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Dallas Cowboys 2013 Season Preview: Part 2

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So the Cowboys reached November with a 5-3 winning record and typically this month suits Tony Romo. In all his 6 seasons as a starter November has been a great month for the team’s passer. The team comes from a heartbreaking loss at Detroit and it is time for us to continue with this season preview.

Week 9 vs. MIN

With a 10-6 record the Vikes made a playoff run grabbing the #6 seed in the NFC and loss 24-10 to GB, their division rivals in the Wildcard game. (We all remember how Adrian Peterson was 9 yds. short of breaking a rushing record) So, the Minnesota Vikings have one of the best RB in the business, but Christian Ponder lost one of his biggest weapons who went in free agency to the Seattle Seahawks, Percy Harvin. They grabbed in this year’s draft WR Cordarelle Patterson, and have Greg Jennings and that might be something to worry about. On the other side of the ball well, they have Jared Allen- a 10 year veteran-and one of the best DE ‘s in the league and they drafted Sharrif Floyd, those two should be without a question a BIG concern for Bill Callahan. Even then, I think that the ‘Boys have a great opportunity to shake off the loss with the Lions plus they have a better team than the Vikes. Our backfield tandem will put up for a great running game and there will be a pair of passing TDs. The Cowboys’ Stadium is going to be undefeatable. 6-3

Week 10 @ NO

So we travel to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Last year the Saints set a NFL record for most yards given up by a defense. Let’s cut them some slack since their head coach was suspended along with some players for the entire 2012 season (bounty scandal) and their Defensive Coordinator, Steve Spagnolo had just arrived for that season.

This time it is a whole lot different, Sean Payton is back and brought to the team no less than Rob Ryan – you still remember that guy? You know a football figured Santa Claus who last year wore a blue star in his cap. Well he’s dying to show what a big mistake it was for Jerry Jones to let him go, the same goes for Kenny Vaccaro, and they’ll have prepared something special for the Cowboys, I just can feel it. 6-4.

Week 11 @ NYG

Division game. It is always tough to go play at NYC; the cold, the fans, the generalized hatred toward the Dallas Cowboys , so this will be a difficult road game. The Giants aren’t going to be able to figure our offense yet. The 12 personnel lineup is still going to be a headache for the defensive coordinator. As for their offense I think Cruz might have 2 or 3 big yardage plays but no more. Our secondary is going to be pretty tight down there and our DL is going to keep pounding and pounding on Eli. 7-4

Week 12 BYE

WEEK 13 vs. OAK (Thanksgiving)

With all due respect to the Raiders this is going to be a blowout. There’s not a lot to say, I mean, thanksgiving, at home, vs. the Raiders? This is a no brainer win for our boys! In this game Romo, Bryant, Murray, Ware, Spencer will fire up their season’s stats. Trust me on this one. 8-4

We’ve come to the last 4 games of the regular seasons. The team looks pretty good on both sides of the ball, but here comes December, a month that has been the itch for Romo (except in 2012) in his career as a starter, Nevertheless all the players are pretty psyched up and with one goal in mind: PLAYOFFS.

The last 4 games of the season are pretty tough as I said in Part 1 of this preview, and with all the other divisional opponents breathing down our necks, this is the part where the Dallas Cowboys must ensure their ticket to be in the BIG GAMES.

Week 14 @ CHI

After 3 win in a row the ‘Boys head up  north to Soldier Stadium to play against Jay Cutler’s boys. This is going to be a special game for the Bears because they’re going to honor legendary player and coach Mike Ditka at the beginning of this game. The Bears have Brandon Marshall, who’s one of the best wideouts in the league and Brandon Carr is going to have a long night trying to cover him up.

The Chicago Bears are always a big question mark for me. But sadly the winning streak ends at the windy city. 8-5

Week 15 vs. GB

Another difficult game at home. The Green Bay Packers are gooood! I do not know about you fellas but I have a huge respect for this team. First and foremost Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews scares the sh** out of me. But live I’ve said, this 2013 season the Cowboys at home will be unbeatable!! 9-5

Week 16 @ WSH

2nd bout. This time they win. Simply because they’re home… 9-6.

Week 17 vs. PHI

It is always  special facing these Eagles, as I said in my week 7 preview, Philly always play their hearts out vs. the Cowboys. The last regular season game will be a thriller. The Eagles will make the best of their last game (I dont think they’ll reach playoffs) but like I’ve said, at home the Dallas Cowboys will be unstoppable. 10-6

We’ve come to the end of the regular season! And after 3 long years without seeing our beloved team on the playoffs we are finally getting that joy, and if I might say it, it may be a long run.

GO COWBOYS!!!

