The Dallas Cowboys looked to be the clear favorites in their division and playoff contenders at the beginning of the 2020 season. Unfortunately, they faced severe defensive struggles and lost their franchise quarterback midway through game 5 against the New York Giants, derailing their season. Following the Dak Prescott injury, the Cowboys consistently were down offensive lineman throughout the season making it increasingly difficult for Andy Dalton and Ezekiel Elliot to shoulder the load on offense.
On offense, it looks like everyone will be back and healthy to start the 2021 season. On defense, the Cowboys saw some key departures in Chidobe Awuzie, Antwuan Woods, Tyron Crawford, and Aldon Smith. But they added Keanu Neal in Free Agency, maybe the best defensive player in the 2020 draft in Micah Parsons, as well as hitting defense hard in the draft with key young additions at all three levels. If the defense can improve and Dak leaves off where he started in 2020, this team could be serious playoff contenders.