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Backlash From Dak Prescott’s National Anthem Stance Justified?

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Dak Prescott Become an "Uncle Tom" Over National Anthem Stance?

Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott weighed in on where he stands with the entire kneeling protest issue during the national anthem when addressing the media recently. What he had to say didn't sit very well with quite a few people, causing quite a bit of unwanted backlash.

"I'd never protest during the anthem, and I don't think that's the time or the venue to do so," Prescott said. "The game of football has always brought me such peace, and I think it does the same for a lot of people."

As you can imagine, this didn't sit too well with those who are in support of kneeling during the national anthem.

As an African-American/Black NFL QB, Dak Prescott could've followed in the footsteps of Colin Kaepernick and decided to kneel for the anthem. As you know, Kaepernick pretty much started this protest to draw awareness to social injustices, particularly police brutality against African-Americans.

This has unfortunately caused quite a stir. Many people have taken to social media to voice their displeasure in Prescott's decision not to kneel during the national anthem. And more times than not, the comments have been downright degrading and outright hurtful.

Carron J. Phillips on Twitter

This meeting/statement means nothing when Jerry Jones, who owns "America's Team," has drawn a line in the sand and Dak Prescott is out here basically saying he's happy being a lemonade serving house negro. https://t.co/0NtE8c4oiy

"Lemonade serving house Negro"…Really!?

Honestly, I'm completely dumbfounded someone who disagrees with Dak Prescott for not kneeling during the national anthem can say that. I doubt Mr. Carron J. Phillips would say that to Prescott's face, but luckily he can hide behind social media. I for one think it's cowardice to do such a thing, but that's the kind of society we live in today.

I guess he just thinks Prescott has become an "Uncle Tom", a term that has been used to describe a black person who is overeager to win the approval of whites. Jerry Jones puppet if you will. It was Jones after all who has said that his players will stand for the anthem if they want to be a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

Angry Black on Twitter

Dak Prescott be like.....

I understand where the people who disagree with Prescott's stance on kneeling for the national anthem are coming from. Prescott could've drawn even more attention to the social injustices by choosing to kneel. This is especially true considering is he starting QB for Americus Team, arguably the most recognizable sports organization in the world. I just don't agree with their methods of voicing their displeasure.

I think a lot of these people missed the bigger picture in Prescott's interview, especially when it comes to him wanting to take the "next step".

"I think this whole kneeling, and all of that, was all about raising awareness, and the fact that we are still talking about social injustice years later, I think we've got to that point. I think we've proved it. We know about social injustice. I'm up for taking the next step, whatever that step might be for action and not just kneeling."

I don't know what the "next step" will be for Dak Prescott, but I for one am proud that he decided to address the kneeling situation to begin with. He could've easily brushed it off and not voiced his opinion on the topic, but instead chose to give his opinion.

Now, I know a lot of people will read this and accuse me of just being another "white guy" who doesn't understand the kneeling protest or what they're trying to accomplish. But, I promise you you'd be wrong.

I believe in equality and all that it encompasses. Sadly, we live in an imperfect world. But, that doesn't mean we should chastise those who we don't necessarily see eye to eye with. Unfortunately, that's what too many people are doing to Prescott. I think it is just wrong and completely undeserved.

It's time we take the "next step" and figure out how to work together in order to put our differences aside and become a better nation.

Do you think Dak Prescott is being unfairly chastised?



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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46 Comments
  • Zac H

    “The game of football has always brought me such peace, and I think it does the same for a lot of people.”
    God forbid Dak wants to be a football player first! Unbelievable… makes you think that he practiced and worked hard his whole life for this opportunity or something!?!

    • Brian Martin

      Prescott is really in a no-win situation. If he chose to kneel for the national anthem he would be criticized and choosing not to kneel he is being criticized. I actually commend him for choosing to address the situation instead of avoiding it. I respect him more now.

