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Cowboys At Redskins: 5 Bold Predictions

RJ Ochoa

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My first job — I was a 16-year-old high school junior — as a cashier at Office Depot (shout out to Store #372). It was a really fun and valuable experience I legitimately believe helped mold me into the person I am today. I’m grateful it all happened while I was still young and growing up (not that I’ve stopped in any way).

Remember, this is important, I was 16 years old. I didn’t know a whole lot about anything really. It was my first job.

As the cashier, no big deal but I was Cashier #1, I had a few responsibilities besides running the register. I had to keep the front area tidy, re-stock certain supplies, and I was in charge of cleaning the Men’s Room. Uh oh.

I learned of these responsibilities on my first day, and I learned when they asked me to go clean the restrooms. I do what I’m told… so I went. They told me everything I needed would be in the supply closet. Alrighty then.

Upon entering the supply closet I closed the door, pulled out my phone, and (really) called my Mom. I had no freaking clue what I was supposed to do here.

I was totally and completely lost.

Thankfully, Moms know everything and mine is the best one ever, so after a little bit of chuckling, she guided me through what cleansers to grab and told me to sweep, scrub, and mop. Bam.

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The sweeping and scrubbing were pretty self-explanatory, but the mopping confused me.

The mop was in this gigantic yellow apparatus that I’d never seen before. There was this weird handle and bucket where I assumed the water went. I tossed in some high-quality H20 and, upon my Mom’s recommendation, Pine Sol.

After mixing it up with the mop I assumed I was ready to go.

I just tossed the mop in and brought it out. It made a HUGE splat as water went everywhere, but I just brushed the mop around to spread it. Simple, right? When I was “done” mopping, the floor didn’t have the same look I’d seen on freshly mopped floors. It looked like the sink had flooded in this bathroom! Water was everywhere!

I didn’t know much, but I definitely knew this wasn’t right.

I’m a pretty quick-thinker so, in a move of innovation, I found a way to “dry” the floor. I fashioned two stacks of, at least, 15 paper towels and put them on the ground. I then stepped on them and proceeded to literally skate around the bathroom to dry this bad boy up, so it didn’t look like a swamp.

It took me a month to learn that the apparatus was the mop handle that you use to squeeze the excess water off the mop. Not my finest hour.

Sometimes in life we’re accidentally bold, like the mop and I, and things ultimately work out for the best. That’s the spirit this week. Welcome to my 5 Bold Predictions. Let’s roll.

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Ezekiel Elliott And Alfred Morris Both Have Over 100 Rushing Yards

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Do you have any idea how the time of possession battle went last Sunday between the Cowboys and Giants? Dallas won 36:43 to 23:17.

This is how the Cowboys want to win games, and they damn near did it last Sunday before Terrance Williams had to go and ruin everything. They want to dominate TOP, obviously implying you score touchdowns instead of field goals.

If we’re calling a spade a spade, then we need to admit the New York Football Giants beat us at our own game. Washington doesn’t have the personnel to do that. They can, and will, be run on. Just ask the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pittsburgh’s DeAngelo Williams strung together a measly 143 yards on 26 carries in Washington on Monday Night. Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris were likely watching and licking their chops. They’re both far more talented than Williams and will get their carries.

The Steelers won the TOP battle 33:18 to 26:42 against the Redskins, and they manhandled them. In order for the Cowboys to carry out that same game plan, it’ll require a lot of rushing, which will mean a lot of yards for Zeke and The Butler.

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Byron Jones Will Tip A Pass Intended For Jordan Reed That Will Be Intercepted

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Jordan Reed really picked up a lot of attention on a national level last season. Through 14 games, he put together a nice 87 catch, 952 yards, and 11 touchdown season.

And that makes sense because that’s impressive.

The most targets Reed saw in a single game was 11, the second most was nine, and the third most was eight. That’s a lot of volume going one player’s way, and again it makes sense that, as a result, Reed would have serious success.

Reed’s worst statistical game came on one of the days he saw eight (or Ocho… which is appropriate considering who’s penning this) targets. He only hauled in three of them for 33 yards.

What game was that, you ask?

The December 7th, 2015 Monday Night Football matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins in Washington… when Jordan Reed was covered exclusively by then-rookie Byron Jones.

I’ve decided we should call Byron Jones “Late Night Ice Cream” because he eliminates tight ends. That’s his thing. He takes them completely out of the game.

While doing so on Sunday, he’s going to get his hands on a ball that is floating up in the air, and a Cowboy is going to be there when it comes back down. It’s the laws of gravity and Late Night Ice Cream going into action.

