Will Hard Knocks help or hurt Cowboys in
For the in the show's 20-year history, the will star on HBO's "Hard Knocks."America's Team was previously the focus of the show back in 2002, when the team was coming off of back-to-back 5-11 seasons under head coach Dave Campo; and 2008, when the team was coming off a 13-3 campaign and a disappointing divisional round lo s to the division rival .There are, as usual, plenty of storylines and stars to follow with this year's Cowboys team. Chris Boucher Jersey
It's the second year of the Mike McCarthy era, which got off to a poor start in 2020 as the team slumped to a 6-10 record as it was ravaged by injuries -- including a scary ankle injury suffered Vince Carter Jersey
by star quarterback . The show will follow Prescott's comeback from that injury, as well as those of offensive linemen , , and , who combined to play just 12 games last season. The Cowboys are also incorporating a new defensive coordinator in former head coach Dan Quinn, and they have stars on both sides of the ball in , , , and . And of course, they have Jerry Jones.But we're not here to predict training future camp storylines. Instead, we're here to examine what has happened to previous teams whose training camps were the focus of "Hard Knocks" camera crews, to see if we might be able to glean some insight into what might happen once this year's Cowboys actually take the field during the regular season. In their two previous "Hard Knocks" campaigns, the Cowboys went 5-11 (2002) and 9-7 (2008), failing to meet preseason expectations. But is that actually the norm for a Jalen Harris Jersey
"Hard Knocks" team? Well, yes. Kind of.YearTeamO/UWinsDifference20011110-12002Cowboys65-120077.54-3.52008Cowboys10.59-1.52009710320109.5111.520127702013Bengals8.5112.52014Falcons8.56-2.520158.590.520167.54-3.520178.55-3.5201867.51.520196712020Rams8.5101.5202087-1AverageHard Knocks8.037.66-0.38Of the 16 teams previously featured on "Hard Knocks," eight of them failed to surpa s their preseason over/under, seven beat the number, and one met it exactly. On average, those 16 teams were expected to win 8.03 games, and actually won 7.66 games. Basically, the NFL and HBO have centered on teams expected to be almost perfectly average, that ended up Muggsy Bogues Jersey
being almost perfectly average.Some of that is likely due to the criteria established in 2014 for being on the show. The only teams eligible are those: A. without a first-year head coach; that B. did not make the playoffs in either of the prior two seasons; and C. have not been in the show in the last 10 years. This year, the only teams that met the criteria were the Cowboys, , , Giants, and . (Teams are allowed to volunteer for the show, which is how the 2020 Rams wound up on it.) The NFL is, of course, moving to a 17-game schedule this season. The Cowboys' preseason over/under at William Hill Sportsbook is 9.5, which means they are expected to be a slightly above-average team. If they can manage a 10-7 record or better as opposed to 9-8 or worse, they'll have done a bit better than the average "Hard Knocks" team has done in the past, Aron Baynes Jersey
a lot better than they themselves have done either of the last two times they starred on the show.