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History Suggests the Cowboys Won’t Repeat as NFC East Champs

As the Dallas Cowboys attempt to win their second-straight division title in 2019, they will have to do something that nobody has in 14 seasons. Since 2005, no team has repeated as division champions in the competitive East.

The won four straight Championships from 2001-2004. That was the last time a team in our division won even two consecutive titles.

  • 2018 – Dallas Cowboys (10-6)
  • 2017 – Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)
  • 2016 – Dallas Cowboys (13-3)
  • 2015 – (9-7)
  • 2014- Dallas Cowboys (12-4)
  • 2013 – Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
  • 2012 – Washington Redskins (10-6)
  • 2011 – (9-7)
  • 2010 – Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
  • 2009 – Dallas Cowboys (11-5)
  • 2008 – New York Giants (12-4)
  • 2007 – Dallas Cowboys (13-3)
  • 2006 – Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
  • 2005 – New York Giants (11-5)

So unfortunately, if  repeats, it means the Cowboys won't

But there's good reason to be optimistic that Dallas will break the cycle. The Cowboys have won the most division titles with five over that 14-year span, and three of those have come in just the last five seasons.

The two years that Dallas didn't win recently, 2017 and 2015, were seasons marked by unusual circumstances. 's threw the into chaos, and 's destroyed the team two years before that.

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The Cowboys enter 2019 with the most stability of any NFC East team. Other than a change at , their talent and is carried over from last year's division champs. If anything, they appear a much stronger and deeper team than last season.

Say what you want about Jason Garrett but he's owned the NFC East in recent years. He's a strong 20-10 since 2014 and an astonishing 10-2 the last two seasons. Even when the Cowboys went just 4-12 in 2015, they went 3-3 in division games.

The Eagles project as the next-strongest team for this season but have a big question mark with their starting . Can play a full season, and if not, what happens now that isn't there to save them?

Washington's has an even scarier situation at QB; 's absence leaves them with rookie , journeyman , and veteran backup Colt McCoy. Haskins will probably start at some point, but this feel like a transition year for the Redskins.

The Giants are beyond transitioning; they're rebuilding. They lost some of their key talent on both sides of the ball, and how long holds off for the starting QB job is hard to say.

The NFC East should be a two-horse race between Dallas and Philadelphia. Last year, the Eagles were only one game behind the Cowboys in overall record. If Wentz is back and stays healthy, they will be right on our heels again.

So yes, 2019 looks like a year where Dallas could give the NFC East a rare repeat winner. They're arguably more talented right now than in either of their last two division-winning seasons.

But like all NFL teams, the Cowboys will need the good fortune of avoiding calamitous injuries or any other issues that have derailed them in recent years.

Jess Haynie

Written by 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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Derek Robinson

We’re re-writeing history this season. Bet on it!!

Jim Howerton

If you go further back in history, we used to win the NFC East quite frequently. Hopefully, we finally have a Defense AND Offense to return us to the glory days of Landry and Johnson. I sure hope so. I think Quinn will surprise people who think his career’s about over. They’ll have to double DLaw, who I don’t think for a minute his big contract will change his aggressive play, and Quinn will tee off due to that. Then I think Marinelli may dial up a few more blitzes than usual since he has the horses to do it, even though he probably won’t need to. Moore and the Offense will hopefully put serious points on the board weekly and if they do, we should be walking in tall cotton. Should be an interesting season, that’s for sure. The only thing we need is a reliable kicker. Big time!

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