Cowboys are the real deal

Let me first start off by saying I am not a Dallas Cowboys fan, but I am giving them credit for everything they have done so far this 2014 season.

The Cowboys beat the defending Super Bowl champions, in their own house, where Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has only lost once before in his career.

Coming into the season, fans and critics bashed on the Cowboys and made comments of them finishing with another 8-8 season last year, or even worse. Through six games, the Cowboys are tied with the San Diego Chargers for the best record in the NFL with a record of 5-1.

Offensively, running back Demarco Murray has ran all over every defense he has faced. Murray as 159 carries for 785 rushing yards, leading all of the NFL. If Murray were his own team right now, he would have rushed for the fourth most of any team in the league, trailing the Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. Murray is on track to annihilate the record for most rushing yards in a single season. Looking at the record holder, Eric Dickerson, through six games, Dickerson only had 605 rushing yards. And when Adrian Peterson nearly broke Dickerson’s record, he had only 499 rushing yards through six games. The only thing will be if Murray can stay healthy through all 17 weeks of the NFL season.

Quarterback Tony Romo and his receivers have also done a great job this season. Romo who has a 68.6 percent completion percentage with 11 touchdowns and 5 picks, three of those coming in the Cowboys’ lone loss in week 1 against San Francisco. Wide receiver Dez Bryant leads the Cowboy receivers with 36 receptions for 439 yards and four touchdowns, and wide receiver Terrance Williams has been clutch with five touchdowns in only 18 receptions, averaging 17.8 yards per reception. Tight End Jason Witten has been his reliable self with 21 catches for 239 yards. Kicker Dan Bailey has also been reliable being 13-14 on field goals. The Cowboys are the fourth best team offensively averaging 398.7 total yards a game.

Another big question mark coming into the season was how the Dallas defense would be after losing stars like Demarcus Ware, who was traded to the Denver Broncos, and Sean Lee, who tore his ACL in early preseason. The defense has picked off opposing quarterbacks seven times so far this season and given up a total of 102 first downs. Although the Cowboys are ranked 15th in the NFL in total defense, that is nowhere close to the 32nd rank that most had them to be.

With the Cowboys having their next two games against division rivals, New York Giants and Washington Redskins, the next two weeks will help the Cowboys get atop the NFC East division. So whether or not you are a Dallas Cowboys fan or not, just know they are a real threat this year.

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