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Cowboys Rookies Face New Challenges In Their First Short Week In The NFL

The Dallas Cowboys and Thanksgiving seem to go hand-in-hand. I personally can’t remember a Thanksgiving that the Cowboys game wasn’t on TV.

This week they take on their division rival, the Washington Redskins, at home at AT&T Stadium. It’s a tough matchup featuring two of the best teams in the NFC, but a matchup the Cowboys should win nonetheless.

As fans, we love these Thursday games. It means we don’t have to wait an entire week to watch another NFL game. I’m not sure that the players/coaches feel the same way.

It’s a quick turnaround, which means the coaches and players have to condense down the  game plan and try to recuperate as quickly as possible. Veteran players in the NFL are more accustomed to preparing for these short weeks, but it creates a new challenge for the rookies who have probably never had to play two games in less than a week’s time.

There is no denying that the Dallas Cowboys have been led by their 2016 rookie class, and it’s one of the reasons why they have the best record in the NFL.

Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott are not only two of the best rookies in the entire NFL, but arguably two of the best players at their position.

Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys Rookies Face New Challenges In Their First Short Week In The NFLElliott, with the help of the offensive line, is a dominating force in the NFL and is currently leading the league in rushing. This year’s #4 overall draft pick is everything the Cowboys thought he was and possibly more.

Prescott on the other hand has pretty much come out of nowhere, and performed better than anybody could have ever predicted. He shows the poise of a veteran QB and continues to not only break records, but give the Cowboys a chance to win week in and week out.

Elliott and Prescott might be the most well-known rookies from the Cowboys 2016 draft class, but they are not the only ones contributing in a big way.

Anthony Brown, like Prescott, has had to come in and play because of injuries in the secondary. He has done a phenomenal job and looks like a future starter in this league. That’s pretty impressive considering he was a sixth round draft pick.

Maliek Collins was drafted by the Cowboys in the third round. He has performed so well that Tyrone Crawford was able to move to defensive end to provide depth and help with the pass rush.

To say that the Cowboys rookies have helped this team win nine consecutive games in a row would be an understatement.

So far, this rookie draft class looks to be one of the best the Cowboys have had in perhaps the last decade. But, this is their first short week in the NFL and it creates a new challenge that they are unaccustomed to.

Last week’s game against the Baltimore Ravens was a tough physical game, so it will be really interesting to see how the team is able to bounce back against the Redskins Thursday afternoon, especially the rookies.

Do you think the Cowboys rookies are up to the challenge?

Please feel free to use the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions on this topic.

Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

4 Comments
  • crysostomos haloftis

    What’s not to trust about any of the rookies in Dallas. They’re all phenomenal players that have contributed to a team 9-1 record, best in football right now. Consecutive wins is different than winning every other game or so like other teams are. These guys are winning back to back games which says a lot more for their contributions and hard work ethics. The Dallas Cowboys are clicking on all cylinders and look unstoppable. I would give the whole team all the credit.

  • Mario

    Man “WE DEM BOYS” sorry that’s all I got….lol

  • John Williams

    I do think they are up to the challenge though I think the offense will come out of the gates slowly again. This Dallas Cowboys offense reminds me a lot of UFC Fighter Anderson Silva. When Anderson was at his peak, nobody could stop him. Typically though for the first minute of his fight, he was feeling his opponent out, gauging the distance, and figuring out their movement. At about the one minute mark, he would strike and it would be all Silva there. That seems to be what this team does on offense. Feel them out, don’t make any mistakes, get an understanding of their blitzes and then attack.

    10-1 going to bed Thursday Night will be pretty sweet.

    • Brian Martin

      John, I agree. I’m hoping that they don’t come out of the gate slowly. One of these days they’re going to fall behind and not be able to catch up.

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