Two years is a long time.
730 days. 17,520 hours. 1,051,200 minutes. 63,072,000 seconds.
That's how long we've been waiting for this day.
What were you doing on this day two years ago? It was Saturday, December 14th, so you were probably doing one of the following: typical Saturday lounging, chores around the house, Christmas shopping, anxiously waiting for the Dallas Cowboys to square off against the Green Bay Packers.
America's Team had six days to prepare for the Cheeseheads as we'd played on Monday Night Football the previous week. One of the teams involved had their star quarterback playing as per usual, but the other was working with a backup named Matt - thanks to a broken collarbone suffered by their starter. Sounds pretty familiar, right?
My Dad and I went to that game. We were ecstatic that we were going to be able to see the Cowboys cruise to an easy win.
It seemed like a slam dunk. Matt Flynn? Seriously? No sweat. Unfortunately for all of us, Flynn valiantly led the Packers to victory after falling behind 26-3 in the first half at AT&T Stadium. It was one of the more embarrassing losses in recent memory for the Dallas Cowboys.
That was two years ago tomorrow. It's time for some payback.
When the 2015 schedule was released many people looked to tomorrow's game between two of the NFL's most historic franchises as a great rematch of the 2014 Divisional Playoff game with one of the most infamous finishes ever. It was supposed to be our chance at revenge.
With Tony Romo sidelined thanks to a broken collarbone, a la Aaron Rodgers in 2013, a different chance has presented itself... a chance to avenge the Matt Flynn loss. This is a chance that we've been waiting two long years for.
Tomorrow afternoon my Dad and I will once again be on hand to watch a backup quarterback named Matt, Cassel to be specific, who will have all eyes on him. He's going to boldly go where one Matt has gone before... and that's straight to victory in a classic Cowboys/Packers battle.
Welcome to this week's Bold Predictions.
The Cowboys Rushmen Will Sack Aaron Rodgers Seven Times
The Dallas Cowboys defense seems to have finally arrived - or at least it appeared that way in Washington on Monday Night Football. Rod Marinelli is cooking up something special with these boys and Kirk Cousins was his guinea pig. Aaron Rodgers is the main target.
There's no denying that Aaron Rodger is an elite quarterback with an enormous amount of talent. The way to neutralize all of that is to get pressure on him. DeMarcus Lawrence, Greg Hardy, Tyrone Crawford, Randy Gregory... now is a great time for your best game of the season.
The Green Bay offensive line has been very suspect all season long. They've got issues, specifically at the center position, and the Cowboys can smell that blood in the water.
Seven sacks. They're coming.
Terrance Williams Will Make A Toe-Tap Catch For A Critical Gain
Turn Up Time 83 has made a living out of toe-tap catches for the Dallas Cowboys. Last season alone he made four or five that I'll never forget.
T-Will has had a rough go in 2015. He, like all of us, has had to adjust to life without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant at times this season. That completely changes his job and its surrounding circumstances.
There was so much chatter about how Dez Bryant was finally fully healthy entering the Redskins game on Monday Night. While that obviously is helpful for #88... that's going to drastically effect Terrance as well.
Dez is going to have a lot of attention from the Packers defenders on Sunday which is going to give Terrance the opportunity to make some plays. On a big 3rd down he's going to make one of his signature toe-tap catches that makes us all pump our fists.
There Will Be Over 10 References To Dez Bryant's Catch
You know what happened. We're not here to relive it. This moment will surround Dez Bryant for eternity - that's just the way sports work.
Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be serving on the call for Fox during this game. That same duo worked the Divisional Playoff match between these two teams on this very field. You can bet your whole Christmas List that they're going to bring it up - a lot.
This would have already gotten a huge amount of attention, but couple it with the fact that Dez recently said that he wants to be on the committee that is in charge of getting this right and you've got a recipe for repetition.
Fox is going to show it over and over again. You have been warned. Avert your eyes!
Dez Bryant Will Have His Best Game Of 2015
This has nothing to do with the bold prediction above this. This has nothing to do with revenge for the catch that wasn't.
This has everything to do with how incredible Dez Bryant is.
It isn't smoke and mirrors that Dez Bryant is finally feeling like himself. That's total truth.
We'd seen flashes of him, but the explosive Dez that we all know and love had been largely absent this season - until Monday Night Football.
There was no "X" in the endzone, but there was Dez being Dez. He's starting to find his rhythm. You can see it in his overall demeanor. He's feeling good and he's about to explode.
