It’s hard to believe, but we are already half way through the NFL season. There have definitely been some surprising teams,while some teams are flat out bad. For my money, the most surprising team is the Dallas Cowboys. Dem Cowboys are 7-1 and lead the NFC East by two games. If anyone would have predicted Dallas to be one of the best teams in the league, they would have been laughed out of the room. After starting quarterback Tony Romo was injured during the preseason, the Cowboys looked like they might be fortunate to finish 8-8. Apparently, that news didn’t reach Dak Prescott. The rookie, out of Mississippi State, has been nothing short of sensational, throwing just two interceptions, while finding the end zone 12 times. Granted, Prescott has gotten quite a bit of help from running back Zeke Elliott, who is the NFL’s leading rusher and could easily reach 2,000 yards by the end of the season. In addition to Elliott’s superb play, Big D also has the best offensive line in the league. The big boys up front have certainly helped open the holes for Elliott and have made sure Prescott has stayed upright for most of the season.Even the defense, which had been one of the worst in football for the last five years, has stepped up their game and become a solid protectors of the lead.Put all of the ingredients together, and Dallas looks ready for a long playoff run!
On the other side of the coin, the Carolina Panthers are the biggest disappointment this season. Coming off a Superbowl appearance, Carolina is just 3-5, and has given up at least 30 points in each of their losses. Cam Newton has become interception prone, and his offensive line has done very little to keep the 235 pounder from taking a massive number of hits every time he steps on the field. A Superbowl hangover is typical, but with little change in personnel on either side of the ball, the Panthers are certainly worthy of being the most disappointing team right now.
Of course, we are only at the half way point which means there is certainly time for the tides to turn. Can Dallas put it all together and make a run at a title for the first time in nearly 30 years? Can Cam and Co. get hot and make a run? Will Belichick and Brady hoist a fifth Lombardi Trophy? The next two months will tell the tale.