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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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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott

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.

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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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Jaguars Waive Barry Church; Could Cowboys Bring Him Back?

Jess Haynie

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Barry Church

Veteran safety Barry Church was released today by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Could he return home to the Dallas Cowboys, where he spent his first seven seasons?

Despite his leadership and consistency on defense, Dallas allowed Church to leave in free agency when Jacksonville gave him a lucrative deal. But if he clears waivers, could the Cowboys consider bring him back for depth and support during their likely playoff run?

Jane Slater of the NFL Network reported on this potential reunion:

Jane Slater on Twitter

Cowboys haven't reached out to S Barry Church but I'm told they are discussing the possibility of bringing him back to Dallas according to a source informed. Church, 30, was released by the Jags today and is familiar with the system having played there from 2010-2016.

The Cowboys have had solid play from their current starting safeties, Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. Neither is a star, but the duo has not been a liability during the team's current five-game winning streak.

Church was a similar player, reliable if never exceptional, during his time in Dallas. He could be a nice insurance policy for the playoffs if something happened to one of the starters.

Barry knows the system. He never played for Kris Richard, but he was with Rod Marinelli for three seasons before leaving in free agency.

According to reports out of Jacksonville, Church is being released because the team wants to go with younger, cheaper players now that their season is over. There is no known injury keeping Barry from playing.

Of course, Dallas would have to make room on the roster to pick Church up. They could third-year prospect Darian Thompson, who is the current fourth man at safety.

Barry Church must now go through the 24-hour waiver process. A team may claim him, including the Cowboys. We'll see what the future holds.



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How the Dallas Cowboys Can Win the NFC East This Week

Jess Haynie

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Jaylon Smith, Eagles

It's only Week 15, but the Dallas Cowboys could become the 2018 NFC East Champions this week through a couple of scenarios. I thought we'd take a moment today to break down how the Boys can win their division and assure their spot in the playoffs.

With three weeks left in the regular season, most of the divisional games have already been played. The only two left to play are the Week 17 finales; Cowboys at Giants and Eagles at Redskins.

Here are the current standings:

  1. Dallas Cowboys 8-5 (4-1 in division)
  2. Philadelphia Eagles 6-7 (3-2 in division)
  3. Washington Redskins 6-7 (2-3 in division)
  4. New York Giants 5-8 (1-4 in division)

The Giants have been scrappy lately, winning four of their last five, but it's too late for them to try to win the division. Even if the Cowboys were to fall to 8-8, the best New York could do is tie them in overall record. They would have also split their head-to-head series, negating that tiebreaker.

At that point, it would come down to the record within the division. New York would improve to 2-4 with a win over Dallas in Week 17, but the Cowboys would still be 4-2 against the NFC East. Dallas would still be the division champion.

So, that knocks out New York. Technically, the Eagles and Redskins are still alive. But their margin is about as slim as it gets.

Both Philadelphia and Washington need the Cowboys to lose their last three games, and then to also win out themselves, to steal the NFC East crown.

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For the Redskins, it's about their record against division opponents. The best they can finish is 3-3, assuming they'd win their last game against the Eagles. With the head-to-head series against Dallas split this year, they would have to finish 9-7 overall and have the Cowboys drop to 8-8 to become NFC East Champions.

The Eagles also need to finish one game ahead of Dallas, but for a different reason. Philadelphia lost both their games with the Cowboys this year, so Dallas has the head-to-head tiebreaker.

So that really makes thing simple for Dallas; win just one of your last three games and you're the division champion.

Not only that, but even if Dallas were to fall this week against the Indianapolis Colts, they could still clinch the division with losses by the Eagles (@ Rams) and Redskins (@ Jaguars).

It would certainly behoove the Cowboys to get the division locked up now. They could then use the last two weeks of the season to get ready for the playoffs.

Dallas would have the freedom rest banged up players like Ezekiel Elliott and Zack Martin. It would also allow them to work in returning players such as Sean Lee and Tavon Austin and figure out their new rotations without pressure to win.

Beating the Colts on Sunday isn't a given; they're at home and desperate to stay alive in the AFC playoff picture. They are the toughest opponent Dallas has left until January.

But despite that, with the Eagles facing a juggernaut team and Washington trying to play football without a quarterback, there's a great chance that the Cowboys will be the NFC East Champions by Sunday night.



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#INDvsDAL: How The Game May Be Decided In The Red Zone

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In many ways the Dallas Cowboys offense has found their stride in recent weeks. Over this five game win streak they have "found their identity" playing ball control offense and trusting their quarterback to make big throws when needed most. Of course the defense has been the star most weeks, but this offense should not be slept on either.

This doesn't mean the offense has been without their fair share of struggles, however, particularly in the red zone. Struggles that the numbers say could cost the Cowboys this weeks' game in Indianapolis if they don't get it cleaned up.

In terms of red zone offensive efficiency the Cowboys have been downright horrendous. In fact, they are dead-last in the league in success rate inside the 10 yard line, last in first-and-goal success rate, and 21st in success rate between the 11 and 20 yard lines.

There's no sugar-coating those numbers, they are bad. Especially when you consider that this team has arguably the league's best running back and a quarterback with the size and athleticism you might expect from a linebacker.

For as bad as the Cowboys are inside the red zone, the Colts are equally as good. Indianapolis is top 10 in terms of success rate inside the 10, at the goal line, and in first-and-goal success rate. They are also 11th in success rate between the 11 and 20 yard lines.

Despite not having the individual running back the Cowboys have, the Colts offensive line and skill players as a whole set them up a bit better when the field is shortened. Tight end Eric Ebron has been rather incredible in terms of production this season, catching 12 touchdowns on 58 receptions. Andrew Luck is also a more accurate quarterback than Dak Prescott, though Prescott should be a much more dangerous red zone threat than he currently is.

Bob Sturm on Twitter

I am working on the Cowboys 32nd ranked Goal-to-Go offensive numbers. They have run 35 of their 59 total plays out of Shotgun-11 Personnel. In those 35 plays, the average gain per snap is....12 INCHES. I am not kidding. They could out-gain that by running QB sneaks. I am amazed.

Of course, some of the Cowboys red zone struggles can be pinned on offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Linehan has failed to scheme open the "easy" red zone touchdowns we see so often around the league. As pointed out by Bob Sturm on Twitter this week, the Cowboys' personnel groupings and play calls when in goal-to-go situations have been questionable to say the least. But while blame does fall on the coaches' shoulders, the players need to execute better as well.

Games in the NFL often come down to just a handful of plays, and red zone efficiency plays a key role in deciding the outcome of close games every week. If this is once again the case on Sunday, based on past performance, the Dallas Cowboys could be in trouble against the efficient Colts.



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