A veces, Cowboys en Español está lleno de buenas noticias. A veces, está lleno de asuntos normales de football americano. Y a veces, de malas noticias. Lamentablemente, esta es una de esas ocasiones.
Ezekiel Elliott Suspendido
Antes de pisar un campo de NFL, Ezekiel Elliott ya traía un gran equipaje consigo mismo. La super estrella de los Cowboys se ha visto envuelto en un caso de violencia doméstica que arrastra desde sus días en Ohio State.
Después de más dramas como bajarle la blusa a una mujer en un desfile de San Patricio, visitar una tienda de marihuana (y no comprar nada), estar en un bar donde hubo un altercado donde se le acusó sin pruebas de estar involucrado y más, Elliott ha estado en la mira de la NFL por mucho tiempo.
Más de un año después, la NFL ha llegado a una decisión.
El jueves en la noche, Benjamin Allbright publicó en Twitter que una suspensión para Elliott era definitiva. Y sí, vaya que es una fuente confiable.
Ezekiel Elliott suspension a definite, rumors vary on length.
Ezekiel Elliott será suspendido por la NFL, de acuerdo a Adam Schefter.
Cowboys' RB Ezekiel Elliott is being suspended 6 games, per source.
En una racha de partidos donde se incluyen los New York Giants, Denver Broncos y los Green Bay Packers, Dallas extrañará a Ezekiel Elliott.
Claro que Darren McFadden detrás de esta línea ofensiva, tampoco suena como un mal plan. Realmente creo que los Cowboys tienen una gran oportunidad de ganar cuatro partidos. La peor situación posible sería un récord de 3-3 para iniciar la temporada, pero siendo realista y objetivo, no veo algo peor que eso.
No sólo hay juegos difíciles en esta racha. Entre ellos se encuentran también los Arizona Cardinals, los Los Angeles Rams y los San Fransisco 49ers. Estos son equipos que los Cowboys podrían ganar sin su corredor estrella fácilmente.
Dak Prescott tendrá la capacidad de sacar esta ofensiva adelante con el talento increíble que existe en la posición de WR. Ryan Switzer puede que tenga mucha más acción de lo que esperábamos desde la primera semana.
Sí, lo extrañaremos... pero quizá no sea momento de entrar en pánico.
Ezekiel Elliott tiene tres días para presentar una apelación. Es muy esperado que lo haga.
La Línea Defensiva Tendrá Problemas
Los Dallas Cowboys no son perfectos. Escuchen, amo este equipo, pero lo que es verdad... es verdad. La ofensiva es casi perfecta, por supuesto, pero ¿a qué me refiero cuando digo que nuestro equipo, los grandiosos Dallas Cowboys, no son perfectos?
Créanme que no me gusta decirlo, pero hay una razón. Y quizá ya imaginen a que me refiero, pero hablo de la defensiva. Los Dallas Cowboys son un equipo que sin duda alguna, serán contendientes legítimos para el Super Bowl. Sin embargo, la defensiva tiene que encontrar la forma de funcionar.
La secundaria muestra mucho talento prometedor y emocionante y será clave que logren funcionar para ayudar a este equipo a competir. Pero más que la secundaria, quiero hablar de la unidad más preocupante de la defensiva.
Esta preocupación ha existido por muchas temporadas, y esta semana no hizo más que incrementar, después de que Tyrone Crawford sufrió una lesión persiguiendo a Ezekiel Elliott en un entrenamiento. Parecía que su tobillo sería un problema, pero todo parece indicar, que volverá para comenzar la temporada regular.
Aunque la lesión parece no ser tan seria como se pensaba al inicio, fue un susto que nos dejó reflexionando. David Irving y Damontre Moore están fuera con una suspensión al inicio de la temporada.
Crawford, cuya posición original es Defensive Tackle poco a poco se ha convertido en un Defensive End. Ha dado resultados (aunque menores a los que se esperan con su contrato), y probablemente se quede en este lugar, sobre todo al inicio de la temporada.
Aparte de él, se cuenta con DeMarcus Lawrence y Benson Mayowa. Mayowa puede dar resultados, pero tiene que ser más consistente. Lawrence puede llegar a ser una sorpresa si realmente está sano. Otro jugador a quien hay que mantenerlo en la mira, es Charles Tapper. Apenas este año verá acción en el campo, y muestra potencial.
Por último, tenemos a Taco Charlton... Seré honesto, y diré que nunca fui muy aficionado de esta selección por parte de los Cowboys. Sin embargo, cada día pienso: "Espero estar equivocado." Lamentablemente, tanto en training camp como en su único juego de pretemporada, no ha demostrado ser lo que tanto deseamos. No estoy seguro de que Charlton esté listo para ser un jugador de rotación, menos aún uno titular.
