This season we’ve been able to see how the NFC East lacks firepower in many areas. However, even with the division champs (Eagles) not winning 10 games, the East continues to be the most unpredictable division in the NFL over the last 15 years.
Since 03′-04′ when Philadelphia won back to back titles, nobody has been able to repeat as back to back division champions. This year many expected Dallas to break the curse after starting off the season 3-0, or after they were 6-4 heading down the final stretch. Yet the NFC East curse surfaced again as everyone watched Dallas close out the season 2-4 to bring them to a .500 record on the year.
The Cowboys were in the driver seat the majority of the season up until they lost to Philly in week 16. After that self-destruction lost to the Eagles, Dallas became dependent on the New York Giants to win their final game against Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Eagles took care of business on the road versus the Giants and earned their spot in the playoffs.
Good news for Dallas will be that it is now the Eagles’ turn to try and break the curse next year. Heading into the 2020 season the Cowboys will be looking to overhaul their coaching staff and upgrade in a variety of areas.
The acquisitions of sack leader, Robert Quinn, and the defensive tackle Michael Bennett made a great impact on this team. We’ve witnessed the Cowboys to be more fond of trading as of late. That will be a factor that could play an enormous role in this off-season.
Another turning point this off-season will be how Dallas proceeds with their free agents. Amari Cooper, Byron Jones, and Dak Prescott are their 3 biggest names that are up for contracts. One of them can be hit with the Franchise Tag, but the others will require a new contract or a new team.
Moving forward after a roller-coaster season won’t be easy, but it will bring greater possibilities for the 2020 campaign.
As the Cowboys prepare for next year, Dallas is now on the right side of the NFC East Curse as they’ll look to reclaim their division title sooner rather than later.