Can the Dallas Cowboys get over the hump and reach the Super Bowl this upcoming season for the first time in over 25 years?

It’s certainly possible. The Cowboys have the talent across the board to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Dallas. But before they worry about the Super Bowl, they need to focus on winning the NFC East.

NFL.com’s Adam Rank recently gave his game-by-game predictions for each NFL team in 2022 and he has the Cowboys finishing with a 9-8 record. Rank thinks that win/loss record will be good enough for Dallas to win the NFC East for a second straight season.

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Dec 26, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs for a touchdown after catching a pass in the first quarter against the Washington Football Team at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s how Rank has the season playing out for the Cowboys:

  • Cowboys vs Buccaneers Loss
  • Cowboys vs Bengals Win
  • Cowboys @ Giants Loss
  • Cowboys vs Commanders Loss
  • Cowboys @ Rams Win
  • Cowboys @ Eagles Loss
  • Cowboys vs Lions Win
  • Cowboys vs Bears Loss
  • Cowboys @ Packers Loss
  • Cowboys @ Vikings Win
  • Cowboys vs Giants Win
  • Cowboys vs Colts Win
  • Cowboys vs Texans Win
  • Cowboys @ Jaguars Loss
  • Cowboys vs Eagles Win
  • Cowboys @ Titans Loss
  • Cowboys @ Commanders Win

A few of these predictions are just…. terrible.

I understand predicting Dallas to lose some tough games. The Cowboys can beat the Buccaneers, Packers, and Titans. But those are games that could truly go either way. I have no issue with Rank predicting a loss in those matchups (though again, Dallas can easily win those games).

The losses to the Giants, Bears, and Jaguars, however, are a bit more questionable.

What has happened this offseason that makes us think the Bears and the Jaguars — possibly the worst teams in their respective divisions — are going to beat Dallas in 2022?

The answer is absolutely nothing. The Cowboys are the better team and they should cruise in those games. Beating the Giants is a different animal since it’s a division game, but Dallas is still the better team and should sweep the season series with New York.

Rank is wise to predict that the Cowboys will win the NFC East, but he’s likely going to look silly at the end of the year when Dallas finishes with around 12 wins.

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