      • Sexcdex Xfact

        True

  • oneputter

    i think he is.

    the cowboys have been one of the few teams that have chose not to protest, even before it became a huge media storm that it is now. just recently have the begun to voice their opinions about it.

    i think dak is correct in saying protesting does not belong in this arena, what are they getting out of it?

    if the networks had any sense, they would stop showing the national anthem on tv during games. this way no one can be seen protesting, no one can be seen not protesting, and teams don’t get labeled for doing/not doing what some people expect them to do.

    • Brian Martin

      I would agree. It’s nothing new that the Cowboys have chosen to not kneel during the national anthem. What is new is Prescott finally addressing the situation. Unfortunately, he was in a no-win situation no matter which side he chose.

    • Sexcdex Xfact

      Good point

  • Norman Connor

    Sir your article completely misses the point. Dak is not being criticized for not kneeling, rather for criticizing players who do. This is my opinion warrants the comments he is getting on the internet. I have been a Cowboy fan for 45 years and with Jerry Jones and Dak, I honestly can’t root for them anymore.

    • Brian Martin

      I haven’t seen anything where he criticizes players who have chosen to kneel during the national anthem. He did say that he believes it’s served its purpose and it’s time to take the next step. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve chosen to no longer be a Cowboys fan because of all of this.

      • Sexcdex Xfact

        If I say I respect your comment, & I do,
        But
        I say I disagree with it which I don’t
        That in & of itself is a criticism
        Even if I don’t specify why or how I feel you’re wrong
        But
        Only on how I would or wouldn’t do it

        Of you’re a car & I praise the make &odel, but then say “Why the heck you pick the color, it’s. not appropriate! ”

        That would be criticism although I say I respect your choices

    • oneputter

      i would have to agree with the rest, he in no way has criticized players.

      he said they should protest, if that is what they believe, but should chose to do it elsewhere.

      this is what happens when the media starts this, people read it and form their own opinions, pass those along, even when wrong, that eventually it becomes the “truth”…..

      is it an apple or a banana?

    • ozzy mo

      See ya. later. Don’t need you anyway.. If a black man can’t speak his opinion, without being called an uncle Tom and worse, you and your views are are the problem. Find a team that has no respect for America…You will be at home then.

  • Michael White

    I thought his words were on point…”it’s time for action”. The whole point of players kneeling was due to African Americans being killed by police officers. Now the whole narrative has changed, to the right to kneel at a football game? Really. The awareness is there now. Everyone knows what the purpose of kneeling is about. I want to see players step up and take the demonstration to the streets. Rally the war cry against social injustice aimed at all minorities in housing, employment, fair legal representation, etc etc. Cause i don’t see or hear any of that being done in the off-season. Maybe a small percentage do it..but the majority do not. Which to me personally undermines the value of their, players, cause. I am African American, ex military, Navy, and I understand the right to freedom of speech. And believe everyone has a right to demonstrate and utilize that freedom to illustrate a point, and there are many ex military who feel the same way i do. And we don’t feel insulted when we see demonstrations. That’s why we joined. Just make sure your cause is valid and beneficial to the community. That is what would make us proud

    • Brian Martin

      Michael, first things first. I want to thank you for your service to our country. Secondly, I personally didn’t agree with players kneeling during the national anthem, but understood why they did so. The awareness of the social injustices has been raised and it is time to take the next step. Unfortunately, that hasn’t really happened yet. It’s probably one of the reasons why this entire kneeling protest is still a big story.

      • Sexcdex Xfact

        Honorably Discharged Disabled American US Air Force Veteran
        Service-connected

        I served for all to enjoy life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness

        Not one over the other & even if you were against me, I served to protest you

        The next step has happened & continues to be so
        Just not as fast nor as we wish

        The wheels of justice turn slow
        I’m still fighting for compensation for loss I’ve incurred serving my country
        Yet I still honor it & the flag but
        I see the same unresolved issue’s as I faced growing up

        America isn’t perfect neither will it ever be
        And as long as we deny others rights & voice it will thrive in chaos & conflict moreso than thriving in Love & respect
        But
        This Anthem issue is oy part of the whole
        Thus it must be dealt with from the root cause(s)

    • Sexcdex Xfact

      Kneeling is action!
      &
      Just watch the news, protest have yet to cease off season & on

