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.
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.
Dak 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 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.
How ‘Bout them Cowboys?! Dallas Set to Lasso Redskins in Week 7
Well, what do you think now of America’s Team? Anyone who foresaw Dallas’s evisceration of the league’s No. 1 defense hailing from Jacksonville is a downright soothsayer. In case you were in a coma this past weekend, the Cowboys obliterated the Jaguars’ vaunted defense to the tune of a 40-7 massacre in which Dak Prescott tossed for 183 yards, two passing touchdowns and ran one into the end zone for good measure. When the dust settled Prescott had chewed up 82 yards on the ground and Ezekiel Elliott surpassed the century mark in rushing with 106 yards and a touchdown of his own.
It was a glorious day to be a Cowboys fan and it’s safe to say that America’s Team is back!
Or are they?
Dallas is in a three-way logjam for the top spot in the NFC East with the Redskins and Eagles, but the way they made mincemeat of the Jacksonville defense gives us all hope that more good things are in the cards soon.
Seventh-year WR Cole Beasley blew the doors off of the Jags secondary by catching nine passes on 11 targets for a pair of touchdown receptions and 101 yards. It was a season-high for Beasley and the fact that Prescott has no real top-tier targets after the departures of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten makes it even more special.
This is a team that was not supposed to be able to move the ball through the air and, to be fair, hasn’t done much of it this season as evidenced by their 29th ranked passing game. But a little creative game planning by Head Coach Jason Garrett and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan paid dividends and the lingering specter of their heartbreaking overtime loss to the Texans in Week 5 was exorcised by the dominating victory.
What has gotten lost in the euphoria of Dallas’s week 6 win is their defense, as the Cowboys had three sacks, seven quarterback hits, and an interception by Jeff heath.
Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles was under siege and did not respond well to the pressure after establishing career highs in passing yards over the last two weeks leading up to this contest. But his opportunity to become the fifth NFL QB with three consecutive games of 375 passing yards or more evaporated in the heat of a blistering Dallas defense. Bortles ended the day with 149 yards, a TD and a pick.
As the Cowboys move on to Washington, we see that their success at home is only equaled by their struggles on the road. Dallas is now 3-0 at home and 0-3 on the highway. Buoyed off their stunning blitzkrieg of the Jags, we see that one of the most respected and trusted online sportsbooks in the industry, BetOnline has the Cowboys as 1 ½ point underdogs which is most likely a few points below what they would have been had they not won so convincingly last week.
Those who like to back up their football prognostications with cold, hard cash understand that Dallas is not only losing on the road but losing money for their backers in those contests. In those three losing games, Dallas is 0-2-1 against the spread but this week could be different. Against their divisional foes this week, Dallas is 4-0 straight up and 3-1 ATS versus Washington over the last two seasons.
The way this Cowboys defense is playing and the sudden explosion of Cole Beasley as a focal point of the passing attack, we could very easily see their first road win of the year.
Should the Dallas Cowboys Trade for These 2 Oakland Raiders?
The trade deadline on October 30th will be here faster than we know. It's the final opportunity that NFL teams will have an opportunity to make a significant upgrade to their roster. And if you're a frequent reader of the Dallas Cowboys, then you know that the Dallas Cowboys could use some help, especially on the offensive side of the football.
On Thursday, Marcus Mosher from The Raiders Wire on USA Today posed a hypothetical trade involving the Dallas Cowboys. In his scenario, he has the Dallas Cowboys trading for Wide Receiver Amari Cooper and thinks that Cooper could net the Raiders a top 75 draft selection.
Amari Cooper is a good wide receiver, but he's not a receiver I would trade a top-75 pick for. Cooper is a player that has a lot of talent, but has struggled with drops and inconsistency. Even now, with the Raiders he's having a hard time getting consistent opportunities.
Cooper's second on the team in targets, but third on the team in receptions behind a tight end and a running back. Cooper's also third on the team in yardage behind the two guys that I'd be way more interested in trading for; Tight End Jared Cook and Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson.
Yes, these guys are on the wrong side of 30, but they are guys that have been around a long time and can help your offense this season. Both would be upgrades at the position, even at their advanced NFL age.
Jared Cook - Tight End
You've heard the adage, "if you can't beat em, join em." Well, this is the reverse of that. "If he always beats you, acquire him."
That's what Oakland Raiders Tight End Jared Cook is to the Dallas Cowboys. Point of evidence.
Uploaded by Kafin Walker on 2017-01-16.
That remarkable catch by Jared Cook still haunts me and many of you in Cowboys Nation. It was a perfectly thrown ball by Aaron Rodgers and Cook made an incredible catch along the sidelines that led to Mason Crosby's game-winning field goal at the end of regulation.
Jared Cook's Oakland Raiders team isn't going anywhere this season. They're already four games back of the AFC West leading Kansas City Chiefs and the AFC is looking deeper than it has in recent years. The Raiders and the Indianapolis Colts are the only teams in the NFC with less than two losses. That means there are 14 teams with better records than Jon Gruden's Oakland squad. This week the Raiders face a Seattle Seahawks team that beat the Dallas Cowboys and lost by only a couple of points to the undefeated Los Angeles Rams.
Cook has been one of the better tight ends in the NFL this season and would be a veteran presence that the Dallas Cowboys could add if they felt like they could make a run at the playoffs.
