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Allen Hurns Adamant Offensive Woes Not a WR Problem

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Allen Hurns Adamant Cowboys Offensive Woes Aren't A WR Problem

When things go wrong in any situation, the natural inclination is to figure out who's to blame for the particular problem being faced. We're seeing it in every walk of life. The easiest thing in life to do is to blame someone for a problem. The natural inclination for many when they're being blamed for something is to point the finger at someone else. Enter Allen Hurns.

Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Allen Hurns has gone on record multiple times when asked about the offensive woes and stated that the wide receivers are "creating separation."

It's no secret that the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver group has struggled in the stat sheet, but if you ask Hurns about it, he'd argue that they're doing they're job. Speaking last night to reporters, Allen Hurns had this to say:

"If you want to go back and watch film," Hurns said, "it comes down to on a majority of snaps, of course not every snap you're going to win across the board, but are you creating separation? As far as today, of course we left some plays out there. I'm not saying we're always perfect, we're always open. That's not the case. But I feel like for the majority of the snaps, we're creating separation. If I'm not open, [Cole Beasley] is open. It rotates. It's not always where all three receivers are not getting open."

Allen Hurns - via Jon Machota Sports Day DFW

If you're reading between the lines, it seems obvious who he's pointing the finger at, Quarterback Dak Prescott. While it's possible that Prescott is to blame, it's a far cry from Terrell Owens crying at the podium and saying, "That's my quarterback" when referring to former Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo.

As a quarterback, you'd hope that your wide receivers wouldn't be throwing you under the bus, even if they aren't saying so directly. Hurns might be right, but the stats also don't help Allen Hurns' case.

According to NextGen Stats, Allen Hurns averaged 1.61 yards per separation against the Houston Texans. On the season he's averaging 1.8 yards of separation at the time of catch or incompletion. The NFL average is 2.79 yards per separation at the time of completion.

Hurns, who signed a two-year deal in the offseason for $12 million has caught eight passes on 17 targets for 82 yards and a touchdown. He's averaging 1.6 receptions per game for 16.4 yards on 3.4 targets per game. That's not good for a player who was brought in to be at worst the number two receiver on your team when he signed his contract.

Hurns, in a backhanded kind of way, mentioned that the Cowboys wide receivers "left some plays on the field" last night.

"I felt today that we left a lot of plays out there," Hurns said after the 19-16 overtime loss to the Texans. "Some plays we should have had, some miscommunication. Even if we don't find a rhythm, when we're in, we got to make the most of our opportunities."

Allen Hurns - via Jon Machota Sports Day DFW

I'd like to think he was trying to take some of the blame, but he also mentioned that the passing game is not in a rhythm and there is a communication issue happening between the quarterback and the wide receivers.

Allen Hurns on Twitter

@VoiceOfTheStar That comment was made about the WRs this season and not particularly last nights game. I clearly said we left some plays out there and gotta find a way to make those plays last night

He tried to clarify further on Twitter, but he's certainly not helping his case. Much like Dez Bryant, the more he speaks about the troubles in the passing game, the worse it sounds. If Allen Hurns wants to see the second year of his contract, he needs to get a little more politically correct when talking to the media.



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Brett Maher’s 62-yard FG Gives Cowboys 6-0 Halftime Lead over Eagles

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Brett Maher drilled a 62-yard field goal, a new Dallas Cowboys record, to give his team a 6-0 lead over the Philadelphia Eagles at halftime.

A holding penalty by Tyron Smith seemingly took the team out of field goal range, but Maher bailed him out with the monster kick.

The lead could be bigger it not for some Dallas mistakes. Dak Prescott threw an interception on an otherwise strong drive, and Maher ended another drive with a missed field goal.

However, the Eagles have also struggled. A strip sack by Tyrone Crawford ended their last drive of the half. Randy Gregory also got a sack on Carson Wentz earlier in the game.

Overall, though, Philadelphia just isn't converting downs and being stifled by this exceptional Cowboys defense. They only have 70 total offensive yards at the half.

Ezekiel Elliott is putting together a big day, already with 72 rushing yards and another 20 yards receiving. Rod Smith also has 24 yards of offense, adding to the major production from the RB position.

Speaking of position production, the Cowboys tight ends have already accounted for six catches for 37 yards. Blake Jarwin has four of those receptions, which is a new career high.

The Eagles will get the ball to start the second half.



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Cowboys Vs Eagles Leads NFL in Playoff Leverage for Week 14

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Sean's Scout: Leaning on Elliott, Young Defense Earns Cowboys Win in Philly

The Dallas Cowboys are certainly playing like a playoff team as of late, but aren't in the clear yet when it comes to holding off Sunday's opponent -- nor the Washington Redskins -- in the NFC East. At 7-5, the Eagles and Redskins sit a game behind the Cowboys with identical 6-6 records.

