The Dallas Cowboys are 4-1. Their win total in the preseason – set by the oddsmakers – sat at 9.5. While expectations for the offense were high, uncertainty surrounded a defense that set historically bad records for the franchise. Through 5 weeks though, that defense has been taking the ball away week in and week out. Plus, the offense doesn’t just look “very good.” It looks elite.

If you check your favorite sportsbook’s betting odds, you’ll see the Cowboys’ projected win total has gone from 9.5 to 11.5. Not only is Dallas the favorite within the NFC East, suddenly they find themselves in the conversation to be the #1 seed in the NFC!

Yet this week served as a reminder of how things can quickly change in the NFL. The Cowboys have been dealing with relevant injuries since Week 1 of the regular season, but the recent additions of Tyron Smith and Trevon Diggs to the injury report raised some concerns among Cowboys Nation.

The Cowboys actually reported a season-high six questionable players on their Friday injury report.

Fortunately, good ol’ oversharing Jerry Jones offered some easing words on 105.3 The Fan.

Ezekiel Elliott and Damontae Kazee have also been optimistic when talking to the media about their game status this week.

Whether you like Jones’ way of handling the media or not, the Cowboys’ owner is not one to lie about players’ status. It’s worth noting that the Cowboys also have a fortunate bye week coming up after their trip to Foxborough.

Although things are looking okay for the Dallas Cowboys at the moment – injuries and all – this week’s report serves as a reminder that injury luck plays a huge factor in the NFL. Last year, the Cowboys had one of the worst seasons in terms of injuries since 2013.

So far, Dallas has gotten surprisingly good play from swing tackle Terence Steele as the second-year pro has replaced La’el Collins. Dan Quinn has also been able to make up for DeMarcus Lawrence’s absence by being creative defensively, going as far as playing Micah Parsons at DE.

Hopefully, the Cowboys are as careful with Trevon Diggs as they can. Although Lawrence is the better overall player, Diggs would be the most difficult defender to replace on the starting lineup. The Cowboys are thin at CB and playing Maurice Canady and Anthony Brown on the outside would surely be an issue for the team.

For now, the scares have mostly been just that… scares. But the team has a tall task ahead of them as they continue to manage injuries and think about the future. With a 4-1 record, it’s not just about winning the division, but potentially the #1 seed in the NFC.