At 31, Cook is averaging six catches and 78 yards receiving per game. He'd give the Dallas Cowboys someone they could run on post, corner, and seam routes to challenge safeties deep. Something that they're lacking from the tight end position at the moment. Cook is leading the Oakland Raiders in targets, receptions, yards, and is second on the Raiders in touchdowns in 2018.
No offense to Geoff Swaim, who's been surprisingly good this year, but Jared Cook makes this offense better. He allows you to make Rico Gathers your TE3, which would allow Rico to continue learning the game without the responsibility of being a primary target on certain pass plays.
Jared Cook is in the last season of his deal, so you wouldn't have to be committed to him beyond 2018. The perfect rental who could step in and play pretty quickly.
Jordy Nelson - Wide Receiver
I know this team is allergic to adding veteran players, especially veterans over 30, but Jordy Nelson is another name that they should take a long look at.
At 33 years of age, Nelson leads the Raiders in receiving touchdowns and is second on the team with 15.9 yards per reception. He's also third in receptions and second in yards.
His numbers -- 20 receptions for 317 yards and three touchdowns -- would lead the Dallas Cowboys in all receiving categories.
Nelson's still got some juice left and he's always been a good route runner with good hands.
Here are some highlights from Jordy's week three performance against the Miami Dolphins.
Check out Jordy Nelson highlights, racking up 173 yards receiving! The Oakland Raiders take on the Miami Dolphins during Week 3 of the 2018 NFL season. Subscribe to NFL: http://j.mp/1L0bVBu Check out our other channels: NFL Vault http://www.youtube.com/nflvault NFL Network http://www.youtube.com/nflnetwork NFL Films http://www.youtube.com/nflfilms NFL Rush http://www.youtube.com/nflrush #NFL #Raiders #JordyNelson
Nelson doesn't have any guarantees left on the deal he signed this past offseason so if you cut him in the 2019 offseason, you'd get zero dead money added to your 2019 salary cap, but would get $7.2 million in savings.
✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭
Because of their age and the fact that they'd likely be one-year rentals, I don't imagine that you'd have to give up much more than a fifth round pick for either of these guys. And while I don't think the Dallas Cowboys would take a look at trading for either veteran, it's something they should do if they have aspirations of making the playoffs in 2018.
The Dallas Cowboys offense could use a boost.
What's the most you'd be willing to offer for either Jordy Nelson or Jared Cook?
Cowboys’ Issues Are Deeper Than The Division Race
Yesterday, Inside The Star staff writer Jess Haynie posed an interesting question: "could the wide-open NFC East help Jason Garrett's job security?"
The Dallas Cowboys started off their season a disappointing 2-3, but despite this rough start, they are right in the thick of things in the NFC East. The defending champion Eagles, who most expected to run away with the division, are now just 3-3. The lowly New York Giants are probably done at 1-5, and the Washington Redskins looked pathetic on Monday night, dropping to 2-2.
This division looks average at best, though I still somewhat expect the Eagles' talent to take over at some point and allow them to make a run. Still the Cowboys are alive, and if they can pull off the upset at home this Sunday, they may even be in first place come Monday morning.
So, Jess fairly asks, could this help Jason Garrett and the Cowboys' coaching staff keep their jobs? After all, it's rare you see an owner change coaches after remaining competitive within the division throughout most of the prior season. And given Jason Garrett's relationship with Jerry Jones, it might take an awful season to see any real change occur.
Here's the thing: this team could win the division at 9-7, and it would still be time for changes. Incompetence of others does not mean that you are competent, even if you are competent in comparison to those others.
The Cowboys have players openly questioning play calls, alluding to lack of trust in the quarterback, and pretty consistent drama swirling around the locker room. Yes, some of that is the media created Cowboy drama we always see, but there is disfunction within the organization without a doubt.
As a franchise the Cowboys need new blood in the building. To be honest, they could use a general manager separate from the Jones family name, but that is very unlikely to ever happen. So we focus on the coaching staff, specifically on the offensive side of the ball where the Cowboys have struggled the most.
Dallas is 29th in passing yards, 28th in passing yards per attempt, and tied for 26th in passing touchdowns through five weeks. Plainly put, they're horrible, and bringing back an offensive minded head coach and/or offensive coordinator who oversaw this terrible passing offense is counterproductive.
Regardless of where the Cowboys stand within this average division, they need to look themselves in the mirror this offseason. They need to be seriously comparing themselves to teams like the Rams (and not by lying to themselves like Jerry Jones did), not the 1-5 Giants.
The Cowboys should be striving for more than just being the best of a group of average football teams, and if that means cutting ties with Jason Garrett, then so be it.
Star Blog6 days ago
If Jason Garrett’s Out, Who’s In? Potential HC Candidates
Star Blog2 days ago
Should the Dallas Cowboys Trade for These 2 Oakland Raiders?
Player News6 days ago
Leighton Vander Esch Lands on List of NFL’s Top 10 Rookies
Dallas Cowboys2 weeks ago
Dez Bryant Tweets Desire to Return to Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys1 week ago
Did Garrett’s OT Decision Cost Him More Than Just the Game?
Star Blog5 days ago
Is Jason Garrett Losing the Cowboys Locker Room?
Dallas Cowboys2 weeks ago
3 Dallas Cowboys Players Who are Performing at an Elite Level
Game Notes4 days ago
Jaylon Smith Looks Healthy, And The NFL Should Be Terrified