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Dallas Cowboys’ 2017 Rookies Need to Avoid Sophomore Slumps

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Ranking The Dallas Cowboys Rookies Through Week 8
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Right now, it’s pretty tough to predict how the 2018 Dallas Cowboys’ season will turn out. Even with Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan and Rod Marinelli all returning for next season, there’s a lot of change going on in Dallas. The Cowboys will have to deal with a lot of new position coaches as they try to get back to the top after a 9-7 season in 2017.

Obviously, there are a lot of things that’ll impact the outcome of this season.

One of those questions hasn’t been discussed much. That question is: how will the 2017 rookie class fare in their sophomore seasons? 

In 2016 and 2017, rookies were very important for this franchise.

Two years ago, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott took the NFL by storm, ending the season with a 13-3 record and the #1 seed in the NFC. Anthony Brown looked to be the Cowboys’ future shutdown cornerback, and Maliek Collins looked very promising.

Last season, the Cowboys didn’t have rookie seasons as spectacular as Dak and Zeke had in 2016 (I don’t think we’ll see anything similar in the NFL for a long time), but the rookie class ended up being a very important one for sure.

After letting a lot of veteran players walk in free agency, the team went ahead and fixed the secondary by drafting Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis in consecutive rounds, and trading up to get Xavier Woods in the sixth.

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Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis, CB Chidobe Awuzie, S Xavier Woods (AP Photo / Ron Jenkins)

Jourdan Lewis made his presence felt early in the season, while we had to wait a bit to see Chidobe Awuzie in action. Both of them had surprising rookie seasons and they truly look like the future in Dallas’ secondary.

Both have shown what they’re capable of; we’ve seen them make plays and turn their heads to the ball… really, something we hadn’t seen in a long time.

Ryan Switzer didn’t get a chance to play as a wide receiver that much, but he was very impressive as a returner. He still has a long way to go, but I’m betting on Switzer to remain among the NFL’s best returners for a long time. After seeing him replace Cole Beasley in the season finale, I’ll be shocked if Dallas doesn’t give him more playing time on offense next year. He deserves a more important role.

Taco Charlton still has a lot to improve on, but surprisingly, he did a nice job during the final games of the season. It’s always premature to call a player a “bust” after a single season, and Taco’s been called a bust since the moment he was drafted. Let’s give him a chance.

For 2017, we set the bar high for the Cowboys’ sophomores.

We thought Dak Prescott would be among the best QBs in the league, that Ezekiel Elliott would pass the 2,000-yard mark, that Anthony Brown would be an ideal CB1, and that Maliek Collins could even lead the team in sacks as a defensive tackle.

There are a lot of reasons this team struggled in 2017, and some of those reasons still preoccupy us when thinking about next season.

The Cowboys will definitely need their 2017 rookies to continue playing quality football. It will be key if they want to leave a painful 9-7 season behind and get back to winning this year.

Here’s to hoping the Cowboys’ 2018 sophomores avoid the “inevitable slumps.” In a season filled with uncertainty, they’ll sure be needed.

Tell me what you think about “Dallas Cowboys’ 2017 Rookies Need to Avoid Sophomore Slumps” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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: ¿Estará Dez Bryant de Vuelta en el 2018?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: ¿Estará Dez Bryant de Vuelta en el 2018?

Dez Bryant es ese jugador que incontables veces me hizo gritar y saltar de alegría con sus excepcionales recepciones y su manera de pelear el balón en el aire. Tantos momentos tan memorables con Tony Romo e incluso algunos con Dak Prescott lo han vuelto uno de mis jugadores favoritos…

Pero ahora, después de una difícil temporada de los Dallas Cowboys, los sentimientos están encontrados.

En muchos momentos, no parece que estamos viendo al Dez Bryant de antes. Claro, podemos decidir recordar esa recepción de touchdown que rompió el récord de la franquicia contra los Redskins, o esa escapada de 50 yardas en New York en la semana 14.

Pero Dez no ha sido el mismo las últimas tres temporadas. Y este 2017, todos los momentos de frustración culminaron en el partido que eliminó a los Cowboys de la temporada.

Cuando los Cowboys se enfrentaron a los Seattle Seahawks, un fumble acompañado por un pase soltado de Dez que resultó en una intercepción, todos nos pusimos a pensar.

La cosa no es que Dez Bryant sea un mal receptor. El talento está ahí, y es fácil verlo en ciertas jugadas. A veces es visible cuando atropella a algún defensivo, a veces cuando busca el balón y consigue atraparlo de una manera impresionante.

Quizá el próximo año se sacuda la mala racha que ha tenido los últimos años y encuentre una manera de ser el jugador que alguna vez fue… el problema es la cantidad de dinero que se le paga.

Después de la temporada del 2014, cuando Bryant terminó el año con 16 touchdowns y más de 1,300 yardas, el receptor estrella firmó un contrato por $70M.

