The Cowboys haven’t won a Super Bowl in 27 years, but after a strong 7-3 start to the season, can the good times return to Dallas? Watch Giants @ Cowboys as part of the NFL Thanksgiving Triple Header live on Sky Sports NFL from 9:30 pm Thursday.
The Dallas Cowboys appear to have returned to the NFL’s elite, sitting 7-3 on the season – and trailing 40-3 to the Minnesota Vikings 8-2 on Sunday – to fuel a growing belief that this year can finally be so proud. The franchise’s 27-year wait for another Super Bowl title is coming to an end.
There have been four more Wild Card exits in the past two and a half decades, as well as a staggering six divisional playoff losses since the Cowboys won a joint record fifth Super Bowl title with a win. over the Pittsburgh Steelers to close out the 1995 season.
Not to mention the years Dallas didn’t even make the playoffs. In fact, as far back as the 2020 season, the NFC East was generally derided, derisively calling the NFC “least” as their division winner, the Washington Football Team, entered the playoffs with a 7-9 losing record. The Cowboys, without their star quarterback Dak Prescott, who suffered a horrific ankle injury earlier in the season, were 6-10 down.
However, these 2020 hardships helped pave the way for the most important piece to be added to their championship-winning puzzle: superstar linebacker Micah Parsons received the 12th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Parsons’ rookie year has been a special one, but this second campaign of his has been truly impressive so far, and most of them already recognize him as the undisputed Defensive Player of the Year, with half the season still to go.
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The Cowboys lead the league in defensive sacks, with Parsons leading with 10 of them (in addition to his franchise record of 13 rookies a year ago). Dallas also leads in defensive scoring, racking up a measly 16.7 points per game this season and keeping opponents at 10 points or less on four separate occasions, including the most impressive victory over a previously unscoring Viking offense.
The offense hasn’t quite as flared up as the defense, but there are signs that they may be rediscovering some of the old magic that has led them to lead the league in both yardage and scoring in 2021, averaging 407 yards per game. 31.2 points for the competition.
This season, Prescott lost again by injury, but thankfully by only six weeks with a thumb injury, and while substitute Cooper Rush performed superbly in his absence – winning four out of five – offensive performance has improved drastically since Prescott’s return in the seventh week.
The Cowboys went from averaging just 18.3 points in their first six weeks to leading the league with 35.3 points per game after Prescott’s return. Their yards per game also rose from 300.8 to 412.8 (third in the league during that period).