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Dallas Cowboys At Buffalo Bills: 5 Bold Predictions

RJ Ochoa

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December 26th means different things for different people.

Some people are headed home after visiting family. Others lay in their pajamas and watch college bowl games or movies. Of course there are those that rush to their local retail stores to exchange whatever gifts they opened under their tree the day before. The Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles are using this day to play a game of football.

Some people spend the day tearing down all of the lights, tinsel, and novelty Santa Clauses that adorn their house throughout December. I am not one of those people.

Just like there is a rule as to when you can start listening to Christmas music (the day after Thanksgiving you're in the clear) there is a rule about how long you can have your decorations up.

It's still a festive time of year and there is still one big holiday left for us all to celebrate. I choose to leave my decorations up until after New Year's.

"But RJ, it doesn't make sense! Why do you have Christmas decorations up after Christmas?!"

It makes my heart happy. It's still great to enjoy the spirit of Christmas even though the actual day itself is over.

I view the Dallas Cowboys the same way.

A week ago tonight America's Team was officially, mathematically, and heartbreakingly eliminated from playoff contention for this season. The day is done.

That doesn't mean that we still can't enjoy the spirit of the season for just a little bit longer.

We here at Inside The Star all hope that you had the Merriest of Christmases and we wish you the Happiest of New Years.

Here are this week's 5 Bold Predictions. 

There Will Be Over 10 References To The Cowboys/Bills Super Bowl Days

The Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills made NFL History in the early 90s when they squared off against one another in back-to-back Super Bowls.

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The Cowboys won both of those contests in convincing fashion, helping to establish them as the team of the decade. The Buffalo Bills actually lost the two Super Bowls prior to the two they played against us, both of which they lost, giving them four losses in the biggest game possible in a row.

The Cowboys and Bills only play once every four years thanks to being in separate conferences. It's always a great matchup and there is no place to watch a game like Ralph Wilson Stadium.

This is one of the better matchups in terms of NFL lore, and we're going to be reminded of that all day long.

Terrance Mitchell Will Record Another Interception

A little over a week ago the Cowboys shocked all those who follow them closely when they released cornerback Tyler Patmon. In terms of roster adjustment they called up Terrance Mitchell in his place.

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Mitchell made them look like geniuses a week ago when he intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick. This was the first interception recorded by a Dallas Cowboys cornerback since December 4th, 2014. Wowza.

The secondary has been a point of weakness for the Cowboys for quite some time, so it was really nice to see the team get something positive out of it.

I've called for rookie standout Byron Jones to get an interception in these Bold Predictions before, but after lots of food over the Christmas Holiday my gut is feeling Terrance Mitchell.

Always go with your gut.

Darren McFadden Will Have Over 100 Yards On The Ground

Alright class, who can tell me who has the most 100-yard rushing games this season in the NFL?

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You! In the back!

"Adrian Peterson?"

That is correct! Now can anyone tell me who is tied with Todd Gurley for second on this list with just one less than Peterson?

*Crickets*

The answer is Run DMC aka Darren McFadden aka He Continues To Surprise.

Darren McFadden has, amazingly, been the most stable part of the Dallas Cowboys offense this season. He's pulled off some big runs and five 100-yard games... all despite the defense knowing that he's getting the ball.

DMC getting 100 yards is money in the bank at this point. I'm just writing the check, he's going to cash it.

Brice Butler Will Have A 30+ Yard Touchdown

When Dez Bryant went down with a foot injury after the Week 1 victory over the New York Giants, the Cowboys traded for a receiver to give them some depth at the position in Dez's absence.

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Brice Butler of the Oakland Raiders was that man and he's looked pretty good in the few opportunities that he's been given. Many members of Cowboys Nation actually believe that he could/should overtake Terrance Williams for the #2 role on the Cowboys giving them an attack of Dez, Brice, and Beasley.

Dez Bryant will not be playing in this game, so Brice is going to have a larger volume of work against the Bills. This is a great opportunity for him to showcase his talent and his lethal speed.

That speed is going to have him flying during this game and Kellen Moore is going to look his way for a score over 30 yards. Book it.

Kellen Moore Will Have A Rushing Touchdown

There has been quite a carousel of quarterbacks for the Dallas Cowboys this season.

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At different times we have seen Tony Romo, Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel, and Kellen Moore. Yes, those are real people.

Moore is just the latest person to take snaps from Travis Frederick as he took over mid-game for Matt Cassel last week against the Jets. Kellen will be the one getting the start in Buffalo.

I liked what I saw from Kellen. He has an electricity about him that seems to get the team energized when he's at the helm.

I can see it now...

Kellen snaps the ball. He rolls right. He doesn't like what he sees. He comes back left. He's motioning for someone to cut back in. It's not there. The Bills defensive linemen are coming. Kellen takes off. Kellen scores. Everyone is jubilant!


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What are your BOLD Predictions for when the Dallas Cowboys visit the Buffalo Bills? I want to know! Comment below, Email me at Roel.Ochoa.Jr@Gmail.com, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

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I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout!

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6 Comments
  • JAY

    Is Jeff health not a corner anymore

    • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

      Heath is a safety, same as he was in college and high school from all reports I found on a quick google search.

