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Once upon a time, a bountiful feast betwixt the Pilgrims and the Indians was shared, the end. Not much of a story, I know, but that's only because we had to wait nearly four centuries to get to the good stuff. It's Thanksgiving, and that means we're preparing for the Three Effs of Thanksgiving; food, family, and football. The first two are on you, so don't skimp, but that last one, well... fate had an idea on that one.

This Thanksgiving, the Dallas Cowboys have invited the Washington Redskins into their home for something of a feast, too. Only this feast is sure to look a little more like:

 

Ezekiel Elliott

 

Than the more traditional scene of Thanksgiving festivities...

The first Thanksgiving 1621 by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1863-1930, artist. Published by the Foundation Press, Inc., c1932. photomechanical print halftone, colour. Pilgrims and Natives gather to share meal. (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images

It's the Redskins, and we all know how that story goes. What we don't yet know is how this year's chapter, the Cowboys home game, will go. Lots of talk about Alfred Morris getting his second shot against his former teammates, which RJ Ochoa covered in this week's 5 Bold Predictions. But mostly, the talk of both towns is whether or not the Redskins can slow the Cowboys' roll at all.

The Cowboys sit atop the league at 9-1. While hugely improbable and not without its close calls, it is what it is. The 'Boys are also on a streak of eight consecutive games with at least 400 yards of total offence, and carrying that stat line through this contest would be an NFL record. Not to mention nine wins in a row, but there's no record to be set there (Thanks a lot, Dolphins and Patriots).

So, as we contemplate traditions, life, and the match-up before us, let's have a look at what The Star writers have to say.

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John Williams | @John9williams

Well, I've picked the Dallas Cowboys to win in every game this year, and they've made me look like a genius in every game, aside from the week one, one point loss to the New York Giants. As I am the eternal optimist, nothing will sway me now.

I see the Dallas Cowboys being able to win each and every game remaining on their schedule, the only question is, will they?

This week they face a Washington team on a bit of a role, that's running the ball very well and allowing Kirk Cousins to have some success. I see the Dallas Cowboys giving up a lot of yards to Washington, but will win the game because Washington will be forced to kick field goals.

Cowboys 31 – Redskins 24

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Kevin Brady | @Kevinbrady88

I expect this to be an absolute dog-fight, just as it was in week two.

This 9-game winning streak started at Washington, and it will continue to roll through Washington this week. Ezekiel Elliott goes over 100 yards against an NFC East foe for the first time, and Dez Bryant hauls in another touchdown catch.

Dan Bailey wins it late, and the Cowboys improve to 10-1.

Cowboys 27 – Redskins 24

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Sean Martin | @ShoreSportsNJ

I hope you're all ready to watch some points be scored on Thanksgiving. I have a feeling this is going to be a shootout game for the ages, and a new chapter on a classic NFC East rivalry.

As I submitted to RJ Ochoa in his bold predictions, I think the winning team will pull away by 17 or more points, and if I'm right in picking the Cowboys, the league will never doubt us again. Time to eat.

Cowboys 41 – Redskins 24

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RJ Ochoa | @RJOchoa

The Cowboys Offense has amassed eight consecutive games of over 400 total yards - only the 2007 Patriots and 2013 Broncos have done this. They'll get theirs, and they'll need them against Kirk Cousins and a feisty Redskins team.

Turkey Day Shootout!

Cowboys 30 – Redskins 24

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Ian Koplowitz | @BleedingTheStar

I just don't know anymore. I've picked against the Cowboys 3-4 times since week one, and they prove me wrong each time. This is a much improved Redskins team than the one we beat in week 2, but we're a lot better as well.

The weapons they have on offense scare me, but I think they're saying the same about us. We're really going to need a turnover or two in this game, and I think we can get one. In another close game, I look for Dan Bailey to give us the scores we need to widen the divisional gap.

Cowboys 27 – Redskins 24

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Jess Haynie | @CowboysAddicts

The Cowboys are the better team and get a major advantage with the short week at home.

Still, this will be a tight rivalry match-up. Dallas-Washington games are often unpredictable.

Cowboys 27 – Redskins 24

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Justin Grohowski | @Grohowknowhow

Two of the league's best offenses are squaring off in this divisional showdown. I expect it'll be a shootout, and the Dallas offense to not skip a beat in this one. Zeke Elliott gets back on track here, and the Dak to Dez show will continue to roll.

A banged up Dallas secondary could burn the Cowboys, but they finally force a late crucial turnover to swing this one in their favor. The extra short week for the Redskins could play a factor here as well, as they are coming off a Sunday Night Football win at home.

Dallas wins a tight one.

