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10 Takeaways From The Cowboys Monumental Win Against The Bengals

RJ Ochoa



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Happy #VictoryPoloMonday, Cowboys Nation!

Once upon a time, in a pre-smartphone era, there were these three digits that you could call if you needed to know someone's phone number: 4-1-1.

The Dallas Cowboys don't even need the last one there to know this information... they are 4-1 and sitting atop the NFC East. Huzzah! Huzzah, I say!

Such glory was only made possible by the Cowboys impressive victory at home over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. We learned a lot about this team, and we're here now to discuss it all. Here are my 10 Takeaways From The Cowboys Monumental Win Against The Bengals.

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Ezekiel Elliott Is Living Up To The Hype... And Beyond

When the Cowboys took Ezekiel Elliott with the 4th Overall pick in the draft, the hype was unreal. You had Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and the best Offensive Line in the NFL. How was this kid not going to succeed?

Five games into his NFL career, Zeke has already played a ton of football without Romo, Dez, Tyron Smith, and La'el Collins... and he's still dominating. Sunday's game against the Bengals was just another example.

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Zeke taking a knee by himself in the endzone. Feels like this dude is going OFF today.

15 carries, 134 yards, and 2 touchdowns. One of which was a 60-yard spring that Zeke ripped off in the third quarter. What young Ezekiel has done just five games into an NFL career is astounding. I'm so happy that he's ours!

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This Was The Best The Offensive Line Has Looked In A While

If we're being honest with ourselves we would likely admit that through the San Francisco win the Cowboys weren't playing like the best offensive line in the NFL. We all know that they are the best, it just hadn't happened.

On Sunday the Cowboys had their way with the Bengals. Remember that this team hadn't surrendered a single rushing touchdown before hitting the AT&T Stadium turf, but the Cowboys scored three on them. This O-Line has clicked and things are about to be fun.

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Terrance Williams Is Stepping Up

For the second consecutive week - the only two games Dallas has played without Dez Bryant - the Cowboys leading receiver in terms of yardage was Terrance Williams. Hmm.

There are a handful of Cowboys that seem to be magnets for criticism in Twitterland and Facebook (if you choose to venture there), Terrance is undoubtedly among them. It's time for all of us to eat a little crow on this one and admit that T-Will is ballin' and being just what his rookie QuarterDAK needs in the absence of Dez Bryant. Way to go, Terrance!

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Jason Witten Is Stronger Than Average Humans

Have you ever thought you were strong enough to do something and failed? So have the Bengals.

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When you think you can run through a wall #CowboysNation

Jason Witten may have only had 3 catches for 43 yards - not to mention an insane shimmy move he put on a Cincy defender - but the dude is seriously superhuman. Witten refuses to show any signs of age, save for his occasional whoopsie during a game, and he is now at a point where he literally doesn't flinch at opponents. Bravo, sir.

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Dak Prescott Isn't Perfect After All

Cowboys Headlines - 10 Takeaways From The Cowboys Dominating Win Against The Bengals

The Cowboys big-time rookie QB Dak Prescott still has yet to throw an interception in his career, an incredible achievement through five full games, but he did finally have his first turnover - a fumble.

In the world of truth this is a demerit for Dak, but overall he had a fantastic game. It's no secret how well Prescott has played on the way to a 4-1 record, but this fumble was a glaring indication that even he is susceptible to the occasional mistake. Oh well.

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Morris Claiborne Has Arrived

Last week here at Inside The Star, I wrote about AJ Green and the Bengals posing the toughest test for this Cowboys Defense and Morris Claiborne.

Considering that AJ Green - one of the NFL's best receivers - only finished with 4 catches for 50 yards, a lot of which came late, I'd say that the test was passed with flying colors. Mo Claiborne is out there locking up everything. He had a couple of just absolutely incredible pass break-ups that saved big plays for the Bengals, and he is arguably this team's Defensive MVP through five games.

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DeMarcus Lawrence's Impact Was Felt

The Cowboys managed to "bend but not break" through four games without their best pass rusher. Thankfully they got to play the Bengals with the full services of DeMarcus Lawrence at their disposal.

Lawrence may not have had a big box score day, but he broke up many plays that the Bengals were trying to run. This is impressive for a normal day at the office, but considering that it was DLaw's first game back it's all the more unbelievable. Tank is wreaking havoc!

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The Defensive Line As A Whole Is Fairly Decent

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Terrell McClain, Benson Mayowa, and Jack Crawford all got at least a piece of Andy Dalton on Sunday. That's pretty amazing when you actually think about it.

It's amazing because this defense on paper - no jive here - should be one of the worst in the NFL, specifically the defensive line. The Cowboys have, for the last few seasons now, submitted themselves to a "Rod Marinelli can make anybody work" philosophy, and you know what? Rod Marinelli is making it work! The Defensive Line is getting it done, and that effort was certainly aided by the return of DeMarcus Lawrence.

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We Now Know Why Cole Beasley Has Been Returning Punts

Lucky Whitehead had a not-so-Lucky play during this contest, a fumble on a punt return (which was recovered by Whitehead himself).

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And that fumble by Lucky is why you've seen Beasley in to catch punts when they're backed up to the endzone.

The idea of Cole Beasley returning punts was, while not totally strange, a bit of a chin-scratcher for most of us. Considering that Lucky Whitehead had trouble getting a hand on the ball, it's obvious that the Coaching Staff doesn't totally trust him when gigantic things are on the line. Thank God for Cole Beasley.

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Jason Garrett Is In The Running For Coach Of The Year

Think about this for a second.

Jason Garrett has, since Training Camp, lost his MLB, RDE, QB2, QB1, WR1, LT, and perceived CB1... and his football team is 4-1. That is unreal!

Do I believe that the Cowboys Coaching Staff and Front Office have acted arrogantly recently? Absolutely, but arrogance isn't always bad. If you can back up what you're saying then you have every right to be arrogant. So far Jason Garrett and Co. can be as arrogant as they want, they've backed it all up.

What were your takeaways from the Cowboys monumental win against the Bengals? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka

Jess Haynie



George Iloka

The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.

He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.

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The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have...

This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.

However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.

Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.

We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.

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Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source.

The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.

During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.

After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.

This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.

Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!

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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

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L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.

Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.

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The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark...

Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.

Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.

Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.

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