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2017 NFL Team Preview: NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

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Key FA: Nolan Carroll

Rookies: Taco Charlton, Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, Ryan Switzer,

Key Losses: Doug Free, Ronald Leary, Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr, Barry Church

Record: 10-6

After a great season for the Dallas Cowboys in which they suffered a heartbreaking loss in the NFC divisional round, Dallas’ roster has lost some valuable pieces both in the secondary and on the offensive line. Heading into the season I don’t think you can call the Cowboys offensive line a guarantee lock to be as elite as it has been the past few years. Doug Free has retired and Ronald Leary is now in Denver, so that is two very valuable pieces missing to a Dallas team that lives on the run game.

The Cowboys have also lost three starters in their secondary, and didn’t do much to replace them. The run defense was superb in 2016 averaging the fewest rushing yards per game in the entire NFL. As for the Cowboys pass D, they were on the opposite side of the spectrum ranking 26th in passing yards per game. All in all if the defense can hold it’s own in 2017 and Ezekiel Elliott can run the ball effectively enough to keep their own defense off the field, then Dallas should finish on top of this stacked NFC East division.

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