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Cowboys May Need Perfection to Catch Philadelphia

Jess Haynie



As we near the midway point of the 2017 NFL seasons, the Dallas Cowboys sit at 3-3 and second place in the NFC East. While there are still plenty of games left to be played, they're already facing some distance from the division-leading Philadelphia Eagles and their 6-1 record. Closing the gap will not be easy.

Dallas and Philadelphia will not meet until the Week 11 home game for the Cowboys. Just looking at the schedules between now and then, the Eagles have a much easier road.

The Cowboys' next three games are at Washington, home for the Chiefs, and at Atlanta. The Eagles have two home games against the 49ers and Broncos, and then their bye week. The difference in those two schedules is pretty jarring.

Tyrone Crawford, Carson Wentz, Eagles

Just thinking about the odds here, the most likely scenario is that Philadelphia will be 8-1 and rested up when they head to Dallas. The Cowboys would be doing well to win two of these three tough games, so let's say they're 5-4 by the time the Eagles arrive.

Even if Dallas runs the table, that's still just a 6-3 record. Even if they then beat the Eagles, they're still a game back.

That's a lot of "even ifs."

Barring a stunning collapse by Philadelphia this season, the Cowboys are going to need to win almost every game the rest of the way to have a shot at winning the NFC East. The Eagles may be damaged going forward by the losses of left tackle Jason Peters and linebacker Jordan Hicks, but they still have an emerging superstar quarterback and a solid roster. They still project as an 11 or 12-win team.

Dallas will have to win 8-9 of their remaining 10 games to stay in that range. As we already outlined, they have a tough stretch ahead and it won't get easier the rest of the season. After Week 11 they have the Chargers, Raiders, and Seahawks on the schedule along with their rematches against all three NFC East rivals.

Obviously, the Cowboys can't just rely on winning their two games against the Eagles. They have to at least win one more than Philly the rest of the way to finish with a tied overall record.

Dez Bryant, Ezekiel Elliott

(Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

The point of this article isn't looking at possibilities but probabilities. I know fully well that the Cowboys won 11-straight last season on the way to their 13-3 record. Can they still be 13-3 in 2017? Sure! It's possible.

What's probable, though, is that Dallas will drop at least a couple of their remaining 10 games. Even if they sweep the Eagles this year, any losses may rob them of the chance to close the gap and still take the division.

Of course, if Dallas narrowly misses out of the division title then they probably are still looking good for a Wild Card spot. But we all went into 2017 wanting to see the Cowboys be the first back-to-back champion in the NFC East since 2004. More importantly, we want the home-field advantage that comes with it.

The Cowboys are certainly still a major NFC contender, but they spent the early part of this year destroying their cushion. Now they have to finish with nearly flawless football if they want to have any shot at winning the NFC East and being in a power position for January.

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

  • TreFKennedy88

    I’ve felt worse case this season we’d go 10-6, best case 12-4,in order to got 12-4, we’d have to go 9-1 in our last 10 games. I believe in Super Saiyan Dak, as much as it pains me to say this I believe in our defense( please don’t prove me wrong defense) . Let’s not act like the eagles aren’t culpable of a 2nd half of the season collapse. Anyone remember the eagles in 2014, after they beat us on thanksgiving they were gonna run away with the division, they end up going 1-3 in December and missing the playoffs. I believe in our team, I’d have way more faith if only Dak and Dez could create what we know would be the immovable force

  • Travis Diggs

    Hate to say it but Philly is the Dallas from last year. Their remaining schedule is very easy, they might go 13-3 or better. Dak will get us to the playoffs but how far we go when we get there, all relies on that shaky D. Wentz has a solid D to fall back on while Dak has to score almost 30 a week for us to have a chance. It will be interesting to see the second half of the season

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

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Terrance Williams Contract Creates 2018 Job Security

Jess Haynie



Cowboys Headlines - Breaking Down Terrance Williams' Game-Ending Decision 1
Louis DeLuca/Dallas Morning News

There's been a lot of talk about what the Dallas Cowboys will do at the receiver position this offseason. While there's a great divide on what the team should do with Dez Bryant, there's a fairly unanimous opinion that Dallas should find an upgrade over Terrance Williams. No matter where he ends up on the depth chart, though, Williams' contract should keep him on the roster in 2018.

Last offseason, Terrance signed a four-year, $17 million deal to stay in Dallas. Because we are now just in the second year of that deal, it is cost prohibitive against the salary cap to release or trade him.

Williams is scheduled to count $4.75 million against the 2018 cap. If Dallas were to cut him, it would accelerate his remaining guaranteed money and create $7.25 million in dead money this year. He would cost more against the cap off the roster than on it.

Even the June-1st provision doesn't help. Williams' dead money in 2018 drops to $4.75 million, which is a net zero against his existing cap hit. It would also push $2.5 million of dead money to 2019. There's no benefit there, and you lose an experienced player who knows your system.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

If the Cowboys do like their WR depth enough to want to move on from Terrance, one option is to try to trade him. A trade would lower the cap penalty to $3.75 million and save $1 million. If he's traded after June 1st, it would save $3.5 million against this year's cap.

Of course, it takes two to tango in this scenario. Williams hasn't scored a touchdown since 2016 and has never proven he can take on a significant role in an offense. He was serviceable when Dez Bryant and Jason Witten commanded more attention, but he's a low-end WR2 at best and many teams likely wouldn't want him in their top 2-3 receivers.

Perhaps something could happen during training camps or preseason, when injuries may make other teams desperate. Then again, something could happen in Dallas that makes them less willing to part with Terrance.

As it stands, it seems unlikely that Terrance Williams won't be a Cowboy in 2018. And really, that's not bad thing.

Even if he gets pushed down the depth chart, Terrance would be a good insurance policy against injuries or any other issues that could happen between now and September. $4.75 million is more than you'd like to pay your fourth WR but it's a one-year problem.

If the Cowboys do add more WR talent this offseason, there is a trickle-down effect that strengthens the entire club. Williams, with his experience, is an upgrade over Brice Butler as the fourth receiver.

Therefore, unless circumstances both here and elsewhere allow Dallas to find a trade partner, Terrance Williams should be back next year.

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



Jamize Olawale, Raiders

Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.

To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.

In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.

Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.

Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.

Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.

Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.

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