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Dallas Cowboys 2015 Schedule Outlook: Cowboys on Prime Time Path to Emulate 2014 Success

Sean Martin



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Cowboys Blog - Dallas Cowboys 2015 Schedule OutlookIt's about that time of the year when fans will pull up their team's schedule once again and proceed to make outlandish predictions for 2015.

You can be the judge on just how outlandish the following predictions are. To the left is the Dallas Cowboys 2015 schedule, ranked 24th in the league in difficulty (click for full size).

The Cowboys will appear in primetime four times this season, more than any other team.

Week 1: Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants

2014 Season: 6-10

Vs. Cowboys: Lost both

The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys have a recent history of facing off in week 1 games. The Giants came to Dallas to open the 2013 season, and it was the Cowboys getting their first home win against the NFC East rival at AT&T Stadium.

The year before, the Cowboys opened in New York and defeated the Giants 24-17.

This year the teams will once again meet in Jerryworld to open the season on September 13th. The Cowboys swept the season series against the Giants last season, with Tony Romo throwing for a combined 7 touchdowns.

With expectations high for the Cowboys, I expect a big time opening performance at home. Look for Romo and Bryant to make a statement, and Dallas to start the season 1-0.

Week 2: Dallas Cowboys @ Philadephia Eagles

2014 Season: 10-6

Vs. Cowboys: Split

Chip Kelly and the Eagles turned over the roster entering 2015, creating one of the biggest question mark teams entering the season. Amidst uncertainty, this match-up will be headlined by one thing- Demarco Murray facing his former team for the first time.

The Eagles will be a run-heavy team this year, that also upgraded a secondary that was abused in week 15 last season by the likes of Dez Bryant and Co.

However, the Cowboys run defense should be much improved (See point #4 in 5 Reasons Why Cowboys Repeat As NFC East Champions In 2015), and this game could be a big spot early in the season.

The difference between starting the season, and divisional play, 2-0 and 1-1 is huge. This will surely be a must watch game around the league.

Week 3: Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons 

2014 Season: 6-10

Vs. Cowboys: Did not play

After playing in Philly, the Cowboys will fly home to face the Atlanta Falcons in week 3.

Atlanta is coming off of a disappointing season but hired former Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as head coach during the off-season.

The Falcons could present a tough challenge, especially in the form of a let-down game after facing the NFC East in the first two weeks.

The secondary will certainly be tested by Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. The offensive line will face first round pick Vic Beasley and former Cowboy Justin Durant.

Should the Cowboys win, they could be set up in a prime spot entering a tough run between weeks 4 and 9.

Week 4: Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints 

2014 Season: 7-9

Vs. Cowboys: 38-17 loss

The Cowboys will face the NFC South for the second straight week when they travel to the Superdome in week 4 to play the Saints on Sunday Night Football.

It is clear that the Saints are not what they once were, but the Superdome will continue to be one of the league's toughest places to play.

Cowboys Blog - Dallas Cowboys 2015 Schedule Outlook: Cowboys on Prime Time Path to Emulate 2014 Success 2Drew Brees and the Saints offense will be a tall order for the Dallas defense. The Cowboys must have success running the football and keeping them off the field, which Demarco Murray was able to do in last season's meeting.

If there is a game the Cowboys drop before week 5, it could very well be this one.

Week 5: Dallas Cowboys vs. New England Patriots 

2014 Season: 12-4

Vs. Cowboys: Did not play

The Dallas defense welcomes Greg Hardy in what should be a match-up of the league's best.

New England will be the first 2014 playoff team that the Cowboys face in 2015.

Expect the Cowboys defense to be rejuvenated with Hardy making his debut on the defensive line. They will also be facing a fired up Tom Brady should his four-game suspension be reduced by even a single game.

This has all the makings of a potential shoot-out in Dallas. Buckle up.

Week 6: Bye

Cowboys Blog - Dallas Cowboys 2015 Schedule Outlook 1Week 7: Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants 

The Cowboys are historically great coming off of a bye week, and they will travel to MetLife stadium to close out the season series with the Giants in week 7 after the bye.

Sweeping the season series for the second straight year would be huge, and it seems the schedule is favorable for the Cowboys to do just that.

Week 8: Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks 

2014 Season: 12-4

Vs. Cowboys: 30-23 loss

The Cowboys put themselves on the map last season with a 30-23 win in Seattle. This year they will see the Seahawks at home.

This game also means that Dallas will see both 2014 Super Bowl teams in AT&T stadium.

The storyline going in may very well be Seattle's 'Legion of Boom" defense against the Dallas WRs.

Cowboys Blog - Dallas Cowboys 2015 Schedule Outlook: Cowboys on Prime Time Path to Emulate 2014 Success 1Hopefully coming off of a big win in New York, I expect the Cowboys post-bye-week momentum to continue in a big way against Seattle.

