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2008 Giants Take Lesson From 2007 Cowboys

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Since the Cowboys are no longer involved and I am tired of being upset I had to find somewhere or someone to take my frustrations out on. I can think of no one better than the Giants. The Giants and their fans make this an easy proposition. What makes it so easy is that this years version of the “New York Football Giants” are strikingly similar to last years version of the Dallas Cowboys. The best part of this though is that Giants fans do not see the similarities or in most cases see them, but since winning last years Super Bowl believe the Giants are immune to it!

The Giants started off the year hot and carried that momentum deep into the season. Both teams won 9 of their first 10 games, and were announced as the team that would represent the NFC in the Super Bowl in October. Dallas and New York both sported 11-1 records through November. THEN DECEMBER CAME! Dallas is hammered by national media for choking in December as they went 2-2 to finish the season at 13-3 and a first round win bye (thanks for that Wade). The Giants however are still the darlings of ESPN even though they have all but crawled through December with a 1-3 record to finish the season at 12-4 and a first round bye. The Cowboys drew the worst possible match up last year when they were awarded with a Home matchup against a division rival in the Giants who by the way had gotten hot and were winners of 4 of their last 6. Now the Giants have drawn the worst possible matchup. At home against a division rival in the Eagles. Who oh by the way have won 5 of their last 6 (one of those wins in N.Y.).

The Cowboys last year came into the divisional game with an inflated head thinking they deserved to be in the Super Bowl, and would roll past the Giants. In the first half that’s what looked like what would happen, with the running of Marion Barber. Then in the second half the Giants defense shut down the Cowboy offense and our hopes were shattered. Sound anything like what is happening with the Giants this year? I keep hearing things like “the G-Men don’t bend over in big games” and “you don’t think Donovan is going to beat the Super Bowl MVP in a big game do you”. Sounds very similar to things coming out of Dallas last year.

The NFL playoffs have more to do with who is hot than how good your team is! Just ask the Patriots! Does anyone actually believe that the best team won the Super Bowl last year? The Giants were and are a good team, but they were not even on the same page as last years Patriots team. They were however on a hot streak like no other! The Giants will only go as far as their O-line and that 3 headed monster takes them. The Eagles are on Fire right now, everything is clicking, especially their defense! The best part of the Eagles defense is their run defense, look what they did to the best back in the league (Adrian Peterson) in the second half last week. This game should be a dandy, and don’t be surprised if Elisha is the one crying this year instead of T.O.

All of this may be shear coincidence, but if I were a Giants fan I believe I would not be so quick to dismiss the Eagles. Although from a personal stand point I would love nothing more than for the Eagles to give Giants fans a large dose of reality. When I was younger I had more hatred towards Eagles fans but the older I get the more that pendulum sways towards Giants fans. So to all you Giants fans keep running your mouth, its fun I know, it will make for a great laugh on my behalf when the Eagles make you regret doing so.

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9 Comments
  • Luke

    It’s nice to see the eagles have support to take out the reigning superbowl champs.
    Go Eagles!

  • bags030404

    Never thought I would ever say this but….. GO EAGLES!!!!!

  • Mike D

    The 2007 Cowboys were NOT the reigning SB champs when they played the Giants and The 2008 NYG do not have The worst coach in the NFL (Fat boy Phillips). This NYG Team is not in the midst of a 12 playoff drought and are not a Team full of cancers like the Cowgirls are. Most Importantly this NYG team has the reigning SB MVP at the helm not Tony Chokmo. I’m also prettty sure Eli didnt run down to Cabo with a washed up pop singer the week before the biggest game of his life.
    I must say I do apreciate you dedicating an enire article to me though, as I seem to be the onlt one reading your articles. Guess all the Cowgirl Fans are buisy crying their eyes out after another blown or should i say Romo’d season

  • Mike D

    *12 year

  • bags030404

    We will find out how “unstopable” your Giants are! I think it is absolutely histarical how defensive you get when someone points out anything bad about your beloved Giants!

  • bags030404

    Just so you know we have been doing just fine here without your blind ideas about the Cowboys. Since you keep coming back though it must mean that I am doing something right. So thanks for coming, and I enjoy battling with you! Are you having a Bromance with Elisha? I mean I like my QB too but damn you take it to extreme’s.

  • GMen Rule

    Well, I for one, am worried shitless about facing the Eagles – I would have much rather faced the Cardinals. But, I do have to say one thing – the 3 losses the Giants had in December – all were played without Brandon Jacobs – so, having him in the game will be a huge boost for the GMen! It will probably come down to the 4th quarter as always with these games – and hopefully the Gmen are left standing in the end. Not to put a curse on us or anything, but the Number 1 Seed has only lost one time to a Number 6 seed – so.. hopefully that trend continues.

  • bags030404

    That is all I was pointing out that this is not a gimme game, and that the trend we started last year could come to fruition again this year!

  • Mike D

    Bags- Looks like old Jerruh maybe heeding my advice after all…Pacman cut and Rumors that T.O. may be next..
    As far as Eli I just Thank God every Time I watch a Cowgirl game the ELi is our QB and not that choke Artist Blowmo!