Cowboys 31 – Redskins 26

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Brian Martin | @Bmart0204

When the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins play each other, you can almost guarantee a tough physical game. This is the first time the Cowboys rookies are playing after a short week, but I think they're up to the challenge.

I give the Cowboys the advantage at home and think Dan Bailey kicks the winning field goal.

Cowboys 24 – Redskins 21

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Bryson Treece | @BrysonTreece

Yeah, the Redskins are on a roll, but so are the Cowboys. The only question is will the Cowboys find a way to win, again. They've done it most of the year so I know it's possible. It's even likely, and that's why I'm going with the 'Boys on this one.

Kirk Cousins and the Redskins will prove this to be just another NFC East rivalry match-up. They'll surprise us with their hunger, a rematch they've been waiting for since week two. But I see Dak Prescott (run), Dez Bryant (pass), and Ezekiel Elliott (run) each getting their own touchdowns, plus some Dan Bailey's clutch footwork to put it away.

Cowboys 31 – Redskins 24

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Wow. There's just a whole lot of wow going around this season.

I mean, even the most optimistic fan had to see 6-5 as a very real possibility when Tony Romo went down against the Seahawks in preseason. Nobody, and I mean no one, had any clue how these Cowboys could be playing for 10-1 come Thanksgiving.

But here we are, aren't we? It's just been a hell of a ride so far. I, for one, would have liked to see Tony Romo at the helm of this beast, but Dak Prescott has done an outstanding job leading this team. Which is why my gifts for Thanksgiving this year are new Tony Romo navy and Dak Prescott white jerseys. Not that I can wear them during the game, but that's another story for another time.

So enjoy it, folks.

We wish you all a very happy and fruitful Thanksgiving from everyone here at Inside The Star. We love you guys and enjoy sharing this ride with each and every one of you. Keep your loved ones close and the TV turned up loud, oh and try not to fall asleep before it's over, because this game is going to be fun to watch.

Stay Safe Cowboys Nation. GO COWBOYS!!!


This is the General Staff account for Inside The Star, a blog for Dallas Cowboys news, scores, schedule, rumors, and analysis. We are the official home for @CowboysNation on Twitter. Follow us today for new content updates straight from our timeline. To learn more about our staff, please visit our Staff listing.

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Taco Charlton Isn’t Going Anywhere After Strong Preseason Week 3

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Dallas Cowboys Defensive End Taco Charlton might be turning things around. The former first round draft pick didn't have a great couple of seasons to start his career off, which forced him to be in a battle to earn a spot on the Cowboys 53-man roster this offseason. Three weeks into the preseason, it looks like he's a lock to make the team. In a "Dress Rehearsal" game that went great for the Cowboys, Charlton's performance was among the best players.

A couple of weeks ago, I discussed how the Cowboys' younger defensive ends could force the team to move on from Taco. From Dorance Armstrong to Jalen Jelks, there's a handful of promising players that were participating in a positional battle that one way or another, included Taco Charlton.

However, the Michigan product showed up to play versus the Los Angeles Rams with two passes batted down. Despite making such plays, we still hadn't seen much from him in the pass rush department.

Taco Charlton

That changed against the Houston Texans last Saturday when he managed to get two sacks (one strip-sack), two forced fumbles and a recovery. This was undoubtedly Taco's best game in his career. He still has a lot to prove, but it was definitely good to see him have a "breakout" preseason game.


With such performance, it doesn't seem like he'll be going anywhere in 2019. Charlton won't be a starter for this team, but he could become a very important rotational piece for Rod Marinelli's defense. He has a great opportunity to find playing time during the first two weeks of the season before Robert Quinn returns from suspension.

One unfortunate note was that in his best game yet, Taco went out injured twice (ankle). The first time he went back to the field to get some more but had to walk off the field for a second time. Hopefully, he's able to play next Thursday but I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't after having a breakout game versus the Texans.

Taco Charlton still has a very long way to justify being a first-round pick, but his play against Houston was a start. It will be very interesting to see how he plays in the 2019 regular season. He'll have to fight for playing time and he'll have to make every snap count to turn his career around.

Tell me what you think about "Taco Charlton Isn’t Going Anywhere After Strong Preseason Week 3" 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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HOU 0, DAL 34: Defense Dominates in Dress Rehearsal Game

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HOU 0, DAL 34: Defense Dominates in Dress Rehearsal Game 1

The Dallas Cowboys couldn't have scripted a better result in tonight's dress rehearsal game against the Houston Texans. All three phases of the game made big plays as they dominated 34 to 0.

