The Cowboys’ roller-coaster season to this point creates plenty of fodder for either the glass-half-empty or glass-half-full perspective.
The glass-half-empty viewpoint is that Dallas is merely experiencing a momentary upturn, common to any roster full of NFL-caliber players.
The Cowboys’ problems are still there, just below the surface. Injuries along the offensive line threaten to bring the team’s momentum to a halt. Center Travis Frederick is still out, Connor Williams is working his way back, but it seems like Tyron Smith’s neck and back troubles could derail his season at any moment.
Defensively, Dallas has had trouble keeping defensive linemen healthy, which could wear down the group toward the end of the season. And the safeties’ intermittent miscues are a concern.
For a glimpse at how these issues could trip up Dallas, just look back to Tennessee’s 28-14 victory at AT&T Stadium in early November.
However, the glass-half-full angle has merit as well.
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is playing on an MVP level. He’s finding running room, catching passes and generally punishing opposing defenses.
And the Dallas passing game is complimenting Elliott. Although Amari Cooper hasn’t had an over-the-top statistical game, he’s made a huge impact with his ability to separate from defensive backs. With Cooper playing the role of Wide-Receiver 1, Allen Hurns and Cole Beasley suddenly look like a dangerous supporting cast. All of that accentuates Dak Prescott’s status as the Cowboys’ bona-fide QB of the future.
Defensively, DeMarcus Lawrence is having a top-notch follow up to his 14.5-sack season a year ago. But his performance has been overshadowed by the emergence of Leight Vander Esch, who is making a strong case for defensive rookie of the year.
That’s how the Cowboys saved their season the last two weeks with road wins in Philly and Atlanta and put themselves in contention in the NFC East.