The Dallas Cowboys built a foundation for success in 2014, as they used an overpowering offensive line to spark a very strong running game and pass attack, en route to nabbing last year’s NFC East title. They even won their first playoff game in many years, and if not for a very controversial call, they would have found themselves in the NFC Championship Game.
Last year’s success doesn’t guarantee the Cowboys anything going into 2015. DeMarco Murray is gone from the backfield with no clear replacement, Tony Romo is one year older, and the defense is still a question mark. Those very red flags could still end up being positives, however. Joseph Randle averaged 6.7 yards per carry in limited action and could easily be the answer at running back, Romo could be as sharp and as seasoned as ever, and a healthy Sean Lee and Greg Hardy could give the Dallas defense the precise jolt it needs.
Questions aside, the pieces are still there from an overall perspective for these Cowboys to pick up right where they left off, win another division title and go even further in the playoffs. It’s just another reason why Dallas Cowboys tickets are such a hot commodity, just as they seemingly always are. With the rest of the competition entering the new campaign with some sort of uncertainty, the Cowboys could very well emerge from the pack once again in securing another division championship.
The jump up doesn’t really help the price of Dallas Cowboys tickets on the year (a healthy $267.60 on average), but that’s to be expected with a winning team in an expensive and still relatively new stadium. While fans can brace themselves for some understandably hefty home games like battles with the Giants on September 13 ($284.78 on average, $86 for the cheap seats), the defending champion Patriots on October 11 ($458.67, $191), and a November 1 clash with the Seahawks ($336.67, $120), they can also appreciate value when they see it.
Fans can get a killer bargain for the ’Boys final preseason game of the year, being just $68.17 on average when they tangle with their in-state rival, the Houston Texans. Meanwhile, their cheapest regular season date at AT&T Stadium occurs on September 27 when Dallas collides with the high-powered Atlanta Falcons, with tickets averaging $226.01 on the secondary market according to TotallyTickets.com, while the get-in price sits at $60.
At the same time, their Week 17 showdown with the division rival Washington Redskins may offer the most value at home. While tickets are averaging $251.79 for this contest, with a get-in price of $57, it offers the most potential in terms of the implications that could be at stake, as more times than not in recent years, the NFC East has been decided in the final game of the season. Meanwhile, for fans wondering what their cheapest game of the regular season is, that would be their road date in Buffalo when they square off with the Bills. Tickets for this affair are averaging $193.47 on the secondary market.
For just about any other team, the prices wouldn’t be so unforgiving, but since this is the Cowboys -- arguably still recognized as “America’s Team” throughout the country -- tickets aren’t exactly cheap. And now, for the first time in several years, Dallas is a perennial top contender in the NFC, which only adds to the intrigue of attending their games. They certainly have the pieces to sustain their success, with one of the best offensive lines in football. Furthermore, they have a top quarterback in Romo, and perhaps the most dangerous wide receiver in all of football at the moment, that of course being Dez Bryant. If the defense can outperform what they did a year ago, Cowboys fans just might be looking at a “super” season.
Cowboys K Brett Maher’s 63-Yard Field Goal Sets New NFL Record
After hitting a 63-yard field goal last night in the Dallas Cowboys' win over the Philadelphia Eagles, Kicker Brett Maher now owns the NFL record for most field goal made at 60 yards or longer. It was the third 60-plus FG of his career and second so far this season.
Maher hit a 62-yarder last week in Dallas' loss to the New York Jets. That kick tied him with Sebastian Janikowski and Greg Zuerlein for having two career field goals of 60 or more.
Now Brett stands alone in that category. Last night's kick also was just one yard shy of Matt Prater's record for the NFL's longest field goal; Maher hit from 64 yards in 2013.
If Brett Maher ever gets a chance to kick in Denver, he may have a great shot at breaking Prater's record as well. According to NBC's data from last night, Maher's kick would have been good from 66 yards out.
It was a good night overall for the Cowboys kicker. Maher had two other makes from 26 and 29 yards.
Despite his heroics at times, Brett Maher has been one of the least accurate kickers in the NFL the last two years. Even after last night Brett is hitting just 71.4% of his field goals so far in 2019; that ties him for 25th in the league.
The most puzzling aspect of all with Maher is how much he struggles with shorter range kicks. You almost have more confidence in him kicking from 60 yards out than attempting an extra point.
Few kickers could survive that kind of performance and uncertainty, but few can do what Maher can with his long range ability. It's a risk/reward situation that the Cowboys are continuing to work with.
For today, at least, Maher and his team are basking in the glory of a great game. Let's hope both can keep up the positive momentum.
