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Cowboys en Español: Dallas Tiene Lo Suficiente Para Sobrevivir Sin Elliott

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Por fin tenemos una respuesta respecto a la elegibilidad de Ezekiel Elliott. Des Desafortunadamente, no era lo que queríamos escuchar. El corredor de los Dallas Cowboys ha sido suspendido seis juegos por la NFL y después de perder la moción que Zeke y compañía para evitar que perdiera juegos mientras se resolvía su caso, la suspensión comenzará inmediatamente.

Y esta vez, no será como la semana pasada, cuando Elliott terminó jugando después de que el viernes consiguió una restricción administrativa temporal. Esta vez, Elliott no tiene opciones.

Es necesario mencionar que la apelación que perdió el jueves, era una apelación específicamente sobre su elegibilidad en el periodo antes de que se escuche su caso. Intentando evitar que Zeke sufra “daño irreparable.” Todavía ni siquiera empieza la apelación del caso real.

Eso será hasta el primero de diciembre. Para entonces, Ezekiel Elliott ya habrá servido cuatro juegos de suspensión.

Ezekiel Elliott's Suspension A Blessing In Disguise?

Para Elliott, ya no hay esperanza de evitar la suspensión que se le fue, en opinión de muchos (incluyéndome), injustamente otorgada al corredor.

Los Cowboys están en una posición en la que casi todos sus juegos son partidos que deben ganar. Con Philadelphia dominando la división 8-1, Dallas necesita todas las victorias para mantenerse con el puesto de comodín que necesitan para entrar a playoffs.

Robarse la división era un reto con Zeke… sin él será casi imposible.

Pero durante los próximos partidos, estoy convencido de que Dak Prescott y compañía encontrarán la manera de mantenerse en la pelea. Los siguientes seis rivales no representan un gran problema como se hubiera pensado al inicio de la temporada.

  • Semana 10: @ ATL Falcons
  • Semana 11: vs PHI Eagles
  • Semana 12: vs WAS Redskins
  • Semana 13: @ NY Giants
  • Semana 14: vs OAK Raiders

Si hubiera visto ese calendario en la semana uno de la temporada, hubiera temblado de miedo. Pero aparte de los Eagles, no hay un rival en esa lista que realmente de miedo.

Excluyendo a Philadelphia, ninguno de estos equipos tiene un mejor record que 4-4. Ni uno solo tiene récord ganador. Sólo Philadelphia se encuentra con un récord de 8-1, el mejor de la liga.

Y aunque no lo parezca, Dallas es un equipo de elite. Muchas cosas han cambiado para este equipo desde la semana de descanso. Este equipo es contendiente para el campeonato. El reto será entrar a playoffs sin su corredor estrella.

Y los Dallas Cowboys tendrán suficiente para lograrlo.

Para empezar, el comité de corredores con el que cuenta Dallas es bastante profundo. Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden y Rod Smith competirán por los acarreos durante todos los juegos de aquí en adelante.

En lo personal, a pesar de que sé que Morris será el “titular”, me encantaría ver a este equipo darle una oportunidad a Rod Smith. No creo que haya un RB con más potencial en el equipo y Smith podría terminar siendo el banca del futuro para los Cowboys.

 1Dak Prescott está teniendo una temporada completamente diferente a lo que muchos esperaban. Después de hablar todo el año sobre como Prescott tendría una regresión inevitable en su segundo año en la NFL, el QB está jugando a un nivel altísimo.

Va rumbo a los 40 touchdowns totales al terminar la temporada. Es el tercer mariscal de la liga con más anotaciones, incluyendo TDs terrestres. De hecho, Dak tiene una oportunidad de oro para competir por el MVP del año. 

Otra de las cosas que ha cambiado radicalmente para los Cowboys, es el juego de la línea ofensiva. Una de las fortalezas más grandes del equipo se estaba convirtiendo en una de las debilidades.

Sin embargo, después de nombrar a Jonathan Cooper como el guardia izquierdo titular del equipo, esta línea se ha acercado al nivel que tenía en el 2016. Entre Cooper y Collins, han encontrado la manera de acoplarse a la mejor línea ofensiva en la NFL.