Esta línea defensiva no es una de elite, menos aún con Irving suspendido. Esperemos que los primeros cuatro juegos no sean una pesadilla, y que alguno de los jugadores tomé el control y superé las expectativas.
Si no, la defensiva de los Cowboys seguirá teniendo una presión al QB que no dejará queriendo más.
Nota: Para empezar la temporada del 2017, cada semana incluiré esta sección para cubrir noticias extras en el mundo de los Dallas Cowboys, así como una frase semanal que se gané un lugar en Cowboys en Español.
- Tyron Smith ha tenido problemas no muy serios con su espalda, pero ha perdido tiempo de práctica por precaución.
- Poco a poco, Ryan Switzer ha estado involucrado más y más en las prácticas después de una ligera lesión de tendón.
- Sean Lee tuvo que ser llevado a los lockers tras una lesión pequeña de tendón. No parece seria y Stephen Jones dijo que era precaución.
Frase de la Semana
"No hay área gris. Hay blanco y negro."
-Jason Witten, hablando de los problemas que varios jugadores han enfrentado en cuanto a suspensiones o posibles suspensiones.
¿Qué Opinas Respecto a la Suspensión de Ezekiel Elliott?
The Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle is Heating Up
Earning a spot on the Dallas Cowboys final 53-man roster is going to be a lot tougher in 2018 then it has been in years past. There is no shortage of position battles taking place right now to earn one of those coveted openings, but it's the battle taking place at receiver that's gaining steam and starting to heat up.
The ultimate unknown right now is how many wide receivers the Dallas Cowboys choose to carry on their 53-man roster this season. Last year they decided to carry six, but they have been known to carry just five. Unfortunately, this means they will have to release some talented players and risk losing them to another team.
As things stand right now there may just be one, possibly two, roster spots up for grabs. I think the only thing we know for sure right now is Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin are the only WRs who can feel secure their jobs are safe for 2018. Everybody else is playing a game of Survivor, just hoping their name isn't the one written down and their torch isn't snuffed out.
Terrance Williams' flame may be safe due to his current contract. The Dallas Cowboys can't save anything by releasing him, but it doesn't cost them that much either. It's unlikely he has a future with the team, so if someone were to prove themselves more worthy, his flame could be extinguished.
Last season I thought Noah Brown was ready to unseat Williams, but that never really materialized. Unfortunately, Brown hasn't really shown up as much as I thought he would this offseason, and missing the game against the San Francisco 49ers last week didn't do him any favors either. This doesn't bode well for him moving forward.
Deonte Thompson was signed as a free agent to provide some veteran experience and speed to the passing game, but that in no way means his job is secure. He needs to do something to show up a little more because his age and salary means a younger up-and-coming WR could make him expendable.
Second-year WR Lance Lenoir Jr. might just be the receiver who has stirred things up the most. He has not only created a buzz for himself in offseason practices, but he was able to carry it over into the preseason last week against the 49ers. His arrow trajectory is definitely pointing upwards.
I'd definitely hate to be the one to decide who stays and who goes when final cuts are made. It's not going to be an easy decision to make, because the outcome will definitely have an impact on the team's success this year.
All of these players were brought into help Quarterback Dak Prescott and the passing game reach new heights, so making the wrong move could be detrimental. The number of wide receivers and who the Dallas Cowboys decide to keep might be the most important decision they make before the season starts.
How would you predict the Dallas Cowboys WR position battle turning out?
Any Concern About Dan Bailey Not Playing Against 49ers?
With all the excitement of the Dallas Cowboys finally playing in a game last week against the San Francisco 49ers, it may have escaped your attention that Dan Bailey remained on the sideline the entire time. He didn't attempt one field goal or kick off once last Thursday, which in my opinion is a little concerning.
Dan Bailey joined Ezekiel Elliott and Sean Lee on the sideline as a healthy scratch last week. The decision to sit both Zeke and Sean Lee makes sense due to the physical demands of their positions, but sitting Bailey was a bit of a head scratcher. After all, it's not like he plays a physically demanding position like the other two.
I know. I know. Dan Bailey is an integral part for the Cowboys success moving forward. I'm not arguing that he's not, but after sitting out the majority of the 2017 season with a groin injury and lingering concerns about his health this year, not playing him at all against the 49ers is a bit confusing.
I don't believe there is any kind of kicking competition between Dan Bailey and Brett Maher, who handled all of the kicking duties against the 49ers last Thursday. Bailey will be the Cowboys kicker when the 2018 season gets underway in just a few short weeks. But, the question remains… Why didn't he receive any playing time?
