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Dallas Cowboys: 2017 Season Preview

Expectations are high for the Dallas Cowboys in 2017.

After a season in which quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliot took the league by storm, most are expecting them to do more of the same this season.

Prescott took the starting job after Tony Romo went down with a broken bone in his back in their third preseason game in 2016 against the Seattle Seahawks. The 2016 fourth round draft pick (135th overall) out of Mississippi State threw for 3,667 yards and 23 touchdowns as a rookie.

Elliot, the fourth overall pick in the same draft as Prescott, rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdown passes. However, Elliot is staring a six-game suspension in the face. That would leave Darren McFadden to be the lead running back for the first six weeks. McFadden rushed for 1,089 yards in 2015 as Dallas’ starting running back.

They would also have Alfred Morris sharing the load with McFadden.

Morris rushed for 158 yards on 30 carries, with an average of 5.3 yards per rush. With these two in Elliot’s place, there’s not much room for concern in the running game.

The main concern is on the other side of the ball. Both Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, two star players in the secondary, went to other teams in free agency. The next cornerbacks for Dallas are former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nolan Carroll and Orlando Scandrick.

Carroll had 55 points, but only one interception. Scandrick recorded 46 tackles and also just one interception. These two will need to step their game up to replace Carr and Claiborne in the secondary.

Winning the NFC East won’t be an easy mission for the Cowboys, either. They will be competing with a New York Giants team that added a skilled receiver in Brandon Marshall to their already high-powered offense, an Eagles team with promise and a Washington Redskins team with a talented quarterback in Kirk Cousins.

This will be a season for the Cowboys in which it could go either way. Prescott could increase his numbers from last season and the Cowboys could be a No. 2 seed in the NFC. At the same time, they could be a six-win team.

Only time will tell how things turn out in Big D in 2017.


Main Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images.

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