Can the Dallas Cowboys avoid another playoff flop?



Among die-hard NFL fans, there are only two ways to feel about the Dallas Cowboys: either You love them or you hate them. And around this time of year, as we head into the final stretch of the season, both sides are eager to get it right about how and when the season will end for “Team America.”

Cowboys fans have been on the wrong side of this debate in recent years. Despite entering the playoffs with 10 or more regular season wins seven times since 2002, the organization has not made an NFC title since. Super Bowl XXX win in 1996. And with Dallas sitting in 10-4 This season, the Cowboys may find themselves in a familiar situation again.

exit a 40-34 overtime loss Heading into the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday — a game in which the Cowboys took a 27-10 lead with just over five minutes left in the third quarter — Dallas needed the New York Giants to beat the Washington leaders to clinch the Cowboys a playoff spot. (Any did not happen.) It wasn’t the most convincing way to prove that the league’s most polarizing franchise would finally make it past the divisional round. So why should this year be any different in the Big D?

Even after the loss, there is plenty of reason for optimism for this year’s Cowboys team. Dallas is currently ranked No. 2 in the NFC East, The most competitive division in the league This season, the defense has played a major role in getting the team to this point. The unit is associated with Seventh best scoring defense in the NFL, while allowing only 19.2 points per game, and ranks fifth in defensive efficiency (63.75). The defense also has a projected 3.56 points added per game, ranking fourth this season.

In addition to the top line numbers, Dallas scored 49 mobilesecond only to the Eagles, and forced a league lead 26 turns this chapter. And the team carries offenses against justice 324.6 yards per game, eighth-fewest in the NFL. (No wonder star linebacker Micah Parsons has been so confident lately Interview with Von Miller on VonCast.)

The offense has been productive as well, which can be a result of balanced play calls. The Cowboys’ run/pass ratio was approximately 50-50 during Week 15, as the offense called for one additional passing play (442 pass attempts(which contains hasty plays)441 carries). This balance has helped the unit maintain its position as one of the most prolific offenses in the league. This season, Dallas averaging the third most points of any team This season, with 28.1 points per game, she has the seventh-highest offensive efficiency rating (58.26) according to ESPN’s Stats and Information Collection. This efficiency may be more noticeable in the red region. When inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, the Cowboys score goals 71.7 percent of the time, which ranks behind only the Eagles (73.5).

Even with everything that seems to be going right for Dallas, the team also has its share of hurdles, which can make the road to breaking the division curse difficult. Maybe the health is Dallas’ biggest problem: The defense has already lost several starters for the season, in linebackers Jordan Lewis and Anthony Brown and defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins. Starting fullback Leighton Vander Esch also left Sunday’s game with a neck injury, while the Offensive lost starting right tackle for the season last week with a knee injury.

In addition, any assessment of Dallas’ chances must also take into account the potential NFC playoff landscape. Since the Cowboys have been so good this season, a strong case can be made that they still have the third or even fourth best team in the conference, depending on which metric you look at.

Among NFC teams, Dallas trails Philadelphia and the Minnesota Vikings in winning percentage and trails Philly and San Francisco 49 in point difference per game. The Eagles have the league’s best record looks stomach to win the NFC East and claim first place in the conference. San Francisco won seven straight games, and lost only one game at home all season. Vikings, although A.J 40-3 blowout loss to Dallas In Week 11, still holds the second seed in the conference and has shown the resilience of a team that can pose a threat to anyone in the postseason after dropping out Biggest comeback in NFL history last weekend. Cowboys may be preferred In a playoff game against Minnesota or San Francisco, but they won’t be against Philadelphia – neither of those games can be easy either way.

And although Dallas has already clinched a playoff berth, the team currently only holds one spot, which means that It must pass through the NFC South winner (most likely the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) to get into any of the other NFC foes.

FiveThirtyEight model gives cowboy 8.1 percent chance of winning it all, which ranks fifth among all NFL teams. But they only have a 32.5 percent chance of making the conference title game (the worst of any team with odds of at least 4 percent in the Super Bowl), in large part due to a first-round knockout—and then passing one of those other batters. In the conference – there is no guarantee. That means there’s roughly a 2 in 3 chance that we’ll find ourselves asking why the Cowboys can’t make it past the divisional round yet. repeatedlydespite how well Dallas has been searching for most of the 2022 season.

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