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Kyle Wilber Will Get A Sack While Lining Up At DE

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I have this idea in my head that the Cowboys coaching staff just walked into a room one day and said, “Who thinks they can rush the passer?” and when Kyle Wilber raised his hand, he had no idea what he was getting into.

Rod Marinelli spent part of Week 1’s Giants game lining up the linebacker at defensive end. I’m not a defensive guru like him, but I think I speak for all of us when I say – wut?

Last season’s Cowboys/Redskins matchup in Washington was kind to America’s Team in the sacks department as Dallas roped up a hat-trick on the night. There’s something about playing at FedExField, the site of the last Dallas victory, that gets our ‘Boys riled up.

Kyle Wilber will line up at defensive end again on Sunday.

He’s going to get a sack.

We are going to go wild.

It’s going to be incredible.

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Dez Bryant Will Have No Fewer Than 3 Catches For 40 Yards And 1 Touchdown

Counting last Sunday, Dez Bryant has had precisely one catch in a game six times. This is a list of the games he had following his one-catch performances:

Targets Receptions Yards Touchdowns
7 4 52 2
8 3 71 1
4 4 40 1
5 3 87 1
16 9 86 0
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Dez Bryant doesn’t like only having one catch in a game. He goes out and proves it the following week, each and every time.

So much has been made about the five targets Dez saw and how insultingly low it was. If the Cowboys want to win, and they do, they know they have to rev this engine up.

Vroom vroom goes the Dez.

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Dan Bailey Nails A 60-Yarder To End The First Half

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The golden foot of Dan Bailey is a perfect 24/24 when counting both extra points and field goals in FedExField. He owns that joint.

He’s so good, Cowboys Nation had full confidence in his ability to win us the game with a potential field goal over 60 yards during the final moments of last week’s contest against the Giants.

I’m here to say Dan Bailey is going to get his chance, and he’s going to dominate, like he always does.

Envision the Cowboys getting the ball on their own 20-yard line with 47 seconds left. Dak Prescott leads a charge. Terrance Williams gets out-of-bounds. With a poetic five seconds left, Dan Bailey comes in — on a prayer — and boots it through.

Huzzah.

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Bonus Bold Prediction #1

Remember, if you want YOUR Bold Prediction featured here, tweet it at me! It’s that simple! Here are this week’s contributions, thanks to all those who shared!

johan. on Twitter

@rjochoa bold prediction: Alfred Morris rushes for 122 yards and a long touchdown.

The subject of Alfred Morris’ domination, specifically against the NFC East, is one I tackled on Thursday here at Inside The Star. So I dig this.

The Butler has crossed 122 yards three times in his career; however, he has never had a long touchdown run in any of these contests. What’s worth nothing is that in two of these three instances Alfred had a 1-yard touchdown.

Is that a sign? Is Johannn predicting the future?!

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Bonus Bold Prediction #2

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ATXCOWBOYSFAN and I park our cars in the same garage. We both think Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred are going to have big days on the ground as far as yardage is concerned. What I really like about this Bold Prediction is the Dez element.

I’ve said before — on OchoLive — the last time we truly saw Dez be Dez was the 2014 game in Washington. He caught 4 passes for 99 yards and 2 touchdowns. This also happens to be the last instance where Dez had at least two touchdowns. History is repeating itself!

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Bonus Bold Prediction #3

Armond Atbin ✭ on Twitter

@rjochoa Dez Bryant has more than one reception against the Redskins #BoldPrediction

Armond is a loyal Inside The Star reader and Twitter follower. After a rough week and loss against the Giants… this was a much-needed chuckle.

You can slam dunk this one.

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Bonus Bold Prediction #4

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Bold Prediction , Cowboys Get 2 int’s One From Sean Lee , one from Byron Jones https://t.co/RXUAZUAzcT

Sean Lee has indeed picked off the Redskins before (9/26/11), but he did it at home in Arlington. The only division rival Sean has intercepted in their house is actually the Philadelphia Eagles.

Lee made the Pro Bowl for the first time last season, and he did so partly due to the monster game he had in our nation’s capital. It’s time for him to add Washington to his list of houses he owns, and it’s time for Byron Jones to get his first career interception as well.

Terrence… please don’t be out-of-bounds here.

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Bonus Bold Prediction #5

Chase Aguiar on Twitter

@rjochoa Dak 3 td passes in cowboys win

Considering Dak Prescott has only played one NFL game and still hasn’t thrown a touchdown… this is pretty bold.

It’s worth nothing, this past Monday night Ben Roethlisberger did toss a hat-trick of TDs against the Redskins. I happen to see this game as a high-scoring affair myself, and I like the confidence Chase has in our QuarterDAK… I can get on board with this! Bold!

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Bonus Bold Prediction #6

Tweets with replies by Jones (@aj_bryant5188) | Twitter

The latest Tweets and replies from Jones (@aj_bryant5188).

