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Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott: Who Deserves Offensive Rookie of the Year?

Mauricio Rodriguez



Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott

There's a lot of statements one can make about the NFL season this year. You can say the Green Bay Packers had a great stretch at the end of the season. You can say Matt Ryan was a beast all year long. You can say Tom Brady had an epic journey of revenge. But all of these statements can be argued. However, one statement you cannot argue, one even Eagles' fans wouldn't try to deny: Rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott did something the NFL had never witnessed before.

With their season ending earlier than we all hoped, Cowboys Nation is excited about the NFL Honors. It is a fact that the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award is going to one of these two kids. The question is... Dak or Zeke?

There are many outcomes to this. Heck, maybe Zeke wins Offensive Player of the Year and Dak gets the Rookie award. Jess Haynie wrote about how they should be Co-Offensive Rookies of the Year and that is by far my favorite theory.

So... who should win it?

Ezekiel Elliott, the expected one?

Being the fourth overall pick for the most valuable franchise in sports is kind of huge. Everyone expecting you to be the best rookie from the draft adds a little bit of pressure to it. Being compared to Emmitt Smith before even playing a down in the NFL makes it an even bigger deal. But hey, Ezekiel Elliott couldn't care less.

He led the NFL in rushing yards with 1,631. After being doubted by a lot of people because of his average performance in the first two games, he rushed for more than 130 yards in each of his next four.

Ezekiel Elliott had very high expectations and still... he exceeded them. He ran consistently well, he blocked like a veteran and he made the awesome look usual.

He had 15 touchdowns through the ground and he led the NFL in first downs with 91 (David Johnson was second with 72).

Zeke was the MVP for the Cowboys this season. Thanks to the threat he was to defenses, Dallas controlled the clock most of the time, the defense worked better, and he just destroyed defenses to win games for his team.

Dak Prescott, the surprise?

Dak, on the other hand, was a fourth round pick who was nothing but a "project" back in April. After Kellen Moore was injured in the offseason, he had to step up as the backup QB to Tony Romo.

After killing it during preseason, Dak came in after Tony's injury and surprised the whole world. Playing like a seasoned veteran, he became the starting quarterback of America's Team.

His numbers are not that great; he threw for 23 touchdowns, ran for six. He threw only four interceptions though, which is one of the main reasons he was so great. Dak Prescott became the leader and the new face for Dallas when they needed it most.

Quarterback is perhaps the most difficult job in sports. Arguably, Dak became the best rookie QB in the history of the NFL, or at least one of the best. This may be the biggest argument in Prescott's case for the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Who should win it?

I'm going to pick Ezekiel Elliott to win the award.

I think Dak certainly deserves a lot of credit because of the position he plays, and I would be very happy if he gets it. Quarterback is the most important player for any team and to adapt the way he did to the NFL as a rookie was impressive.

But Ezekiel Elliott did so much for this team. He led the NFL in a lot of categories and was the best rusher in the NFL this season.

Whoever gets it, they deserve it. They brought a spark back to the Dallas Cowboys and they gave us all hope for the future.

Who do you think should walk away with the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award?

Let us know in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for an NFL show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly 4 Downs Podcast!

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  • Frankandmichelle Bentz

    I wouldn’t be upset with either but, in my opinion, Zeke did exactly what we thought he should do behind that offensive line. While Dak also had the benefit of the same line, his expectations were much lower. Look what seasoned vets did last year when trying to fill in for Tony. What Dak was able to do was nothing short of spectacular. We the fans are winners either way.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      You’re right! We all win either way. What these two kids accomplished was unbelievable. Whoever gets the award, I think they deserve it so much. This is just the beginning of something amazing!

  • BeirutWedding

    If it was up to me — and it’s not — I would go Dak. He tied the rookie record for wins by a QB, despite his numbers being “not that great” he set the rookie records for completion percentage (67.8), touchdown-to-interception ratio (which you touched upon) and quarterback rating. That’s NFL HISTORY rookie records, by the way. Not to mention, we were looking at back-to-back disaster seasons when Romo went down — and we already knew what we had in Zeke. If it had just been Zeke and say, Mark Sanchez for part of the season, I think we end up with 9 wins. Despite popular opinion, I think Dak made that difference.