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Are the Dallas Cowboys Building a Championship Defense?

Sean Martin

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Three of the four teams remaining in the NFL playoffs — a win away from the Super Bowl — ranked within the top four defensively in yards per game allowed this season. The other is the defending-champion New England Patriots, who of course were expected to reach yet another AFC Championship game, thanks to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

Somewhere between this field, losing their 2017 hopes at a deep playoff run to injuries, suspensions, and just poor execution at times, are the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys ranked eighth in yards allowed per game at 318.1 this season.

On the surface, all this provides hope that typically springs eternal around the league through the offseason.

It has been far too long since the Cowboys defense matched the skill level of the team’s offense, but Rod Marinelli’s unit (not exactly by design) outplayed that of Scott Linehan’s at times through this 9-7 campaign.

This defensive rebuild in Dallas began with the admission that this group had reached their ceiling in the offseason, as the Cowboys let long-time starters like CB Morris Claiborne, CB Brandon Carr, S Barry Church (now with the Jaguars), and S J.J. Wilcox go in free agency.

Are Dallas Cowboys Building A Championship Defense?

Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis, CB Chidobe Awuzie, S Xavier Woods (AP Photo / Ron Jenkins)

For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, looking to turn over an entire secondary in a division featuring Carson Wentz, Eli Manning, and Kirk Cousins as quickly as the Cowboys did was a risky move. Their confidence in hitting on draft picks paid off though.

The Cowboys’ bright future is predicated on the likes of CB Chidobe Awuzie, CB Jourdan Lewis, and S Xavier Woods.

With two young starters at cornerback, the sky truly is the limit the this Cowboys defense. And they’ll play in support of an offense with more than enough talent to return to form in 2018.

As it stands now under Rod Marinelli, the Cowboys defense is built to keep everything in front of them, and get bodies to the football. This coverage-friendly approach could be taken to new heights with Lewis and Awuzie on the outside, along with Anthony Brown finding a home in the slot. All three cornerbacks have excelled at using their speed, length, and technique to get their hands on passes.

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Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

Of course, games are won in the trenches, where the idea of the Cowboys defensive line ever rising to the level of their offensive line was laughable until recently. Whether it’s with the franchise tag or a long-term extension, sack-artist DeMarcus Lawrence looks to be an all-important member of this entire team moving forward.

A healthy Lawrence was a nightmare for opposing right tackles in 2017. He earned a national spotlight each week on his way to the quarterback 14-and-a-half times. Making it look easy at times, Lawrence is a refined rusher with the speed and power to win inside and out.

The RDE position remains a sore spot in need of talent as this Cowboys defense looks to take the next step, but there’s hope for the likes of Randy Gregory, Charles Tapper, and Taco Charlton to get the job done, along with veteran starter Tyrone Crawford.

With Crawford at RDE for much of 2017, running the ball against the Cowboys front was a tall order. His ability to capture the corner against left tackles came as a pleasant surprise to many, and once in position, the defensive captain chased down plenty of plays.

Tyrone Crawford wasn’t the only pleasant surprise on the Dallas Cowboys defensive line this season.

Rookie Taco Charlton looked like an entirely different player to close a first year in Dallas that began with completely uninspiring results. Charlton — having the physical traits to play at the next level — was never a question out of Michigan.

He may never be a player to take over games for a defense, which the Cowboys couldn’t have expected to find at DE selecting 28th overall, but an improved player at DE and DT could be an incredibly valuable asset for the Cowboys in 2018 and beyond.

This leaves the Cowboys linebacker corps, where we find the best example of young potential on the entire defense. Amazingly playing in all 16 games, LB Jaylon Smith is in line to take a massive step forward in year two.

Smith closed his season looking enticingly close to the player he was at Notre Dame, an encouraging sign as the Cowboys look to become less dependent on Sean Lee on this side of the ball.

Lee and Smith paired together would give the Cowboys a middle-of-the-field presence to rival the best in the league. Both players have exceptional range and awareness to run down plays from sideline to sideline.

Anthony Hitchens, an impending free agent, is another valuable piece at LB with his ready ability to play all three positions at a relatively high level.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

Stefon Diggs racing to the end zone with no time left to send the Vikings to the NFC Championship game will be the lasting image of this past Divisional Round weekend, an offensive play that will live on forever.

A closer look at these games and the teams that survived them reveals a collective trust in defenses, a trust the Cowboys could be blissfully close to with their own young defense.

The Cowboys are likely losing one of the smarter minds behind their defense in recent years, with Matt Eberflus ticketed for Josh McDaniel’s staff, and are still in need of a secondary coach after not retaining Joe Baker. In a league where better talent typically prevails though, the possibility of the Cowboys building a championship defense for next season and beyond may not be far off.

With defenses in Jacksonville and Philadelphia providing the hope that both teams can pull off the impossible and reach the Super Bowl on Sunday, will defensive potential be enough for Dallas to get through this long offseason and start the even longer path back to their first NFC Championship game in 21 seasons?

