If there’s one thing that’s clear for the Dallas Cowboys heading into 2014, it’s that there’s more than one “right” way to do things and make the playoffs. Just last year, we saw a run-heavy team in the Seahawks take down a pass-oriented team in the Broncos in the Super Bowl. While passing often is probably a better long-term strategy than running for most teams, it’s not like there’s one singular path to success.
However, there are certain non-negotiables for this Cowboys team if they want to make their way into the postseason in 2014. We know that they have little shot if quarterback Tony Romo gets injured, for example. Regardless of the exact way they go about finding success, here are the top five things that absolutely must happen for Dallas to manage its way into the postseason.