      People still protest at abortion clinics decades later & despite talk shows, social media, legistrations, etc

      I saw how people would view Prescotts comments as soon as I read them

      That’s why I posted my views saying idk if he literally meant what he said or chose the wrong words or phrases at certain points

      We are held to our words whether we chose poor ones or not
      He’s not heard the last of criticism either this is just the begining

      I fear this will be more if a distraction for the team this year & I blame our Owner & Son

    • Chet Horton

      Don’t speak for all veterans. In my opinion the vast majority would completely disagree with you on all your arguments about the anthem. Every veteran I know is sickened by every player who disrespects our country and service members by kneeling and pursuing social justice issues while in their game day uniform. I spent 24 years serving my country and have deployed twice in 2 separate decades and I respect U.S. Citizens right to assemble and protest but those protections weren’t intended to and do not protect that right while you are at work if your employer doesn’t allow it. You have a job to do your job and if employers want to fire people for protesting during work hours they are completely within their constitutional rights to do so. Jerry Jones owns the Dallas Cowboys and all products, brands, and intellectual property. When players are in uniform they represent the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones has every right to require every single employee to “toe the line” for the national anthem.

  • TreFKennedy88

    I respect Your perspective Brian but on this particular issue i don’t agree with you on this.

    • Brian Martin

      And that you’re right as an American citizen. We don’t always have to agree with one another, but it is important that we all try to work out our issues. Thanks for reading.

  • Michaelangelo McCullar

    Seriously, White people should not weigh in on this. You have zero understanding of the perspectives involved.

    • Brian Martin

      So you’re saying because of the color for my skin I don’t understand the social injustices in our society today? That’s absurd! I may not be personally impacted by the issues, but I can imagine how those who are are living in fear of racist and prejudiced people. It’s almost like the persecution of the Jews all over again, although it hasn’t reached that point yet.

      • Michaelangelo McCullar

        This has nothing to do with social justice. Your article tried to defend the criticism of Dak from the Black community. The problem is, you’re not Black, and therefore you have no idea how his comments made us feel. If Dak had just said he personally did not feel right protesting, this issue would be dead. But the way his comments came off, they sound as if he is criticizing anybody who made the choice to protest during the anthem. I’m sorry if it offends you, but the last thing Dak needs is White people telling Black people how they should or should not feel about his comments.

        • Brian Martin

          See, I didn’t think he was criticizing those who chose to protest during the national anthem. What I took away from his statement was that he said the awareness for social injustice has been brought to everybody’s attention, but it’s time to take the next step.

          • Michaelangelo McCullar

            “I’d never protest during the anthem, and I don’t think that’s the time or the venue to do so,” Prescott said.

            That comes off as a criticism of those who protested. That’s why he’s catching heat. If he hadn’t made the second part of that comment, he wouldn’t be catching the heat he has. It’s 100% his right to not protest. But he should have left it at that instead of making the blanket comment that he did not think that was the proper venue to protest.

          • Brian Martin

            I get why people are upset with him. I guess it just depends on which side of the coin you are when it comes to the protest. I personally don’t like the kneeling during the national anthem, but completely understand why they chose that situation for the protest. I guess that’s why I don’t see him criticizing those who were protesting in his statement.

          • Boom!!

            hey Brian! You ever been punched and called the N word, you ever see police and start to panic, you ever been pulled over and searched because you look suspicious, have you ever looked suspicious! Most likely not! That’s an everyday thing for black people! That’s not our problem
            Because that not something you have to worry about! We watch a sport that’s dominated by black people and they have to keep in the back of their mind that they are now just a bigger target! The anthem is the perfect place to protest! Listen to the words…..they clearly apply to a certain group of people…..it’s a shame to stand up for a lie…..u want them to make the next move because ultimately there is nothin that can be done about it! Just like the war is n drugs racism will never end until racists stop raising other racists! You got police chiefs and captains In America that are bro nazis and kkk members….how tf does a black person stand a chance against the cops, let alone racist cops!! Cmon man!!!

