NFL Update: The Dallas Cowboys 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft
Can the Dallas Cowboys turn things around this season?
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2013 Season Recap: The Dallas Cowboys finished with a disappointing 8-8 record and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season. The offense was inconsistent at best behind quarterback a banged up Tony Romo, and the defense ranked 26th in the league. The Cowboys lost three of their last four games and left the door wide open for critics who remind them they have one playoff victory since 1998.
Key Player Losses: The Cowboys made an unpopular decision in releasing DeMarcus Ware, a linebacker who has 117 career sacks and was often the go-to guy on Dallas’ defense. The Cowboys also let wide receiver Miles Austin walk, a receiver who has been a shell of himself the last few years. Austin was later picked up by the Cleveland Browns.
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Key Player Additions: The Cowboys singed defensive lineman Henry Melton, a defensive lineman who spent his four seasons with the Chicago Bears before tearing his ACL. If Melton is healthy, he could be the starting defensive tackle this season. The Cowboys also signed former Cleveland Browns starting Branden Weeden to a two-year contract.
The Draft: The Cowboys didn’t draft Johnny Manziel with their first round pick. Instead, the Cowboys looked to improve their offensive line by selecting Zack Martin in the first round. While Martin is a player who can step in right away and help protect Romo, the Cowboys got a real steal by taking wide receiver Devin Street in the fifth round. The receiver out of Pittsburgh can really play when he’s healthy.
Outlook for 2014, So Far: A lot of the Cowboys success will be decided on the health of Romo, who is dealing with back injuries throughout the offseason. If Romo is healthy and has a decent offensive line, the Cowboys offense has more than enough weapons to compete for an NFC East crown. The Cowboys defense, however, needs a healthy Sean Lee and players in the secondary who can make plays. The Cowboys were ranked 30th in passing yards allowed last season and will face even more pressure this year without Ware there to pressure the quarterback.
Sept. 7 San Francisco 49ers, 4:25
Sept. 14 at Tennessee Titans, 1
Sept. 21 at St. Louis Rams, 1
Sept. 28 New Orleans Saints, 8:30
Oct. 5 Houston Texans, 1
Oct. 12 at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25
Oct. 19 New York Giants, 4:25
Oct. 27 Washington Redskins (Mon), 8:30
Nov. 2 Arizona Cardinals, 1
Nov. 9 at Jacksonville Jaguars (London), 1
Nov. 16 BYE
Nov. 23 at New York Giants, 8:30*
Nov. 27 Philadelphia Eagles (Thu), 4:30
Dec. 4 at Chicago Bears (Thu), 8:25
Dec. 14 at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:30*
Dec. 21 Indianapolis Colts, 4:25
Dec. 28 at Washington Redskins, 1