Since winning the NFC East title in 2009 and earning a berth to the playoffs, the Dallas Cowboys have been silent, failing to win the divisional crown or qualifying for the playoffs for 4 straight years. All that, however, changed in 2014, as the Cowboys exploded for a 12-4 run in 2014, thanks to their solid offense. The 12 wins were good for the best mark in the division and a spot in the playoffs. But with Dallas losing some players in the offseason and teams like the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Washington Redskins looking all improved their NFL odds and are now worthy contenders for the NFC East title, Jerry Jones and his team will have to dig really deep if they are to stay afloat in the competitive NFC East division. So here are our predictions on what to expect from Dallas in the 2015:
After a disappointing 2013 season where they finished with an 8-8 record, the Dallas Cowboys had a solid bounce-back season, finishing the 2014 NFL season on a 12-4 mark, including league’s only perfect road record (8-0 on the road). Had the Cowboys posted a better record than their 4-4 mark at home, they would have probably finished with the best overall record in the league and even gone further to do better in the playoffs. But as it turned out, the Cowboys could only manage to sail as far as the divisional playoffs, where they were eliminated by the Green Bay Packers, albeit some controversial calls.
Repeating another defeat-less road record in 2014 looks very unlikely, so if the Cowboys are to have a solid 2015 campaign, they will need to make their home stadium the fortress where they earn their bread and butter. To support the importance of winning big at home, history indicates that all the recent teams that have swept their home games have been largely successful, especially in regards to winning divisional titles and qualifying for the playoffs.
For example, in 2014, both the Broncos and Packers went 8-0 at home and ended up winning their divisions as well as becoming the top-two seeds in their conference, each of them earning easy playoff berths. In 2013, two of the three teams that went 8-0 at home (New England and New Orleans) both won their respective division titles, while the third team (the Bengals) earned a playoff berth as a wild card team. And in 2012, the Seahawks were the only team to go 8-0 at home, which helped them earn a playoff berth as a wild-card team because San Francisco won the division title. So in short, the AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas) will have to be an intimidating place for visiting teams if Coach Jason Garrett and the Cowboys are to do it big in the upcoming season.
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