The Cowboys going 5-0 from their first win at the Eagles in week 10 to their third divisional game of this stretch would go a very long way in cementing the Cowboys mid-season turnaround. As has always seemingly been the case in this division though, the same is said of the defending Super Bowl champs.

With a loss, the Cowboys stand just over a 50% chance at the postseason. A win would add 42 percentage points to this figure, setting up the Cowboys favorably through a December schedule that features the Colts, Buccaneers, and Giants.

Brian Burke on Twitter

NFL playoff leverage week 14

The only team with more at stake today is the visitors of AT&T Stadium. The Eagles gain 47 percentage points on their playoff hopes with a win, though even this marginally moves the needle over 50% for them. An Eagles loss all but ends their chances of repeating as NFC East winners.

Though the Redskins are reduced to their third quarterback in Mark Sanchez, their early kickoff at the 4-8 Giants provides hope that they'll remain in contention through the regular season. In a division that will be dictated by the moves made at the trade deadline, it sure feels like the Cowboys and Eagles are pulling away however - with Dallas in prime position to lap the competition starting Sunday.

Bobby Belt on Twitter

If the Cowboys and the Giants win today, Dallas would have to lose out, and the Redskins or Eagles would have to win out in order for the Cowboys to lose the division. In other words, Dallas and NYG winning today would mean one more victory and the Cowboys clinch the NFC East.

Wide Receiver Amari Cooper has made a bigger difference than Dallas could have ever hoped for. With the Eagles secondary banged up again for their meeting with the Cowboys, a home team with sights set on playoff football could begin to fine tune their offense to match a defense that set the tone against Philadelphia last time out.

National pundits may be forecasting a "classic" late season collapse for the Cowboys, but fans know better than this. It was in fact early season losses that dug the hole the Cowboys are viciously fighting out of. Asking for this opportunity against the Eagles is as good as it gets for Jason Garrett's young team, once 3-5 after eight weeks that feel like ages ago.

So does any dominant stretch of football from the Eagles, though the Cowboys shouldn't be quick to find out just how much Philly wants to play spoiler.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys Vs Eagles Leads NFL in Playoff Leverage for Week 14" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Cowboys Wishlist: Dak Prescott Exploits Eagles’ Secondary

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Dak Prescott Weighs in on Cowboys "Dak-Friendly" Offense

It's rivalry weekend for the Dallas Cowboys as they get ready to host the Philadelphia Eagles. It will undoubtedly be a special game since the Eagles are practically playing to save their season this time around. Tables have turned for these two teams with now the Cowboys as home favorites for this fun matchup.

As always, here's this week's edition of Cowboys Wishlist. Enjoy!

Wish #1: Get Jourdan Lewis Playing Time

Cornerback Jourdan Lewis did a fantastic job versus the New Orleans Saints last week and I'm intrigued to see if the Cowboys will continue to find a job for him and get him on the field. Lewis had an interception and some other key plays in just eight snaps. Lewis has been an interesting narrative this year.

He's a good player and getting him more involved could result in good things for this team. We'll see if the Cowboys use him in this important divisional game.

2018 Rushing Title: Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley in Neck-and-Neck Race

Wish #2: Get The Early Big Lead, Rest Elliott

Running Back Ezekiel Elliott has done an amazing job for the Cowboys over the past four weeks. Both in the passing and running game, Zeke has been able to consistently move the chains as he's received a huge workload to carry the offense and control the time of possession. He currently leads the league in touches per game.

If the Cowboys are able to get a big lead early, I wish we get to see a lot of backup RB Rod Smith. As much as we all love to watch Zeke be fed, this time Cowboys Nation should appreciate seeing him on the sideline a bit more than usual. For that to happen, though, an early considerable lead is required.

Wish #3: Improve on Red Zone

So far, the Dallas Cowboys have been able to efficiently move the ball and get first downs. What they have struggled with though, is the red zone. Many times, we've seen the offense settle for three instead of getting seven.

This Saturday I argued why, if the Cowboys are able to improve on red zone, this could be a playoff caliber unit. This team shouldn't struggle as much in this area. With Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield, Amari Cooper lined up and a mobile QB, Scott Linehan's squad simply needs to do better.

Wish #4: Dak Prescott Gets 300 Yards

The Philadelphia Eagles have placed CB Jalen Mills on IR. With Ronald Darby out already, the Cowboys are about to face a very injured secondary. Philadelphia ranks 26th in passing defense. Dak Prescott's stats have greatly improved since week 7.

However, a big 300-yard performance has yet to occur. I wish he gets just that against the Eagles. For this, he'll certainly need help from his receivers, including Amari Cooper, who has been outstanding with a Star on his helmet.

What are your wishes for this week's matchup versus the Eagles?

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Wishlist: Dak Prescott Exploits Eagles’ Secondary" 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!



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