You need to get EXCITED.
- It's Saturday.
- The Dallas Cowboys unveiled a new jersey two days ago.
- These Cowboys play tomorrow.
- You're about to read some bold predictions for that game.
- Tony Romo is back!
That's right! When the Dallas Cowboys hit the field tomorrow #9 will be behind center and everything will feel right in the world once again.
Things aren't going to feel right for the Miami Dolphins, though. Well to be fair losing seems right for them so maybe they will! They are going to get obliterated. You know it. I know it. They know it. In the words of Tony Romo's Tweets, "There's only one thing left to do."
If you read my Week 11 NFL Game Picks then you know how much I love to shout. You also know how much I love obscure 1980s movies references.
I've been shouting all over Twitter this week about how the Dallas Cowboys are not done, despite their 2-7 record. I've been shouting it on the phones. I've been shouting it on Twitter. I've been shouting it through carrier pigeons. Everywhere I've been... I've been shouting. You need to shout, too!
We're shouting as much as we can here at Inside The Star. We want you to join us. Tony Romo is back so let's crank up the music and SHOUT from the hilltops just how excited we are! Remember before you shout:
- Kick your heels up!
- Throw your hands up!
- Throw your head back!
- Come on now!
- Don't forget to say you will!
- Don't forget to say, "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah!"
In case you want to listen while you shout/read you can do so with one of the greatest scenes in movie history:
From Movie Animal House (1978) A Song by The Isley Brothers
Let's have some fun! The Dallas Cowboys are about to lock up a fresh win so let's get the celebration going early. 5 Bold Predictions... here we go!
Trey Williams Will Have Over 100 All-Purpose Yards
One of the offensive cogs that was spinning well early in the season was Lance Dunbar. It was unfortunate to see him go down with a season-ending injury in the game against the New Orleans Saints.
A few weeks ago the Dallas Cowboys went out and got a similar talent to Dunbar. His name is Trey Williams... but you'll know it after it's said a bunch of times during tomorrow's game.
Run DMC's health wasn't the only Cowboys Running Back news in the headlines this week as our own Ryan Ratty told you all about the release of Christine Michael.
Enter Trey Williams.
The Dolphins do have a fierce front four. Tony Romo is going to take advantage of situations where they send a lot of pressure and get it to his newest toy a lot.
A little bit louder now...
The Dallas Cowboys Defense Will Allow No More Than 200 Total Yards
This defense is angry. They've lost seven games in a row and had to watch Jameis Winston dance his way into the endzone against them a week ago. They've had enough.
I talked with Bobby Belt on this week's Cowboys Cast about how I believe this defense is designed to play from ahead. The only glimpse of that we've had this season has been in Philadelphia right after Tony Romo went down... and that was without the services of Greg Hardy and Rolando McClain.
For the first time this season the Dallas Cowboys will have all of their expected playmakers suited up and participating in the same game. FINALLY!
With Romo and Co. taking care of things on the offensive side of the ball the likes of Hardy, McClain, Crawford, Lawrence, Lee, Byron Jones... the list goes on and on, they're going to be shouting themselves. Look out, Ryan Tannehill.
A little bit louder now...
Byron Jones Will FINALLY Get An Interception
I've called this before. You've called it. Enough calling - this is happening.
Byron Jones has come so close to getting his first career interception (he almost had one off of a foot a few weeks ago) that we've been sniffing around this for quite some time. No more sniffing, we're about to get the full scent.
The pass rush that we daydreamed about during the offseason is going to show up with authority during this game... and that's going to lead to some bad throws.
If there's anyone on this defensive unit that's exceeded expectations it's Byron Jones. That's pretty remarkable considering just how high those expectations were.
Tomorrow is going to be one of those games where everything goes our way - you can feel it. Go get that pick, Byron!
A little bit louder now...
The Tony Romo To Dez Bryant Connection Will Combine For Over 150 Yards And 2 Touchdowns
It has been a very long time since we've seen a great play from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant. Just how long? Tomorrow will mark 330 days since we've seen our favorite math equation: 9 +88 = 6.
On Monday morning you'll be saying how it hasn't even been 24 hours.
Tony Romo's return brings a very real, immeasurable, advantage to this team. If there is any player across all of sports that feeds off of this type of energy - it's Dez Bryant.
We are going to see one of the finest performances in Dez Bryant's young career against the Dolphins. He and Tony Romo have a special connection that they have been itching to show off again for over 28 million seconds.
Tomorrow's math lesson for the Miami Dolphins: 9 + 88 = 6.
A LITTLE BIT LOUDER NOW...
The Dallas Cowboys Will Recreate History With A 29-Yard Sack For A Safety
This game against the Dolphins will bring back great memories for Dallas Cowboys fans as America's Team defeated Miami to earn their first Super Bowl Victory in Franchise History.
