5. At Dallas, Week 5
Jan 11, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) is unable to catch a pass against Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) in the fourth quarter in the 2014 NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Last year, the Dallas Cowboys were the only team who beat the Seattle Seahawks at home. They did so with their vaunted offensive line and rushing attack, spearheaded by now-Philadelphia Eagle Demarco Murray.
While Murray is now gone, the Cowboys still managed to keep the NFL’s best offensive line intact, which will give them a good chance to beat the Seahawks, even at home. Dez Bryant is one of the best wide receivers in the game, and Jason Witten and Terrence Williams are still offensive threats.
The Cowboys also boosted their defense by drafting cornerback Byron Jones in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft and took pass-rusher Randy Gregory, who was regarded as a top-five pick the year earlier, late in the second round.
However, the Cowboys backfield– the oft-injured Darren McFadden and underwear thief Joseph Randle–leaves much to be desired. Tony Romo’s success last season stemmed from the Cowboys’ ability to run the football.
It will be much easier to stop McFadden and/or Randle, who are nowhere near the caliber of Murray. If that happens, the mistake-prone Tony Romo will be forced to throw on the Legion of Boom, which plays right into the Seattle Seahawks’ strengths.
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