Mientras es muy fácil fijarnos en como los números de Elliott han mejorado las últimas semanas y pensar “Ezekiel está de vuelta”… es más que justo darle crédito a Cooper por el impacto que ha tenido en el juego terrestre en tan sólo tres juegos que tiene como titular.

Del lado de la defensiva, David Irving y DeMarcus Lawrence siguen dominando a líneas oponentes, dándole miedo a los QBs que se enfrentan a los Cowboys. Pero no sólo es la línea defensiva la que esta sorprendiendo.

Sean Lee

Sean Lee y Anthony Hitchens han demostrado ser un duo de LBs más que capaz en el campo, e incluso sostuvieron a Kareem Hunt abajo de las 40 yardas por tierra. La secundaria mejora semana tras semana, y falta ver que puede hacer Chidobe Awuzie cuando vuelva de su lesión este domingo.

Sinceramente, creo que los Cowboys tienen un equipo muy fuerte que puede terminar esta racha sin Elliott con una marca ganadora.

Mi predicción es que los Cowboys terminan con un récord de 4-2 durante las próximas seis semanas. Creo que definitivamente perderán contra los Eagles, pues sin Ezekiel Elliott será muy complicado vencer a un equipo que está dominando a la NFL en todos los aspectos del juego. Quizá en la semana 17, veamos otra historia.

No me sorprendería si los Cowboys también pierden contra otros rivales de división, los Washington Redskins.

Dallas batalló contra este equipo a pesar de que cuando se enfrentaron los Redskins estaban plagados de lesiones. Sin Elliott, creo que Washington logra sorprender en un juego de absoluta rivalidad.

No creo que este equipo pierda tres partidos durante este periodo. Y ciertamente, creo que se llevan dos victorias en las últimas semanas de la temporada una vez que Elliott regrese… porque regresará hambriento.

Realmente creo que los Cowboys tienen una oportunidad muy grande de cerrar la temporada dentro de los playoffs. Sin embargo, más vale que Dak Prescott se ponga a la altura de un QB MVP, y se eche el equipo a los hombros.

Tell me what you think about “Cowboys en Español: Dallas Tiene Lo Suficiente Para Sobrevivir Sin Elliott” 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?

Kevin Brady

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Cowboys 2017 Roster Projection: Preseason Week 2
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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Do We Know What The 2017 Dallas Cowboys Are Capable Of?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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For the Dallas Cowboys, the playoffs have begun a bit earlier. After putting themselves in a tough position, they need to win out in order to have a shot at playing in January… and even then, they need a ton of outside help to make it.

Less than a year ago, we saw the Cowboys become the #1 seed in the conference with a 13-3 record under rookie QB Dak Prescott. So naturally, it’s fair to say that the fact that after 14 weeks the record of this football team is 7-6 is very disappointing.

Some have even questioned, are they even worthy of being a playoffs team? 

Despite suffering from some key injuries and well… suspensions, the Cowboys shouldn’t be left off the hook. Players and coaches should be blamed. But even still, it’s hard to believe that Dallas wouldn’t have win at least one more game with Tyron Smith, Sean Lee or Ezekiel Elliott available.

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I’m convinced that if Zeke hadn’t been suspended, the Cowboys would at least have one more win. If that were the case, we probably wouldn’t be suffering thinking about what combinations would get our favorite team in the postseason.

All of this makes me wonder… Do we know what this team is capable of? 

I think not. Let’s take a quick look at the games Dallas has lost this year.

  • @ DEN Broncos 
  • vs LA Rams (No Sean Lee, Cowboys’ defense allowed 35 points)
  • vs GB Packers (No Sean Lee, Cowboys’ defense allowed 28 points)
  • @ ATL Falcons (No Tyron Smith, no Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys scored seven points)
  • vs PHI Eagles (No Tyron Smith, no Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys scored nine points)
  • vs LA Chargers (No Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys scored six points)

I believe in the “next man up” mentality. But not when you’re talking about going from Tyron Smith, who is arguably the best LT in the league to Chaz Green and Byron Bell. Sure, the coaching staff should’ve made a change earlier when Green was getting Dak killed, but Bell wasn’t much better.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to make excuses for this football team at all. In fact, it’s the same thing when you take a look at wins. Through 14 weeks, the Cowboys have just been able to beat one NFL team with a winning record: The Kansas City Chiefs. The thing is, despite being 7-6, the Chiefs are 2-8 since week 6. I’m not sure I’d qualify that as a winning team.

