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Will Andy Dalton Lead the Dallas Cowboys Back to the Playoffs?

signing with the this somehow flew a little bit under the radar. Some believed it was a move to pressure into signing a long-term contract, while others just saw it as a savvy business move by the . Both could certainly be true, but it certainly means diddly squat now.

The only thing that matters right now is Andy Dalton is the Dallas Cowboys only hope of reaching the after losing Dak Prescott to a freak season-ending ankle . Luckily, thats something the former QB knows a thing or two about. He's led the Bengals to multiple playoff berths in the past and now has a chance to do the same with the Cowboys.

It's somewhat surprising to think about the Dallas Cowboys making the playoffs right now after the way they've played through the first five weeks of the season. They look nothing like a playoff caliber team, despite how talented their roster looks on paper. Surprisingly though, they are in first place in the East division and as such would make the postseason if the season were to end today.

Typically losing your starting QB for the season automatically eliminates a team from reaching the postseason, but not always… Just ask the . Surprisingly enough the Dallas Cowboys are still in pretty good hands now that Andy Dalton is forced to take over for Dak Prescott. Their playoff hopes are still very much alive.

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Dallas Cowboys QB Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton's in the regular and postseason is certainly going to help, but the Dallas Cowboys remaining strength of schedule is what could make all the difference. As of right now there are only two teams they play with winning records (Steelers, Ravens) and one team that's not below .500 (49ers). Because of that they have one of the easiest remaining schedules in the league.

It's odd to think of the Dallas Cowboys as a playoff team. They lost their starting QB and both of their starting offensive tackles for the season, not to mention their is performing historically bad. Despite all of that reaching the playoffs is still a very real possibility. For that to happen though, Andy Dalton is going to have to lead them there.

I've personally followed Andy Dalton's career from high school till now and have full faith in him as the starting QB for the Dallas Cowboys. I believe he's more than capable of getting them back to the playoffs, however, I don't think he needs to carry that burden alone. Every single one of his teammates can play better than they have thus far this season.

If the Dallas Cowboys don't make the playoffs Andy Dalton will no doubt receive the majority of the blame, however, it's important to remember this is a team sport. As a three-time Pro Bowler I have full faith No. 14 will do his part, but everyone else around him needs to do the same. Only time will tell though if they can or will.

Do you think Andy Dalton can get the Dallas Cowboys back to the playoffs?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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