Cowboys season prediction: 10-6
August, 28, 2013
By Todd Archer | ESPN.com
After two straight 8-8 finishes, the Dallas Cowboys will finally break through and make the playoffs again with a 10-6 record in 2013.
For the first time since 2009, the pieces come together for an offense led by Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, and a defense led by DeMarcus Ware and Sean Lee. Freed up from calling plays, Jason Garrett’s game management will improve and an offense that has piled up yards -- if not points -- in the recent past will now be able to score more consistently. With a sounder scheme under Monte Kiffin, the defense might not be Doomsday reincarnated, but it will take the ball away.
Jerry Jones believes if you just make the tournament, then you can compete for a Super Bowl, using the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers as recent examples. The Cowboys will be a wild-card team, which will likely mean their trip toward Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium will have to take place on the road.
The Cowboys’ return to the playoffs for the first time in four seasons won’t last long, but it will give Garrett job security for 2014 and Jones a belief that contention is not far away.
Predicted finish in NFC East: second
Final San Diego 22 Buffalo 10 Final Dallas 34 St. Louis 31 Final Washington 34 Philadelphia 37 Final Houston 17 New York 30 Final Minnesota 9 New Orleans 20 Final Tennessee 7 Cincinnati 33 Final Baltimore 23 Cleveland 21 Final Green Bay 7 Detroit 19 Final Indianapolis 44 Jacksonville 17 Final Oakland 9 New England 16 Final San Francisco 14 Arizona 23 Final/OT Denver 20 Seattle 26 Final Kansas City 34 Miami 15 Final Pittsburgh 37 Carolina 19