The night belonged to the defense as they terrorized Houston's starters and reserves along the offensive line with 8 sacks. Taco Charlton, a former first-round pick turned outcast was the star of the night with 2 sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. In my opinion, if there were any doubts about him making the roster he put them to bed tonight.

Kerry Hyder showed once again why he's one of the smartest free-agent signings of 2019. After being a lost man in the 3-4 defensive scheme with his former team the Lions, he's done a really good job applying pressure even though he hadn't recorded any sacks in the first two preseason games. However, tonight he recorded 2 sacks and reminded everyone of the player who had 8 sacks in 2016.

The young guys weren't to be left out in this defensive clinic. Dorance Armstrong, Trysten Hill, Daniel Wise, and Joe Jackson all had half sacks. Rookie Safety Donovan Wilson had one of the plays of the night with a beautiful interception as he tapped both feet before heading out of bounds. Cornerback C.J. Goodwin, who will probably make the roster on his special teams ability, got in on the interception party himself high pointing a contested pass.

Dak Prescott was only 2 for 5 (11 for 14 in the preseason) but managed to escape what looked like a sure sack and roll to his left and threw a rope to Michael Gallup for a touchdown. The two have shown a lot of growth and chemistry during training camp, something that was missing at times in 2018.


Wide Receiver Devin Smith had 6 receptions for 79 yards while Cedrick Wilson snagged 3 passes on 4 targets. Both receivers are fighting for the final roster spots in the receiver group which they'll have to continue to do next week against the Buccaneers.

Tight End Marcus Lucas had a very solid game with 4 catches for 50 yards. He will definitely be a player to watch in the final preseason game before final cuts are made. Cooper Rush went 15 for 25 and further solidified his position as the primary backup to Prescott. Mike White was also solid going 6 for 9 and tossing a touchdown.

Special teams got in on the action themselves when Linebacker Joe Thomas recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown.

Now the Cowboys have only one more preseason game before the 2019 season begins. All that's left now is figuring out the last few roster spots and staying as healthy as possible. September 8th is right around the corner.


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Cowboys Wishlist: Dress Rehearsal Edition

Mauricio Rodriguez

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In the NFL, the third preseason week is often referred to as the "Dress Rehearsal." It's usually the week in which starters get the most playing time. That has changed lately, with plenty of teams deciding to take care of their key players instead of risking them on the field. However, the Dallas Cowboys have played their starters on their first two games and there's no reason to believe that will change versus the Texans today.

Here is my wishlist for the Cowboys vs Texans "Dress Rehearsal!" Let me know what your wishes for tonight's game are in the comments section below or tweet me @MauNFL!

Wish #1: Justin Phillips Locks Up a Roster Spot

Phillips has been one of the most surprising players this offseason and preseason. The Cowboys are set at linebacker, but Phillips has made sure to be a tough guy to cut. Last week, he had a remarkable interception against the Rams. Despite making a first step toward the line, he managed to adjust and made the play. He has followed it up with more plays in practice.

If he keeps it up, the Cowboys won't be able to cut him. He has the potential to be a force on special teams and a quality backup.

Can WR Devin Smith Sneak Onto the Dallas Cowboys 53-Man Roster?

Dallas Cowboys WR Devin Smith (AP Photo / Josie Lepe)

Wish #2: Devin Smith Makes Things Interesting

The battle for the final wide receiver spots is at full-go. Devin Smith has shined lately, and has risen as a serious candidate to make the roster. However, it seems like other wide receivers have the upper-hand as of now. Earlier this week, I made my Cowboys WR Power Rankings and had Devin Smith at #7.


His TD catch versus the Rams last week was pretty impressive, and I wish he makes a few more plays to make the debate all the more interesting.

Wish #3: Tony Pollard Does It Again

Fifth-round rookie Tony Pollard stole was the show last weekend as he racked up 51 total yards (five carries, one catch) and a touchdown on Dallas' first offensive drive. He looked impressive as the starting running back, giving us just what we wanted to see.

While many have advertised him as a gadget player, Pollard proved he can actually be a "standard" RB. He ran between the tackles, showed power, balance and great vision. I'm ready to watch it again, this time versus the Texans.

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Wish #4: Taco Charlton Shines Rushing The Passer

Taco Charlton has made a couple of plays in preseason on his third year with the Dallas Cowboys. Against the Rams, he batted down two passes and looked good separating from opposing offensive linemen. Charlton has gotten praise from some analysts during these first two preseason weeks.

But I want to watch some quality pass rush from his part. Right now, the Cowboys' roster counts with some promising players, including rookies Jalen Jelks and Joe Jackson. While they're currently below Taco, he must prove he belongs on the roster.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Wishlist: Dress Rehearsal Edition" 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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