      • JAY

        I realized that but there is no edit button. Either way he is A DB, a DB that got a pick(2) this year.

  • RJ Ochoa

    You're right, Jay. I meant corner, but typed DB. Been a long Christmas weekend! Good catch.

    • JAY

      NP, I understand our team haso had a rough year but that stat is damning. Who do we blame for this? Henderson and Baker, Marinelli''s DB''s obtaining picks was a strong suite in Chicago or maybe Tillman just made them look good.

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    The lack of turnovers this year is just astounding. How in the world Marinelli's tampa-2 defense doesn't have more turnovers is beyond me, especially with the players we have back there.

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Should Cowboys Sign This RFA to a Contract Sheet?

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Should Cowboys Sign This RFA to a Contract Sheet?

Fortune favors the bold. It's a rough translation of an old Latin proverb and the mantra I believe the Dallas Cowboys should indoctrinate this offseason.

I think it's time the Dallas Cowboys start to make a few bold moves. I truly believe they are close to competing for a championship title and one or two offseason moves could increase those odds. One such move would be to sign restricted free agent (RFA) Shaquil Barrett to an offer sheet.

It's expected that the Denver Broncos will place a second-round tender on Barrett and I think the Dallas Cowboys would be wise to explore the possibility of signing him to a contract sheet. If Denver declines to match the offer, the Cowboys would then send them their second round draft pick as compensation.

You on board?

Probably not at this point, but let me try to explain why I believe this is a good move on the Cowboys part, even if it is an uncharacteristic one.

You see, the Cowboys could definitely use someone to play opposite DeMarcus Lawrence and I think Shaquil Barrett could be the solution.

I know it sounds like a lot to give up a second round draft pick, but the Cowboys have been deplorable at drafting players in the second round the past decade. Sean Lee, DeMarcus Lawrence, and possibly Jaylon Smith have really been the only "hits" the Cowboys have found in the second round. That's simply unacceptable!

So, why not use that second rounder to acquire a player who is already a proven commodity in the NFL?

Shaquil Barrett

Denver Broncos OLB Shaq Barrett (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

I know the first thing a lot of you are going to do is to look up Shaquil Barrett's stats to see what he has accomplished in the NFL. But, stats don't always show the big picture.

You see, Barrett has been stuck behind some pretty talented pass rushers in Denver, so his statistics aren't going to jump off the paper. But, when given the opportunity he has proven he deserves a larger role. That's where the Dallas Cowboys come in.

The Broncos probably don't have the money to keep Shaquil Barrett if the Cowboys sign him to a contract sheet. It doesn't necessarily even have to be a big money contract offer. The Broncos simply don't have the salary cap to do much, especially considering they are still looking for a starting quarterback.

I honestly like the idea of the Cowboys going after Barrett. You may have forgotten, but he gave a healthy Tyron Smith fits last season.

With an injured Shane Ray, Shaquil Barrett got the start against the Cowboys in 2017 and finished the game with two quarterback hits, six QB pressures, and five stops. No other player found that kind of success against Tyron Smith all season, even when he was banged up.

Unfortunately, when Shane Ray returned, Barrett's usage on defense declined. That's why you can't always judge a players productivity by statistics. You have to judge him more on a per-snap basis, and if you do that you will discover he was very effective as both a pass rusher and run stopper.

I believe Barrett is ready for a full-time role. Yes, he has been used as a standup 3-4 OLB with the Broncos, but he has the required traits to put his hand on the ground and maintain his effectiveness.

The downside to all of this is the Dallas Cowboys would have to give up their second-round draft pick, but draft picks are sometimes overvalued anyways. Shaquil Barrett is probably better than anybody the Cowboys could draft in the second round, so I say pull the trigger.

Should the Cowboys sign Shaquil Barrett to a contract sheet?


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Could a Former Division Rival be Cowboys’ LG Solution?

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Could Former Division Rival be Cowboys' OG Solution?

When it comes to prioritizing the Dallas Cowboys offseason needs, offensive guard is definitely near the top of the list. Opinions will certainly vary, but for me, solidifying the offensive line with a new starting left guard is the top priority for the Cowboys.

I know many of you will disagree and believe the Dallas Cowboys need to continue to upgrade their defense. But, this teams success or failure will be determined by how their offensive line performs. That's just the way the Cowboys are built, which is why they have invested so heavily putting this unit together.

Four out of five of the Dallas Cowboys starting offensive line is set in stone, but there is currently no one on the roster to step into the vacant left guard position unless you want to see the coaching staff give Chaz Green another try.

No, I didn't think so.

With the start of the 2018 free agency just a few weeks away, the Dallas Cowboys have certainly narrowed down some of the potential free agents they would be interested in bringing aboard if the price is right. Remember, they have turned into "bargain shoppers".

There are a few intriguing free agent options who I believe could step in to upgrade the LG position for the Cowboys next season, and not break the bank. One such option is a former division rival of the New York Giants, Justin Pugh.

