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Bailey Gets the Boot as Cowboys Gear Up for Pressure Cooker in Carolina

Every Cowboys fan is already chomping at the bit to watch America’s Team go back to work this Sunday, but before we discuss whether or not Dallas will come away with a win in ’s sandbox, can we clear the air about a very noticeable absence on the roster? It's not the surprising of or tearful of . The man we’re wringing our hands over is the recently released , the most accurate in .

We may not have been nearly as nostalgic after last season with Bailey battling and whiffing on two extra points and five field goals during the year, but now it’s all shiny and new.

The sins of the past are forgiven, and we were looking forward to Bailey atoning for a career low and returning to form. But professional football is a what have you done for me lately business and the man who was signed in the summer of 2013 to kick for Dallas in the while Bailey nursed an , has re-emerged five years later after stints in the CFL, to supplant the seven-year starter.

Yes, get to know the name Brett Maher because Dallas’s collective hopes will be riding on his booming leg. Yet, don’t be surprised if somewhere down the road Dan Bailey trots out onto the field and drills a dagger into the hearts of everywhere as a member of an opposing team.

Moving on to Carolina

A brief check of the NFL odds board tells us that the Dallas Cowboys are only 2 ½ point road underdogs to the . But let’s face facts folks, the Cowboys will have plenty of new faces and it may take time for everyone to get to know one another.

never enjoyed the same chemistry with Dez Bryant as did his predecessor but that doesn’t mean Bryant won’t be missed, even if he’s not the elite receiver he was a few years ago.

Jason Witten may have been a shadow of his former self last season but he still managed five touchdown catches and was a respected, veteran locker room presence whose big shoes will be impossible to fill – at least for this year.

It’s tough to blame us Dallas fans for being a bit frustrated as our beloved Cowboys have notched at least a .500 record in six of the last seven seasons, yet only twice have the ‘Boys earned a postseason berth. And it was just two seasons ago that Dallas registered the best record (13-3) in the only to be bounced in the by the Packers.

This season Prescott will have , without the specter of a six-game looming, chewing up yardage in the backfield, but his weapons on the wings are suspect, at best.

has a fresh chance in Dallas to rekindle the magic of 2015 when he caught 10 TD passes and had 1,031-yards receiving as a member of the , but his stablemates consist of , and rookie . Impressed? Meh – but the jury is still out.

This is a tough team for Dallas to open against as the Carolina Panthers have a who can take over a game when he’s inclined in Cam Newton and own a that could suffocate the Cowboys if all cylinders are not clicking. There are a great deal of ifs and buts involved in this game but the SBR NFL say this one will be pretty close.

Although our hearts are with the Cowboys, our wallets are on the Panthers -2 ½ this Sunday. Prove us wrong Dallas!

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Ethan Chazin

Wow you have us opening up with a L? I guess with this young and somewhat unproven roster we should be guardedly optimistic with a “Prove you’re a contender” approach. But let me just be first to say…GO COWBOYS!!!

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