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Dak Prescott Adequate in Win over Buccaneers

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Warts And All, Dak Prescott Shows Why It's Not So Easy To Move On

The Dallas Cowboys are heading to the playoffs for the third time in the last five seasons. Quarterback Dak Prescott his heading to the playoffs for the second time in his three-year career. In clinching the NFC East in their win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dak stayed true to this team’s formula for winning. It wasn’t pretty m, but it was an effective game by Prescott and the offense. 

On the day, Dak completed 20 passes on 25 attempts for 161 yards, one touchdown, and a passer rating of 106.8. He also added a total of two yards on four carries while running for a score as well. 

Dak Prescott only attempted one pass greater than 20 yards down field, which he completed to Wide Receiver Michael Gallup down the right sideline against the Tampa Bay cover-2 defense. That throw was about as good as it gets when trying to fit the ball in with the corner and the safety both in coverage. 

In the red zone, the Cowboys looked better, though they didn’t get there much on Sunday. Dak has a nice run for a touchdown on a read-option that the Cowboys blocked really well. The other touchdown came on a nice fade to the back right corner of the end zone to Gallup again.

Against pressure, according to Pro Football Focus, Prescott was six of nine for only 26 yards. That’s less that three yards per attempt against pressure, which isn’t good. PFF attributed two of the three incompletions as drops. They have Tight End Blake Jarwin accredited with a drop, but if you go back and watch the one incompletion thrown his way, it’s obvious that the play was really behind him. Did it hit him in the hands? Yes, but it was a late throw that Dak can’t miss in the future. 

Did Dak Prescott and the offense have a spectacular game against the Buccaneers? Nope. However, the Cowboys continue to find ways to win as they’ve won six of their last seven and are now 7-1 at home. And during the last seven games, that’s been the formula for this team to win.

They’ve been built to play in January and February as a team that can run the ball and can suffocate you on defense. From their quarterback, like Sunday against Tampa Bay, all they needed was a quarterback who wasn’t going to make a costly mistake and score points when points are available. 

Again, not a spectacular day, but one you can win with as the Cowboys defense played really well for most of the game, but it was a game from Dak Prescott that will win a lot of games. 

With the playoffs starting in a couple of weeks, the Cowboys are going to need similar and more consistent play from their quarterback. If they want to make some noise in this year’s tournament, Dak will need to get his game right, especially to beat that stingy Seattle Seahawks defense. Come playoff time, Prescott will need to Ben more than adequate, and I for one bit elusive, Dak will rise to the occasion.

From all of us here’s at Inside The Star, Merry Christmas to you and yours. Let’s hope this holiday season kicks off a deep run for that elusive sixth Lombardi  trophy!



Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could.

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.

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Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T

The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.

During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.

After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.

This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.

Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!



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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

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L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.

Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e

Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.

Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.

Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.



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REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight

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Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford Kicked Off Thursday Flight

According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.

The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.

Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.

This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.

Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.

Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.



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