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Dallas Cowboys At New York Giants: 5 Bold Predictions

RJ Ochoa

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When I was a little kid I was kind of a picky eater. To be totally honest I’m still pretty specific on what I like to eat (I prefer hamburgers plain and dry to put things in perspective here).

My parents obviously couldn’t let me just eat the same four foods for my entire life, so they had to get creative with how they coaxed me into trying things. My dad finally broke the bank, literally, and decided to offer me a dollar for each new food that my palate explored. Some foods were worth it (enchilada casserole, hello!) but some wouldn’t have been worth five dollars (broccoli was not my favorite).

Thankfully my taste has grown as I have and I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t need any financial motivation to try new foods. I’m a bold eater and I’m proud. Just the other day I tried jalapenos and mustard on a burger and you know what? It was the bomb. Literally the bomb… it was an explosion of flavor.

My boldness has transcended beyond my dietary habits into football predictions. So have a seat in Café de RJ and allow me to tell you today’s specials. We’ve got 5 Bold Predictions for when the Dallas Cowboys take on the New York Giants that I think you’ll find appetizing. Dig in.

1. Byron Jones Gets His First Career Interception

If you caught me on Fancred LIVE this past Thursday, you had a bit of a spoiler here. Mr. Jones has been balling out so far in his rookie year. “Balling out? RJ, relax bro.” I will not relax! The first rounder all but eliminated Rob Gronkowski two weeks ago, the guy who just happens to be the best tight end in the game.

Byron is going to make a big impact in this game as the pass rush is going to get to Eli Manning all day long. Look for Eli to panic, in his usual whimsical way, and perhaps get hit while he throws… right into the arms of Byron Jones.

2. Greg Hardy Sacks Eli Manning For A Safety

This pass rush is ferocious, ferocious I tell you! For the second time this season the Cowboys will have their full arsenal of defensive weapons… Greg Hardy chief among them. The Kraken already showed why he’s a valuable football commodity as he notched two sacks two weeks ago against the Patriots. Our own Bobby Belt (who you can follow on Twitter here) pointed out on this week’s Cowboys Cast that he is in fact tied for first on the team in sacks in 2015. Holy Hardy!

The Kraken is getting released into NFC East waters for the first time against the Giants. He’s going fishing for two points, and he’s going to get them on a safety.

3. Christine Michael Breaks 100 Yards Rushing

What do you think you’ve heard more about in the last six months… the Dallas Cowboys backfield or Odell Beckham Jr.’s catch? Tough call, isn’t it? The latest installment in the Cowboys running back series is Christine Michael of former Texas A&M fame. The speculation all week long has been that C-Mike will be way more involved in the run game than he has been all season long (he’s been given two carries to date for what it’s worth).

Our own Sean Martin called for more C-Mike recently here at Inside The Star and he, along with all of us, are going to get our wish. The offensive line is going to wake up this week after a two-week hiatus, and severe humbling after the thrashing against New England, and they are going to blow this thing up like a jalapeno/mustard burger. I see Michael getting a big chunk of his 100 yards on a big run, I’m talking a 52 yarder, and picking up some serious dirty yards in the fourth quarter as the Cowboys grind out the victory.

4. Matt Cassel Throws Two Interceptions

Part of the reason why the shift has been made to Cassel is that he’s more comfortable airing it downfield than Brandon Weeden. That’s a good thing, but it comes at a price. This is absolutely a positive change that is going to greatly improve the offense’s production as a whole, but it’s not going to be totally smooth and without consequence.

Cassel’s style of play is going to open up the run game, but he’s going to throw two picks along the way. He’ll also throw two touchdowns that will make us all smile. It’ll be ok, I promise.

5. Matt Cassel Will Not Be Sacked

I hope you remember the third course of this meal because I told you the offensive line is going to eat. They are going to play what may be their finest game yet. La’el Collins is now the starter at the left guard position and the unit as a whole knows that they haven’t lived up to the “best offensive line in the NFL” hype that surrounded them all offseason.

Be careful with your wings while you watch this game, because if you get your jersey dirty Matt Cassel’s will be cleaner than yours. His is going to stay pretty all day long, as the Giants won’t get to him a single time. How’s that for a walk-off dessert?


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What are your BOLD predictions for when the Cowboys take on the Giants? Email me your thoughts at Roel.Ochoa.Jr@gmail.com or Tweet to me @rjochoa!

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Will DeMarcus Lawrence Be Franchise Tagged Again in 2019?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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DeMarcus Lawrence, Franchise Tags and Realities for Dallas Cowboys
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The deadline for extending players under the franchise tag has come and gone last Monday, in a day in which none of the remaining tagged players reached an agreement with their respective teams. That includes Dallas Cowboy Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence, who's set to earn $17M in 2018.

