NFL Predictions 2011: 5 Reasons Dallas Cowboys Will Make the Playoffs

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NFL Predictions 2011: 5 Reasons Dallas Cowboys Will Make the Playoffs
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The Dallas Cowboys should be considered a perennial favorite to make the 2011 NFL playoffs out of the NFC East.

This may surprise a lot of people. After all, the Dallas Cowboys went 6-10 last year, finishing tied for last in the division. At 6-10, they had a better record than only the Panthers and the Cardinals out of the NFC.

Within their own division, the Eagles made a significant splash in the offseason, coming out in the last second to steal Cowboys-bound top free agent Nnamdi Asomugha. The Cowboys said goodbye to Marion Barber, Roy Williams, Andre Gurode, Igor Olshansky and others, without welcoming in any marque free agents.

Okay, so maybe the Dallas Cowboys shouldn’t be the favorites to win their division. But that doesn’t stop me from objectively choosing the Cowboys as a playoffs team out of the NFC. They might not be favorites, but with their conservative and cost-effective moves in the offseason, the Cowboys have put themselves in the right position to sweep in and take a playoffs spot.

For the first time in years, the Cowboys look to have created the right blend of players. Following years of salaries far too high than what were merited, they did not overspend. Their personnel is in place to make this season run smoothly, they’re not overly deep or cautiously shallow at any particular position, and if the blocks fall in the places that they seem like they could, the Cowboys are in store for a successful 2011 campaign.

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