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5 Questions Heading Into Cowboys VS Broncos Game

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Opening the season 1-0 feels good. This week, the Dallas Cowboys will go against another 1-0 team, the Denver Broncos. As they get ready for their first road game, a lot of questions are rising among Cowboys fans.

Today on Inside The Star, I get into five questions I have in mind for tomorrow's game. Make sure to comment below any questions that you have. Let's talk Cowboys.

Will The Cowboys Give McFadden a Chance?

Elliott Suspension Or Not, Darren McFadden Critical to Cowboys' OffenseLast Sunday, when the Dallas Cowboys announced who their inactive players were, I was very surprised to see RB Darren McFadden's name. We've been discussing who should be RB2 behind Ezekiel Elliott since training camp, and personally, I really thought McFadden was the guy.

But the Cowboys decided to roll with Alfred Morris. Morris had four carries for... one yard. Not ideal, specially not ideal when your starting RB could actually be suspended at some point during the season. Even if it's not the most likely outcome, the possibility is there.

I'd like the Cowboys to give both McFadden and Rod Smith the chance to prove their worth this Sunday. I think McFadden is more versatile, and Smith could be a quality backup RB for a lot of years behind Zeke.

Cowboys Rookie CB Jourdan Lewis Announces Signing With Dallas 1

15 June 2017: Jourdan Lewis (27)
of the Dallas Cowboys during minicamp day 3 practice at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Photo by James D. Smith/Dallas Cowboys

Will We Finally See Jourdan Lewis' NFL Debut?

Jourdan Lewis may have been drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but the truth is he was a second round talent. Personally, I think he dropped to the third only because he was involved in a domestic violence incident.

After dealing with a DV trial and a hamstring injury during the offseason, Lewis has yet to see the field in a Cowboys uniform. He has been practicing all week as a full participant, and it's more than likely we see him this Sunday.

The question is, will we actually see him play on defense? And if so, how many snaps?

Mark Lane on Twitter

Jerry Jones tells The Fan he hopes that where the #Cowboys see Jourdan Lewis Sunday is on defense, not just special teams.

With Orlando Scandrick injured, look for Jourdan Lewis to be on the field a lot. I'm ready to see what he's got.

5 Questions Heading Into Week 2

Will We See More From WR Ryan Switzer?

Speaking of rookies, Ryan Switzer had his NFL debut VS the New York Giants last Sunday. While he was in for eight special teams snaps, Switzer was only in for two when the Cowboys' offense was on the field.

This is something you expect from a fourth-round rookie who was mainly drafted to contribute as a kick returner. However, I think we could see more of him this Sunday.

Terrance Williams is dealing with an ankle injury he suffered versus the Giants. Fortunately, Williams participated in practice this Friday.

Even though it's very likely we see him play versus the Broncos, he possibly won't be 100%. And I can't help wondering if Scott Linehan tries something with Switzer on the offensive side of things.

Will Dak Prescott Shine Against This Elite Defense?

 1Last week, I predicted the Cowboys to beat the Giants 27-24. I was right on the Cowboys winning the game, but I wasn't correct in my explanation as to why.

I thought Dak Prescott would come out picking the Giants' defense apart. I thought he would make some big throws. And while he didn't put up a great performance, he did enough to get the win.

However, I'm intrigued about how he will come out for this Broncos game. We know he missed some passes last Sunday, including what would've been a TD to Dez Bryant on a slant route.

This feels like the perfect opportunity for Dak Prescott to make a statement versus an elite defense.

Will La'el Collins Pass His Biggest Test Yet?

La'el Collins has been another big story since the offseason for the 2017 Dallas Cowboys. Moving from LG to RT, Cowboys Nation has been keeping a very close eye on him. He is promising, and he is expected to be better than Doug Free.

So far, he's been good. To be honest, I was on the "Keep La'el At LG" team. At some point, I even thought the Cowboys were making a mistake. Fortunately, it seems they were right.

Brandon Thorn on Twitter

La'El Collins making JPP pay for attempting to rush inside. #Cowboys https://t.co/CMuAQr09zm

Collins has lived up the hype. He did a decent job against Oakland Raiders EDGE Khalil Mack during the third week of the preseason and he dominated JPP during the season opener.

