainly don't like seeing our Cowboys disrespected, I have no issue if the mainstream wants to put the spotlight on another squad ahead of the season. Dallas is usually the team having to avoid “eating the cheese” and believing the hype; underdog status is something rarely seen around here.

Bill Simmons has often talked about the “nobody believes in us” mentality and how it can fuel teams to achieve. It's something the Cowboys haven't usually had going for them, but could come into play in 2022.

Hyping up the Eagles is one factor, but some are downgrading Dallas after their offseason. Many are wondering how the team will fare after the losses of , , and . Excitement about the draft is mitigated by questioned early picks in OL and DE .

It's fair to wonder how the will fair without Gregory, or how will hold up as the new starter at . If you're worried about the 's effectiveness with or as a top-three WR, you're not crazy.

Still, the Cowboys have some big things going in their favor. They still have the best QB in the division in . They have an elite, game-changing defensive player in .

And despite some reasonable concerns, has still proven more as an NFL than any of the divisional rivals'.

So by all means, pump up Philly and anyone else while you're at it. Tell this team they're not good enough to win the division or do anything meaningful in the .

It's not often that the Cowboys get to prove people wrong in a good way.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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