The 2016 NFL regular season has been an odd one so far as we reach week 8, with several teams doing much better than anyone thought.
That has been shown perfectly by the New England Patriots coming out of Tom Brady's four-game suspension with only one loss on their record, and the Minnesota Vikings somehow being excellent without the services of Adrian Peterson and Teddy Bridgewater.
And then there are the Dallas Cowboys, who have managed to go from the 4th overall pick in the 2016 Draft to Super Bowl contenders in a matter of months. Hear me out...
Despite injuries to both Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, the Cowboys offence has been rolling, hitting a whole new level entirely in the past few weeks.
Working behind the best offensive line football has seen in some time, Ezekiel Elliott has managed to put together four straight games with more than 140 rushing yards. He has done that alongside fellow rookie Dak Prescott - who is orchestrating the league’s most efficient passing offense.
We can all admit that Tony Romo is a better quarterback than Dak, so if he could carry on where Prescott has left off - with a fit again Bryant - then this Cowboys offense could go from "efficient" to straight up explosive.
And then we go on to the defense, which has even more scope to improve than the offense.
The Cowboys only weakness this year has been their pass rush and that could be set for a significant boost.
DeMarcus Lawrence is making his return to the lineup and Randy Gregory will be back from the ban in time for the playoffs. Adding those two weapons could make Dallas the wildcard in the post-season.
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