We haven’t seen this team face a strong, winning opponent and actually beat them. The Cowboys have one more game to win without Zeke, and then they’ll be on to face the Seattle Seahawks. If Dallas gets to that game with an 8-6 record, the outcome of the Seattle game could define the Cowboys’ 2017 season.

With Ezekiel Elliott, Sean Lee and Tyron Smith all ready to go, it’d be the first time this year we see the Cowboys go against a quality opponent with all of their star players. Will this defining game come too late? Perhaps. It’s no secret that the Cowboys need a ton of outside help in order to get into the playoffs with 10-6 record.

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Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten #82, QB Dak Prescott #4. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

But at least, it’d be nice to see our team at least doing the job they can control and winning out. Even if it’d be painful to see them go 10-6 and still miss the playoffs… as fans, we probably want to see them doing their job.

For now though, it’s all about the Oakland Raiders. One more week without Ezekiel Elliott. After surviving a trap game against the Giants, the Cowboys must do the same again as they prepare to face a football team that has also been disappointing this season but still has dangerous play-makers, such as Derek Carr.

And then, we might find out just how good the 2017 Dallas Cowboys really are.

Tell me what you think about “Do We Know What The 2017 Dallas Cowboys Are Capable Of?” 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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Should Cowboys Be Concerned About Ezekiel Elliott Long-Term?

Brian Martin

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Should Cowboys Be Concerned About Ezekiel Elliott's Future?

It’s funny how quickly some players are able to establish themselves as professional athletes and grow their fan base. That is exactly what Ezekiel Elliott has done in just a little over a years time since becoming a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Unfortunately, given his current situation, it’s that fan base that might be starting to turn on him a little and doubt his long-term future in the NFL.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are fully aware of the six-game suspension the NFL slapped Ezekiel Elliott with based on nothing more than accusations of possible domestic violence. Right or wrong, guilty or innocent, it happened and there is no taking it back. But unfortunately, because of the suspension Elliott will now have to walk the straight and narrow if he wants to have any kind of career in the NFL.

I honestly don’t think Ezekiel Elliott is a bad guy, but the slightest slip up will more than likely put his career in jeopardy. It doesn’t matter how big or small the infraction, the NFL has already decided they are going to make an example of him.

RB Ezekiel ElliottFrom here on out, Elliott is going to have to live like he is under a magnifying glass. Any kind of slip up, big or small, will likely cause the league to suspend him an entire season. This unfortunately has been weighing on the minds of a lot of Cowboys Nation and has to be at least a little bit concerning for the Cowboys organization.

You see, the Dallas Cowboys have Elliott under contract for at least three more years after this season. He has already proven how important he is to the offense and how much production dips without him in the lineup. They absolutely want him on the field because he makes them better. But, any kind of slip up would pretty much erase one of those three years. Look no further than what has happened with Randy Gregory.

I’ve heard many fans voicing their concerns about Ezekiel Elliott’s long-term availability with the Cowboys. They are afraid Elliott’s immaturity will end up getting the best of him and Zeke unfortunately has done nothing to ease those concerns so far.

I for one am not all that concerned about Zeke’s future in the NFL. I think his six-game suspension has served as an eye-opening experience and that he will do better from here on out to put himself in better situations and surround himself with better/more trustworthy people.

Dak Prescott, Ezekiel ElliottYou can see anytime Zeke is on the field his passion for the game and how much he enjoys it. I don’t think he’s going to put something he cares so much about in jeopardy. But unfortunately, he already has a bull’s-eye on his back and can’t afford to take a misstep. That will without a doubt put his future career in jeopardy.

I personally can’t wait to see how #21 responds when he is able to suit up once again next week against the Seattle Seahawks. I think he is going to play with a chip on his shoulder and run angry. That is the best way he can stick it to the league for suspending him based on accusations and another reason why I’m not concerned about his future in the NFL.

I know if it was me, my mindset would be to turn myself into the best player possible and once again become one of the more popular athletes in the league. That is about the only way he can say “F U” to the league, and I think that’s exactly what he will do.

Are you concerned about Ezekiel Elliott long-term?

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