Are the Dallas Cowboys early favorites to win Super Bowl LI? | The Tylt
Are the Dallas Cowboys early favorites to win Super Bowl LI?
Can the Dallas Cowboys win it all? The franchise has won 5 titles in the past 51 years, but being the best no longer guarantees success. The odds of winning the Super Bowl with a 15-1 regular season record are identical to the odds of winning a Super Bowl with a 10-6 record. Any given Sunday.
Don't dust off the trophy case just yet. Here are three major obstacles Dallas faces en route to a title run, according to NFL editor Gregg Rosenthal:
1. Getting too comfortable The Cowboys don't have to look far back in their team's history for an example of the inherent risk of playing too well early in the season. You can't take a break from greatness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. Failing to stay healthy The Cowboys have enjoyed positive injury luck this season and can only hope that continues over the next month. Injuries happen, and the team can't run out the clock on this regular season out of fear. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. Failing to find a pass rush The Cowboys have coached around their defensive deficiencies with effort, tackling and timely plays by an underrated secondary. That doesn't mean this is a quality defense. Dallas entered Week 13 with the No. 27 defense in football according to Football Outsiders' excellent DVOA efficiency metric.
Malarkey, don't be such a downer! Here are 7 reasons why the Cowboys are going to win it all!
1. They have the best offensive line in the NFL 2. They consistently dominate the time of possession battle 3. Ezekiel Elliott is arguably the best running back in the NFL 4. Dak Prescott is at his best in critical situations 5. Their defense is substantially better in 2016 6. They don’t turn the ball over 7. They will likely land the No. 1 seed in the NFC Playoffs
Uh, don't count your Super Bowl rings before they're ordered. America's love-hate romance with talking head Stephen A. Smith may reach a boiling point with his latest prediction that there at least four different NFL teams that can beat the Cowboys:
Well, I think it depends on who they're playing. I believe that Seattle will beat them. I do believe that. And I believe that the Redskins will beat them. Not sure about the Giants or the Falcons. But I would pick the Redskins or the Seattle Seahawks to beat the Cowboys.
The numbers don't lie! One prediction site is already calling Super Bowl LI in favor of Dallas using math, and this is what the Cowboys' road to the big game looks like:
I’ll go more in depth into the NFC, focusing on the team we all care about. In the Wild Card round, the #3 Falcons defeated the #6 Vikings, and the #4 Lions took care of business against the #5 Redskins. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the Divisional Round, the Cowboys drew the Lions, because they were the lowest remaining seed. They ended up defeating them to move on to the conference championship. In addition, the Seahawks were predicted to beat the Falcons. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That left the Dallas Cowboys to square off against the Seattle Seahawks for the right to play the New England Patriots for a title. And, as you might assume from the title of the article, that honor went to the Cowboys, who are also predicted to win the big game itself.