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Dallas Cowboys At Minnesota Vikings: 5 Bold Predictions

RJ Ochoa



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys At Minnesota Vikings: 5 Bold Predictions

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I have a pretty non-negotiable rule when it comes to all aspects of life: The Purple Pants Rule.

The rule relates to life in a really simple way. If you worked somewhere, anywhere, and signed a contract saying that you could not wear purple pants on Wednesdays without getting fired... if you wore purple pants on Wednesday, who's really at fault?

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It would be stupid, yes. It would make absolutely zero sense if someone told you that you couldn't wear purple pants; however, if you signed something saying that you wouldn't and did... the blame is yours and yours alone.

The Purple Pants Rule is typically brought out on OchoLive when we discuss players that do something they shouldn't. If you violate The Purple Pants Rule, well you know the drill.

The Minnesota Vikings, a la the NFL's "color rush" campaign, will literally be wearing purple pants when the Cowboys visit them on Thursday Night Football. If it isn't apparent at this point... wearing purple pants is a bad idea.

The Vikings are in for quite the ride, purple pants and all. The NFL's best team, the Dallas Cowboys, will be in town and ready to rock. It's going to be a great game that hopefully propels the Cowboys into a great December. Welcome to my 5 Bold Predictions. Let's roll.

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Ezekiel Elliott Sets A U.S. Bank Stadium Rushing Record

Minnesota Vikings

When the Minnesota Vikings made plans for their new stadium, U.S. Bank Stadium, to be opened in 2016 they imagined an elite running back having his way in it every game - Adrian Peterson.

The former NFL MVP was injured in literally the first regular season played at this spaceship that looks more like an actual ship (like a boat... cause they're the Vikings... get it?!), so there hasn't necessarily been a fantastic performance put on by a running back inside this building.

The most impressive stat line any running back dropped in this stadium was Arizona's David Johnson who had 22 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown... that's like an appetizer for the always-hungry Zeke.

Zeke is going to eat this and set what will literally be a stadium record of a performance. Bam!

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Cole Beasley Hits The Sauce Twice For Two Touchdowns

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The Cowboys are playing a game literally seven days after Thanksgiving for a second consecutive contest on a Thursday. Jason Garrett has been keen on keeping things as normal as possible as far as the seven-day routine all week, continually referring to Monday as Thursday, Tuesday as Friday, you get the picture.

This is a scenario that the Cowboys are well-familiar with. Two years ago, also the last time Dallas had a level of success like this year, they traveled to Chicago seven days after playing on Turkey Day. There was some serious sauce present that day against the Bears.

Cole Beasley caught two touchdowns in Chicago, a feat he achieved earlier this season when the Cowboys visited the Packers at Lambeau Field.

There's something about Cole Beasley in houses the NFC North built. Two touchdowns and some sauce, coming up!

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Dak Prescott Throws A Pass Without A Cleat

The NFL is finally letting players express some personality with the #MyCauseMyCleats campaign that is allowing players to wear custom cleats this week that depict a personal charity/passion of theirs. Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott debuted his on Twitter on Tuesday.

Dak Prescott on Twitter

Excited to Rock #MyCauseMyCleats Thursday Night that @adidasfballus Made Me to Support Colon Cancer Prevention #MOM

If you're unaware, Dak Prescott lost his Mother a few years ago, and it's great to see him honoring her with his cleats.

Dak is going to be under some heavy pressure due to the Vikings pass rush. Close your eyes and imagine that one play they break through, try to sack him, a cleat comes off, and Dak finishes the pass anyway!

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Lucky Whitehead Outperforms Cordarrelle Patterson In The Return Game

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The Vikings have one of the more explosive kick-returners in the NFL in Cordarrelle Patterson; however, the Dallas Cowboys have Lucky Whitehead.

All season long it's felt like Lucky has been a play or break away from taking one to the house. This is Thursday Night Football where sometimes weird/different things happen, and a first is going to happen in 2016 when Lucky houses a return.