          • Brian Martin

            I agree things need to change, but is kneeling for the national anthem doing that? Yes, it’s drawing attention to the social injustices, but it’s been going on now for nearly 3 years. Something else needs to be done off the field, and I think that’s what Prescott was trying to say.

          • David carter

            Would’ve could’ve should’ve. I guess because you’re black you can criticize him but he can’t criticize fellow black people. Everyone has the right to be judgemental and criticize one another as long as they don’t mind it coming back on them. Yes Dak deserves backlash for his comment as long as we don’t pretend to be any different for criticizing him.

        • Chet Horton

          First of all I’m not white … lets get that straight from the start. If that is your thought process then everyone who has never been in the military should not be allowed to kneel during the national anthem because they don’t how it feels to go to war and then see the symbol of what you were fighting for being completely disrespected. You are outside of your mind dude. Skin color doesn’t matter on this issue because guess what he sure takes those paydays from everyone who buys tickets …. including the white ones.

          • Michaelangelo McCullar

            White people have no business telling Black people who is and isn’t an Uncle Tom. If you can’t grasp that concept then I can’t help you.

  • Joe Conti

    I think all these players that kneel during the anthem that don’t actually do anything in the community to address it are idiots. So there are only like a couple players that arent idiots

  • Boom!!

    White people just don’t get it, the government pays the nfl to play the anthem……it ain’t out of the love for their country or the respect for the soldiers…..it’s for profit!!!! Them players get paid very well but if they are able to make so much how much you think the owners make! U think they ace about the anthem or soldiers your an idiot!!! It’s the colored boys on the sidelines not following the rules
    That brought this on!! You dumb fucks!!

  • Jeff Beardslee

    I agree with Dak. These NFL players make a ridiculous amount of money. Why can’t they pull together and hire a professional campaign manager to get the ball rolling on this? It’s time for positive action! You can’t solve a controversy with another controversy. 2 wrongs don’t make a right. Anybody in their right mind can see that there is social injustice. This is the United States of America for God’s sake! Why can’t we come together and figure this out?

  • Sexcdex Xfact

    I’m one who understand that people vN make misquotes and or not use the best words6or phrases
    Dak said several things that I question whether he meant it word for word

    Here’s some of what stood out :

    Dak said he don’t think it the right place or venue
    What better place? Pepe March to the Capitol or White House to protest
    Those are the most prestigious places & most sanctimonious of venues

    Dak said we need to do more as if the kneeling hasn’t caused all this uproar
    Yet people are still protesting abortion & other issues along with adding to what initiated it all

    Dak said the game is he finds peace & it’s distracting to bring controversy in
    But what brings him peace causes division & controversy to date of him being the face of the franchise
    For many feel he’s ill-equipped for the starting job as QB
    Fans trash him for no reason etc
    &
    There’s still no peace concerning salary disputes, player health concerns, players not being in control of their destinies,
    Or
    The league changing rules after they sign their contracts but not allowing them to opt out
    As in the National Anthem issue at hand

  • NastyShug

    Well yeah I think it’s unfair! I don’t think his decision has nothing to do with JJ. His heart just won’t let him kneel. He understand what is going on with social injustice. He understand it could be him getting shot and killed by a police officer or a stand your ground person. But kneeling to the National anthem is not comfortable to him I’m sure. I’m a black man and I can’t do it. But what I try to do is educate people so they can open their eyes and see what’s really going on. This country is so divide on so many issues all this us against them attitudes is just weakening us as a country.

  • Russ_Te

    Aside from the injustice that started it – lethal police brutality then usually those (bad) officers skipping out from charges (which continues as a frequent occurrence) – the issue is also a general one of whether players can make expressions on issues before games.

    Only the NFL stumbles over this. The NBA makes it clear that it will make no rules on it and players are permitted the expression. It’s settled policy and nobody cries that they aren’t supporting America or the flag. LeBron James had an “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirt on before some games a few years back. No game disruption, just a t-shirt beforehand.

    Protest is eminently American and it’s what got us free from King George 240 years ago.

