CultureMap Dallas: Are these Dallas Cowboys really ready to break the cycle of mediocrity?

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray.

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray.

If I had to look in the mirror before the start of this Dallas Cowboys season and say, “The Cowboys will be 3-1 after four games,” I couldn’t have done it with a straight face. The Cowboys are now tied for first place in the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles, and we must now take a step back and determine if we were wrong about these Cowboys in 2014.

The 3-1 start is the Cowboys’ first 3-1 start since 2008. I doubt anyone thought that would happen after the Cowboys lost to San Francisco to start the season. Sure, the Cowboys ran the ball well, but quarterback Tony Romo threw three interceptions and looked exactly like a guy nine months removed from back surgery should look.

The win over Tennessee was encouraging. The defense dominated the Titans, and the running game didn’t look like fool’s gold after it produced well against the 49ers. The Cowboys then showed guts in beating St. Louis, falling behind by 21 points and rallying to win a game they probably would have lost a year or two ago.

In my latest story at CultureMap Dallas, I tell you why there is optimism floating around Valley Ranch.

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