The Dallas Cowboys surprised everyone in 2014 by finally committing to the running game on offense. Despite an 0-1 start, Dallas rounded into one of the more balanced team’s in the league and rode an extremely productive DeMarco Murray to a 12-4 finish and the NFC East title. The Cowboys didn’t stop there, as Jason Garrett’s crew even beat the Detroit Lions in the playoffs, before losing a close (and controversial) game at Lambeau Field.
While the ‘Boys allowed Murray to walk in free agency, they franchise tagged stud wide receiver Dez Bryant and brought in running back Darren McFadden to help replace Murray. Dallas will undoubtedly want to target an explosive young back like Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon in the 2015 NFL Draft, but for the moment they still appear to be a team very much on the rise. That may especially be the case considering their division still isn’t the strongest.
The key, oddly enough, may not reside in Murray’s replacement or the offense, in general. Murray was only half the story a year ago, as the Cowboys’ ability to control the clock helped a very average defense look borderline solid. Improving that defense will be one of their main objectives, and it looks like they’re already ahead of the curve after signing elite pass rusher Greg Hardy to an $11 million, one-year deal. The team will also get a healthy Sean Lee back, which should bolster a solid defense and make it even better.
Regardless of whether or not the Cowboys think they can take the next step in 2015, their fan base will surely be thinking Super Bowl or bust. That should play a helping hand in spiking the price of Cowboys tickets, although we won’t know just how much until the 2015 NFL schedule is officially released. We do already know, however, who Dallas will be taking on in 2015.
Along with their usual two games against the division rival Redskins, Giants and Eagles, Dallas will host the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and New York Jets. Dallas clearly doesn’t have it easy at home in 2015, and things don’t get much rosier on the road, either. The Cowboys will be tasked with taking down the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins away from home.
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The Cowboys looked like a solid team on the rise a season ago, but will be out to prove that they weren’t just a one hit wonder. Doing so without Murray will be tough, but if Dallas can make the right moves between now and August, they just might prove to be the cream of the crop in the NFC East, yet again. If they can make that happen, that Super Bowl talk might not be so crazy, after all.