The NFC East saw a surprise team take the lead in 2015. The Washington team overtook the Cowboys and made the playoffs led by Kirk Cousins. Dallas suffered through many injuries to Tony Romo and Dez Bryant that in the end, it was too much to handle. Romo broke his collar bone twice and the Cowboys still had a late shot at the division so it is wide open for them to retake in 2016. Philadelphia fell off the map with Chip Kelly and the Giants could not muster any defense to stop the opponents despite the great offense they have.
Washington had the #17 offense in 2015 with a total of 5,661 yards. The defense was ranked 28th in the league and despite that they still made the playoffs. I think it spoke more about how injured Dallas was than their contender status. No team should be ranked that low in defense and make the playoffs.
Dallas was ranked #17 in defense in 2015 and #22 in offense despite all of the injuries. The Cowboys selected Ezekiel Elliot with the #4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to help try to win now. Dallas is trying to recreate the magic of 2014 where they were one “catch” away from advancing to the NFC Title game and a rematch with the Seattle Seahawks.
— TheCowboysWire (@TheCowboysWire) July 28, 2016
I think Kirk Cousins plays under the franchise tag and plays decent but not enough to warrant a max deal. Furthermore, in my opinion, Dallas sustains a strong running game with the best offensive line in the league and allows Romo to stay healthy and be efficient. The Cowboys have not done well with hype and pressure so it will be interesting to see how they approach this season.