John's Prediction: 9-7
The Cowboys have a pro-bowl QB, one of the deepest running back corps in the league, a potential top-10 wide receiver, one of the best tight ends, and an extremely talented, albeit quickly declining, O-line.
However, most people no longer feel the offense is up to the task of making a Super Bowl run. Arguments abound as to whether getting rid of T.O. was a good move. From a production standpoint, only time will tell, but there is no doubt chemistry will vastly improve, and Tony Romo can finally assume full leadership and command of the offense.
As long as offensive coordinator Jason Garrett can find enough touches to properly utilize his three-headed running back monster, the offense should be more than potent enough.
I'm not as high on the Dallas defense as most people. The loss of Chris Canty puts even more pressure on Ware to make big plays. Olshansky is a solid replacement, but is by no means a pass-rusher, while Marcus Spears is rapidly becoming a first-round bust.
Fortunately, the Cowboys have great potential and production at linebacker with Ware, the ultra-consistent Bradie James, former Falcons' star Keith Brooking, and 2007 first-rounder Anthony Spencer.
Bobby Carpenter, another apparent first-round bust, can still provide solid depth. Gone from the secondary is yet another top pick failure in Roy Williams (sensing a trend yet?). Injuries will be the key to this group. If Terence Newman and Ken Hamlin can stay healthy, the secondary should be able to put up a respectable performance.
If not, the whole defense will suffer. Much like the Redskins, the Cowboys have the talent to win more games than they actually will. The brutal post-Thanksgiving schedule, along with some early hiccups, will result in another eight or nine win campaign.
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