Mister Obvious Says – Dallas suffered one of the biggest off-season defections with the league’s leading rusher DeMarco Murray going to division rival Philadelphia. The Cowboys are hoping former backup Joseph Randle is ready for a much larger role and that Darren McFadden can resurrect his career after producing only 3.4 yards per carry in his last three seasons with Oakland. Murray’s 2,261 yards from scrimmage will be difficult to replace but a running game is a must to alleviate pressure on QB Tony Romo.
Biggest Addition – McFadden comes over from Oakland with some baggage and only a single 1,000-yard rushing season in seven years. Injury prone, he’s never played more than 13 games in a season.
Biggest Loss – Murray moving to Philadelphia is a double-whammy for Dallas because he is playing for a team that will challenge the Cowboys for the NFC East title.
Rookie To Watch – OL La’el Collins of LSU is a first-round talent that went undrafted because he was named a person of interest in the death of his former girlfriend. Time will tell if it was worth the risk for Dallas to sign Collins, who figures to bolster an already strong offensive line.
Marquee Match-up – The Week 5 game at home against New England would be the top non-division game on the schedule. The Week 14 game at Green Bay figures to have playoff implications.
Game Most Likely To Win – Week 17 at home against the Redskins, who may be playing under an interim head coach by then.
Game Most Likely to Lose – Despite listing it as one of our marquee match-ups, their week 14 game at Green Bay is the last of four out of five games on the road.
Overall thoughts – Dallas’ schedule is one of the more difficult ones in the league with games against New England, Seattle and New Orleans in addition to two against division rival Philadelphia. The possibility exists that Dallas could be 3-5 by Week 10 with both games against Philly already played as well as the games against New England, New Orleans and Seattle. Dallas coach Jason Garrett may have to dig the team out of a hole and it won’t be easy with the Cowboys playing five of their last eight games on the road.
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