While the Dallas Cowboys exited the playoffs earlier than they would've liked, the 2016 season was a major success for the franchise, and fans will be eager to see what the team has for a follow-up in 2017.
When Tony Romo suffered a broken bone in his back during the preseason, it looked like a crushing blow for the Cowboys. Dallas finished 4-12 when he was limited to four games in 2015.
However, his absence was a blessing in disguise since it gave Dak Prescott a clear path to the starting job. The 2016 fourth-round pick threw for 3,667 yards, 23 touchdowns and four interceptions. Football Outsiders ranked him fourth among qualified quarterbacks in defense-adjusted yards above replacement (DYAR).
Dallas' selection of Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth overall pick was more than justified as well after he ran for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Prescott and Elliott are evoking memories of the dominant 1990s Cowboys teams led by Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith.