5 Pieces Dallas Cowboys Still Need to Become a True Contender

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5 Pieces Dallas Cowboys Still Need to Become a True Contender
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Dallas rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne

Sunday night’s 38-33 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles has placed the Dallas Cowboys back in the playoff hunt with six wins to go with as many losses.

While a postseason berth is still a possibility, the Cowboys obviously have a ways to go before being considered a Super Bowl contender.

In less than typical fashion, the Cowboys learned some lessons against Philadelphia that perhaps it can carry over into next weekend’s meeting with red-hot Cincinnati.

If Dallas is to make it four wins in their last five games against the Bengals, the Cowboys will have to continue some things that helped earn a season sweep over the Eagles.

I’m not including the position of head coach even though I fully believe that Dallas is going nowhere with Jason Garrett wearing a headset. This is about what the Cowboys need on the field no matter who is the coach.  

Here’s the top pieces Dallas still needs to identify to become a contender in 2012—and this will be a major task.

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