The very first touchdown Dez Bryant scored with a Star on his helmet was actually a punt return, and as a fan of nostalgia I am ALL ABOUT this Bold Prediction.

That was all the way back in 2010 and, for what it’s worth, Dez did it again four weeks later, and it hasn’t happened in any other calendar year since. That’s the kind of bold we were missing today!

A punt return played a big part in last season’s Cowboys win in Washington (love you DeSean Jackson), maybe Jones is onto something here and it’s about to become a tradition!


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Think Jason Garrett is a Robot? FOX Sports Agrees

Jess Haynie

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Cowboys fans have often complained that head coach Jason Garrett is too robotic in his demeanor, media answers, and constant clapping. Yesterday, with most of the country feeling Star Wars fever, FOX Sports tapped into the zeitgeist while also taking a little jab at Garrett’s robot reputation.

FOX Sports released photographs of several NFL personalities as Star Wars character. Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady were Jedis.  Bill Belichick, surprise-surprise, was a the evil Emperor.

Garrett… well….

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@AaronRodgers12 @CameronNewton @Panthers @Patriots Jason Garrett is fluent in over 6 million forms of communication.

From 2016 Coach of the Year to punchline, Garrett’s reputation has certainly taken a big swing this season. Things are so bad, they couldn’t give him a C-3PO with matching arms. Oh, the indignity.

Of course, this is all in good fun. Garrett has 12 and 13-win seasons in two of the last three years. 2017 could’ve been very different if not for Ezekiel Elliott‘s legal issues and Sean Lee’s injury. And even now, there’s still a chance the Cowboys can sneak back into the playoffs.

Yes, Jason is repetitive. And yes, he’s no Bill Parcells behind a microphone. But could they at least have made him R2-D2?

At least FOX Sports didn’t make him Jar Jar Binks. That should go to Roger Goodell.

Just for fun, what other Star Wars characters would you compare Cowboys players and other staff members to? Maybe Sean Lee as Boba Fett, hunting down targets in the open field? Or maybe Cole Beasley as Luke, since they’re both a little short to be Stormtroopers.

Have any other good Cowboys/Star Wars comparisons? Share them in the comments!

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Cowboys en Español: ¿Combinaciones Para Playoffs?, ¿Juego Trampa vs Raiders?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Es increíble pensar que ya estamos en la semana 15 de la NFL. Más increíble aún, los Dallas Cowboys que se fueron 13-3 con el sembrado #1 de la NFC hace un año, ahorita cuentan con un récord de 7-6 y unas esperanzas de pasar a playoffs muy, muy pequeñas.

El domingo pasado, a pesar de llevarse la victoria en el campo contra los New York Giants, los Cowboys no recibieron la ayuda que necesitaban alrededor de la liga.

Pero a pesar de ser pequeñas, las esperanzas siguen vivas. Y este domingo, los aficionados a Dallas no sólo apoyaremos a los Cowboys en el Sunday Night Football, sino también a otros cuantos equipos.

Para los Cowboys, ¿cuáles son las combinaciones necesarias?

  • Dallas Cowboys termina la temporada 10-6, ganando los últimos tres partidos. 
  • Que los Green Bay Packers pierdan un partido. 
  • Que los Detroit Lions pierdan un partido. 
  • Que los Atlanta Falcons o los Carolina Panthers pierdan dos partidos. 

En mi opinión, incluso con Aaron Rodgers volviendo al campo, los Panthers y los Falcons presentan el mayor reto. Y creo, que lo que deberíamos estar apoyando en este momento, es que sean los Falcons los que pierdan dos partidos.

¿Por qué? Porque este domingo, Carolina se enfrentará a Green Bay. Francamente, Panthers es el equipo que más probabilidades tiene de echar a perder el regreso heroico de Rodgers. Panthers también puede vencer a los Falcons en la semana 17.

Así que, mientras los Panthers no podrían ayudar perdiendo, creo que más bien nos podrán apoyar ganando. Sin embargo, los resultados de la semana 15 influenciarán mucho a quien apoyaremos como fans de los Cowboys.

Por ahora, estos serían los resultados ideales de la semana 15:

  • CHI Bears vencen a DET Lions. 
  • CAR Panthers vencen a GB Packers.
  • TB Buccaneers sorprenden a ATL Falcons. 

Claro, dos de estos resultados parecen muy optimistas, pero todo puede pasar en la NFL y sobre todo con equipos tan inconsistentes como los Lions.

Por supuesto que, todo esto no tiene ni sentido si los Cowboys no se van 3-0 en las siguientes tres semanas. El rival más fuerte que le queda a Dallas son los Seattle Seahawks. Con Ezekiel Elliott volviendo esa misma semana, será un duelo increíble en el AT&T Stadium.