Cowboys Defense Dominates in Crucial Win vs Eagles
Coming into yesterday's battle for NFC East supremacy against the Philadelphia Eagles the Dallas Cowboys defense was looking to regain some swagger. The Green Bay Packers were led by Aaron Jones who had a career day with 182 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns two weeks ago in a 34-24 beatdown of the Cowboys. Last week at Metlife Stadium, the New York Jets got a career day themselves from their former third overall pick in Sam Darnold who threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns in his return from Mononucleosis that kept him out since Week one. The Cowboys were handed their third consecutive loss 24-22 and their season was headed down the drain.
It would be paramount for the Cowboys defensive unit to set a tone and they didn't waste any time doing so. The Eagle's first possession would only last five plays as Jaylon Smith forced a fumble by Tight End Dallas Goedert that was recovered by Maliek Collins. Just two plays into their second drive, Carson Wentz was strip-sacked by All-Pro DeMarcus Lawrence inside the Eagles own 15 which was recovered by Antwaun Woods. Both turnovers led to scores for the Cowboys as they took an early 14-0 lead in the games first six minutes.
After the Eagles scored on a seven-play 87-yard drive with a little over four minutes to go in the first quarter they would only run 12 plays the rest of the first half, and the Cowboys went into the locker room with a commanding 27-7 lead.
The second half would be a continuation of the first 30 minutes of play. After an exchange of field goals in the third quarter, the Eagles were simply out of their misery early in the fourth. Wentz was intercepted by Safety Xavier Woods and he committed his second fumble of the game on the very next drive. In the end, the Cowboys whipped the Eagles from start to finish 37-10 and claimed outright first place in the NFC East.
There were several encouraging signs defensively for the Cowboys vs the Eagles. Maliek Collins matched his season total with five tackles and also recovered a fumble. Both starting defensive ends DeMarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn each had a sack showing exactly why the Cowboys put this combo together, to terrorize quarterbacks. Cornerback Jourdan Lewis had four tackles and a sack, a great follow up to his four tackle performance with an interception a week earlier, further making his case to be the top guy at nickel corner in this defense. The old veteran Sean Lee didn't go unnoticed either as his seven tackles were tied for of the team lead. He got more snaps due to Leighton Vander Esch's early exit with a neck injury.
You expect an offense like the Eagles to make plays and score points eventually, but the Cowboys defense wasn't having any of it in this contest. In addition to giving up under 300 yards of total offense, they only allowed the Eagles to convert three third downs, go 0 for 2 in the red zone and forced four turnovers. That's a recipe for victory any Sunday.
Now, the Cowboys go into the bye week sitting on top the NFC East throne. This is the perfect time to get guys fully healthy with a clash against the New York Giants on the road awaiting them in two weeks. The Cowboys defense played with their backs to the wall and pulled out a big-time performance when they needed it the most. Consistency is what has kept them from looking like the top seven unit they were in 2018. Was this game the turning point? We shall see, but nonetheless, this showing by them was exactly what the doctor ordered.
Cowboys Get Good News on Vander Esch, Quinn Injuries After Eagles Game
The Dallas Cowboys got a big win last night over the Philadelphia Eagles, but there was concern that they also suffered some big injuries. But good news; despite their leaving the game and not returning, both LB Leighton Vander Esch and DE Robert Quinn appear to have avoided any significant issues.
Vander Esch suffered a neck stinger in the second quarter and did not come back. It appears he was held out as a precautionary measure, and the Cowboys' 21-7 lead at that point may have contributed to the decision.
Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch just told me he's good. First neck stinger. Disputes "history" of neck issues reports. Told me he would have continued playing but "wasn't up to me
Quinn's rib injury also occurred before halftime and ended his night. The veteran picked up his obligatory sack before going out, and it sounds like he should be fine for Dallas' next game.
From @GMFB: The #Cowboys got a few injury scares, but LB Leighton Vander Esch (neck) and LB Robert Quinn (rib) are expected to be OK. https://t.co/ld1mncRkNw
These defensive standouts join a host of Cowboys starters who are going to benefit greatly from the team's bye week.
Dallas went into the game with injury concerns to WRs Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb, OTs Tyron Smith and La'el Collins, and CBs Byron Jones and Anthony Brown. Of those, Brown was the only one who did not play last night.
Still, all of these players need a week to rest and be ready for the long haul of the regular season.
The Cowboys will get back to work in Week 9 with a road trip to New York, facing the Giants on Monday Night Football.
Thankfully, it looks like Leighton Vander Esch and Robert Quinn will both be ready to play in two weeks.
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