It is summer and the sports scene in Dallas these days is pretty quiet. Stars are building, Mavs are aging and waiting and the Rangers are simply not close enough to September. But, it is always football season, especially in Dallas, TX. So here it goes for a too early edition of 2012 predictions.
Division Games: Unlike the way the Eagles embarrassed us and the Giants humiliated us last season, these Cowboys will be a little different. More experience, stronger personnel and a tremendously strong secondary. Additionally, the Eagles will get two meaningful games instead of one from us, and the pesky Giants will have a different tune on offense this year, with the loss of Cowboys killers Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham. The Redskins will remain the Redskins, with or without RG3. 4-2 with an away loss to the Eagles and yet another home loss to the Giants.
AFC North: This is a strong set of teams with the recent emergence of the Bengals. The Browns are the only guarantee win. I expect Dallas to outdo hometown boy Andy Dalton and split against the Steelers and Ravens. Beating these two powerhouses in the same season is unreasonable. 3-1 overall against this division.
NFC South: Although the NFC East is regarded as the best division in football, this foursome could become the best division with a strong 2012 showing. The Bucs are much improved, Cam Newton will lead a stronger Panther team, the Falcons have Super Bowl aspirations and potential, and the Saints are ultimately a better version of the Cowboys. 2-2 overall with wins against Atlanta and Carolina.
How many games will Dallas win this year?
Other: Chicago and Seattle also wind up on the schedule this year. Chicago upgraded its talent significantly with the additions of Brandon Marshall and a healthier Matt Forte. The Seahawks are still the Seahawks, even with their skittles. 1-1 overall with a win over Seattle and a loss to the Bears.
That sums up to 10 wins and a wild card birth for our Dallas Cowboys. What is your take?