Week 9: Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadephia Eagles 

While the Cowboys hope to be hitting a second half stride, the Eagles will have the luxury of coming off a bye week to travel to Dallas in week 9.

A rested Demarco Murray will make his return to Dallas in a game that should have huge divisional implications. The game will be on NBC's Sunday Night Football.

Dez Bryant stepped up against the Eagles last season, and they will need him to do the same in this primetime showdown.

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Dec 14, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) makes a catch for a touchdown as Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher (24) defends in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Week 10: Dallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

2014 Season: 2-14

Vs. Cowboys: Did not play

The Cowboys will travel to Florida for a game in the sun a week after facing divisional rival Philadelphia. Some are painting the game as a dreaded "trap game" for this reason.

If the Cowboys want to prove themselves as legitimate Super Bowl contenders, they will dominate this game against a team that finished with the worst record in the league in 2014.

The defense will see rookie QB Jameis Winston, the first rookie QB Dallas will face this season.

Week 11: Dallas Cowboys @ Miami Dolphins 

2014 Season: 8-8

Vs. Cowboys: Did not play

The Cowboys will continue their Florida trip when they play the Dolphins in week 11.

Miami added WR Devonte Parker in the draft in hopes of building a great offense around franchise QB Ryan Tannehill.

This game will test the secondary, which should be up for the challenge. Look for the Cowboys to come out of Florida 2-0, at worst 1-1.

Week 12: Dallas Cowboys vs. Carolina Panthers 

2014 Season: 7-8-1

Vs. Cowboys: Did not play

The Cowboys will continue to be tested at home, against a Carolina team that presents a dual threat QB in Cam Newton.

This game will also close out the team's play against the NFC South.

The Dallas defense has struggled against such QBs in the past, which makes this match-up intriguing.

I expect the Cowboys to be at around 7 or 8 wins at this point, so this game could prove to be a turning point as the team re-enters divisional play.

Week 13: Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins 

2014 Season: 4-12

Vs. Cowboys: Split

The Cowboys are 4-2 at home against the Redskins in the new stadium, with most of the meetings coming late in the year.

This will be the first divisional game for Dallas since week 9, so it will be important to stay on track in the NFC East as the season grinds to a close.

This will also be their first appearance of the season on ESPNs Monday Night Football.

This also may be a time in the season where running backs Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden begin to show fatigue based on their workload, so that will be something fans will want to keep a close eye on.

Week 14: Dallas Cowboys @ Green Bay Packers 

2014 Season: 12-4

Vs. Cowboys: Dez caught it (26-21 win)

The last time the Cowboys played in Green Bay...well we all don't need me to finish this sentence. Something about Dez Bryant and a catch. At the goal line. In a divisonal playoff game...

Anyway, the Cowboys will return to the frozen tundra as Romo and Dez look for revenge against Aaron Rodgers and the Pack.

This will be the last 2014 playoff team the Cowboys see.

Week 15: Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Jets

2014 Season: 4-12

Vs. Cowboys: Did not play

The Cowboys will make their only Thursday Night Football appearance of the season on NFL Network against the Jets on December 19th.

The Jets new coaching staff and ownership has NY fans' optimism at an all-time high. In a wide open AFC East, it's hard to judge where this Jets team will be this late in the season.

One thing is for sure, they will bring an excellent defense that once again features Darrell Revis.

While Revis vs Bryant will be the headline match-up, I look for guys like Terrance Williams and Jason Witten to step up and complete the offense as the Cowboys make a playoff push.

Week 16: Dallas Cowboys @ Buffalo Bills

2014 Season: 9-7

Vs. Cowboys: Did not play

Buffalo, like Green Bay, will be a very tough spot to play in late in the season. The Bills defense plays well at home and is great at forcing turnovers.

The Cowboys will need to prove they can win on the road in hostile environments if they want to make noise in the NFC playoffs. A win here would do just that.

Week 17: Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins 

The Cowboys will close out the regular season for the second straight year against NFC East foe Washington.

Let's hope the division is once again clinched and the Cowboys can use this game for rest to enter the playoffs.

If not, Dallas should be up to the challenge and close out the season on a high note.

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My 2015 Cowboys Record Prediction: 11-5


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Cowboys OT Mitch Hyatt is an Undrafted Rookie to Watch

Jess Haynie



Mitch Hyatt

Going undrafted is hardly a death blow to a player's hopes of making it into the NFL. We've seen many examples of players who have lengthy careers despite humble beginnings, and plenty of them happened right here in Dallas. Could offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt be the next undrafted success story for the Cowboys?