Now he faces Von Miller. Arguably the best pass rusher in the NFL, Collins will have a very busy Sunday.

We have been talking about La'el Collins potentially being an elite RT for this football team. This Sunday, when he lines up against the Super Bowl 50 MVP, La'el Collins can send that message to the rest of the NFL.

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It will be fun to get an answer to all of these questions tomorrow. It is no secret that this is a fun team to watch. The offense is one of the best in the country, and the defense looks very promising. Even still, the important thing is to get that W and continue with the Dallas Cowboys' Super Bowl run.

Tell me what you think about "5 Questions Heading Into Cowboys VS Broncos Game" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @PepoR99.

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2 Comments
  • Ethan Chazin

    I sure would like to see our Boys run over the Broncos D, plus a Jourdan Lewis sighting, a Ryan Switzer big return or two, 4 D QB sacks and 2 INT, and Dez throw up the “X!”

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Nice stuff, Ethan. Writing a wishlist article for tomorrow on the site, feel free to tweet me @PepoR99 and I’ll include your wishes. Thanks for reading!

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for Cowboys Against Indianapolis

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for Cowboys Against Indianapolis

In a game we all hoped would clinch the NFC East division, the Dallas Cowboys instead got shut out by the Indianapolis Colts in one of their worst performances of the season. It was a deplorable performance in every aspect of the game and something we hope to never see again.

I knew sooner or later the Dallas Cowboys self-inflicted wounds would catch up to them, and that's exactly what happened against the Colts. They had far too many penalties and mental mistakes once again and it allowed Indianapolis to take over the game. The Cowboys beat themselves plain and simple.

Before I get on a rant about yesterday's game, I better stick to the topic at hand and share with you what I believe to be The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for the Dallas Cowboys. As always, please feel free to use the comment section located at the end of the article to share any of your thoughts and opinions on this topic.

The Good

Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott

In a game where just about everything went wrong for the Dallas Cowboys it sometimes a little difficult to find any kind of silver lining. That was the case this week after the Cowboys were shut out by the Indianapolis Colts. But, the good for me is that Dallas still holds their playoff fate in their hands, despite the embarrassing loss.

Any thoughts of sitting any of the starters for the Cowboys has now gone out the window. They absolutely have to play to win to close out the 2018 regular-season, because they failed to do what needed to be done against the Colts to secure the NFC East division title. Luckily though, it didn't close the door on their playoff aspirations.

With the Buccaneers and Giants left remaining on their schedule, the Cowboys will have to find some way to get back to their winning ways. Hopefully this was just the slap in the face they needed in order to put things in perspective. They simply can't afford another showing like they had against Indianapolis at any point moving forward.

The Bad

Xavier Su'a-flio

Dallas Cowboys LG Xavier Su'a-flio

I knew exactly what I was going to put in the section as soon as it happened during the game. The bad this week for the Dallas Cowboys against the Indianapolis Colts for me was without a doubt their banged up, patched together offensive line.

The Cowboys were forced to go with a patchwork offensive line for the majority of the game against the Colts yesterday afternoon after Xavier Su'a-flio left the game after an eye injury, forcing the Cowboys to go with their third string offensive guard Adam Redmond. Su'a-flio immediately had to leave the stadium to have his eye examined by an optometrist, suggesting that it was a pretty significant injury.

Unfortunately, another injury on the OL for the Cowboys leaves them severely thin depth wise at the most inopportune time. Hopefully a week of rest has done Zack Martin's injured knee some good and he will be able to return to the lineup as soon as possible. That would allow Connor Williams to move back to LG and hopefully solidify the offensive line once again.

The Ugly

Marlon Mack, Chidobe Awuzie

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack

Maybe I underestimated the Indianapolis Colts offense or maybe I just overrated the Dallas Cowboys defense, but something was clearly off yesterday afternoon on the defensive side of the ball for the Cowboys. After being so good nearly all season, they were just plain ugly against Indianapolis.

The Cowboys defense didn't have an answer for the Colts offense, especially in the running game. Marlon Mack, a solid runner although not spectacular, completely gashed the Cowboys usually stout run defense. He ran for 139 rushing yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns, something that's been unheard of against Dallas' run D.