There's no quit in Dez Bryant. He's going to put together his finest performance of the season not because of any extracurricular factors, but simply because that's what he does.
The Dallas Cowboys Will Win The Game
The Green Bay Packers are overwhelming favorites.
The Cowboys have nothing to lose.
That makes them very dangerous.
There are a lot of intangible factors in sports that can't be explained. One that I have found to be true more often than not is that the team with less to lose is the one who comes out swinging the hardest.
Like the Matt Flynn game was for the Cowboys... all of the pressure and expectation right now is on the Green Bay Packers. If the Cowboys lose? Hey, it was the Packers. If Green Bay loses? Chaos.
The Cowboys are going to shock the world at Lambeau Field tomorrow. Believe.
Cowboys en Español: ¿Qué Safety Estará Ahí en el #58?
Por fin estamos a menos de una semana del NFL Draft 2019. El evento que define el futuro de las franquicias de la liga año tras año está a días de distancia y los rumores comienzan a tomar velocidad. Para los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys, la experiencia del Draft será un poco diferente ya que no cuentan con una selección de primera ronda. En vez de eso, tienen a Amari Cooper. ¿Lo vale? Sí. Pero, no se puede negar que el equipo estará en una posición complicada durante el Draft.
No sólo no hay un pick de primera ronda para los Cowboys, sino que no cuentan con uno dentro del Top 50. Estas son las selecciones con las que cuentan los Jones y compañía:
- Pick #58 (segunda ronda)
- Pick #91 (tercera ronda)
- Pick #129 (cuarta ronda)
- Pick #137 (cuarta ronda)
- Pick #166 (quinta ronda)
- Pick #243 (séptima ronda)
A menos que sean sorprendentemente agresivos, no habrá noticias sobre los Dallas Cowboys el próximo jueves. Más bien tendremos que esperar hasta el segundo día del Draft para ver que traman los Cowboys. ¿Qué podemos esperar sobre su primera selección?
En este momento, parece que no hay ninguna necesidad más fuerte que la de un safety. Y parece ser que el talento disponible en la segunda ronda podría beneficiar a los Cowboys. Como cada año, es difícil pronosticar quien estará en la tabla y quien no, pero hablemos de varios safeties que podrían solucionar los problemas de Dallas.
S Taylor Rapp, Washington
Algunos ven a Rapp como el mejor safety en la clase de novatos, mientras que otros están convencidos de que no podrá tener éxito en la NFL. La mayor preocupación en torno al producto de Washington es su velocidad. En las pruebas que realizó sus resultados no fueron nada satisfactorios. Sin embargo, ha probado en el campo que es bueno contra la corrida y se puede encargar de su trabajo en cobertura. Es bueno al tacklear, y podría ser justo lo que los Cowboys necesitan.
S Jonathan Abraham, Mississippi State
Abraham se proyecta como un strong safety, que es lo que los Cowboys necesitan. De todos los prospectos, parece que Abraham es el favorito a irse primero. Sin embargo, no es perfecto y sus defectos podrían costarle una caída hasta la segunda ronda. Abraham falla tackleadas ocasionalmente, pero su juego físico y agresivo lo puede compensar. Si cae hasta el #58, Abraham no puede ser ignorado.
S Juan Thornhill, Virginia
Thornhill no es mejor que los mencionados anteriormente, pero quizá sea más probable encontrarlo si los Cowboys se quedan en el pick #58. En Virginia, Thornhill tuvo tres temporadas donde fue titular en más de 10 partidos. Es todo un play-maker, consiguiendo 13 intercepciones en su carrera colegial. Lidero a su equipo en tackleadas. Puede jugar en varios puntos de la defensiva e incluso llegó a alinearse como linebacker. Dudo que eso pase en la NFL, pero podría ser un buen safety dentro de la caja y en cobertura.
S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida
Gardner-Johnson fue uno de los líderes en Florida durante toda su carrera. Jugó como safety y como cornerback, muchas veces actuando como "nickel." Chauncey no sería de mis opciones favoritas en este punto del Draft, pero es una que no se puede ignorar si los demás jugadores ya no están disponibles. Sabe romper jugadas y tiene potencial de convertirse en un titular a largo plazo.
S Amani Hooker, Iowa
En el escenario de que todos los mejores safeties ya hayan sido seleccionados y el equipo no prefiera atender otra necesidad, Amani Hooker merece un vistazo. En Iowa ganó el premio al mejor defensive back de su conferencia (Big Ten). Tuvo buenos números en sus pruebas y podría ser un buen strong safety dentro de la caja, donde se pone en posición constantemente para hacer jugadas.
