NFL Franchise Exit Report: Dallas Cowboys

Updated: Mar 9, 2021

By: Little Italy (Publisher)

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Division: NFC East

2020 Finish: 23rd

Record: (6-10)

2021 First RD Draft Pick: 10th

What went Right in 2020?

The main thing that went right for the Cowboys in 2020 was the first month of the season. This is when the Cowboys had their star quarterback on the field. With Dak Prescott under center this offense was on pace to be one of the best in the NFL. Rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb showed us that he is going to be a key fantasy producer with a healthy Dak under center. Over Lamb’s first five games in 2020, he averaged 17+ fantasy points per game and roughly 90 receiving yards per game. That hot start of Lamb’s will likely lead to a very bright NFL future, because he was able to start hot in a season with no true off-season program. Another bright spot for this Cowboys offense was running back Tony Pollard. Before the season began, Pollard was being looked at as nothing more than a handcuff to star running back Zeke Elliott. However, the 2020 season told us fantasy owners that Pollard is more than a handcuff and offers standalone value, as he outplayed the struggling Elliott during the 2020 season.

What Needs to Improve in 2021?

The offensive line needs to improve in 2021 for this Cowboys team. The offensive line has always been an area of strength for this team, but in 2020 really fell off. The defense also needs to improve quite a bit for Dallas to truly become a serious Super Bowl threat. Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb did well in 2020, but third WR Michael Gallup needs to improve in 2021. Despite seeing more targets with Dak out of the lineup he still had a down year. Speaking of down years, RB Zeke Elliott had his worst season of his career. I feel Zeke quite honestly can be considered the biggest non-injury bust of 2020. Elliott was drafted as a top five pick in fantasy drafts last summer, and finished well out of the top five in fantasy running backs. Many would argue the poor offensive line play coupled with the Dak season ending injury played a factor, yes to an extent, but Elliott’s rushing yards total has been declining every season since 2018. Elliott rushed for 1,434 yards back in 2018, which he followed up with a rushing yards total of 1,357 in 2019, which seems light years ahead of his 979 rush total this season. Zeke in my opinion is no longer that first round talent as he has been trending in the wrong direction since 2018. Next time I will dive into the Franchise Exit Report for the New York Giants.