Sporting a record of 1-2 this preseason heading into this weekend's home opener against Cincinnati, Dallas Cowboys' fans have plenty to worry about concerning America's Team. The training camp festivities in Oxnard, Calif. were a strong combination of surprises, both good and bad.
For now, let's take in some positive surprises to be seen from the Cowboys.
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones' infamously declared ''uncomfortable offseason” is nearing it's end. Much of what Jones seemed to want he has gotten, especially with respect to the coaching staff. Fourth-year head coach Jason Garrett is easily in the best situation he has seen as the top-dog.
The Cowboys have been able to survive numerous injuries and absences while still finding some possible solutions to previous weaknesses. If the bad surprises stop happening, at least for some time, Dallas could be off to a quick start once regular-season play begins September 8 in Arlington, Texas.
No, defensive end Tyrone Crawford won't be back, nobody knows yet exactly who safety Matt Johnson is and the Cowboys seem to have more questions than answers on an offensive line that obviously plans to throw the football quite a bit this season.
However, here's some things that could carry the Cowboys while several young faces cut their teeth in the NFL.
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