The 2018 NFL regular season kicks off in just one months time - which means that most teams are deep into their preparations by now.
We've already seen one pre-season game as the Baltimore Ravens edged out the Chicago Bears 17-16 last Thursday.
This week, the remaining 30 NFL teams will finally get back to competitive action on to the field as things start to heat up across the league.
After a disappointing season in 2017, the Dallas Cowboys will be hoping to make some serious improvement this year.
The franchise did finish with a positive record of 9-7 last time out, but they didn't qualify for the playoffs - which is something that's come to be expected for America's Team.
Much of their troubles stemmed from the controversy surrounding Ezekiel Elliott.
A ROCKY ROAD
The running back was constantly threatened by a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
He managed to avoid serving his ban for a number of weeks but was eventually sidelined in November.
Without Elliott on offense, quarterback Dak Prescott struggled to get the team rolling - and results really suffered.
But this season, Zek returns - and will take some of that pressure of Prescott - as a full-strength Dallas look towards the playoffs once again.
However, if reports from practice are to be believed, finding success in 2018 not be as easy as fans were hoping.
DAK STILL STRUGGLING
With the new season just around the corner, the Cowboys have been running competitive 11-on-11 sessions in practice.
According to NFL insider Jane Slater, Prescott appears to be struggling in these drills - and he didn't even throw a single touchdown pass last week.
That's pretty concerning news, but Slater also believes there's a reason for his lack of TDs.
"I also pointed out that he's dealing with a new WR coach and WRs and pointed out its early," she wrote, in reply to a fan questioning his ability, which has now been deleted.
NOT LONG TO IMPROVE
With the Cowboys opening their season away against NFC rivals the Carolina Panthers on September 9, Dak needs to get into shape quickly, no matter who his receivers are.
Elliott can only do so much to relieve the pressure on Prescott in 2018. So if they're going to reach the heights they did together in 2015, the Cowboys signal-caller needs to step up once again.
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