  • Russ_Te

    Jerry joined the players last year to kneel before the anthem. If Dak said he was doing it at the anthem this year, Jones would have caved in. Jones only cares about getting wins and historically sides with his players.

    It’s a personal choice for Dak and any player – some guys stay out of politics. But Jones is a paper tiger and should simply shut up on the matter.

  • Jeannice Alt Emerson

    The protesting players are telling the fans “this is our black league”.
    Shame… to support the NFL for decades, only to have it implode right before our eyes.
    New found respect for Jerry and Dak.

    • Russ_Te

      So you support the NFL as long as Af-Am players are stopped from making any expressions about social injustice?

  • Chet Horton

    To be quite honest it doesn’t matter. Dak isn’t accountable for anyone else outside his family and teammates. He was asked a question and he answered it honestly. Those that are criticizing him doing it because his comments give their opposition strength and aren’t coming from a place of mutual respect for each others opinion. People are going to hate that is just the way it is. I don’t like any player who has kneeled and anyone who supports them, I want them all to get fired and be gone from the NFL but what I say about them doesn’t really matter in big picture. They do their thing and I don’t like and I do my thing and I don’t like it. There is no room for compromise on this issue you either stand or you are wrong in my opinion. Things like this will never change. I don’t feel and the statistics on murder don’t back the players claims for police brutality. If you don’t do what the police tell you to what do you expect them to do … let you go? Personal accountability is what the players need to be focusing on and reaching out to all the little thugs and trouble makers to try to get them to stop breaking the law. If you break the law you stand a very high chance of being arrested and during that process if you don’t do what the police tell you to do they are going to take you down and arrest you period point blank that is just the way it is. If you have a weapon and don’t do what the police say to do you stand a very high chance of being shot by the police. You don’t have a right of any kind to break the any law and almost all incidents/altercations/shootings are legitimate use of force and are the fault of the offender in some way, form, or fashion.

    • Russ_Te

      Maybe read up on the many lethal incidents of the last few years. Start with Eric Garner in New York, 2014. Then Michael Brown in Ferguson MO, then Tamir Rice in Cleveland – on and on. By your logic police could open fire if you argue with them.

      No wonder you don’t understand the player protest.

  • ozzy mo

    Why do they only want to protest and be SJW during football season? They are too busy having fun and living their lives, during the off season, I guess…Nothing but a bunch of overpaid whiny ass hypocrites,.

    • Russ_Te

      How are they hypocrites exactly, in any way?

      • ozzy mo

        Because, they protest the Flag and Anthem about Police brutality, but never protest city hall, about police brutality. Why not gather in front of city hall in one of the cities, that a black man was killed by a cop? That is where the cops work and get paid. How about they go to Chicago and try to stop the whole sale killing of blacks on each other? . HYPOCRITES!

        • Russ_Te

          I don’t know any way that you would know what individual players do on their off time. Those who want to make a statement about a social injustice issue like this, are using their visibility as athletes. The NFL looks like pathetic Trump apologists trying to quash it.

          • ozzy mo

            If any NFLplayer was protesting police brutality in front of city hall, or even holding a simple press conference, to say we, as black Americans are standing together to fight this injustice. Have you seen it on your sports channel? You news channel? NOPE! It hasn’t happened..You are a naive follower with little or no common sense. They are HYPOCRITES!

          • Ronald Dulaney

            Wow, ozzy, judge much?
            Hypocrisy is Saying or professing one thing and then Doing the opposite.
            Seems to me these Kneelers are Doing exactly as they profess to believe, and courageously doing it not just at the local courthouse Etc., but for the whole nation to see and be, by you and the others, condemned and Damned for it.
            I appreciate the Kneelers’ courage and I also appreciate and share the patriotic passion for the Red White & Blue, Old Glory, a passion born from the unique qualities that exemplify true American exceptionalism: the tolerance, acceptance and even celebration of our differences.
            Our flag is BIG, and like a loving father, holds all his children near, even those who may be, for a time or grievance , angry with him.
            But if you can’t be that big and must get your little feelings hurt when someone doesn’t show the ” appropriate” amount of appreciation for the anthem, then you should push for a change of “venue”.
            Either abolish pregame anthems or keep the players in the locker rooms until it’s over.

