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Cowboys en Español: Previo al Juego Más Grande del Año

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Como aficionados empedernidos a la NFL y a nuestros Dallas Cowboys, conocemos la situación en Dallas y sabemos que no es fácil. Muchos hemos visto el juego de esta semana contra los Philadelphia Eagles como el juego que tienen que ganar, aunque la diferencia entre ambos equipos es mayor a la que esperábamos.

En retrospectiva, el juego contra los Atlanta Falcons era mucho más importante de lo que llegamos a pensar, pues en este momento los Cowboys están en una situación en la que parece que perder dos juegos más los pondría en un escenario difícil para alcanzar a entrar a los playoffs.

Obviamente, la adversidad para este equipo es enorme.

Como todos sabemos, Ezekiel Elliott está sirviendo su suspensión, Sean Lee sufrió una lesión y se espera que se pierda tres partidos, no sabemos si Tyron Smith jugará, y según reportes, no lo hará... y claro, Dan Bailey continúa lesionado.

No, nada ideal.

Menos aún cuando se preparan para enfrentar a un equipo que ha perdido sólo un juego en la temporada y que se ha visto muy bien en todos los aspectos.

Naturalmente, todos tenemos el recuerdo de reciente del equipo que vimos el domingo pasado en Atlanta... pero ese no será el equipo que veremos en esta edición del Sunday Night Football.

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Para los Cowboys, Es Ahora o Nunca

Jason Garrett y compañía se complicaron la temporada después de perder tres de los primeros cinco enfrentamientos de la temporada. Con una línea ofensiva que no encontraba forma de carburar y un grupo de linebackers lesionado, están sentados con un récord de 5-4, casi no hay lugar para equivocaciones de aquí en adelante.

Los Cowboys no pueden cerrar la temporada con menos de 10 victorias si quieren seguir en la pelea.

Y a pesar de ser un juego más que complicado, esto les puede ayudar.

Mientras los Eagles llegan cómodamente a Dallas, con la clara ventaja sobre la división y con el jugador favorito para el MVP, Carson Wentz, los Cowboys tienen que tomar provecho de una cosa...

Su desesperación.

No sería la primera vez que lo vemos pasar en la NFL. Un equipo que ha tenido una gran temporada se enfrenta contra uno que no es débil, pero que ha tenido semanas difíciles y necesitan una victoria urgentemente y de alguna manera logran sorprender al mundo.

Dak Prescott, Jason Garrett

La pregunta es, ¿pueden lograrlo?

Los Cowboys probablemente no tendrán a Tyron Smith este domingo, y todos vimos lo que eso significó para Dak Prescott hace menos de una semana. Chaz Green permitió que Adrian Clayborn terminará la noche con seis capturas.

Esta vez, Byron Bell será el seleccionado para suplir a Smith. Sinceramente, no creo que vaya a hacer un papel genial, pero definitivamente creo que Prescott no sufrirá tanta presión como la semana pasada. Esperen ver muchos cambios como un ala cerrada bloqueando del lado izquierdo casi todo el partido, o incluso los corredores apoyando constantemente el bloqueo de pase.

A pesar de que contra los Falcons, la ausencia que más pesó fue la del LT Tyron Smith, no creo que vaya a ser el caso este fin de semana.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, And Toes: Injuries Make Sean Lee Untrustworthy?El LB Sean Lee no jugará el domingo, y la verdad esto es lo que más me preocupa. Sin Lee, esta defensiva no es efectiva. La diferencia que hay cuando el #50 está en el campo es increíblemente enorme.

Sobre todo cuando la posición de LBs no es nada profunda y Jaylon Smith ha demostrado una y otra vez que aún no está listo para jugar una gran cantidad de jugadas. Las veces que ha sido efectivo, ha sido porque ha estado presente en menos de la mitad de las jugadas.

En un juego en el que se espera ver a Chidobe Awuzie y a Xavier Woods mucho más, la secundaria tendrá un tiempo difícil frenando el juego aéreo de Philadelphia.

