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Dallas Cowboys: Top 3 Threats to an NFC Title Run

While the same few teams have dominated the AFC since about 2000, the NFC has been a revolving door at the top over the same time span.

Most recently, it was the Atlanta Falcons which rose to the top and won the conference, defeating the Green Bay Packers in impressive fashion during the NFC Championship Game.

Since we consider the Dallas Cowboys to be legitimate contenders in the conference, and to challenge for a , it's important to know your “enemies” around the league. The Cowboys will see all of these teams during the regular season, giving them a chance to get acquainted before playoff time.

So, here are the top 3 threats to a Cowboys NFC Title run.

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan, Falcons

The defending NFC champions who held a 25 point lead in the Super Bowl, Atlanta only improved their roster during the . Adding former Cowboys was nice, but former Kansas City Chiefs was the icing on the cake.

Their already impressive young got younger and more dynamic through the draft as well, selecting UCLA in round one and LB Duke Riley in round three.

But, what we all know the Falcons for is their incredibly high powered offense. Last year's is still at the helm, with , Mohamed Sanu, , and Tevin Coleman ready to take the league by storm once again.

The Cowboys face the Falcons in Atlanta this year on November 12th.

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers, Packers

While the Falcons have become an offensive juggernaut over the last couple of years, these next two teams have been eternal thorns in the Cowboys' side. Ending both the Cowboys' 2014 and 2016 seasons in dramatic fashion, and company are nearly locks to be back in the postseason once again.

Similar to Atlanta, the Packers showcase a prolific offense led by a top-tier . Unlike Atlanta, the Packers don't have the weapons around their quarterback or the horses on defense to truly be considered better than the Cowboys at this point.

In my opinion, at least.

For once, however, the Cowboys won't have to go to this year! It's about damn time the Packers come to Dallas for a regular season game, as they will on October 8th. Hopefully Dallas can set the tone for the rest of their season, and potential playoff re-match on that day.

New York Giants

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New York Giants Odell Beckham (13) runs onto the field before a NFL football game against the on August 12, 2016 in East Rutherford, NJ. (Evan Pinkus via AP)

You knew it was coming, didn't you?

Sweeping the Cowboys in 2016, and giving Dallas their only 2 legitimate regular season losses, the Giants will be back and ready to challenge for the crown in 2017.

Adding wide receiver and Evan Engram to their already impressive passing weaponry, quarterback should be able to shred defenses week in and week out.

That is, of course, if they can somehow muster up a , and get Manning some protection. Neither of which is guaranteed at all, for what it's worth.

Defensively, the Giants gave the Cowboys fits last season. Hopefully with another year of preparation under their belts, offensive coordinator and quarterback can whip up something to beat the Giants next season.

It's highly likely that the Cowboys/Giants meeting on December 10th will be for the inside track to an NFC East title, making the season opener between the two just as important.

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Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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