I was honestly completely shocked he had so much success. There were far too many missed tackles and blown assignments to my liking and I believe the coaching staff will make sure to focus on clearing that up moving forward. This team can't afford to let opposing offenses control the clock with their rushing attack. That's the Cowboys MO.

What's your good, bad, and ugly for the Dallas Cowboys against Indianapolis?



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IND 23, DAL 0: Cowboys Get Shut Out, Embarrassed by Colts

Jess Haynie

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Is Dak Prescott's Relationship with Scott Linehan Broken?

The Dallas Cowboys must think they've already won the NFC East, because they looked like a team with nothing to play for today. The result was an embarrassing 23-0 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

The Cowboys were shut out for the first time since the 2003 season, which was Jason Witten's rookie year.

Dallas squandered a major time-of-possession advantage in the first half, finishing three drives with a blocked field goal, punt, and a failed 4th-and-1 play near the Colts' goal line. Indianapolis capitalized on their own drives and took a 10-0 lead into halftime.

The Colts got the ball back to start the third quarter and drove down for another touchdown. Down 17-0, Dallas responded with a weak drive and a punt. The game felt out of reach even then, with the Cowboys just looking flat from that point forward.

Ezekiel Elliott had 87 rushing yards 41 receiving for some empty production. Amari Cooper won't be winning any awards this week, held to just four catches for 32 yards.

Dak Prescott completed 62% of his passes for 206 yards. He was sacked three times and threw a late interception; an overthrown ball got tipped by the receiver and picked off on the team's final offensive series.

While the offense was especially bad today, the defense wasn't much better. Dallas surrendered 139 yards rushing yards and two touchdown to Colts RB Marlon Mack, who hadn't had a 100-yard game since October. Andrew Luck wasn't sacked and went virtually untouched the entire day.

The Cowboys could have taken the NFC East with a win, but they didn't come close. Hopefully this serves as a wake-up call with the postseason only a few weeks away.

Other Notes

  • With the Redskins defeating the Jaguars today, Dallas will have to wait until next week to try to clinch the NFC East. The Cowboys needed losses by both Washington and Philadelphia if they didn't win themselves. The Eagles are visiting the Rams tonight.
  • The Cowboys will get some softer competition to finish the year, hosting the Buccaneers next week and then going to play the Giants in Week 17.
  • With the Bears defeating the Packers today and moving to 10-4, they will likely stay the #3 seed in the playoffs. That means Dallas, assuming they do win the NFC East, will almost certainly be hosting the 5th-seeded Seahawks in the first round.
  • Jaylon Smith led the Cowboys with 11 tackles, but neither he or Leighton Vander Esch were making the big plays that we've grown accustomed to.
  • Xavier Woods had the highlight play on defense, delivering a perfect hit to dislodge the ball from Colts TE Eric Ebron and stop a potential big gain.
  • Blake Jarin and Dalton Schultz combined for seven catches for 68 yards; another week of increased TE production from what we've seen must of the year.
  • Fullback Jamize Olawale doesn't get many opportunities on offense, and he may not get more after dropping an open touchdown on the team's second drive of the day.



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Cowboys Can’t Finish Drives, Trailing Colts 10-0 at Halftime

Jess Haynie

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Dak Prescott

The Cowboys have had no trouble moving the ball today, but they've failed to finish drives with points. Dallas is thus trailing the Indianapolis Colts 10-0 at halftime.

Dallas has had possession for over 19 minutes compared to just 10 for the Colts. But their three drives have ended with a blocked field goal, a failed 4th-and-1 play near the endzone, and a punt.

Ezekiel Elliott has 64 rushing yards and 23 receiving so far today. Dak Prescott has completed 12-of-19 for 106 yards, but has been sacked twice.

The offensive line continues to suffer from health issues. With Zack Martin already out and Connor Williams starting at right guard, Xavier Su'a-Filo left the game with an eye injury during the second quarter and will not return. Backup Adam Redmond is now playing.

The Cowboys can clinch the NFC East with a win in any of their final three games. They could also clinch today if the Redskins and Eagles lose. Washington is trailing 10-3 in Jacksonville at halftime, and the Eagles are visiting the Rams tonight.

Hopefully, Dallas will start showing up on the scoreboard in the second half.



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