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DAL 31, WAS 26: Cowboys Ride Early Lead to Victory

Jess Haynie



Dak Prescott

Dez Bryant, Josh Norman, RedskinsIn one of the biggest games between Dallas and Washington in the modern era, the Cowboys built an early 17-3 lead in the second quarter. They would need every bit of it to fight off Kirk Cousins in the second half and hang on for their tenth-straight win in 2016.

Cousins lit up the Cowboys' defense for 449 yards and three touchdowns. A late touchdown to Jordan Reed pulled Washington to within five points, but the anticipated onside kick attempt went out of bounds. Dallas got a first-down and ran the clock down for a victory.

The Cowboys moved to 10-1 on the same formula they've rode all year; mistake-free football and timely first-down conversions. The offense wasn't quite as sharp in the second half but tacked on two more touchdowns to maintain the lead.

Their defense gave up plenty of yardage but did a great job, particularly early, of keeping Washington out of the endzone. Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins missed two of four field-goal attempts in the first half, only making the hole deeper.

Other Notes

  • Terrance Williams made one catch all day, but what a catch! Williams had to tap his toes in the endzone while twisting to make the catch along the sideline. It was an even more athletic catch than his big one against the Seahawks in 2014.
  • Kirk Cousins wasn't sacked all day and saw little pressure, a huger factor in his big yardage. The lack of pass rush is status quo for the Cowboys, but especially frustrating as Washington was missing their starting center and left tackle.
  • Dak Prescott only had 195 passing yards, the lowest of his career. It was the first time he's had less than 200 yards in a game. However, he did have a new career high with 39 yards rushing.
  • Dez Bryant's battle with Josh Norman was more explosive after the game than during. The two had to be separated as the teams met at midfield. Cameras captured Dez yelling "Washington needs to get their money back" on his way to the locker room afterward, so we can only imagine the kind of trash talking that took place throughout the day.

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  • John Williams

    This team just keeps finding ways to win. Zeke has more than 100 total yards but Dak only throws for 197, they still score 31 points. It’s becoming an expectation that they are going to score 7 or more.

  • http://yahoo Tony Tran

    If Cowboys want to win all the way to Super Bowl they need play good on defend that is how to win every game like playoff and Super Bowl that is why they call defending champ.

  • http://yahoo Tony Tran

    Cowboys defend need to attack every one like intercept , sack ,and don`t let them rush over 100 yards they have to sack QB give QB pressure and make them fumble and lost the ball too …

    • Jess Haynie

      This is the best defensive strategy I’ve ever heard.

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

Kevin Brady



Orlando Scandrick

After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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Dallas Cowboys Have Missing Piece at Offensive Line

Jess Haynie



Dallas Cowboys Have Big Hole on Offensive Line
Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News

There are a lot of positions being talked about right now for the Dallas Cowboys. Upgrades are needed at several spots, but one critical position needs even more than that. Left guard is completely unmanned, and that could be a big problem for the 2018 offensive line if it's not addressed soon.

Last year's starter, Jonathan Cooper, is currently an unrestricted free agent. So are backups Joe Looney and Byron Bell.

Right now, Chaz Green is the only other non-starter under contract who has any NFL experience at left guard. Nobody wants to see him on the field next year.

Dez Bryant may be a big topic but at least he's under contract. The same goes for safety, where we at least have options to turn to if free agency or the draft don't yield anything.

Left guard, though? The cupboard is bare.

La'el Collins' Position Flex Could Come in Handy for Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys OT La'el Collins

One option could be to move La'el Collins back to guard, where many feel he has the most upside, and then find a new right tackle. But that would be changing two positions to fill one hole, and Collins was playing well at tackle by the end of the year.

And obviously, we don't want to see Chaz Green playing that spot either. Or any spot. Ever.

No, at this point it makes sense for Dallas to leave Collins where he is and either sign or draft a starting LG. The question is how much do they want to invest?

The Cowboys are already shelling out big bucks to Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin. Even Collins counts about $7 million against the cap. They have three first-round picks already tied up in the offensive line.

Some thought veteran free agent Josh Sitton would be a nice option, but he got picked up by the Dolphins today for about $8-9 million per year. That's more than Dallas can afford given their limited cap space and other needs.

No, the LG in 2018 is going to need to be a salary cap bargain. That means either re-signing Jonathan Cooper or Joe Looney on the cheap, or perhaps paying a rookie salary to a high draft pick.

Last year's 19th overall pick, O.J. Howard, counted just $2 million against the Bucs' salary cap in 2017.

There are some older veterans who could be cheap band-aid options, such as Matt Slauson or Evan Smith. But you don't get very far down some lists of available guards before you see Jonathan Cooper's name, and continuity is always a plus.

The point here is don't expect any big move, even with the enormity of the need. Dallas will likely reach an agreement with Cooper after he's tested the free agent waters a bit, assuming nobody else scoops him up.

If not, the need at left guard will become increasingly dire the further we get into the offseason.

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