Cowboys 2021 playoff outlook: Preview of Dallas’ remaining games, what to improve, how to obtain No. 1 seed

If you’re the Dallas Cowboys, this part of the season is where your Michelins have to meet the asphalt. Having narrowly lost to Tom Brady and the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers to start the 2021 regular season, the Cowboys rode an offensive surge led by Dak Prescott and his smörgåsbord of weapons to a six-game win streak that was complemented mightily by the emergence of rookie first-round pick Micah Parsons as the league’s newest defensive phenom and a blistering interception tally from former second-round pick Trevon Diggs. 

The good times came to a screeching halt when they consumed their own Velveeta before facing the Denver Broncos though, and they’ve been working to regain form ever since. That led to a November to forget and set the team up for a December many thought would be easygoing, but has instead become an intense slate of needed victories against opponents who aren’t now what they were in October.

Quiet as it’s kept though, the Cowboys aren’t either, with their defense seeing the impactful return of All-Pro pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence and the likely return of both Neville Gallimore and Randy Gregory in Week 14 against the Washington Football Team. That will create a monstrous tandem with Parsons and Diggs and unheralded playmakers like Jayron Kearse patrol the secondary, and the offense expects to level up as Amari Cooper begins feeling better after his bout with COVID-19, but eyes are also on All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott; who might do well to get a break (though it’s unlikely to happen). 

It’s the final stretch of what still has the chance to be a very, very special year for the Cowboys, but only if they finish their food. Let’s take a look at how they can scrape the plate clean en route to SoFi Stadium for Super Bowl LVI.

Key schedule observations 

Season series vs. WFT to conclude in a three-week periodFour division battles in final five…..

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