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Cowboys/Seahawks Has Become A Quiet NFL Rivalry

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for Cowboys Against Seahawks

When you think of the Dallas Cowboys' biggest rivals, the same teams come to mind. The Eagles, Giants, Redskins, and maybe the 49ers or Steelers based on your age.

Those are the teams which the Cowboys' success (or failure) against has defined both of their respective seasons. Beat those teams and you were successful. Fall short against those teams and it was often a wasted and disappointing year.

The past 10-15 years, however, two teams have very much entered that rivalry equation: the Packers and the Seahawks.

You cannot tell the story of the 21st century Dallas Cowboys without those two teams. Both have delivered debilitating losses to the Cowboys over the last decade, and the Cowboys have returned the favor against those two teams as well. And while most fans would quickly identify Aaron Rodgers as a clear thorn in the Cowboys' side, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks have just as strong an argument to be most-hated in Dallas.

Of course there was the Tony Romo game in 2006, where a dropped snap cost the Cowboys a playoff game and cost Tony Romo his reputation among the national media. But recent history has provided some gut wrenching moments as well, such as Romo's career ending back injury at the hands of Cliff Avril and the Dez Bryant era all but ending as Seattle dominated the Cowboys in 2017. Then there was the Earl Thomas drama, which nearly brought the All Pro safety from Seattle to Dallas before he suffered a season ending injury. Kam Chancellor's Seahawks Career Ends, Will Earl Thomas be Next to Leave? 2

These teams play just about every year, and each time seems to carry some franchise-changing implications to it. This Saturday is no different, with Seattle traveling to face the Cowboys in a Wildcard match up.

Jason Garrett has been defined by his lack of playoff success, as has the Cowboys franchise since the mid-1990's. Seattle, on the other hand, was thought to be closing in on the end of a dominant era, but are now hoping to ride their quarterback and running game to one final magical postseason run. Considering the next round's opponent, it's hard to picture either of these teams getting much further in the NFC playoff picture.

But given how their games tend to shake out, and the history altering results we normally see, I wouldn't be surprised if a win this weekend sparks a playoff run through the conference for one of these two teams.



Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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Why I’m Not Buying The Jason Witten Rejuvenation Story

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Jason Witten, FOX Sports, and the Future at Tight End for the Dallas Cowboys
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Last week, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett made headlines with some quotes about the return of Jason Witten. Neither Garrett nor Witten tend to make headlines with their words often, but the two combined to do so with a quote this week.

“Yeah, absolutely. He’s been excited about every part of it ever since I met him and that hasn’t changed,” coach Jason Garrett said. “The work that he’s done in the weight room in the off-season program has been outstanding. His testing numbers and all of that are what they’ve been or even better. And he just has an unbelievable way about him. Tremendous passion for the game. And he demonstrates that every day. Witt looks good. He’s excited to be back and we’re certainly fortunate to have him back.” - Jason Garrett on Witten.

Multiple Cowboys' media outlets ran with these quotes, looking to show that the Cowboys have found a version of Jason Witten that they have not seen in quite some time. They are, publicly, stating that they believe a year away from the game did Witten some good, and that he will be a much healthier and fresher player in 2019 than he was back when he last played in 2017.

As a fan of the team, I sure hope this is the case. But as a realistic human being, I can't get behind this at all.

Jason Witten hasn't been very good for quite some time now. I know he's a Cowboy legend, and will forever be a fan favorite, but the facts are the facts. As a run blocker Witten has regressed greatly in his later years. More often it seemed he was re-adjusting his jersey after a missed block than he was making blocks to spring Ezekiel Elliott on the edge.

As a receiver, Witten's much slower than he used to be. And while he was never a blazer who relied on his speed to win, his lack of speed certainly holds him back in today's game. And if the Cowboys want to be multiple and versatile on offense, I'm not sure how a greatly-aged tight end helps them to do so.

He's still the smart, instinctive route runner he's always been, but at 37 years old what can we realistically expect from him?

I'll be honest, I'm very skeptical that Jason Witten is going to give the Cowboys anything in 2019. Maybe earlier in the season he will look better than expected, but can he withstand a full NFL season? It's impossible to say for sure now, but I'm absolutely not buying that he's rejuvenated or extra-fresh after a year off from football.



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Connor Williams Hopes Added Weight, Experience Aids Him In 2019

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Offensive lineman Connor Williams had himself an interesting start to his young career. The second round pick was expected to be a plug-and-play guard for the Cowboys, earning the starting left guard spot from just about the first day of training camp.

The results from Williams' play were mixed, however. At moments Connor Williams looked like his athletic, technically sound self, working well on the Cowboys outside zone runs. Other times, though, he was simply overpowered by bigger and stronger defensive tackles.

Williams lost his left guard spot due to injury late in the season, and when Xavier Su'a-Filo came in and played relatively well, fans soured a bit on the then-rookie lineman. Still there was no question that Williams was the better player between the two, and he rightfully started in both the Cowboys playoff games last season.

Now entering year two, and with third round pick Connor McGovern potentially competing for a guard spot and rumors of a move to right tackle swirling around him, Williams believes he's done enough to improve before his Sophomore year.

Connor Williams spoke to DallasCowboys.com, and gave some decent quotes on what his offseason preparation has looked like thus far. Williams emphasized that his main goal was to add strength and size, something he looks to have clearly done based on recent photographs.

“I think I’ve put myself in a good position. Now it’s just about refining the technique and feeling comfortable.” - Connor Williams

According to Williams he played at a "light 300" pounds in 2018, but is now tipping the scales at 315 pounds. That's quite the difference, especially considering that Williams carries the weight pretty well in his frame.

All Pro veteran guard Zack Martin has taken Williams under his wing, as the young lineman credits Martin for being his lifting partner this offseason.

Right tackle might be in Connor Williams' 2020 future, but as of now, he has to ready himself to compete at left guard against the heavier defensive tackles he once struggled with. It's very encouraging to see the progress he has made so far.



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Travis Frederick’s Return Highlights Start Of Cowboys’ OTAs

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Cowboys Center Travis Frederick Still Hoping to "Be a Rock" for Teammates Despite GBS Syndrome
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The Cowboys opening of voluntary OTAs came with some serious excitement from football-starved fans. But as we all know, these workouts are just about meaningless in terms of storylines for the upcoming season.

I say "just about meaningless" because there are some storylines which matter, though. Travis Frederick's return, of course, is one of those storylines.

After missing all of 2018 due to Guillain-Barre syndrome, Frederick appears to have gained his strength and ability back heading into 2019. Now he is back where he belongs, as the starting center for the Dallas Cowboys.

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@tfrederick72 🔙 at it! 💪🏼 #OTAs https://t.co/wht2Lh5yr5

Travis Frederick's importance to the Cowboys cannot be understated. In addition to being one of the best linemen in all of football, the All-Pro veteran center is responsible for much of the pre-snap communication across the offensive line. His absence was clearly felt in 2018, even as Joe Looney played well-above the preseason expectation level.

Frederick returns to anchor an offensive line which is surrounded with some serious pre-season hype. With Zack Martin back to full health, Connor Williams having a year under his belt, and newly-drafted Connor McGovern comes in with high hopes of starting on the interior.

Regardless of how the rest of the Cowboys' offensive line works itself out, it was great to see Travis Frederick back in action, even if it was during a non-contact voluntary practice.



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