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Will the Dallas Cowboys Represent the NFC in Super Bowl LII?

Let's not forget that this past January, the Dallas Cowboys were just over four minutes away from advancing to the Championship Game for first time since 1995. If it wasn't for the near-superhuman efforts of , who knows if the might have faced a different opponent in .

After all, the Cowboys finished the with a conference-high 13 wins, losing only two games in which — winner of the 2016 NFC Rookie of the Year award, and the long-term answer at quarterback for this storied organization — started in last year.

Running behind what's easily the best in the NFL, rookie — whom the Cowboys took with the 4th overall pick in the — led the entire NFL in rushing yards as a rookie, and even earned six votes.

During the , the Cowboys continued to allocate precious assets towards rebuilding a that seemingly isn’t quite as stout as their offensive counterparts.

Via the , the Cowboys added three players who could become immediate contributors to this team: (who could easily play all three downs), (a physical corner who could present some interesting looks as a ), and (a feisty but undersized who has all the makings of a stud player in the slot).

But was all of that enough?

The Cowboys still play in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL (the ), where it’s certainly no foregone conclusion that last year’s champion will repeat. And the top teams in the NFC, like Atlanta, Green Bay, and Seattle, haven’t exactly gotten markedly worse.

So, if the Cowboys are going to finally break through, they’re going to have to improve on what was already a phenomenal campaign last year.

Many of the online and brick-and-mortar sports books have already established lines for individuals to make wagers on the Cowboys' performance this year. You can make bets on whether they'll once again win the NFC East, if they'll make it to — or win — the Super Bowl, and/or whether one of their young studs will win the MVP award. While you can find many different sites that allow you to make such bets, one of the best sites where you can place sports wagers and play casino games is at the New Jersey Betfair site.

The biggest question mark for this team remains: can it get out of its own way?

They continue to find ways to lose games in the most heartbreaking fashion. With the to pass rusher , and the looming suspension of Elliott, legal troubles never seem to be far away from a team that's long been associated with run-in's with the law.

As much as this team's has eschewed building this team for media glamour versus on-the-field substance, they seem to revert back to their old ways when the pressure is at its highest.

Is 2017 the year the Cowboys finally return to the mountaintop they once dominated?

What do you think?

Bryson T

Written by Bryson T

Nothing gives me greater joy than the experience of being a Dallas Cowboys fan come time to check another victory on the schedule every Sunday. I live Inside the Star everyday and blog on it occasionally, as well. Follow us on Twitter - @InsideTheStarDC

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