Hyatt just finished his college career at Clemson as a four-year starter, two-time national champion, and two-time All-American. While not an elite draft prospect, many had Mitch rated as at least a 5th-7th round pick. His going undrafted was a surprise.

While he measures with good size at 6'5" and a little over 300 lbs., Hyatt lacks upper body strength. But he's overcome that deficiency through the years with work ethic, motor, and smarts.

For the Cowboys, it's a lot easier to help a guy gain strength than it is to try and improve motivation or intelligence.

Dallas was not the only team interested in Mitch Hyatt once he hit free agency. But from the rookie's own lips, he didn't have a hard decision to make.

“'I received a fair amount of calls. It was a pretty chaotic five to 10 minutes for me,'” Hyatt said. “'I had a whole bunch of people in my ear. But I knew what kind of team the Cowboys were, I knew what they were about.'”

Whether it was the reputation of the Cowboys organization, its vaunted offensive line, or the chance to work with Coach Marc Colombo, Hyatt was clearly drawn to Dallas. Another reason for that may have been the perceived opportunity to make the roster.

The Cowboys seem to already be preparing for life without La'el Collins in 2020, when Collins is set to hit free agency. They gave Cam Fleming a two-year deal which keeps him through next year, plus drafted Connor McGovern in the third round of the 2019 draft. It suggests Dallas isn't planning to pay La'l the significant money he should demand.

If Fleming gets promoted to the starting job at right tackle, that would leave a vacancy for swing tackle in 2020. Mitch Hyatt could be one of Dallas' options for that role.

Even if the Cowboys don't keep Hyatt on the 53-man roster in 2019, they will likely try to put him on the practice squad. Ideally, a year of physical development there will make him a much stronger candidate for the 2020 season.

Of course, the reason we know those undrafted success stories so well is because they aren't typical. The odds are against Mitch Hyatt having any NFL career, but his collegiate success and intangibles speak to a guy who's worth taking a chance on.

If it works out, credit the Cowboys for continuing the tradition of Tony Romo, Miles Austin, Jeff Heath, and other undrafted players who became significant contributors.

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Could CB Michael Jackson Prove To Be Cowboys Best Value Pick?

Mauricio Rodriguez



Could CB Michael Jackson Prove To Be Cowboys Best Value Pick?
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Looking back to the third day of the 2019 NFL Draft for the Dallas Cowboys, running backs Tony Pollard and Mike Weber are the most discussed players among fans and analysts. The front office made some pretty promising selections in the late rounds that could have important roles on the team in the near future. While many thought the Cowboys would be quick to add a rookie safety, it wasn't until the fifth round that the team drafted a defensive back, and it wasn't even a safety. Kris Richard got his guy Michael Jackson, from the Miami Hurricanes.

A few weeks apart from training camp, the 6-1 cornerback has been overlooked by many fans. Although the team got plenty of quality players in the late rounds, Jackson might end up being the best value pick when we look back to this rookie class a year from now.

In college, Jackson started 23 games between 2017 and 2018 as he racked up four interceptions and 10 pass deflections. He seems just like the kind of guy we know DB Coach Kris Richard loves. A tall, long, press cornerback with pretty solid range. Jackson is far from a player ready to start in the NFL, but Richard will have a lot of raw potential to work with.

Michael Jackson

CB Michael Jackson

When the former Seahawks defensive coordinator joined the Cowboys, he let it be known that he saw a lot of potential on Byron Jones. The 2015 first round pick's career was turned around after last season, when the team finally stopped moving Jones around the defensive backfield. As a full-time corner, Jones went on to become a second-team All-Pro last year.

While it would be unfair to compare Jones and Jackson, both of them arrived to the NFL with very different expectations, I can't help but wonder how far can Richard take the Miami product. Although it wasn't discussed as much, cornerback was an important need for the team because of a lack of depth and the uncertainty surrounding Jones' future on the team.

After an impressive 2018 season, extending Jones will be a huge challenge for the Cowboys front office. After all, there's a lot of homegrown talent due for big paydays. Who knows if when the day comes, the team will have what it takes to keep Jones in Dallas. Not to mention, Anthony Brown is entering his contract year. A solid nickel corner for the Cowboys could be gone, leaving Kris Richard's unit with very little depth.

Fortunately for the Cowboys, Michael Jackson has the size and potential to play in any spot in the secondary, giving Richard the chance to develop him at the position he wishes. After all, Richard will be in no hurry to get Jackson on the field. It's tough to imagine Jackson getting an important role for the upcoming season, but he could certainly get a few snaps throughout the year. Having said that, it's in the long run that the All-ACC second-team CB can truly prove his worth.

In an ideal world, the Cowboys would keep their current CB but the cold, hard truth is NFL teams can't keep all of their players all the time. Jackson might have to eventually step up to an important spot on the defense. If Kris Richard develops him properly, Dallas won't be that concerned about a couple of their CBs potentially leaving. We'll see if Michael Jackson is ready when his name is called.