Para que la defensiva pueda ser efectiva, tanto David Irving como DeMarcus Lawrence tienen que tener uno de los mejores juegos del año y lograr presionar a Carson Wentz. La presión al QB será la clave del lado defensivo si los Cowboys quieren irse con la victoria.

Del otro lado del balón, la clave es clara.

Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz Make Cowboys/Eagles Rivalry Great AgainEl QB de segundo año, Dak Prescott tiene que tener un juego digno de un MVP para ganar este duelo. Aún con un comité de corredores sólidos, creo que Scott Linehan y Jason Garrett tienen que darle la oportunidad a Prescott de que el juego ofensivo dependa de él.

Sinceramente, creo que sería un mejor plan que aferrarse al juego terrestre como ataque principal sin Ezekiel Elliott.

Es un juego difícil, y mi predicción es que Philadelphia se llevará la victoria con un marcador de 27-20. Sin embargo, es la NFL y todo puede pasar.

Este domingo, en "Jerry World", los Dallas Cowboys estarán desesperados por una victoria. El escenario es grande. Sunday Night, rival divisional y en casa... Si los Cowboys consiguen una victoria, le podrían dar la vuelta a su temporada de un momento a otro.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Previo al Juego Más Grande del Año" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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!



I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @PepoR99.

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Cowboys Focused on Improved Communication to Solve Road Woes at Redskins

Sean Martin

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Cowboys Focused on Improved Communication to Solve Road Woes at Redskins

The Dallas Cowboys are 0-3 on the road this season. Not only do you already know this, but they do as well, needing to build off a 40-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 6 at AT&T Stadium to claim first place in the NFC East at the Washington Redskins.

Although the Cowboys were given Monday and Tuesday off, they are focused on addressing one alarming reason why the team has struggled so much on the road -- particularly on offense.

Running Back Ezekiel Elliott pointed out the Cowboys lack of communication in early season losses at Carolina, Seattle, and Houston. "Seeing the same thing," was the issue Elliott addressed when discussing the Cowboys knowing their assignments in hostile territory.

Yesterday, Quarterback Dak Prescott told the media of a meeting between players and coaches that addressed this specifically.

David Moore on Twitter

Dak Prescott said players & coaches held a meeting before today's practice to "address the elephant in the room," which is poor communication among the offense on the road. "I know we'll take a lot from that conversation," The QB said.

Unlike Prescott's remarks about new "wrinkles" in the Cowboys offense prior to a 26-24 home win over the Lions, this has a tangible sign of progress for an offense that made scoring 40 on the Jaguars look impossibly easy. The Cowboys season high in total yards remains the 414 amassed against Detroit, after which Prescott confessed that he simply tells the media "things" that aren't necessarily true.

The Cowboys didn't necessarily do anything new against the Lions, but they most assuredly will this week against the Redskins, at least by way of signaling and remaining in sync on offense.

Prescott and Elliott's leadership is on full display here, and their on-field impact can be attributed as closely to the Cowboys successes or failures as any duo in the NFL.

Missing is a similar impact from Center Travis Frederick, who remains sidelined as he deals with GSB.

Joe Looney's play at center has been good enough to pave the way for Elliott's 586 rushing yards so far, second to Todd Gurley at 623 yards, but his ability to call checks for the offense is understandably much more limited.

Looney deserves all the credit in the world for his strong play in place of Frederick. The Cowboys have never asked for him to be anything he isn't, a reliable depth option that earned a second contract and with it the starting center job for the time being in Dallas.

He has the full support of his teammates, Frederick included. All of this is lovely to put down in writing until Looney and the Cowboys have been forced to step on the field with the crowd against them and attempt to sustain a drive, something Frederick will unfortunately not be a part of for a long while.

If the Cowboys offense isn't going to unveil new wrinkles in the scheme, there is one wrinkle worth mentioning that's new to the team's communication on offense this season. With Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan up in the box, his play calls are sent down to first-year Quarterback Coach Kellen Moore, who has been in the ear of Prescott ever since playing with him from 2016-17.

Sure, these are things that could've been addressed before the Cowboys managed only eight points in week one, turned the ball over three times in week three, or punted away their best chance at victory in week five. The best teams in the league likely already have these things down to routine, and few would consider the Cowboys anywhere near the upper echelon of the NFL.

