After a miserable 2010 campaign that was basically a failure at every level, the Cowboys are looking to make a big improvement in 2011.
They not only want to make the playoffs. They want to get to the Super Bowl.
Here are seven reasons why the Dallas Cowboys should actually be viewed as serious contenders.
Tony Romo will be healthy at the start of the year, and he's a proven playmaker and proven winning quarterback.
He has also a big chip on his shoulder, and he'll want to take the reins to prove to everyone that he's the No. 1 quarterback to lead this team, both now and in the future.
Garrett will be at the helm for his first full season.
Last year, the Cowboys really started to turn around with his direction, and now they'll be prepared for a full season with Garrett.
The players believe in him and trust in his system, and he has the smarts to help get big wins.
Even without Marion Barber, the Cowboys have a strong crew of running backs, led by Felix Jones.
Jones is explosive and is ready to have a breakout season as he'll be the clear No. 1 threat this year.
Don't forget about the rest of the skill players on the team.
Dez Bryant should be ready to explode, Jason Witten is one of the best tight ends in the league, Miles Austin is a proven big-time wide receiver, and more.
Romo has plenty of targets to work with.
Ware is a force on defense, and is a threat to sack the quarterback or blow up a play on every single down. Opposing teams really have to game plan for this guy, and if they don't, it's their mistake.
If this team doesn't contend this year, then everyone's heads could be ready to roll. Jerry Jones has been fed up, and this team and coaching staff needs to perform now to keep that owner happy.
The Cowboys clearly didn't do well with those lofty expectations last year, but now they're flying under the radar.
They get to go unnoticed and enjoy an underdog status, and should perform much better in that role.