A Look Back – The 2010 season was a smashing success in the eyes of most Dallas Cowboys fans. After all, the team went 11-5, won the NFC East, and ultimately broke the playoff drought by beating the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round of the playoffs before getting smashed by the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Divisional Round.

Key Addition – WR Dez Bryant – Whereas other teams really did their damage in free agency, the top prize that the Cowboys acquired in the offseason is their newest receiver. Bryant just as easily could’ve been a Top 5 pick in the draft, but when he was still sitting on the board at #24, owner Jerry Jones felt the need to trade up into that slot to grab the former Okie State Cowboy to add to a passing game that is already lethal.

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Key Loss – OT Flozell Adams – Adams felt like he spent 100 years guarding various Dallas quarterbacks. This will be the first time that QB Tony Romo is going to be looking at an offensive line in front of him without Adams playing the anchor at one of the tackle spots. What makes this loss so key is the fact that there really isn’t an “heir apparent” to that position, and it could be one that is rotated amongst a number of players by the time this season is over.

2010 Will Be a Success if… – Bryant doesn’t destroy the chemistry of the offense. Though Jones and HC Wade Phillips love the added weapon to the passing game, this is already an offense that was incredibly explosive. WR Miles Austin ended up scoring 11 touchdowns and had over 1,300 receiving yards on the year, while both Pro Bowl TE Jason Witten and WR Roy Williams are dynamic as well. Add that to a rushing attack that was one of the most feared in the NFC, and the end result was an ‘O’ that put 399.4 yards per game on the board, the second most in the NFL. With Adams out of the picture, the passing game may take a hit, as Romo will have less time to throw the ball, but Bryant has the ability to jump into the slot and immediately make a huge impact as a third receiver, which could open up the field for Witten underneath as a safety valve all day long.

The Crucial Game – It feels like every season, the Cowboys and Eagles end up playing in a game of massive importance in the dying weeks of the year. This year will probably be no exception, as these two teams not only meet once in the last month of the year, but they meet twice. Dallas is most likely going to have to win at least one, if not both of those games to hold off either Philly, New York, or Washington to take down the NFC East title once again.

Predictions – Seeing this team win 11 games with this schedule would be very, very impressive, and though we think that Dallas does have the goods to be the best team in the conference, that the record may not necessarily indicate it by the end of the season. Still, we think that the Cowboys are good for ten wins, and at bare minimum a playoff spot, mostly likely as the NFC East title holders.

2010 Dallas Cowboys Regular Season Schedule

9/12 @ WAS (+3.5)
9/19 vs. CHI
9/26 @ HOU
10/10 vs. TEN
10/17 @ MIN
10/25 vs. NYG
10/31 vs. JAX
11/7 @ GB
11/14 @ NYG
11/21 vs. DET
11/25 vs. NO
12/5 @ IND
12/12 vs. PHI
12/19 vs. WAS
12/25 @ ARI
1/2 @ PHI

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