Claro que los Cowboys podrían tomar otra ruta y no seleccionar a un safety hasta más tarde. Sin embargo, considero que sería lo correcto. Incluso pienso que si Taylor Rapp o su prospecto favorito está disponible en un punto de la segunda ronda, Dallas estará dispuesto a hacer un trade para subir y alcanzarlo.
Sólo queda esperar este gran e impredecible evento. ¿Qué esperas del NFL Draft? Hazme saber en los comentarios o por medio de Twitter en @MauNFL.
Cowboys Look To Be In For Brutal December Slate In 2019
All sixteen regular season games count the same. A win in September means exactly the same as a win in December. Just as a touchdown in the first quarter counts for the same number of points as a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
While factually accurate, we know these statements aren't totally true. Championship teams often "hit their stride" in November and December, as they close out divisions, clinch playoff births, and prove they can stay cool and claim victory when the pressure mounts to its highest peak.
Under Jason Garrett, and Wade Phillips before him, the Cowboys have developed the reputation of not "winning the big one." In particular, they've been labeled as a team that "chokes" in December. Tony Romo dealt with his fair share of December/January demons during his career, but overcame them towards his final seasons. Dak Prescott has yet to advance past the Divisional Round of the postseason himself, but the narrative around the Cowboys has seemed to change.
Now, due to their late season run and victory over the Seattle Seahawks last season, people see Prescott and the Cowboys as a team that can find ways to win. A team, and a quarterback, who may not be as prolific as some of the other top squads in the conference, but one that you can never count out. I'd argue this has been the case with Dallas for quite some time under Garrett, but it is only now the narrative has changed.
Their late season fortitude will be tested again in 2019, however.
The NFL released the official schedule for the 2019 NFL season earlier this week, with the Cowboys getting some favorable (and some not-so-favorable) draws. What jumped off the page immediately to me, however, is how tough their final four games will be. And, of course, how critical victories in those games will be to gaining an NFC playoff spot.
Among those four December games are trips to Chicago and Philadelphia, two playoff teams a year ago who present problems in different ways. The Bears, known for their talented defense and innovative play-caller, and the Eagles, the always tough divisional foe.
Dallas also gets two home games during this stretch, hosting the Los Angeles Rams week 15, and finishing out the year against the Washington Redskins. The Rams, of course, eliminated the Cowboys from the postseason a year ago, and are expected to be one of the conference's best again.
The Cowboys will face a first-place schedule in 2019, and will have to prove that they are playoff-worthy down the stretch in December.
Dallas Cowboys: 3 Schedule Predictions Ahead Of Wednesday’s Release
Wednesday night the official 2019 NFL schedule will be released, and we will know the exact times and dates of each of the Cowboys' upcoming games.
We already know the opponents, however, and we know how the NFL typically likes to schedule games week to week. Based on both prior history and future opponents, here are 3 predictions for tonight's schedule release.
1. Cowboys Open Up With The Giants
I didn't say the predictions would be bold, did I?
The NFL loves to have the Cowboys open up against the New York Giants, and I see that being the case here again. Dallas/New York will always bring about solid ratings, but scheduling this game before the Giants (likely) fall out of contention is a smart move as well.
This game will be in Dallas at 4:25 eastern time, occupying that "America's Game of the Week" slot during the opening weekend. Because as much as everyone says they hate watching these NFC East games, the numbers bear out a different story.
2. Cowboys Play @ Saints Thursday After Thanksgiving
We know the Cowboys will play in an extra Thursday or Saturday night game this season. They always do.
Lately the league has liked to schedule them as the Thursday night game following Thanksgiving, and I don't see them breaking that trend this season. Dallas has played the Vikings, Redskins, and Saints in this game the last three years, with the Cowboys/Saints game being one of the best of last year's Thursday slate.
Why not run it back at the Superdome this November?
3. Cowboys Close The Season With A Brutal December
This is broad prediction, so let's narrow it down a bit. I think the Cowboys will play three critical NFC games in December, at the very least. These games will include NFC East battles with the Washington Redskins (week 17) and Philadelphia Eagles, as well as a game at Chicago to face the Bears.
It's likely the Cowboys, Bears, and Eagles will be fighting for playoff positioning (or playoff births) down the stretch in December. Plus, anytime a combination of these three teams play, ratings will be drawn. I think they'll have Prescott battle Mitchell Trubisky and Carson Wentz this December, as he and the Cowboys look to clinch a consecutive playoff birth.
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