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Would The Cowboys Have Beaten The Falcons In The NFC Championship?

RJ Ochoa

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Super Bowl LI is officially set as we found out on Sunday that the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots will be the two teams that square off for football’s ultimate prize.

Both won their respective Conference Championships in convincing fashion. The Falcons won by a margin of 23 and the Patriots put 19 points between them and their opponent. While theoretically the game’s top four teams would be playing this weekend and produce big-time matchups, that hasn’t necessarily been the case this season.

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The NFL has put out a lower-than-usual quality product this season, and that norm was bucked whenever the Dallas Cowboys were playing. Week in and week out America’s Team saved NFL ratings and produced epic finishes… including one last week that left us all devastated.

Yes, the Cowboys lost to the Green Bay Packers and that’s a reality that we’ve all been living with for a week now. If any of those Green Bay faithful want to know how to deal with a loss, they can call us for advice just go ahead and figure it out on their own.

The NFC Championship Game did leave a lot of members of Cowboys Nation thinking, though… would this have been the quality of game had the Cowboys managed to pull off a victory last week? Surely that isn’t the case, right? There’s no way we’d be that bad?

Dallas Would Have At Least Made It A Game

At one point in time, the Packers were trailing 31-0 in the NFC Championship Game. That’s a real sentence. In the game BEFORE THE SUPER BOWL the Packers were getting absolutely obliterated.

While they were at least in the game the Cowboys fell into a similar hole against those very Packers when they trailed 21-3 at one point during the Divisional Round. In an effort unbeknownst to Green Bay, Dallas managed to tie their game not just once, but twice… losing ultimately by a margin of three.

Given that the Packers struggled mightily on the ground against Atlanta and that’s an area of the game where the Cowboys are known to have some success, one could certainly imagine that Dallas would have been far more in this game than the Green Bay Packers.

Would The Cowboys Have Been Able To Beat The Falcons?

Atlanta put up 493 total yards and 44 points in the NFC Championship. Dallas only allowed that much yardage or more just once in 2016, on Thanksgiving against the Redskins when they surrendered 505 total yards. The most points that the Cowboys allowed across the season were the 34 that the Packers scored when they lost.

There was only one other time that the Cowboys allowed at least 30 points, an even 30-point performance when they traveled to Pittsburgh… arguably their greatest game of the season.

When you consider the extreme potency that the Atlanta Falcons Offense carries and look at how when the Cowboys faced a fraction of it, and lost, against the Green Bay Packers… you start to really wonder about things.

While it is certainly fair to assume that Dallas would have shortened the game by running Ezekiel Elliott, this was a strategy that they didn’t even employ effectively against Green Bay. All signs of logic point to the notion that the Atlanta Falcons Offense simply would have been too much for the Cowboys had they indeed met in the NFC Championship.

Enjoy your win this year, Atlanta. Next season we’re coming in far more prepared. Huzzah.

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8 Comments
  • Oscar R. Reyes

    The Cowboys lost the Divisional Game for two reasons. The first one is everyone from the Idiot Owner Jerry Jones all the way down to the Pathetic Sorry Coach Jason Garrett put their faith and hope in a little boy that had no experience for this type of game and played the first three quarters so pathetic that it was so unreal. This should have been Tony Room’s Game. No one will never know what the out come would have been if he had played. New title for Dak Prescott “Choke the Chicken”. Prescott really Choked the Chicken real bad that he left it featherless. Second the Defense and the Offense both played like fools. There no way this Cowboys could have beaten the Atlanta Falcons. We will never know what the Cowboys could have accomplished with Tony Romo. This is what happens when you put a child to play in a very important game and all that child can do is “CHOKE THE CHICKEN”. Prescott is now Worse than Romo.

    • Mix Master

      Your an idiot, look at his stats. The coaching lost this game. If they would have ran the ball more, they would have won. Any fool knows that if they can’t stop the run you stick with it until their spirit is broken. Wake up you hater.

      • Andrew Foong

        Nah, Oscar is totally right.

        And you wake up – it’s “you’re,” not “your.”