    Having said all that, I’m totally good with Zeke getting the award. He was brilliant. I expected him to start off rough before he found his footing. But once he did, he was everything we wanted him to be and more. One of the more disappointing aspects of the one-and-done playoffs is that you were keeping Zeke healthy for a Super Bowl run. Now, I wish he’d gotten a full shot at that rookie record. As much as I love Dak, and I do, I hope next season this coaching staff recognizes that the one thing we do that other people can’t stop is run the football. It’s not always going to be this way. We have one season, two at the most, before defenses start reconfiguring themselves to stop Zeke. Until then, we should make him the hammer and hammer us home.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      There’s really no wrong answer here. They both deserve it so much. Dak certainly has been a great player too. I agree with you, the Cowboys have to make this team count, and I honestly think they will win. A great future is upon us.

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Where In The World Is DE Taco Charlton?

Kevin Brady



Sean's Scout: Defense Comes Alive In Loss At LA Rams 2
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Over pretty much the last decade, the Dallas Cowboys have been rock solid with their first round picks. With selections of Ezekiel Elliott, Travis Frederick, Byron Jones, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and Leighton Vander Esch (just to name a handful), Dallas has rebuilt the core of their roster through the NFL Draft.

It's nearly impossible to bat .1000 in any round of the draft, however, and this appears to be the current case with the Cowboys' 2017 first round pick.

Defensive end Taco Charlton has not had the sophomore season that he, or anyone, had hoped for. A healthy scratch last Sunday, Charlton has only been active for 1 of the Cowboys' last 5 games, and has not recorded a sack or tackle since week 9.

Prior to disappearing with injuries and "attitude issues," Charlton had only recorded 1 sack on the season and was beginning to fall behind his Hot Boy-brethren. Defensive end Randy Gregory has reached his form over the last few weeks, Tyrone Crawford is having arguably a career year, and DeMarcus Lawrence is one of the best ends in all of football.

This doesn't leave much room for Charlton, who's now having issues even getting on the gameday roster. Rod Marinelli dodged questions about Taco Charlton earlier this week, vaguely saying they are "moving forward" and that he'd like to talk about other players on his defensive line who are performing.

Calvin Watkins on Twitter

Rod Marinelli on Taco Charlton's benching and being inactive last week: "We just keep moving along keep going forward. It's kinda been out there I'd leave it at that. I'd rather talk about our two tackles.

Charlton has not been quiet about his displeasure as of late, either. He's taken to Twitter to voice his frustrations, saying that not only is his shoulder fine but that the Dallas media is making up stories about his absence. He's also posted some cryptic tweets such as this one, with a picture of Allen Iverson and a caption reading "Every players needs that one coach to believe in them."

Maybe Taco is right. Maybe he just needs increased opportunity and a support system/coach that believes in him whole-heartedly. After all, Charlton has faced nothing but doubters and detractors since the second he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

But in the NFL, the ultimate "what have you done for me lately" sport, it's hard to imagine he'll get that unwavering support anywhere in the league. He's going to have to "earn" his playing time, as head coach Jason Garrett spoke to earlier in the week. But with the plethora of talent the Cowboys are already putting out there on the defensive line, it's becoming difficult to see exactly where Taco Charlton can fit in on this defense.

It's possible, and fine, if it is simply not a fit between Charlton and the Cowboys at this point. But I'd also be wary of giving up on your first round pick in just his second NFL season. Another offseason with the team, working on his craft and getting fully healthy, should do Charlton wonders, and hopefully allow us to get a better read on his future with the Cowboys going forward.

Until then, we are all left to scratch out heads and wonder what in the world is going on with the Cowboys and Taco Charlton, and if the former first round pick will have a future in Dallas at all.

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Cowboys, Bears Proving Defense Can Win the NFC

Mauricio Rodriguez



Cowboys, Bears Proving Defense Can Win the NFC

2018 has seen the emergence of high-powered offenses in both NFL conferences. The Kansas City Chiefs sit atop the AFC and the NFC is spearheaded by the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams. Through 14 weeks, these three teams are the top three offenses in the NFL, each averaging over 30 points per game. This year, for the first time in NFL history, two teams scored more than 50 in the same game.

Thanks to this consistent impressive offensive performances, you would think "offense" is the name of the game for the 2018 NFL season. Well, not so fast, my friend. Despite sitting atop the NFC, the Saints and the Rams have recently suffered losses that indicate hope is anything but lost for defensive teams in the league.

The Chicago Bears were able to bring down the Rams last Sunday Night 15-6. The same offense that averages 33 points per game was limited to six points. Sean McVay's remarkable offense went home with no touchdowns to talk about on the plane back home. Instead, they probably discussed Jared Goff's four interceptions.

Weeks earlier, the Dallas Cowboys shocked the world when they brought down the Saints. Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas simply couldn't move the ball against Leighton Vander Esch, DeMarcus Lawrence and Byron Jones. 13 points were all the Cowboys needed to score to beat an offense that was averaging 37 per game heading into week 13 but was only able to put up 10 in Dallas.

