• Elliot Mulley-Goodbarne

The big question for the Cowboys

After last night's performance against the Philadelphia Eagles, many sports outlets are touting the Cowboys to make the playoffs.

A fair prediction in many people's books. After all, they are the only team with a team at full strength and a head coach with more than one year's experience.

However when writers use the phrase 'all the way' then they need to justify their opinion and in by far the most competitive conference out of the two, I see no reason why the Dallas Cowboys should be used in the same breath as the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams or Kansas City Chiefs for Super Bowl contenders.

The difference between the Cowboys and those Super Bowl contenders is one position; Quarterback.

In Drew Brees, Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes, the Saints, Rams and Chiefs respectively have a leader at the helm of an offence that they can depend on to get two or three touchdowns.

Dak Prescott is not one of those athletes. The Dallas Cowboys are, statistically the fourth best defence in the league, Ezekiel Elliott leads the league in rushing yards and the Cowboys are the sixth best rushing team in the league, beaten by rush-by-committee teams such as the Ravens and Seahawks.

So in overall offence the Cowboys should be in good shape. They have the best running back in the league, attracting all sorts of attention and a defence that will get the opposition QB off the field and the ball in the hands of Dak.

In fact the Cowboys overall offence ranks 21st in the league in terms of yards per game. That's worse than a quarterback-less 49ers, the New York Giants who have a shambolic QB at the helm and the Cleveland bloody Browns!

The Cowboys are the ninth-worst passing offence in the league and Prescott has a rating below Ryan Tannehill, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Derek Carr this year. Those are guys outside of the playoffs and have under five post-season appearances between them.

If Dallas get to the Play offs Dak's getting paid but I'm not so sure he deserves it.

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