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NFC East Report: Cowboys in strange position

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By the time training camps roll around, the Dallas Cowboys are usually mentioned as a team to look out for in the upcoming season.

Everyone mentions the immense amount of talent Dallas possesses, and speculates about how far they can go if they put it all together. Then, the Cowboys ultimately are among the teams mentioned as most disappointing.

Not this year. With the departures of several standouts, combined with the season-ending  injury to linebacker Sean Lee and questions surrounding the health and ability of quarterback, Tony Romo, the Cowboys will be picked to finish at, or near the bottom of the NFC East.

Could this work in their favor? Possibly. Dallas rarely is able to fly under the radar, but this could be the season if the Cowboys much-maligned defense can become respectable under new coordinator, Rod Marinelli.

This is a big ‘IF’, but with an improved offensive line and talent at the skill positions, the Cowboys should be able to put up enough points to win.

I think Romo, Dez Bryant and second-year receiver, Terrance Williams have big seasons, so if the revamped defense can surprise the league and become a top-20 unit, Dallas could find themselves in the divisional race come holiday season.

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