En mi opinión, será el partido que definirá de que son capaces los Dallas Cowboys del 2017.

Pero primero que nada, los Cowboys se tienen que preocupar por un partido que puede resultar siendo un juego “trampa.” Un juego trampa, es cuando un equipo tiene una semana muy importante por venir (Seahawks) y subestima al rival (Raiders) que tiene enfrente dentro de los próximos días.

Sobre todo cuando es de visita, estos partidos pueden resultar siendo peligrosos en la NFL y realmente, en todos los niveles de football americano.

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Oakland Raiders Derek Carr (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Y sí, los Raiders han tenido una temporada muy decepcionante en la que ni Derek Carr ni Amari Cooper han sido lo que se esperaba, pero Derek Carr es un QB que puede echarse al equipo a los hombros en cualquier momento.

Todos pueden tener una mala temporada, y ese ha sido el caso para el #4 de Oakland. Sin embargo, si los Cowboys mantienen el partido cerrado en el cuarto cuarto, Derek Carr puede demostrar que tan peligroso es.

Con jugadores clave como Khalil Mack, que por cierto tendrá una batalla épica con La’el Collins, es un juego que no es tan fácil como parece. Sí, los Raiders tienen un récord de 6-7. ¿Y? Los Cowboys tienen un récord de 7-6. Es mejor, claro. ¿Pero realmente es tan bueno como para pensar que será una victoria fácil?

Podemos criticar a Jason Garrett por muchas cosas, pero una de las cosas que no podemos criticarlo, es la motivación que le da a los jugadores. A pesar de muchos reportes acerca de que los jugadores “estaban molestos” con los coaches, definitivamente no han jugado como si se hubieran rendido en su entrenador.

No creo que los Cowboys pierdan el domingo. Pero esperemos que no sólo ganen en la noche, sino que obtengan victorias indirectas alrededor de la NFC.

Tell me what you think about “Cowboys en Español: ¿Combinaciones Para Playoffs?, ¿Juego Trampa vs Raiders?” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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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Is 3-3 Without Ezekiel Elliott A Win For Dallas?

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Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

It’s funny how quickly perception can change in the NFL.

A little over two weeks ago, the sky was falling on the Dallas Cowboys. They had just been blown out three straight times, twice at home and twice against direct NFC playoff competitors. Cowboys Nation wanted firings – whether that meant head coach Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, Rod Marinelli, or all of the above.

Dak Prescott couldn’t survive without Ezekiel Elliott, and all of the change made to the defense was beginning to be called a failure by the masses.

Fast forward to this week. The Cowboys have now been the deliverers of butt-kickings the last two weeks, and now sit at 7-6 with an outside chance at a playoff spot. And while the team looked like a complete mess without Elliott previously, a win Sunday would put them at 3-3 over the course of the Pro Bowl running back’s suspension.

And is that really all that bad?

Heading into the suspension, most fans probably would’ve taken 3-3 without Elliott and 8-6 overall. Most fans would’ve though that would put the Cowboys right in the thick of the things in the NFC playoff hunt. And most would’ve assumed we’d be happy with an 8-6 Cowboys team.

Unfortunately, 8-6 most likely won’t be good enough in this year’s playoff race. Especially considering the return of Aaron Rodgers and previous losses to both the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons. Plus, the entire NFC South has been fantastic this season (besides Tampa Bay) and two teams from the West look legit as well.

So maybe this just isn’t the Cowboys’ year. But, the success of other teams in the conference shouldn’t cloud our perception of what the Cowboys have done this season if they were to win Sunday night. A win over the Raiders this week would qualify the team’s handling of the Elliott suspension as a “success” of sorts (in terms of on the field, at least) in my opinion.

They would have kept themselves alive in a deep NFC playoff race, discovered a legitimate offensive weapon in Rod Smith, maintained a solid rushing attack over the majority of the six games, and allowed for some real growth from their young quarterback Dak Prescott.

I know the first three games of the suspension were awful, and a team with the talent of the Cowboys shouldn’t be losing that way three times in a row, or three times in a season at all. But, something should be said about how the team has weathered that storm, and kept themselves above water in this competitive conference.

But, of course, the result Sunday night could change all of this if the Cowboys come out and lay an egg in Oakland, effectively ending their season before Zeke even gets back. In that case we will more vividly remember the three horrific losses in which the team was out-coached and embarrassed. But, still those games should be remembered regardless of Sunday’s outcome.

So maybe success is a bit of a strong word.

This week’s game is not only a huge one in terms of the 2017 playoff race, but also may be an important one for determining what the 2018 Cowboys will look like.

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