        • Jim Kinley

          No, Oscar is totally wrong. And that makes for 2 idiots in the same thread

    • Frank

      Finally, someone else has said it. Tony should of taken over as soon as he was healthy. He was our best chance to win a super bowl. He got the shaft and should of been given a chance. Rookie QBs don’t win super bowls. Worst decision in Cowboy history. With that said, I like Dak, but we were obviously playing for next year and with Dak having a year under his belt, it will only make us better next year. Btw, remember this always, Rookie QBs don’t win super bowls.

  • Russ_Te

    Atlanta / Dallas hypothetical:

    For Atlanta:
    Entire team peaking, defense playing better than it is
    Against Atlanta:
    Have to face a big, hostile Dallas crowd. Probably can’t stop Dallas much better than Dallas can stop it.

    I can see the game going either way. Atlanta earned this NFC crown, no disputing that. It has the look now of “their year”.

    I wanted Dak to go 1-0 to start his playoffs, and not down the Romo path. But after a slow start he played great against GB. 103.2 rating in the game, made all the plays he had to to bring his team back in the 4th. Rookie in his first playoff start.

    I’m taking that.

  • Russ_Te

    Super Bowl 51 Vegas odds as of this AM:

    Spread: New England -3

    over/under : 59

    This one is particularly hard to forecast IMO. There are several possibilities that would be the proverbial game changer.

    – New England isn’t good enough on defense to shut down Atlanta. But Belichick is good enough to bottle up J Jones. That’s always what he does. He limits your best option.

    So Atlanta has to adjust. First, to not concede that. Move Jones around. Get him the ball no matter if that takes flanker screens, end arounds, quick slants, etc.

    But NE will slow Jones down. Atlanta has to also go in with the mindset that it will make NE pay with it’s other weapons. I start that with the running game – try to wear NE down and chew up clock that Brady can’t use against me.

    – Atlanta is definitely not good enough on defense to stop NE. Brady made the Steelers look like jackasses, and Gronkowski was out. If ATL sits in soft zones and 4 DL, they will face worse than the Steelers did. Houston played NE more aggressively, more bump coverage.

    I’d sell out on that and send the house at Brady, similar to what the Redskins did to Romo in 2014 when he got the back injury.

    Yes he’s going to burn it, but you also get hits and sacks on him, probably a fumble or INT(s) out of it. If you do it all day he might crumble or go out hurt, etc.

    If I’m Atlanta I go in with the idea that if Brady is unmolested he is probably winning the game. I make sure he gets harassed.

    I would not bet a side on this game – too unpredictable. But that over is tempting. Can easily see both teams scoring over 30.

    • Travis Diggs

      Dak Prescott did everything he could for this team. I can’t believe people really think Romo would have done more. REALLY!!Check the stats Dak did in a playoff game what Romo never did ,300+ and 3 td. This same team Romo has been playing for has never had an above average defense We scored 31 and lost at home Atlanta scores like us but at least they play a little defense That’s why their in the Superbowl and not us

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Dallas Cowboys’ 2017 Rookies Need to Avoid Sophomore Slumps

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Ranking The Dallas Cowboys Rookies Through Week 8
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Right now, it’s pretty tough to predict how the 2018 Dallas Cowboys’ season will turn out. Even with Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan and Rod Marinelli all returning for next season, there’s a lot of change going on in Dallas. The Cowboys will have to deal with a lot of new position coaches as they try to get back to the top after a 9-7 season in 2017.

Obviously, there are a lot of things that’ll impact the outcome of this season.

One of those questions hasn’t been discussed much. That question is: how will the 2017 rookie class fare in their sophomore seasons? 

In 2016 and 2017, rookies were very important for this franchise.

Two years ago, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott took the NFL by storm, ending the season with a 13-3 record and the #1 seed in the NFC. Anthony Brown looked to be the Cowboys’ future shutdown cornerback, and Maliek Collins looked very promising.

Last season, the Cowboys didn’t have rookie seasons as spectacular as Dak and Zeke had in 2016 (I don’t think we’ll see anything similar in the NFL for a long time), but the rookie class ended up being a very important one for sure.

After letting a lot of veteran players walk in free agency, the team went ahead and fixed the secondary by drafting Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis in consecutive rounds, and trading up to get Xavier Woods in the sixth.

Are Dallas Cowboys Building A Championship Defense?

Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis, CB Chidobe Awuzie, S Xavier Woods (AP Photo / Ron Jenkins)

Jourdan Lewis made his presence felt early in the season, while we had to wait a bit to see Chidobe Awuzie in action. Both of them had surprising rookie seasons and they truly look like the future in Dallas’ secondary.

Both have shown what they’re capable of; we’ve seen them make plays and turn their heads to the ball… really, something we hadn’t seen in a long time.

Ryan Switzer didn’t get a chance to play as a wide receiver that much, but he was very impressive as a returner. He still has a long way to go, but I’m betting on Switzer to remain among the NFL’s best returners for a long time. After seeing him replace Cole Beasley in the season finale, I’ll be shocked if Dallas doesn’t give him more playing time on offense next year. He deserves a more important role.

Taco Charlton still has a lot to improve on, but surprisingly, he did a nice job during the final games of the season. It’s always premature to call a player a “bust” after a single season, and Taco’s been called a bust since the moment he was drafted. Let’s give him a chance.

For 2017, we set the bar high for the Cowboys’ sophomores.

We thought Dak Prescott would be among the best QBs in the league, that Ezekiel Elliott would pass the 2,000-yard mark, that Anthony Brown would be an ideal CB1, and that Maliek Collins could even lead the team in sacks as a defensive tackle.

There are a lot of reasons this team struggled in 2017, and some of those reasons still preoccupy us when thinking about next season.

The Cowboys will definitely need their 2017 rookies to continue playing quality football. It will be key if they want to leave a painful 9-7 season behind and get back to winning this year.

Here’s to hoping the Cowboys’ 2018 sophomores avoid the “inevitable slumps.” In a season filled with uncertainty, they’ll sure be needed.

Tell me what you think about “Dallas Cowboys’ 2017 Rookies Need to Avoid Sophomore Slumps” 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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Cowboys en Español: ¿Estará Dez Bryant de Vuelta en el 2018?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: ¿Estará Dez Bryant de Vuelta en el 2018?

Dez Bryant es ese jugador que incontables veces me hizo gritar y saltar de alegría con sus excepcionales recepciones y su manera de pelear el balón en el aire. Tantos momentos tan memorables con Tony Romo e incluso algunos con Dak Prescott lo han vuelto uno de mis jugadores favoritos…

Pero ahora, después de una difícil temporada de los Dallas Cowboys, los sentimientos están encontrados.

En muchos momentos, no parece que estamos viendo al Dez Bryant de antes. Claro, podemos decidir recordar esa recepción de touchdown que rompió el récord de la franquicia contra los Redskins, o esa escapada de 50 yardas en New York en la semana 14.

Pero Dez no ha sido el mismo las últimas tres temporadas. Y este 2017, todos los momentos de frustración culminaron en el partido que eliminó a los Cowboys de la temporada.

Cuando los Cowboys se enfrentaron a los Seattle Seahawks, un fumble acompañado por un pase soltado de Dez que resultó en una intercepción, todos nos pusimos a pensar.

La cosa no es que Dez Bryant sea un mal receptor. El talento está ahí, y es fácil verlo en ciertas jugadas. A veces es visible cuando atropella a algún defensivo, a veces cuando busca el balón y consigue atraparlo de una manera impresionante.

Quizá el próximo año se sacuda la mala racha que ha tenido los últimos años y encuentre una manera de ser el jugador que alguna vez fue… el problema es la cantidad de dinero que se le paga.

Después de la temporada del 2014, cuando Bryant terminó el año con 16 touchdowns y más de 1,300 yardas, el receptor estrella firmó un contrato por $70M.

Los Dallas Cowboys tienen frente a ellos una pregunta muy importante que resolver este offseason.

 

¿Deberían Deshacerse de Dez Bryant?

A pesar de tener una mala racha, la razón por la cual Dallas le diría adiós a Dez es su contrato. Dez está listo para cobrar $16.5M en el 2018 y otros 16 millones y medio en el 2019. De ser cortado, los Cowboys se ahorrarían ocho millones y medio la próxima temporada.

Suficiente dinero para firmar a un jugador que realmente haga impacto esta agencia libre.