Super Bowl VI had one of the more iconic plays in NFL History when Pro Football Hall of Famer Bob Lilly took down the Dolphins QB, fellow HOFer, Bob Griese for a 29-yard sack.
The 2015 version of the Miami Dolphins have allowed a safety in not one, not two, but three consecutive games. That sound you hear is Rod Marinelli salivating.
Can't you see it now? Ryan Tannehill freaking out, Greg Hardy in his face, running around, DeMarcus Lawrence in his face, running backwards, Sean Lee stopping in to say hello, running back again... and bam! Safety. Say you will, Tannehill.
A LITTLE BIT LOUDER NOW!
Get ready to shout tomorrow, Cowboys Nation. We're going to party.
What BOLD predictions are YOU feeling for when the Cowboys take on the Dolphins? How happy are you that Tony Romo is back? I want to know! Email me your thoughts at Roel.Ochoa.Jr@Gmail.com or Tweet to me @rjochoa!
Where In The World Is DE Taco Charlton?
Over pretty much the last decade, the Dallas Cowboys have been rock solid with their first round picks. With selections of Ezekiel Elliott, Travis Frederick, Byron Jones, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and Leighton Vander Esch (just to name a handful), Dallas has rebuilt the core of their roster through the NFL Draft.
It's nearly impossible to bat .1000 in any round of the draft, however, and this appears to be the current case with the Cowboys' 2017 first round pick.
Defensive end Taco Charlton has not had the sophomore season that he, or anyone, had hoped for. A healthy scratch last Sunday, Charlton has only been active for 1 of the Cowboys' last 5 games, and has not recorded a sack or tackle since week 9.
Prior to disappearing with injuries and "attitude issues," Charlton had only recorded 1 sack on the season and was beginning to fall behind his Hot Boy-brethren. Defensive end Randy Gregory has reached his form over the last few weeks, Tyrone Crawford is having arguably a career year, and DeMarcus Lawrence is one of the best ends in all of football.
This doesn't leave much room for Charlton, who's now having issues even getting on the gameday roster. Rod Marinelli dodged questions about Taco Charlton earlier this week, vaguely saying they are "moving forward" and that he'd like to talk about other players on his defensive line who are performing.
Rod Marinelli on Taco Charlton's benching and being inactive last week: "We just keep moving along keep going forward. It's kinda been out there I'd leave it at that. I'd rather talk about our two tackles.
Charlton has not been quiet about his displeasure as of late, either. He's taken to Twitter to voice his frustrations, saying that not only is his shoulder fine but that the Dallas media is making up stories about his absence. He's also posted some cryptic tweets such as this one, with a picture of Allen Iverson and a caption reading "Every players needs that one coach to believe in them."
Maybe Taco is right. Maybe he just needs increased opportunity and a support system/coach that believes in him whole-heartedly. After all, Charlton has faced nothing but doubters and detractors since the second he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.
But in the NFL, the ultimate "what have you done for me lately" sport, it's hard to imagine he'll get that unwavering support anywhere in the league. He's going to have to "earn" his playing time, as head coach Jason Garrett spoke to earlier in the week. But with the plethora of talent the Cowboys are already putting out there on the defensive line, it's becoming difficult to see exactly where Taco Charlton can fit in on this defense.
It's possible, and fine, if it is simply not a fit between Charlton and the Cowboys at this point. But I'd also be wary of giving up on your first round pick in just his second NFL season. Another offseason with the team, working on his craft and getting fully healthy, should do Charlton wonders, and hopefully allow us to get a better read on his future with the Cowboys going forward.
Until then, we are all left to scratch out heads and wonder what in the world is going on with the Cowboys and Taco Charlton, and if the former first round pick will have a future in Dallas at all.
Cowboys, Bears Proving Defense Can Win the NFC
2018 has seen the emergence of high-powered offenses in both NFL conferences. The Kansas City Chiefs sit atop the AFC and the NFC is spearheaded by the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams. Through 14 weeks, these three teams are the top three offenses in the NFL, each averaging over 30 points per game. This year, for the first time in NFL history, two teams scored more than 50 in the same game.
Thanks to this consistent impressive offensive performances, you would think "offense" is the name of the game for the 2018 NFL season. Well, not so fast, my friend. Despite sitting atop the NFC, the Saints and the Rams have recently suffered losses that indicate hope is anything but lost for defensive teams in the league.
The Chicago Bears were able to bring down the Rams last Sunday Night 15-6. The same offense that averages 33 points per game was limited to six points. Sean McVay's remarkable offense went home with no touchdowns to talk about on the plane back home. Instead, they probably discussed Jared Goff's four interceptions.