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Is WR Cole Beasley Being Underutilized?

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Is WR Cole Beasley Being Underutilized?

Like any competitor, Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Cole Beasley wants to play and be as heavily involved as possible when the lights come on and the game is on the line. He's become accustomed to to being heavily involved in the game plan, that is until WR Amari Cooper arrived in Dallas.

Since the arrival of Amari Cooper, Cole Beasley has seen his offensive role dramatically reduced. He is no longer Quarterback Dak Prescott's favorite target in the passing game and it even looks as if he is taken a stumble down the Cowboys WR depth chart. At best, he is their WR3 now behind Cooper and Michael Gallup.

That's quite a fall from grace for a player who was Dallas' top receiver the last few seasons and the most targeted in the first half of this year. I can almost guarantee he's not happy about not being utilized more in the passing game, but he's a team player and will do what it takes to win.

Unfortunately for Beasley, Cooper's arrival has changed the Cowboys offense. He is back to his old role of working the short intermediate routes now with Cooper and Gallup playing on the outside. Because of that his stats have taken a hit. His targets, receptions, and the chance to help his team win has dropped off significantly.

Cole Beasley

Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley

In the two games before Cooper joined the team, Beasley had 16 receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns on 19 targets. The six games since he only has 17 catches for 138 yards on 26 targets. That's a huge drop in production and has nothing to do with his performance. It's how he's being utilized.

Beasley has been forced to take a backseat in the Cowboys aerial attack. Amari Cooper has been highly targeted, and rightfully so, and Michael Gallup is seeing more passes thrown his way as well. Not to mention, Ezekiel Elliott has been used more as a receiver also.

There are just too many mouths to feed and unfortunately Cole Beasley is the odd man out. The sad thing is, that might not change anytime soon with the way the Cowboys offense is playing right now. It's one of the reasons why they currently have the league's best winning streak going for them.

It's to hard make an argument for Beasley receiving more looks in the passing game with the way the offense is playing, with the exception of in the red zone, but I do believe he needs to be more involved. After all, he is still one of the Cowboys best WRs and can't be covered by anyone in the league one-on-one.

I don't know about you, but I'm hoping things will circle back around and he will once again be more involved in the passing game. His ability to get open is uncanny and it's a shame to not take advantage of that God-given gift.

What do you think, should Cole Beasley start being utilized more?



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Time to see What Darius Jackson can do as Zeke’s Backup?

Brian Martin

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Will RB Darius Jackson Stick With Cowboys Second Time Around?

I hate to say it because I really like Rod Smith, but I think it may be time for the Dallas Cowboys to reevaluate the running back position as it pertains to Ezekiel Elliott's primary backup. Smith just hasn't been good this year, which is why I think it may be time to see what Darius Jackson can do if given the opportunity.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not suggesting the Dallas Cowboys move on from Rod Smith or demote him right now, but I would promote Darius Jackson from the practice squad to the active roster as insurance in case something were to happen to Zeke. It just seems the right time to make that move after #21's injury scare Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Eagles.

You may have forgotten, but Ezekiel Elliott had to spend some time in the medical tent Sunday against the Eagles. He was luckily able to return to the game not long after, but it did shine a spotlight on Rod Smith and the lack of depth behind him.

Despite how much I like Rod Smith, and I do, he just hasn't been the same player this season as he was last year as Zeke's fill-in. He is just not running with any kind of authority and has been too apt to run east and west instead of north and south. I think it's one of the reasons why the Cowboys have continued to give Zeke such a heavy workload, despite him being banged up.

Rod Smith

Dallas Cowboys RB Rod Smith

Now, Rod Smith did look a little better against the Eagles, but I still believe it would be wise for the Cowboys to promote Darius Jackson to the active roster. Having more depth at such a physically demanding position is just smart football.