Takeaway Tuesday: Awuzie and Lewis Impress, Concerns Around Dez Bryant

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (Brad Penner / USA TODAY Sports)

Normalmente, cuando hablamos de jugadores como él, hay muchos conflictos para los aficionados. Vaya, yo mismo acabo de plantear que es uno de mis jugadores favoritos, pero quizá a veces el cambio es necesario.

Sí, la producción de Dez Bryant no ha sido la misma desde la última temporada que tuvo con Tony Romo. Pero ¿es eso excusa suficiente?

Basta pensar en jugadores como Larry Fitzgerald y DeAndre Hopkins para darse cuenta de que no. Aún con quarterbacks mediocres, ambos se mantienen como receptores de elite en la NFL.

Es cierto que Dak Prescott no es el mismo QB que Romo era, y no es un jugador que vaya a lanzar pases profundos tan frecuentemente como Tony lo hacía, pero eso tampoco significa que sea algo malo necesariamente.

Este equipo le construyó un equipo a su ex-mariscal para sacarle todo el provecho al #9. Es hora de hacer lo mismo por Dak Prescott.

Insisto en que los Cowboys tienen que buscar a un WR tan pronto como en la primera ronda del NFL Draft o incluso hasta en agencia libre.

Los Dallas Cowboys tienen tantas cosas que hacer antes de la próxima temporada y decidir que hacer con uno de sus jugadores más emblemáticos de la actualidad, Dez Bryant, es una de ellas.

¿Les gustaría ver a Dez Bryant de vuelta en el 2018?

Tell me what you think about “Cowboys en Español: ¿Estará Dez Bryant de Vuelta en el 2018?” 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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Will Ryan Switzer see an Increased Offensive Role in 2018?

Brian Martin

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Will Ryan Switzer see an Increased Offensive Role in 2018?

The Dallas Cowboys clearly had a specific role in mind for Ryan Switzer when they drafted him 133rd overall in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Come to find out, that role didn’t include being involved much on the offensive side of the ball, at least not as a rookie.

After watching the way the Cowboys utilized Ryan Switzer in 2017, it’s pretty obvious the sole purpose he was drafted was to improve the special-teams play in the return game.

They clearly didn’t envision him being a part of the game plan on offense, despite the continuous outcry from fans.

Like most rookies, Ryan Switzer didn’t really get off to a fast start, and took a while to get used to the speed of the NFL. But, once he calmed his nerves and regained his confidence, he proved to be an upgrade in the return game.

Switzer ended up ranking third in kickoff returns, averaging 25 yards per return in 2017 and 12th in punt returns with almost 9 yards per return.

He also became the first Dallas Cowboys player to return a punt for a touchdown since 2013. He accomplished this against the Washington Redskins, in Week 13 when he took an 83-yarder to the house.

Surprisingly enough, using Ryan Switzer solely as a return specialist wasn’t enough for a lot of Cowboys Nation. A lot of fans wanted to see his talents utilized more on the offensive side of the ball as well, but were only left disappointed.

Ryan Switzer

Dallas Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer

Getting Switzer involved in the offensive game plan just wasn’t in the cards in 2017.

He only managed to catch six passes for 41 yards and rushed four times for 5 yards. This isn’t exactly what Cowboys fans envisioned after hearing Switzer was opening a lot eyes in training camp and organized team activities (OTAs). That was the main problem.

He was hyped up so much heading into the season that fans expected to see him involved much more on offense.

The Cowboys, on the other hand, had something else in mind, but I doubt that’s the case for the upcoming 2018 season.

I really think we’re going to see an increased role for Ryan Switzer next season.

The Cowboys coaching staff should have a much better understanding of his strengths and weaknesses now that he has a year in the system under his belt. And, they’ve seen firsthand how explosive he can be with the ball in his hands.

What the Cowboys coaching staff will have to determine this offseason is just how big of a role Switzer will have next year.

Should Switzer take Cole Beasley‘s job?

Cole Beasley, like the rest of the Cowboys receivers, had a down year in 2017. We shouldn’t assume that his job is safe, especially with someone like Ryan Switzer waiting in the wings. But, is Switzer ready to take over full-time?

Tough decisions will have to be made eventually, but such is life in the NFL.

Will Ryan Switzer see an increased offensive role in 2018?

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