Could the Dallas Cowboys win the NFC East in 2014? Of course. So could the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, and New York Giants. It’s not like these are peewee football teams and some have zero opportunity to win.
But if we’re looking at things probabilistically, you can’t like the Cowboys’ chances of stealing the NFC East crown from the Eagles. Philadelphia is a much better team in more ways than one—a team with a well-defined, data-driven focus that will serve them well long-term—while the Cowboys make decisions in an unscientific, dogmatic way.
If we were to relate the two teams to poker, the Eagles would be like a suited ace and king, while the Cowboys might be a 5-7 off-suit. Could the weaker Dallas hand take down the one in Philly? Sure. But that doesn’t mean it’s likely.
I still think the Cowboys have a semi-decent shot to win in 2014, due almost solely to the Tony Romo-Dez Bryant combination, but in all likelihood, it will be another year of mediocrity in Dallas. Here are four reasons I think that the Cowboys will have another rough year.