Will Cowboys be part of playoff fun next year? Not without these four things happening – Kate Hairopoulos, SportsDayHairopoulos argues that Tyron Smith’s continued health, a further improved defense, Ezekiel Elliott staying out of trouble, and an improved passing game are what’s going to carry the Cowboys to the playoffs next year.

The Cowboys have to look at both Prescott and the receivers for improvement. Among Prescott’s problems – accuracy issues, not seeing the open players, a spike in turnovers and trouble delivering the ball where receivers can keep moving downfield. For the receivers – not winning routes or stretching the field and too many drops.
Whether No. 1 receiver Dez Bryant is back for his ninth season in Dallas or it’s deemed his production no longer equals his paycheck, the passing game needs healing.

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