#3. Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are all-in on the 2023 season. The Cowboys are consistently one of the top-rated teams in Madden year in and year out. While some could argue they are usually overrated, there’s no denying Jerry Jones and company made some big moves this offseason that will undoubtedly impact the Cowboys’ overall rating in Madden 24.
Like the division rival Philadelphia Eagles, the Cowboys have one of the best all-around teams in the NFL. The difference being the Cowboys lacked legitimate playmakers on offense aside from Ceedee Lamb and Tony Pollard. So what did Dallas do? They went out and traded for wide receiver Brandin Cooks (83 OVR) to play opposite Lamb. The Cowboys did lose Ezekiel Elliott and Dalton Schultz, but it shouldn’t drop the offensive rating too much.
On defense, Dallas finished behind Philadelphia in team pass-rush grade. Much of the team’s success can be attributed to Micah Parsons who, in his third season, has a good chance of being ushered into the covetous “99 Club,” reserved for players with a 99 overall rating (the highest possible rating in Madden). Dallas also traded veteran cornerback Stephon Gilmore (90 OVR), who should provide a nice boost on defense.
The Cowboys didn’t have as much success in the draft as the Eagles and made a few head-scratching moves. While they did draft tight end Luke Schoonmaker, their first pick was considered a possible reach for Michigan defensive tackle Mazi Smith. I don’t believe either of these players will begin the season with impressive ratings in Madden 24.