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Why the Dallas Cowboys Can Make a Super Bowl Run

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 13:  DeMarco Murray #29 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against  Nick Barnett #50 of the Buffalo Bills at Cowboys Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Ralph LongoAnalyst IIINovember 19, 2011

First, before anyone comments that I'm an insane Dallas Cowboy fan who is supremely biased, I have no affiliation with the Dallas Cowboys whatsoever; I'm a Miami Dolphins fan. Having said that, I believe that the Dallas Cowboys are flying heavily under the radar right now and have a serious chance, or at least far better than the experts are saying, of winning the Super Bowl this season. 

The Dallas defense has been playing extremely well as of late. Aside from the game against the Eagles, which I will write off as a fluke due to the Eagles' struggles against opposition being far worse than the Cowboys, the defense has allowed 20 points or less in each of their past five games.

Much has been made about their tough run defense, but Dallas ranks in the top four in the NFL in interceptions and top 10 in sacks. So the defense is definitely capable of holding their own against any team in the league. 

While the defense is playing well, the Cowboys offense is finally hitting its stride and is playing extremely well as of late.

Tony Romo has been extremely efficient recently, throwing nine TDs against only two interceptions in his last five games. And DeMarco Murray has burst on the scene as an explosive running back, averaging a flat-out, ridiculous eight-plus yards every time he touches the ball. He's been an absolute workhorse for Dallas, but they are getting Felix Jones back from his various injuries, which should take some strain off of Murray and keep him fresh down the stretch.

Also, Miles Austin should return soon, which will only give Tony Romo more offensive firepower. Laurent Robinson has been a great replacement for Austin, as he has put up excellent numbers in his absence.

Combined with Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, this offense is a nightmare to match up against. With all of these offensive weapons, I believe Dallas can score enough to keep them competitive against any team, including Green Bay, in the playoffs.  

Dallas has a very soft schedule coming up, which should assure that they get into the playoffs as, at worst, a wild card spot. They play the Giants twice in what will likely ultimately decide who wins the division.

All in all, I think that Dallas has stayed off the map this season, but that's probably the best thing for them. They're so used to being in the spotlight as America's team that perhaps it's time they stayed out of the limelight.

They will be a dangerous opponent for everyone they encounter and cannot be counted out come the postseason.  

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