What does the Dallas Cowboys 2023 team have in store? With the draft completed, trades made, and free agents signed, the Cowboys are ready to try for the Super Bowl once again. They made it to the playoffs the last two years and hope to go much farther this year. Unfortunately, they have a few teams trying to get there ahead of them.
Dallas Cowboys 2023 Preview
Odds to Win Super Bowl 2024
Kansas City Chiefs +600
San Francisco 49ers +750
Philadelphia Eagles +750
Buffalo Bills +900
Cincinnati Bengals +1000
New York Jets +1400
Dallas Cowboys +1500
The Cowboys have a bit of a climb to make it to the Super Bowl, especially with the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East with them. Kansas City is expected to win two Super Bowls back to back, so what do the Cowboys have to do to get themselves in that final game?
Weaknesses That Must Be Addressed
The Kicker. Brett Maher had a great regular season in 2022, completing 29 field goals in 32 attempts, and 50 extra points in 53 attempts. He didn’t do as well in the playoffs. During their first playoff game against Tampa Bay, he had five extra point attempts but could only make one of them (an NFL record for most missed extra points in a game).
The Cowboys still won, but when they moved on to the 49ers, they had to change their game plan because of Maher’s struggles in the previous game. It cost them.
Dallas was hoping to get a kicker during the Draft but wasn’t able to. Maher is still a possibility for this season, but Dallas is considering its options.
Quarterback turnovers. Dak Prescott isn’t to blame for all of the turnovers last season. Some got to their intended receiver, but he still had a career-high 15 interceptions, and that’s in only 12 games. He missed five games because of a thumb injury. If Dallas wants to be a Super Bowl contender, Dak will have to improve this stat.
The Cowboys traded for wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the Houston Texans, which should help reduce interceptions. They also re-signed quarterback Cooper Rush to a 2-year, $6 million contract. He did a great job taking over for Dak when he was injured, going 4-1 as a starter.
Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore was let go from the team after four seasons. Head coach Mike McCarthy said a big part of the departure was because of philosophical differences. “I just want to run the damn ball.” McCarthy was quoted as saying at the combine. He wants to give his defense a rest. But Moore wanted to “light up the scoreboard.” There are concerns with McCarthy’s approach as the NFL has moved away from focusing on the running game, but maybe he’s trying to keep Dak’s interceptions to a minimum.
In the four years, Moore was with Dallas, they finished top six teams in points per game for three of those four years. Moore is now the OC for the Chargers. It will be interesting to see how he does with QB Justin Herbert.
Draft Picks for Dallas Cowboys for 2023
- Mazi Smith, DT, 26th overall. Defensive tackles usually go later in the draft, especially with the running game being less prevalent in the NFL these days. I guess Dallas needs to keep their defense elite going into the future.
- Luke Schoonmaker, TE, 58th overall. Waiting till the second round to pick a tight end may have cost them. They missed out on Michael Mayer who went to the Raiders, but hopefully, Luke will be a great choice.
- DeMarvion Overshown, LB, 90th overall. A great pick for Dallas as Leighton Vander Esch has neck problems.
- Villami Fehoko, DE, 129th overall. An up and comer who has continually improved during his years at San Jose State. He’ll be a good addition to the defense.
- Asim Richards, OT, 169th overall. Dallas needs the added depth on offense but Richards doesn’t sound like star material unless he still has untapped potential.
- Eric Scott, CB, 178th overall. Scott signed a 4 year, $4 million contract with the team. Coaches are impressed with his positive attitude in all circumstances and his athleticism.
- Deuce Vaughn, RB, 212th overall. Dallas is lucky they were able to catch Vaughn in the sixth round. He’s smaller than Tony Pollard but more explosive. Having different styles of running backs should keep their opponents guessing.
- Jalen Brooks, WR, 244th overall. A long runner rather than a speedster, Brooks is athletic with potential. If he shows promise in the next few months, he could break the lineup.
Odds to Win Division
As mentioned earlier, Dallas still has Philadelphia to contend with in their division. The Eagles are the favorites to win.
Philadelphia Eagle -120
Dallas Cowboys +190
New York Giants +800
Washington Commanders +1100
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