Tell us what you think about “Are the Dallas Cowboys Building a Championship Defense?” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Can Rico Gathers Make Cowboys Offense More “Dak-Friendly”?

Brian Martin

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Rico Gathers, Rams

The Dallas Cowboys unfortunately face all kinds of questions heading into the 2018 offseason. Right now, there are no answers to those questions, which means we’ll just have to sit back and take a wait-and-see approach. But, one question that absolutely has to be answered is how to make the Cowboys offense more Dak Prescott friendly.

Offensively, the Dallas Cowboys had an extremely disappointing year in 2017. Suspensions and injuries are the main culprits for the disappointment, but the Dallas Cowboys haven’t really changed things much in the scheme or personnel to help Dak Prescott succeed.

The sad truth is, the Dallas Cowboys are still operating as if Tony Romo is the starting quarterback. It’s pretty much the same personnel and scheme, but it really doesn’t suit Prescott.

It’s time for that to change. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that will happen overnight.

The Cowboys spent years putting together the personnel to help Romo. Just when they thought they had the missing piece — by drafting Ezekiel Elliott, Romo sustained a back injury, pretty much ending his career.

Anyway you look at it, the offensive personnel needs to improve in order to make this team more “Dak-friendly”.

Enter Tight End Rico Gathers.

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Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

The Dallas Cowboys have invested two years in Rico Gathers’ development, but with the exception of a few flashes in preseason, they haven’t benefited from the fruits of their labor. The 2018 season should be Gathers’ coming-out party.

We all witnessed what the Cowboys offense looks like when they are forced to rely on the passing game. Dak Prescott struggled to find any kind of consistency throwing the ball — with the options he had at his disposal in 2017 — while Ezekiel Elliott served a six-game suspension.

Defenses decided to take Prescott’s favorite target out of the equation by bracketing Cole Beasley in coverage. Then, they also devoted extra attention Dez Bryant‘s way, making it difficult to get him the ball.

The only other option left really was Jason Witten on simple check downs.

And that is what the future Hall of Famer has been reduced to.

Jason Witten is no longer the threat he once was. Yes, he is still a reliable target, but his age is starting to catch up to him, which has unfortunately robbed him of some of his athleticism. We will no longer see Witten stretch the field down the seam, or run many routes further than 10 yards.

That’s why I think Rico Gathers could be a difference maker in 2018, especially for Dak Prescott.

Prescott needs more than an outlet receiver at the TE position. No offense to Jason Witten, but that’s pretty much what he has become at this point in his career.

Rico Gathers on the other hand is not only different from Witten, but also provides a different skill set than any other TE on the Cowboys roster. He’s a big target with athleticism, who cannot only move the chains, but stretch the field and break tackles in the open field.

Gathers’ sheer size alone creates mismatch problems against smaller defensive backs and linebackers, but his athleticism should allow him to create separation, something which fits into what Prescott needs from his receivers.

There is no reason why the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff can’t find a way to incorporate Rico Gathers’ unique skill set into the offense. They may not truly trust him to be an every down player, but that’s not happening anyway, not with Jason Witten on the roster.

If it was me, I would have a few packages in the playbook specifically designed for Gathers. I not only think this will help him grow as a player, but help the Cowboys offense become more “Dak-friendly”.

Can Rico Gathers make the Cowboys offense more “Dak-friendly”?

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Months Later, it Seems Jaguars S Barry Church was Right

Kevin Brady

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About five months ago, before the 2017 NFL season had even begun, former Cowboys safety Barry Church made comments which made Cowboys Nation scratch their heads. Now a Jacksonville Jaguar, Church said his current team was more talented than his former, the Dallas Cowboys.

At the time, many fans and writers alike laughed off his comments and chalked it up to typical preseason hype. Most people thought Church was crazy for suggesting a 13-3 team had less talent than the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team led by Blake Bortles.

Well, five months later, it’s become clear Barry Church was right.

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Jaguars safety Barry Church says he feels this Jags team has more talent than his #Cowboys squad last season. Dallas went 13-3. https://t.co/EcbxfUGsvy

This weekend the Jaguars went on the road to Pittsburgh, and came away with a wire-to-wire victory in January. The Jaguars were the more physical team from start to finish, and dominated from the opening kick off.

On the road.

Against the vaunted Pittsburgh Steelers.

Now the Jaguars are preparing to do something the Cowboys haven’t done in two decades: play in a conference championship game.

The Jaguars and Cowboys will be linked for the next decade or so due to decisions each made during the 2016 NFL Draft. And while it appeared the Cowboys pushed all the right buttons in 2016, it now looks as if the Jaguars are preparing to compete for AFC supremacy for years to come.

With their talented secondary, dominant defense, and physical rushing attack, the Jaguars have built their team in the mold of past champions.

The Cowboys have attempted to do some of the same, but it certainly looks as if Barry Church was correct in his preseason assessment of the two rosters.

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