Following sixty minutes of football at a division rival they've won four in a row against, with an even more impressive five game win streak at the Redskins, the Cowboys could control their own path atop the NFC East.

That feels truly incredible for such a young team faced with a steep learning curve early in the season, adjusting to it on the fly as they prepare to leave everything on the field before a bye week.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys Focused on Improved Communication to Solve Road Woes at Redskins" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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#WASvsDAL: Why This Game Holds Increased Importance

Kevin Brady

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It feels incredibly cliche to call the week 7 match-up between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins a "must win." Especially for someone like me who values statistics, logic, and analytics in sports.

But when the analytics agree with the narratives, those narratives do tend to get my attention. And this week that would appear to be the case.

According to Brian Burke of ESPN, the Cowboys's week 7 game has the highest playoff probability leverage in the entire NFC, and is second to only the Houston Texans' big game with Jacksonville around the entire league.

Brian Burke on Twitter

Playoff leverage for week 7. DAL, WAS, PHI, CAR, MIN, CHI with a lot on the line in the NFC. HOU, CIN, and JAX in the AFC.

What does this mean? Well playoff probability leverage is pretty intuitive. Basically it is the difference between a win this week and a loss this week in terms of probability to make the playoffs.

For the Cowboys that number is at 27%, with a win over Washington catapulting their playoff probability over 50%. On the other hand, a loss would take a big hit to their playoff hopes just 7 games into the NFL season.

As you might expect, this game means a lot to the Redskins' playoff probability as well. Their playoff leverage this week is at 14%, but a win would mean "more" to Dallas than Washington based on the probabilities.

Fellow NFC East foe, the Philadelphia Eagles, also have a lot to gain/lose this Sunday, with their leverage sitting at 22%. According to Burke's model, the Eagles and Cowboys have the best chances of making the playoffs at this point, but if each team wins Sunday the Eagles will still have a higher percentage.

Of course a lot can and will change week to week, despite what the metrics say. The Cowboys still have two games remaining with the NFC East favorite Eagles this year, and will get another crack at Washington at home later in the season. Plus the Cowboys have a few NFC wild card and playoff contenders remaining on their schedule, such as the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. (Yes, the 2-4 Falcons are very much alive in this crazy conference).

Still, the difference between 4-3 (2-0 in the division) and 3-4 (1-1 in the division) is huge, as is shown by Brian Burke's playoff probability leverage metric.



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Cowboys WR Tavon Austin Skipping Surgery, May Return in 2018

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Cowboys WR Tavon Austin Skipping Surgery, May Return in 2018

A groin injury sustained last week against Jacksonville won't send Tavon Austin to injured reserve, at least for now. The Dallas Cowboys receiver has elected to forego surgery at this time, giving him a chance to return to action in 2018.

There was concern that Austin could land on IR initially following the Jaguars game, but he sought a second opinion this week. It appears that this new information was enough for Tavon and the Cowboys to decide that surgery can wait.

Rob Phillips on Twitter

Sounds like WR Tavon Austin will not have surgery at this time after getting a second opinion on his groin injury. He could miss a few weeks, however. #cowboyswire

Austin should miss this Sunday's game with the Washington Redskins. He has been the team's punt returner this season and a useful tool on offense, playing mostly receiver but also lining up the backfield at times.

Despite his limited opportunities, Tavon is tied with Cole Beasley for the team lead with two receiving touchdowns in 2018.

How long Austin will remain out is unknown at this time. After the Washington game, Dallas will have their bye week and then host the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football.

Both of these are games that the Cowboys, feeling good after a blowout victory over Jacksonville, should be able to win without Austin. But they would certainly like him back for the Week 10 road game with the Philadelphia Eagles.

In Tavon's absence, Cole Beasley will likely field punts. We may see more of Deonte Thompson in the speed routes that Austin ran on offense, though Dallas could also finally see what recently returned Brice Butler has to offer.

With an expiring contract this year, Tavon will likely want to get back soon and trying to improve his stock for the 2019 offseason. Hopefully, he can still have a positive impact on his value and the Cowboys season in the weeks ahead.



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