Justin Pugh

New York Giants OL Justin Pugh

The former 19th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft has spent five years in New York while playing out his rookie contract, but that time has come to an end. The Giants aren't likely to re-sign him, which means he will get his first taste of free agency.

Justin Pugh could step in and be an immediate upgrade over what the Dallas Cowboys employed at the left guard position in 2017. He has exceptional mobility. He reaches the second level with ease and plays with good body control and footwork. He is a perfect fit in a zone blocking scheme like the Cowboys employ.

Pugh is also versatile. He has played both right tackle and offensive guard for the Giants. He of course would be asked to play between Travis Frederick and Tyron Smith at LG with the Cowboys, but versatility to play another position is never a bad thing.

Unfortunately, Pugh doesn't come without baggage. He has missed a total of 13 games over the last two seasons with the Giants, including eight last season due to a back injury. This is definitely a huge red flag, especially for the Cowboys after dealing with the same issue with Tyron Smith.

But, this is why Justin Pugh will likely be in the Cowboys price range. Sportrac currently estimates his contract at 4 years at $23,983,847, which equates to $5,995,968 annually. I personally think that's a little low for someone of Pugh's caliber and versatility, but it certainly understandable when you take into account his recent injury history.

I personally think this is a longshot to happen because  the Cowboys would prefer to go younger and cheaper, but it wouldn't surprise me.

Do you think Justin Pugh makes sense for the Cowboys?


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Dallas Cowboys Wishlist: 2018 Free Agency Edition

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Sadly, we can't wake up on Sundays to NFL football. The Dallas Cowboys are not on TV every week for us to watch them play. To make matters worse, we'll have to wait until September to get real football from our favorite team.

But that doesn't mean there's nothing to talk about until then! For the die-hard Cowboys fan, the offseason should be quite entertaining. Free agency will begin in March, and it should be an intense one for Dallas.

They need to handle a tight salary cap while trying to add a bit of help for this football team. Recently, Inside The Star Contributor John Williams wrote an in-depth piece about the Cowboys' cap situation and how they can manage to get things done, despite having little cap space right now.

Last season, I wrote a weekly Cowboys Wishlist about things I wanted to see for each game. Now there are no games, but I decided to write a special edition for this upcoming free agency.

Cowboys en Español: El Futuro de David Irving y DeMarcus Lawrence

Dallas Cowboys DL David Irving, DeMarcus Lawrence (Kevin Jairaj / USA TODAY Sports)

Wish #1: Keep The Rushmen

The front office will have one hell of a challenge trying to retain all of its free agents. The two most important ones may be their two defensive linemen. If they can keep them, DL won't be a top need heading to the Draft.

Lawrence is one of the biggest names in free agency this 2018, but the Cowboys should find a way to keep him from ever being available.

If they're able to franchise tag him, that'd be the way to go since he's only had one elite season in his four-year career and they may not want to sign him to a huge long-term deal and risk not seeing the same guy next season.

David Irving is a more polarizing player, with off-the-field issues. However, he's been a very disruptive guy and he has the chance to be a unique player. His talent is really out of this world. Keeping him and Irving would give this franchise a top defensive line for the first time in many years.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Wish #2: Pay Anthony Hitchens

When healthy, Sean Lee is one of the NFL's top linebackers. He is simply an outstanding player who's always around the ball and seems to know where the ball is going before the opposing coach even calls the play.

The problem is, he has a lot of trouble remaining available. Anthony Hitchens is a guy who's found the way to step up every time the General is out, and he's shown a great progression as a player year after year.

Lee will be 32 by the time the season starts, giving Dallas something to think about. Hitchens is a guy capable of starting and competing in the NFL. If the front office finds a way to keep him, they'll be getting closer to being less "Sean Lee-dependent."

Wish #3: Get Seattle Seahawks' Earl Thomas

When we talk about a potential big name addition to the Dallas Cowboys, we're usually a bit pessimistic. This team isn't one that makes splashes like this, but Earl Thomas to Dallas makes a ton of sense. Former Seahawks' defensive coordinator is now the Cowboys' defensive backs' coach.

With Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis (and maybe Byron Jones moving to CB), this team will have a promising secondary. Add Earl Thomas, and it will go from "promising" to "great" in a heartbeat.

The Cowboys could not only have a top DL, but a top secondary if they're able to get this veteran.

Let's hope the Cowboys listen to Thomas and they go get him.

A Case For Dez Bryant Remaining a Dallas Cowboy in 2018

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Wish #4: Get Dez Bryant to Take a Pay Cut

When I started writing this, I wanted to add a "get this wide receiver in FA"... but I won't. A few weeks ago, I wrote a case in favor and one against Dez Bryant remaining a Cowboy in 2018. Personally, I would be fine with him parting ways with the team.

However, I'm aware of how hard it can be finding a replacement for a guy like #88. The biggest issue with Dez is definitely his cap hit. He hasn't justified the money he's being paid on the field as he should be.

If they can get him to take a pay cut, it may end up being the ideal scenario for the Dallas Cowboys.

It'll be a very interesting offseason, and here at Inside The Star we'll continue to provide you with content about it all.

Tell me what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Wishlist: 2018 Free Agency Edition" 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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