Weeks earlier, the Dallas Cowboys shocked the world when they brought down the Saints. Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas simply couldn't move the ball against Leighton Vander Esch, DeMarcus Lawrence and Byron Jones. 13 points were all the Cowboys needed to score to beat an offense that was averaging 37 per game heading into week 13 but was only able to put up 10 in Dallas.
The Cowboys are the #4 seed with the Bears slightly ahead of them as the #3 seed in the NFC. Together, these teams have defeated the top two in the conference. Now granted, playoffs will definitely be different.
For starters, if they are to advance to the divisional round, they'll be on the road. Chicago was surely benefited by playing in such a cold weather versus a Los Angeles team. As far as the Cowboys are concerned, few times has AT&T Stadium been as loud as when they beat the Saints.
Hopefully, we'll get to see both of these elite defenses advance to the Divisional Round to square off against this couple of high-powered offenses again. We will not only be witnessing amazing football games, but a great discussion regarding the everlasting debate between offense and defense.
For years, "defense wins championships" has been a widely accepted statement in football. The Cowboys and Bears have made that same statement resound recently with their impressive wins.
Can they do it again in January football? Can they do it on the road?
Cowboys en Español: Los Colts No Son Cualquier Rival
Al igual que el resto de la afición de los Dallas Cowboys, parte de mí se siente confiada respecto a este equipo visitando a Indianapolis Colts y resultando victoriosos. ¿El problema? Los Colts no son un rival sencillo de vencer. Si crees que la racha de los Cowboys los intimidará, piensa de nuevo. Los Houston Texans llevaban nueve victorias al hilo antes de enfrentarse a este equipo.
Siendo objetivos, este puede ser el partido que evite que los Cowboys cierren su temporada con ocho victorias al hilo para terminar el año con un récord de 11-5. Ni los Tampa Bay Buccaneers ni los New York Giants deberían presentar amenaza alguna contra Dallas. Lo mismo no se puede decir de Indianapolis.
Por primera vez en mucho tiempo, Andrew Luck está realmente de vuelta. Gracias a una reconstrucción de su línea ofensiva, su nivel de juego a regresado al nivel que conocíamos de él desde que llegó a la NFL. Afortunadamente para los Colts, Luck se ha mantenido sano toda la temporada y no se ve rastro alguno de sus lesiones anteriores en el emparrillado.
T.Y. Hilton está teniendo un muy buen año y sin duda alguna presentará un reto para Byron Jones y el resto de la secundaria de los Cowboys. Eric Ebron en la posición de tight end también será un dolor de cabeza para la defensiva.
Lo más interesante se dará en las trincheras. Los Cowboys han hecho un muy buen trabajo presionando quarterbacks opuestos en la temporada, pero si el centro de los Colts, Ryan Kelly está sano el domingo, se enfrentarán al mejor duo de centro-guardia en la liga actualmente. Con Quenton Nelson al lado, Luck estará muy bien protegido.
Sin embargo, Kelly no ha jugado debido a una lesión y aún está por verse si tomará el campo el domingo por la mañana. Los Cowboys hicieron un muy buen trabajo a la entonces ofensiva #1 de la liga, los New Orleans Saints, pero eso no significa que la ofensiva #8 que tienen los Colts no los retará.
Promediando 27 puntos por juego, la defensiva necesitará ayuda de Dak Prescott y compañía para ganar el partido. Dallas continúa moviendo el balón efectivamente, pero es tiempo de anotar touchdowns y no goles de campo.
Ezekiel Elliott será, una vez más, clave para la victoria. Enfrentándose a una defensiva Top 10 contra el juego terrestre, mover las cadenas con Zeke no será tan fácil. El novato Darius Leonard como linebacker ha sido algo espectacular otra temporada al igual que Leighton Vander Esch. Liderando a toda la NFL en tackleadas, estará listo para recibir a los Cowboys al Lucas Oil Stadium.
Lo más importante de este partido...
Por más impresionante que sea la racha de cinco victorias consecutivas, los Cowboys tienen que demostrar que pueden ganarle a un equipo fuerte estando de visita. Porque hay que admitirlo, Jason Garrett y su equipo no han tenido éxito fuera de casa. Claro, le ganaron a un equipo debilitado de Philadelphia Eagles y a unos Atlanta Falcons que va 4-9.
Este equipo "nuevo" de los Cowboys no ha ido contra un rival de calidad siendo el visitante. Es tiempo de demostrar que lo pueden hacer, ya que si quieren contender en postemporada, es justo lo que necesitarán... jugar bien de visita.
Sinceramente creo que los Cowboys ganan este partido. Principalmente gracias a su defensiva, pero también veo a la ofensiva dominar el tiempo de posesión en un juego de pocos puntos. Es tiempo de mantener esa racha.
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