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Dorance Armstrong, Kerry Hyder Stand Out in Cowboys Practices

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Why Cowboys Rookie DE Dorance Armstrong is the Pass Rusher to Watch in Carolina

With Left Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery, Defensive End Taco Charlton rehabbing a shoulder and foot injury, and Right Defensive End Randy Gregory currently suspended indefinitely, there have been plenty of snaps at defensive end for other players to make a name for themselves in the offseason training activities (OTAs) and this past week's minicamp. The two players that stood out above all others on the defense were defensive ends Dorance Armstrong and Kerry Hyder.

You might be asking yourself, "what does it matter? DeMarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn are the starters. Why should we care about a couple of backups."

First, the backup defensive ends for the Dallas Cowboys will play. After DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford, the leaders in defensive end snaps in 2018, Randy Gregory got 44% of the snaps on defense and Taco Charlton saw 39%. Dorance Armstrong, who played sparingly as a rookie, saw 26% of the snaps. The defensive ends that make the 53-man roster are going to get playing time.

Secondly, there's no guarantee that DeMarcus Lawrence will be ready for week one. Tyrone Crawford, who was the starter at right defensive end in 2018, could miss week one if the NFL deems his offseason altercation is worthy of a suspension. That leaves a whole lot of potential snaps at the left defensive end spot if either of those two guys misses week one.

Dorance Armstrong, the Dallas Cowboys fourth-round pick from 2018, caught the eye of several observers from the media and finished his offseason with a strong minicamp.

"These coaches have to be happy with what they’ve seen from Dorance Armstrong during these practices. Armstrong has been mainly filling in for DeMarcus Lawrence on the left side, but on Wednesday he switched over to the right. There were several snaps where he was a handful for Cam Fleming to handle. Armstrong started off well last season before hitting the rookie wall. He physically looks bigger and is also now equipped with the knowledge of how he has to prepare to play at a high level the entire season. Keep an eye on Armstrong to make that jump from the first to second year."

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Armstrong had a really nice training camp as a rookie and as Broaddus notes, tailed off during the regular season. Reports are that he's added size this offseason -- as most players do between their first and second year -- and if all the reports are correct, could be a breakout player in the making.

Kerry Hyder is another intriguing player and one of the more underrated offseason acquisitions by the Dallas Cowboys front office.

Coming from the Detroit Lions, where they used Hyder as a nose tackle in Matt Patricia's 3-4 alignment, he was played severely out of position. In 2016, playing primarily as a defensive end, Hyder recorded eight sacks for the Lions. In 2017, he suffered a torn achilles which kept him out all of that year.

Now with the Dallas Cowboys, he gets to return to his more natural defensive end position. And he's making some noise in these offseason practices.

David Helman on Twitter

D-Linemen never get any shine during OTAs, so today is for them. With Tyron Smith & La'el Collins sitting out today, Dorance Armstrong & Kerry Hyder absolutely wrecked practice. Murdered it. I legitimately don't think Dak would've gotten a single throw out if sacks were allowed.

Of course not playing against the starting tackles in Tyron Smith and La'el Collins will allow players to shine a bit more, but let's not forget that Cam Fleming started in the Super Bowl for the New England Patriots before signing with the Dallas Cowboys. Connor Williams, who has been getting snaps at tackle as well, is no slouch as a former All-American for the Texas Longhorns.

Here's what Bryan Broaddus had to say about Kerry Hyder in one of the previous OTAs his "Scout's Notebook" from May 22nd.

"I have to be careful with my love for veteran defensive linemen, but Kerry Hyder looks like a different man playing at end instead of head-up tackle. The coaching change in Detroit did him no favors last season. Having to play in a spot where he had to fight blocks all day to now working on the edge in space is a good thing for him. It appears that Hyder has his quickness back, but he also has some pass rush moves in his tool belt. I thought maybe they were going to use him as an under-tackle, but putting him back at end might be his best shot at making the roster."

Bryan Broaddus - Dallas

The Cowboys found a really good player in Kerry Hyder. He's capable of playing some 3-technique defensive tackle if needed as well as on the edge. He has a good motor and is able to make plays in the running game.

With the emergence of Kerry Hyder and Dorance Armstrong this offseason, it puts Taco Charlton behind the eight ball as the team heads to Oxnard. If they continue to play well, it's a real possibility that Charlton could be a gameday inactive during the regular season, especially if Randy Gregory is reinstated.

However they end up being deployed, this group of defensive ends will cause fits for opposing offensive lines. They've been aiming for waves of pass rushers for Rod Marinelli's defense and for the first time since becoming defensive coordinator, he looks to have just that.

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