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10 Takeaways From The Cowboys Monumental Win Against The Bengals

RJ Ochoa



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

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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I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout!

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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018

Sean Martin



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Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.

Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.

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Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of...

While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018

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L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

Kevin Brady



Orlando Scandrick

After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

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I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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