Three reasons why the Cowboys can win it all this year
With playoff football on the horizon, it’s Super Bowl or bust for all 12 teams. FOX Sports NFL insider Alex Marvez gives three reasons why each team will win the Super Bowl XLIX.
The new Triplets: Not since the days of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin have the Cowboys fielded a quarterback-running back-wide receiver trio like Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant. Romo had an NFL-high passer rating of 113.2 and was red-hot during the Cowboys’ 4-0 December with 12 touchdowns and one interception. Murray broke Smith’s franchise rushing record with an NFL-best 1,845 yards. And Bryant led the NFL with 16 touchdown passes among his 88 receptions for 1,320 yards.
The offensive line: Just like with the original Triplets in the 1990s, the Cowboys have a fantastic offensive line to pave the way for the success of Romo, Murray and Bryant. All three of the Cowboys’ first-round picks used on linemen in the past four years (left tackle Tyron Smith, center Travis Frederick and right guard Zack Martin) have paid big dividends.
These aren’t the same ol’ Cowboys: Jason Garrett deserves NFL Coach of the Year consideration for helping to change the culture in Dallas. The 2014 Cowboys have finally bought into his message of consistency. Players have remained focused and not gotten big-headed after key victories, which has helped prevent the letdowns that plagued previous squads. Dallas also has shown a resiliency sometimes lacking in the past. The Cowboys overcame deficits of 10-0 and 21-0 against Seattle and St. Louis, respectively, to win on the road. The NFL’s only perfect record in road games bodes well for at least one impending road game should the Cowboys defeat Detroit in Sunday’s first-round playoff matchup.