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Eight of the last 10 NFL MVP's have shared two important things in common.
First, they were all quarterbacks. Second, their teams made the playoffs.
Romo has the first aspect in the bag, but it will be the Cowboys’ finish in the standings that truly determines whether he will be a contender for MVP.
Because when it really comes down to it, the only real way for a player to garner MVP votes is to fuel a successful team.
For Romo, this means that the Cowboys must make the playoffs. However, the best way to make an impression with voters would be to lead his team to the division crown.
Fortunately for him, this team has the talent and the drive to not only make the playoffs, but to contend for a championship.
The offense is set up to be explosive and Romo will be able to direct this group up and down the field. With the immense amount of skill on the offensive side of the ball, the Cowboys should have no trouble lighting up opposing defenses.
The key to the realization of the Cowboys’ goals, however, is the defense.
This was the unit that let the team down time after time in 2011. The pass rush had a tendency to disappear late in games and the secondary always managed to give up a big play at the worst time.
Plus, there was a lot of confusion on that side of the ball, as the D adjusted to new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's complicated scheme on the fly.
All of these issues were addressed in the offseason, though. The secondary got a major upgrade with the additions of corners Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr and the defense should appear more fluid this year in its second spell under Ryan.
The defense has the potential to be a top 10 unit in the NFL. If that happens, the Cowboys should be able to claw their way to an NFC East title.
With that accomplished, not only will Dallas return to the postseason for the first time since 2009, but Romo could be the Cowboys' first MVP since 1993.