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Health the Biggest Key to the Dallas Cowboys 2021 Aspirations

Luck goes a long way toward winning a Super Bowl. Yes, you have to be talented and well-coached, but a team has to find a way to get to the playoffs and beyond with a reasonable amount of health.

The 2020 Dallas Cowboys didn’t have any of that luck. Instead, they were one of the most injured teams in football. Only the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, and New England Patriots lost more games to injury of players of import than the Dallas Cowboys did last season per Football Outsiders. The records reflect just how important injury luck is to a team’s chances at winning.

With a few weeks remaining until training camp, the Cowboys are entering the Summer with a lot of optimism regarding the health of this team.

Dak Prescott is back and looks ready to go. Tyron Smith and La’el Collins are projected to be ready to start week one against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tyler Biadasz is healthy and has a full offseason to prepare for the season. Even new addition Damontae Kazee looks recovered from his 2020 Achilles tear.

All things are looking up for the Cowboys as they look to rebound from a disappointing 2020 season. But they’ll need that health to maintain throughout the season to be ready to compete. Injuries happen. It’s inevitable, but the Cowboys won’t be able to withstand the same amount of injuries like they did last year and hope to contend.

Keeping Dak Prescott upright and most of the offensive line intact will be huge for the Cowboys’ chances to contend in the NFC East and the NFL. Even without their star offensive linemen and terrible defensive performance, the Cowboys were still competitive. Yes, they had a losing record at 1-3, but they were staying in games.

The Cowboys were one of the most injury-riddled teams in the NFL in 2020, and it showed. Often playing their fourth and fifth offensive tackles and as many as four quarterbacks, there was little chance they would be able to compete. However, if they can get a reversal of fortunes in 2021, the Cowboys will be among the best teams in the NFL.

What do you think?


Written by John Williams

Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could.

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  1. Why deal with the incredibly obvious when the merely obvious will suffice? Here’s a freebie: How many teams look forward to successful seasons when the franchise QB is lost for the season early? Yeah miss me with the Wentz/Foles argument. The Eagles defense carried that squad. Wentz being traded to Indy shuts that down. Thanks for your time.

  2. Thank you for that. Let’s assume every team stays 100% healthy all year. (yes I know impossible) Who can’t we beat with our talent on Offense and a middle of the road Defense? I’m hard pressed to find a team outside of the MonStars (fortunately they don’t play football) that can stay with us for 60 minutes. Am I nuts?

    • If the offense stays healthy, 30 points per game is the floor, imo. If the defense stays healthy, I think they’re good enough to keep teams to 24-25 points per game. Outside of the Bucs game week 1 and the Chiefs, there’s not a game on the schedule that I don’t feel confident in this team winning.

      You’re not crazy.

  3. MARK- I agree that we have enough offensive firepower to be in every game IF our offensive line stays intact. If the coaching staff puts the players and the team in the right position to be successful and we have some luck along the way, we could make a nice little run.

  4. The last I heard right after the end of the 2020 season, the only team that had more injuries than us was the 49ers!! The patriots didn’t have as many as us, but they did have a lot of players opt out because of covid!! And I doubt the eagles had anywhere close to the injuries we had!! Most of their receivers were hurt all season, but that was about it!! I think I’ll have to agree with the NFL network (I think that’s where I heard it from) when they said the only team that dealt with more injuries than us was the 49ers!!

    I do agree with one thing you said though, and that’s if we can stay relatively healthy and we have a pretty good defense, we have a good chance to beat every team on our schedule except the bucs and the chiefs!! And even then we could still give them fits!! But that really depends on the health of our team and how much better our defense is!!

  5. I agree our best bet is to go out and just light everyone up, and hope our D does enough ( key word ENOUGH ) to keep teams at bay, that strategy works sometimes very well like the Chiefs, or bad like the Falcons, we’ll see which one we are this year

    It all depends on what Dak called the most important players on the our team ( Which I agree ) in our O-Line and how healthy will they be this year, other than that (Assuming Dak stays healthy too) the only thing capping us is our Coaching, more specifically, playcalling, how aggressive or non aggressive are we in certain points of game ? 4th and goal or 4th and short on offense, do you go for it, how good do you feel about going for it ? How has the opposing D been like ? Or on D, it’s 3rd and long, do you sit back and play soft, or do you get after their QB ?

    Overall, I like our chances to at least take our division, (not saying much) and be an interesting team, I just don’t know about how far we’d go

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