There are always expectations for the Dallas Cowboys. There is a tradition of excellence in Dallas. The media and fan base always expect a winning season out of their Boys. Dallas is always projected to be in contention for the Playoffs and 2018 will not be any different. The pre-season is inching closer and closer, before you know it we will be kicking off on Week 1 of the 2018 NFL Season.
There were extremely high expectations for the Cowboys in 2017. They were coming off great success in 2016 with the emergence Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot. The Cowboys dominated but ran into the buzz saw of Aaron Rodgers to end their fairytale season. 2017 was supposed to be the Cowboys year, a youthful team was supposed to take their next step towards a Super Bowl Championship.
Their 2017 season was anything but… starting with Ezekiel Elliot’s suspension. The Cowboys 2017 season quickly became filled with drama. Overall, it was just a roller coaster season. Going into 2018, we see the Dallas Cowboys come together without two familiar faces, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.
I don’t see those moves as the Dallas Cowboys making subtractions, but as the team officially turning the page from the Tony Romo era. The Cowboys are a talented young team, it is reasonable to assume that they will take a step forward in 2018. With Dez Bryant clearly not being a good fit with Dak Prescott and Jason Witten clearly slowing down, we should see a more effective and fast moving offense in 2018. A return of Dak and Dunk? Maybe, the club did acquire the explosive Tavon Austin and Prescott will not have to worry about keeping Dez Bryant happy with consistent targets. Allen Hurns will step into the number one receiver role and should be able to give the Cowboys a deep ball threat while being versatile enough to serve different roles.
The Dallas Cowboys also have invested too much into their young defense to not see some improvement in 2018. Demarcus Lawerance was a standout pass rusher in 2017 and Byron Jones projects to be a starting cornerback. The Boys also will get more athletic up the middle with the addition of Leighton Vander-Esch. Jaylon Smith will also be another year healthier, it looks like the team will not be as shorthanded if Sean Lee once again goes down with an injury. Taco Charlton will also take steps forward in his second season and David Irving will once again be a factor for the opposing offensive line. Arguably, for the first time in years this Dallas Cowboys defense could be a plus.
All the signs are there for a successful 2018 for the Dallas Cowboys. Time will tell to see if they can put it all together. There will be a little more pressure on the Cowboys since the Philadelphia Eagles will be trying to defend their title. All in all, 2018 should be a fun football season.