Dan Bailey was never quite the same last season once he returned from his injury. Something was off and I don't know if it was more mental or physical, maybe a little of both. He just wasn't splitting the uprights like his normal self.
Unfortunately, we have seen this kind of thing happen in the past with one of the Cowboys kickers. Nick Folk went through a similar situation with an injury and never really bounced back. I'm just hoping history doesn't repeat itself.
Obviously, the Dallas Cowboys know more about what's going on with Dan Bailey than I do. But, you would think they'd have allowed him to attempt a field goal or at least an extra point in a game situation to build up his confidence once again. It's what I would have done.
Hopefully I'm just being a little paranoid and I'm reading more into this than there actually is. But, the fact I haven't heard any reasoning as to why Dan Bailey was held out last week is sitting a little uneasy with me. I'm just hoping it was precautionary in order to keep him as healthy as possible for the upcoming season.
Should we be concerned Dan Bailey was a healthy scratch last week?
Week 1 NFC East Predictions and Cowboys Season Outlook
Let me start this article with a strong opening statement: The Cowboys will be better in 2018 than they were in 2017. There's been a lot of talk about the lack of a true No. 1 receiver. But when we break it down, the current setup will most likely play out better for Cowboys QB Dak Prescott.
The Dak Stats
Certain quarterbacks shine when they have that go-to playmaker. We're talking about guys like Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Calvin Johnson, Ocho Cinco, Tim Brown, Jerry Rice, and Dez Bryant. But other QBs do better at reading the defense and quickly adapting to what is given. Dak Prescott is the latter breed of QB.
Let’s do a quick numbers exercise to prove this.
When Prescott is targeting 8 or more receivers throughout the game, his passer rating jumps from 86.1 (targeting less than 8) to 104.5. He passes for almost 50 yards more per game and his touchdown to interception ratio drastically improves from 21-13 to 24-4.
Most importantly, when he targets at least 8 different receivers, the Cowboys are 14-2. When he targets less than 8, the team is just .500 at 8-8.
Without a doubt, Prescott is much better at adjusting to what the defense is giving him. He just isn’t one of those guys who can successfully "force" the ball (like Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees). Not feeling the pressure of having to get the ball into the hands of the star playmaker will give this offense a new kind of depth in 2018.
Yes, losing Jason Witten hurts, much more so in my opinion than not having Dez.
Questions Still Loom
This is still the Cowboys' biggest concern on offense. There is some great depth. We have Rico Gathers, Blake Jarwin, Geoff Swaim, and the young stud out of Stanford, Dalton Schultz. But between the three who have any NFL experience, there are only 9 catches between them. I must say that Dalton, with his 4.75 40-yard dash, has a legitimate shot at seeing a lot of playing time in his rookie campaign and could become an impact player with his size (6’5”, 244-lbs) and speed.
But despite the battle for TE being wide open, and debates about whether or not the team needs a No. 1 receiver, the Cowboys are still expected to give the Eagles a run for their money in the NFC East. Here are the odds on the defending NFC East champions and how (although early) it is expected to shake out:
- Philadelphia Eagles -167
- Dallas Cowboys +350
- New York Giants +650
- Washington Redskins +750
NFC East Week 1 Predictions
The Cowboys open the season in a difficult road game against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have been listed as 2.5-point favorites (follow the Cowboys NFL Odds here all season long) which isn’t surprising considering they are a tough team playing at home. You might be thinking, "crap, we're opening up as underdogs?" Don’t worry too much; it actually bodes fairly well because the lines-makers generally give a 3-point advantage to the home team. This means that they actually handicap the Cowboys to be a half-point favorite on a neutral field and a 3.5-point favorite in Arlington.
The Redskins open their season in Arizona against the Cardinals. The line is set at a pick ‘em (meaning there is no point spread; it's anyone's game). But, looking at the 'Skins and Cardinals, I think Washington gets disappointed in Week 1 and starts their season with a loss.
The Giants get to test their new offensive line and see if they were right in continuing to place their faith in Eli Manning against the best defense in the league. The Jags are 3-point favorites at MetLife stadium. This means the Jags are actually 6-points better. I do think that the Giants will be vastly improved this season, but they are also going to open with a loss.
The Eagles don’t have it easy either, but they will probably pull out the win at home as 4-point favorites against the Dirty Birds on Thursday Night Football. Their defense is just too good. Atlanta's road offense scored just 21 points per game last year while Philly scores 28 on average at home. The Eagles' home defense has been downright nasty, only allowing 12 points per game in Philadelphia.
This will be a two-horse race for the division between the Eagles and Cowboys. And even if the Eagles win the East, the Cowboys will wildcard into the playoffs.
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