Los Dallas Cowboys tienen frente a ellos una pregunta muy importante que resolver este offseason.

 

¿Deberían Deshacerse de Dez Bryant?

A pesar de tener una mala racha, la razón por la cual Dallas le diría adiós a Dez es su contrato. Dez está listo para cobrar $16.5M en el 2018 y otros 16 millones y medio en el 2019. De ser cortado, los Cowboys se ahorrarían ocho millones y medio la próxima temporada.

Suficiente dinero para firmar a un jugador que realmente haga impacto esta agencia libre.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (Brad Penner / USA TODAY Sports)

Normalmente, cuando hablamos de jugadores como él, hay muchos conflictos para los aficionados. Vaya, yo mismo acabo de plantear que es uno de mis jugadores favoritos, pero quizá a veces el cambio es necesario.

Sí, la producción de Dez Bryant no ha sido la misma desde la última temporada que tuvo con Tony Romo. Pero ¿es eso excusa suficiente?

Basta pensar en jugadores como Larry Fitzgerald y DeAndre Hopkins para darse cuenta de que no. Aún con quarterbacks mediocres, ambos se mantienen como receptores de elite en la NFL.

Es cierto que Dak Prescott no es el mismo QB que Romo era, y no es un jugador que vaya a lanzar pases profundos tan frecuentemente como Tony lo hacía, pero eso tampoco significa que sea algo malo necesariamente.

Este equipo le construyó un equipo a su ex-mariscal para sacarle todo el provecho al #9. Es hora de hacer lo mismo por Dak Prescott.

Insisto en que los Cowboys tienen que buscar a un WR tan pronto como en la primera ronda del NFL Draft o incluso hasta en agencia libre.

Los Dallas Cowboys tienen tantas cosas que hacer antes de la próxima temporada y decidir que hacer con uno de sus jugadores más emblemáticos de la actualidad, Dez Bryant, es una de ellas.

¿Les gustaría ver a Dez Bryant de vuelta en el 2018?

Tell me what you think about “Cowboys en Español: ¿Estará Dez Bryant de Vuelta en el 2018?” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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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Will Ryan Switzer see an Increased Offensive Role in 2018?

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Will Ryan Switzer see an Increased Offensive Role in 2018?

The Dallas Cowboys clearly had a specific role in mind for Ryan Switzer when they drafted him 133rd overall in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Come to find out, that role didn’t include being involved much on the offensive side of the ball, at least not as a rookie.

After watching the way the Cowboys utilized Ryan Switzer in 2017, it’s pretty obvious the sole purpose he was drafted was to improve the special-teams play in the return game.

They clearly didn’t envision him being a part of the game plan on offense, despite the continuous outcry from fans.

Like most rookies, Ryan Switzer didn’t really get off to a fast start, and took a while to get used to the speed of the NFL. But, once he calmed his nerves and regained his confidence, he proved to be an upgrade in the return game.

Switzer ended up ranking third in kickoff returns, averaging 25 yards per return in 2017 and 12th in punt returns with almost 9 yards per return.

He also became the first Dallas Cowboys player to return a punt for a touchdown since 2013. He accomplished this against the Washington Redskins, in Week 13 when he took an 83-yarder to the house.

Surprisingly enough, using Ryan Switzer solely as a return specialist wasn’t enough for a lot of Cowboys Nation. A lot of fans wanted to see his talents utilized more on the offensive side of the ball as well, but were only left disappointed.

Ryan Switzer

Dallas Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer

Getting Switzer involved in the offensive game plan just wasn’t in the cards in 2017.

He only managed to catch six passes for 41 yards and rushed four times for 5 yards. This isn’t exactly what Cowboys fans envisioned after hearing Switzer was opening a lot eyes in training camp and organized team activities (OTAs). That was the main problem.

He was hyped up so much heading into the season that fans expected to see him involved much more on offense.

The Cowboys, on the other hand, had something else in mind, but I doubt that’s the case for the upcoming 2018 season.

I really think we’re going to see an increased role for Ryan Switzer next season.

The Cowboys coaching staff should have a much better understanding of his strengths and weaknesses now that he has a year in the system under his belt. And, they’ve seen firsthand how explosive he can be with the ball in his hands.

What the Cowboys coaching staff will have to determine this offseason is just how big of a role Switzer will have next year.

Should Switzer take Cole Beasley‘s job?

Cole Beasley, like the rest of the Cowboys receivers, had a down year in 2017. We shouldn’t assume that his job is safe, especially with someone like Ryan Switzer waiting in the wings. But, is Switzer ready to take over full-time?

Tough decisions will have to be made eventually, but such is life in the NFL.

Will Ryan Switzer see an increased offensive role in 2018?

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