The Cowboys are the #4 seed with the Bears slightly ahead of them as the #3 seed in the NFC. Together, these teams have defeated the top two in the conference. Now granted, playoffs will definitely be different.

For starters, if they are to advance to the divisional round, they'll be on the road. Chicago was surely benefited by playing in such a cold weather versus a Los Angeles team. As far as the Cowboys are concerned, few times has AT&T Stadium been as loud as when they beat the Saints.

Hopefully, we'll get to see both of these elite defenses advance to the Divisional Round to  square off against this couple of high-powered offenses again. We will not only be witnessing amazing football games, but a great discussion regarding the everlasting debate between offense and defense.

For years, "defense wins championships" has been a widely accepted statement in football. The Cowboys and Bears have made that same statement resound recently with their impressive wins.

Can they do it again in January football? Can they do it on the road?

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys, Bears Proving Defense Can Win the NFC" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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Cowboys en Español: Los Colts No Son Cualquier Rival

Mauricio Rodriguez



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Al igual que el resto de la afición de los Dallas Cowboys, parte de mí se siente confiada respecto a este equipo visitando a Indianapolis Colts y resultando victoriosos. ¿El problema? Los Colts no son un rival sencillo de vencer. Si crees que la racha de los Cowboys los intimidará, piensa de nuevo. Los Houston Texans llevaban nueve victorias al hilo antes de enfrentarse a este equipo.

Siendo objetivos, este puede ser el partido que evite que los Cowboys cierren su temporada con ocho victorias al hilo para terminar el año con un récord de 11-5. Ni los Tampa Bay Buccaneers ni los New York Giants deberían presentar amenaza alguna contra Dallas. Lo mismo no se puede decir de Indianapolis.

Por primera vez en mucho tiempo, Andrew Luck está realmente de vuelta. Gracias a una reconstrucción de su línea ofensiva, su nivel de juego a regresado al nivel que conocíamos de él desde que llegó a la NFL. Afortunadamente para los Colts, Luck se ha mantenido sano toda la temporada y no se ve rastro alguno de sus lesiones anteriores en el emparrillado.

T.Y. Hilton está teniendo un muy buen año y sin duda alguna presentará un reto para Byron Jones y el resto de la secundaria de los Cowboys. Eric Ebron en la posición de tight end también será un dolor de cabeza para la defensiva.

Lo más interesante se dará en las trincheras. Los Cowboys han hecho un muy buen trabajo presionando quarterbacks opuestos en la temporada, pero si el centro de los Colts, Ryan Kelly está sano el domingo, se enfrentarán al mejor duo de centro-guardia en la liga actualmente. Con Quenton Nelson al lado, Luck estará muy bien protegido.

Sin embargo, Kelly no ha jugado debido a una lesión y aún está por verse si tomará el campo el domingo por la mañana. Los Cowboys hicieron un muy buen trabajo a la entonces ofensiva #1 de la liga, los New Orleans Saints, pero eso no significa que la ofensiva #8 que tienen los Colts no los retará.

Promediando 27 puntos por juego, la defensiva necesitará ayuda de Dak Prescott y compañía para ganar el partido. Dallas continúa moviendo el balón efectivamente, pero es tiempo de anotar touchdowns y no goles de campo.

Ezekiel Elliott será, una vez más, clave para la victoria. Enfrentándose a una defensiva Top 10 contra el juego terrestre, mover las cadenas con Zeke no será tan fácil. El novato Darius Leonard como linebacker ha sido algo espectacular otra temporada al igual que Leighton Vander Esch. Liderando a toda la NFL en tackleadas, estará listo para recibir a los Cowboys al Lucas Oil Stadium.

Lo más importante de este partido...

Por más impresionante que sea la racha de cinco victorias consecutivas, los Cowboys tienen que demostrar que pueden ganarle a un equipo fuerte estando de visita. Porque hay que admitirlo, Jason Garrett y su equipo no han tenido éxito fuera de casa. Claro, le ganaron a un equipo debilitado de Philadelphia Eagles y a unos Atlanta Falcons que va 4-9.

Este equipo "nuevo" de los Cowboys no ha ido contra un rival de calidad siendo el visitante. Es tiempo de demostrar que lo pueden hacer, ya que si quieren contender en postemporada, es justo lo que necesitarán... jugar bien de visita.

Sinceramente creo que los Cowboys ganan este partido. Principalmente gracias a su defensiva, pero también veo a la ofensiva dominar el tiempo de posesión en un juego de pocos puntos. Es tiempo de mantener esa racha.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Los Colts No Son Cualquier Rival" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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