The superior return man on Thursday night will be wearing #13 and a Star on his hat. I'm feeling lucky about it!

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The Cowboys Exorcise The Curse Of The Color Rush Jerseys

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People love to reference the "cursed" navy jerseys that the Cowboys wear (they wore them in victory on Thanksgiving, for what it's worth), but there really isn't that much of a peep about their color rush jerseys being an indicator of bad fortune.

Perhaps this is all because the Cowboys have only worn their color rush jerseys once in franchise history - Thanksgiving 2015. If you'll remember though, that was a pretty painful day in Cowboys lore as Dallas lost emphatically and it was the last time we have (will ever?) seen Tony Romo take a regular season snap.

Down the color rush jersey curse! Down with it, I say! These Cowboys are different. There's nothing - no jersey, no team, no stat - that can disrupt what they've got going on. Huzzah.

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Bonus Bold Prediction #1

Remember, if you want YOUR Bold Prediction featured here, tweet it at me! It’s that simple! Here are this week’s contributions, thanks to all those who shared!

Martini on Twitter

@rjochoa BP: B. Jones gets his first INT on Thursday playing a CB spot

We're big fans of "Late Night Ice Cream" around these parts.

Byron Jones has been so incredibly good for the Cowboys since being drafted in the first round of the 2015 Draft. He deserves an interception. Give it to us, football! Please!

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Bonus Bold Prediction #2

This is a bit of a look-ahead type of Bold Prediction. The Cowboys can clinch a playoff spot this week, but they need things beyond their control in order for it to happen. We have all the playoff-clinching scenarios for you available, let's hope this happens!

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Bonus Bold Prediction #3

buzz phelps on Twitter

@BobbyBeltTX @rjochoa Bold prediction SB51 Dez and Zeke on kick return. Zeke flips it back to Dez. There's the nail in the coffin.

Is Buzz here saying that this is happening in the Super Bowl?! If so, I love it. Even if not, I love it. I doubt we ever see Zeke and/or Dez on kick returns, but this would be awesome if it ever did happen.

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Bonus Bold Prediction #4

Upon Further Review on Twitter

We were so off last week that we'll try again with @rjochoa's bold predictions! #DALvsMIN on Thursday - give us FOUR Zeke Elliott TDs! #EAT

Zeke is always hungry. We know that. A "four course meal" sounds like something he'd enjoy.

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Bonus Bold Prediction #5

Gage Eason on Twitter

boldprediction @rjochoa Byron gets a pick, tank gets 2 sacks. Dak over 300, Zeke over 120. 450 yards total offense 27-10 cowboys

Another bold prediction involving a Byron interception! Goodness, this needs to happen.

I think it's very possible that DeMarcus Lawrence hits the double sack mark... Minnesota's offensive line is hardly anything impressive. Dak Prescott is making it a habit of having big statistical days, but 300 yards seems like a lot against the good Vikings defense. Zeke over 120 is easy cookies for him, huzzah.

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Bonus Bold Prediction #6

Chase Aguiar on Twitter

@rjochoa hope not too late for my bold prediction: Cowboys have 400 yards plus! And a Sam Bradford pick by Byron jones

Prior to the game against the Redskins the Cowboys had ripped off eight consecutive games with over 400 total offensive yards... only the 2007 Patriots and 2013 Broncos had done the same. While ultimately the Cowboys will get back to this level of offensive production, it seems like a bit of a tough sell against the stout Vikings.

A third Byron interception bold prediction? This is destiny.

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What are YOUR Bold Predictions for this Thursday's Cowboys/Vikings game? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys At Minnesota Vikings: 5 Bold Predictions" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



Jamize Olawale, Raiders

Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.

To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.

In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.

Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.

Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.

Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.

Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.

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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018

Sean Martin



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Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.

Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.

Todd Archer on Twitter

Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of...

While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018

Dallas Cowboys LS L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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