Former NFL Player Tips Dallas Cowboys to Challenge for Super Bowl in 2021

Published 08/16/2021, 8:56 PM EDT
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 13: Quarterback Dak Prescott #4 and head coach Mike McCarthy of the Dallas Cowboys before the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 13, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Dallas Cowboys 19-16. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


NFC East old boys, Dallas Cowboys, started their 2020 NFL campaign with big hopes in 2020. However, the Jerry Jones-owned franchise concluded third in their division above arch-rivals, Philadelphia Eagles. Head coach Mike McCarthy failed to lead the Cowboys to the NFL Playoffs in his debut season in Texas.

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys on the field during warm ups before the game against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Of course, a major reason behind their dismal display was the absence of star quarterback Dak Prescott. The 2016 first-round pick suffered a season-ending double compound ankle fracture in Week 5 of the season against the New York Giants.

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Veteran Andy Dalton stepped in for the latter half of the season but even he was ruled out after two games with a nasty concussion. At the end, the Cowboys missed out on the playoffs as they finished with a 6-10 record.

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Despite their misfortune in 2020, former Atlanta Falcons wideout Brandon Marshall is optimistic about the Dallas Cowboys. Speaking on the I AM ATHLETE podcast, Marshall revealed that Dak Prescott and Co. can now challenge for the Super Bowl over the course of the upcoming months.

“The last two months. I’ve shifted. I think they’re a true contender,” Marshall said on the podcast.

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up before the game against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Franchise quarterback Dak Prescott signed an expensive and lengthy contract extension earlier this year. Although his injury rehabilitation is going as per schedule, it is unlikely that he will start in the Week 1 opener against reigning champions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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“Dak Prescott healthy. Defense, middle of the road — Super Bowl!” Marshall added.

Experienced stars – Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and DeMarcus Lawrence – will also play a key role. The addition of promising Penn State linebacker, Micah Parsons, is also a major bonus for America’s team.

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The young starlet is being tipped for a breakout season in 2021. Let’s hope coach McCarthy stamps his authority on this team as they bid to make it back to the playoffs.

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Daniel Arambur

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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