The Dallas Cowboys surprised everyone in 2014 by finally committing to the running game on offense. Despite an 0-1 start, Dallas rounded into one of the more balanced team’s in the league and rode an extremely productive DeMarco Murray to a 12-4 finish and the NFC East title. The Cowboys didn’t stop there, as Jason Garrett’s crew even beat the Detroit Lions in the playoffs, before losing a close (and controversial) game at Lambeau Field.
While the ‘Boys allowed Murray to walk in free agency, they franchise tagged stud wide receiver Dez Bryant and brought in running back Darren McFadden to help replace Murray. Dallas will undoubtedly want to target an explosive young back like Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon in the 2015 NFL Draft, but for the moment they still appear to be a team very much on the rise. That may especially be the case considering their division still isn’t the strongest.