With the Dallas Cowboys playoff spot all but secured, it might be time to start thinking about lightening Ezekiel Elliott's workload just a little bit. Whether it's Rod Smith or Darius Jackson, the Cowboys have to find someone who can step in and be productive.

Rod Smith has had his opportunities this year, but hasn't really been able to capitalize like we believed he could. It might be time to turn to Darius Jackson, a fan favorite, who unfortunately just hasn't been able to prove what he can do as of yet in a meaningful game. I think it's time we change that.

As much as I like Rod Smith, I might like Darius Jackson just a little bit more. I think he is kind of like a poor man's Ezekiel Elliott. He is just as athletically gifted and can be a threat as both a runner and a receiver out of the backfield. He just needs the opportunity to prove it.

There's really no way of knowing if I'm right or wrong about this, but I believe he is worthy of a roster spot on game day if nothing else. I'd rather have him and not need him then need him and not have him.

Do you think it's time to see what Darius Jackson can do?



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Cowboys Lassoing NFC East Title as NFC Dark Horse

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Well don’t look now but the Dallas Cowboys are in control of their division and anything short of a catastrophic collapse will see them hosting the first round of the playoffs. Dallas strengthened their grip on the NFC East by knocking off a divisional rival and the reigning Super Bowl champions with a 29-23 overtime win over the Eagles.

Those who have a favorite online sportsbook and wagered on the Cowboys were ecstatic to see Dak Prescott hit Amari Cooper for a 15-yard touchdown pass in overtime, thus covering the 3 ½ point impost that oddsmakers hung on Dallas.

The Cowboys have now won five consecutive games, with three of those over divisional opponents Philadelphia (twice) and Washington. But before we celebrate, we must consider that there's still a mathematical possibility of either Philadelphia or Washington stealing the division crown away from the Cowboys.

The Giants' only hope is an outside shot at a wildcard berth if they win outright but they've been eliminated from contending for a division title due to their 1-4 record against NFC East teams.

Essentially, all the Cowboys must do is win one of their three remaining games in order to celebrate a division crown. If Philadelphia or Washington loses any of their three games they will be out due to tie breakers that go in the Cowboys’ favor.

As of this moment, the Redskins are a disaster with no one under center to captain their rudderless ship, and the Eagles must defeat the Rams in LA, which would be considered a stunning upset seeing as any reputable online sportsbook is offering the Rams as 9 ½ point favorites as of this writing; then they must win at home against Houston and on the road against the Redskins.

Of course, the Cowboys are counting only on themselves to reel in the division title and with games at Indianapolis, home against the Bucs, and wrapping their season in New Jersey against the Giants, at least one win seems likely.

The addition of Amari Cooper to the Dallas offensive arsenal has been a game-changer as the former Oakland Raider hauled in 10 of 13 targets for 217 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner last Sunday against Philadelphia. He was the top-tier receiver Prescott had been lacking and his presence on the field improves both the passing game and running game by virtue of his dynamic playmaking abilities. Ezekiel Elliott has eclipsed the century mark in rushing yards in four of the six games since Cooper has been on the Cowboys roster.

Furthermore, Dallas has averaged 24.4 points per game over their last five wins with Cooper in the lineup, which is more than five points improved from where they were prior to their winning streak without him in a Dallas uniform.

In addition, Prescott has morphed from a game manager at 202 passing yards per game to a game breaker as evidenced by his 285.7 passing yard average in six games with his new target at his disposal.

Ultimately, the Cowboys will be tasked with turning all of this good mojo into a deep run into the postseason. We can now confidently say that there is one other team to consider besides the Rams, Bears, and Saints as this year’s NFC entrant into the Super Bowl. However, Dak Prescott will need to eliminate turnovers and interceptions if Dallas is truly going to contend against the powerhouses they will face in the playoffs.

Last Sunday, Prescott caught fire in the fourth quarter and ended with 455 yards passing, connecting on 42 of 54 passes with three touchdowns, but his two interceptions were converted into nine points by Philadelphia. As we move forward, Prescott will need to lead right from the get-go and understand that one poor decision can cost his team what is now a realistic shot at a championship season.



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