Going into the 2014 NFL Playoffs, it was not crazy to consider the Cowboys a real Super Bowl contender. Dallas had the best running attack in the NFL with DeMarco Murray rushing behind a stout offensive line, the defense had improved and quarterback Tony Romo generally avoided the backbreaking turnovers he had previously made throughout his career. The Cowboys lost in Green Bay one game before the NFC Championship, but not before a controversial call went against receiver Dez Bryant and arguably cost Dallas the game.
Much has changed since that game, though. Murray is now on the Eagles, and it's unclear what impact Bryant's short-term contract will have on the Cowboys. Also, Dallas added defensive end Greg Hardy, a tremendous talent that will be suspended for 10 games this season due to domestic violence charges. Despite the turmoil in Big D, Romo still expects greatness.
"We’re going to win a Super Bowl next year," Romo told a crowd during an awards ceremony.
Just to be clear, Tony Romo said the Dallas Cowboys are going to win a Super Bowl this season. Let that sink in.
Make no mistake, the Cowboys should be good this fall. The team went 12-4 last season with a largely makeshift defense. If that unit can improve, it's hard to imagine the offense dips too much. Replacing Murray will be a tall order, but a good running back is likely to emerge through the NFL Draft, or the much rumored possible acquisition of Adrian Peterson. Another good season in Dallas, however, is a far cry from guaranteeing a Super Bowl victory.
It seems likely the Cowboys will compete in a tougher NFC East in 2015. The Redskins defense should be much improved after an offseason spent largely rebuilding that unit, and the Giants offense could be explosive with a full year of receiver Odell Beckham. What will happen with the Eagles is anyone's guess, but in two years with Chip Kelly at the helm, Philadelphia has won at least 10 games both seasons.
The experts in Las Vegas installed Dallas at 15:1 odds to win the Lombardi Trophy, behind New England, Seattle, Green Bay, Indianapolis and Denver.
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