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The offense will be forced to score points.
This might be stating information that’s obvious, but for the Cowboys things are pretty simple: The offense is going to carry this football team in 2014.
Without a doubt, the offense is the biggest strength of the team. What makes the offense so powerful this season is its well roundedness and the fact that there is not a weakness.
The offensive line is so much better than it was in 2012 when it was considered by many to be the downfall of the team. Between Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin, this line should be solid for years.
The offense also has an incredible amount of weapons. The receivers, backs and tight ends on this roster are a special group of guys that Romo should be thankful for. If Romo can stay on the field for 16 games, this unit will score with the best of them.
On the other side of the ball, I’d say the majority of the defense falls under the weakness portion.
Excluding the secondary, which could really be a pleasant surprise, the front seven of the defense is a big liability. There are linebackers and players along the line that are quality, but it’s hard to predict how they will bounce back.
Spencer and Melton return from injury, while Carter and Justin Durant return from disappointing years. And George Selvie had a career year in 2013 so will he be able to duplicate that again?
Who’s going to play middle linebacker?
With so many question marks, it’s clear as to why the defense will be this team’s Achilles’ heel once again. The good news is they might just have to be slightly better than the 2013 team in order to win another game or two and make the playoffs.