The front office and the 26-year old defensive end failed to agree to a new contract before the season's start, but we saw that coming. After all, there was never a point in which we had the classic "X player and his team are close to a new deal" headline.

All of this makes the future of the Cowboys' promising "War Daddy" very uncertain. What lies a head of the player that put on an impressive show in 2018?

Since 2017 was Lawrence's breakout year, racking up 14.5 sacks trough the season, we have leaned towards the narrative of last season being his only good one. His performance last season was impressive and clearly his best one yet, but we tend to overlook 2015.

In his sophomore season, the only other year in which he has played 16 games, he finished the campaign with eight sacks and 35 tackles (55 combined). Really, the idea of 2017 being his only good year is not as accurate as we might think.

That being said, I think it's more likely that we see another great year from him this upcoming season than seeing a disappointing one. This, of course, will end up being the main thing that determines his future in Dallas.

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Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

The Dallas Cowboys front office really took a risk by tagging Lawrence this offseason. #90 was reportedly asking for an average of $17M per year in his long-term contract, which is Olivier Vernon kind of money.

So what if he puts a similar season or an even better one? Lawrence and his agent could end up asking for even more money. Perhaps in the 18 or 20 million dollars per year range. If that ends up being the case, the team will find itself in a tough position when trying to reach an agreement with its promising pass rusher.

Which leads us to the possibility of seeing the Cowboys franchise tagging Lawrence for the second consecutive season. Dallas will already be negotiating a contract extension with QB Dak Prescott, and things will get complicated. Even more if they decide to pursue a big-time free agent in March, such as Earl Thomas.

It would make sense, from a financial perspective, to hand the tag twice in consecutive years to D-Law. However, it shouldn't be the priority. If he plays like he did in 2017, the front office will be more than wise to extend him for good.

According to OverTheCap.com, the Cowboys will have approximately $50.6M. Seemingly, the team's cap woes will be over soon.

Fortunately, Lawrence didn't become a headache by threatening to holdout for offseason programs and even training camp. However, don't expect that to happen if he finds himself under the tag next year.

Careers in the NFL are short, so DeMarcus will surely want to get paid. If he keeps it up, he'll deserve it. As much as he deserves it, though, football is a cold business. If the Jones need to tag him, they will.

Do you think the Cowboys will franchise tag Lawrence in 2019?

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Without Looming Suspension, RB Ezekiel Elliott Should Shine In 2018

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NFL Films typically does a good job of exposing some truths around NFL teams. Whether through "Hard Knocks" or Amazon's new "All or Nothing" series, these documentaries do an excellent job of giving fans an inside look of their favorite teams.

If anything was revealed through the Cowboys' All or Nothing series on their 2017 season, it's that Ezekiel Elliott's suspension weighed heavy on his mind all year.

The Pro Bowl running back did not look, act, or play like himself while awaiting decision on his incoming suspension. And, once it was finally announced he would serve the six games, the entire team collapsed in Atlanta.

Despite the clear and detrimental effects Elliott's suspension had on the Cowboys' season, Zeke still put up more-than-respectable numbers; rushing for almost 1,000 yards and averaging a league leading 98.3 yards per game.

Now, Ezekiel Elliott enters a season with no doubts about his own availability. Scott Linehan gets to coach an offense that knows they will have their best player for the entire season barring major injury. And, Jason Garrett can lead his team without addressing questions about Elliott's future day in and day out.What Workload is Ezekiel Elliott Prepared for in 2018? 1

Of course, these effects aren't quantifiable. We can't sit here and say that without the pressure of court appearances and suspensions that Elliott will be worth "X" amount of more yards and "Y" more touchdowns.

But I do believe we can say, without question, that playing with a clear mind and without a looming suspension will breed the type of production we saw from Zeke his rookie year.

We can say that Elliott has had a weight lifted off his shoulders, and could be looking for revenge on a league he feels did him wrong.

And, for the Cowboys sake, I hope this is true. Because they are going to need Ezekiel Elliott to be even better than he ever has been if they hope to make a run at the Super Bowl in 2018.



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Cowboys en Español: El Regreso de Randy Gregory

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Randy Gregory, Eagles
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A sólo días de que los Dallas Cowboys aterricen en Oxnard, California para dar inicio a su training camp como todos los años, el equipo recibió excelentes noticias respecto a la selección de segunda ronda del 2015: Randy Gregory. Después de pasar todo el 2017 suspendido, el ala defensiva ha sido oficialmente reintegrado por la NFL.

Gregory, quien tuvo muchos problemas debido al uso de marihuana, ha pasado los últimos meses rehabilitándose para poder volver a vestir la estrella y volver al emparrillado. Los Cowboys, quienes siempre apoyaron a su joven jugador, sin duda estarán felices de verlo de vuelta en el equipo por motivos más allá que el football americano.

Sin duda alguna, antes de estar emocionados y felices por verlo en el campo intimidando a quarterbacks rivales, deberíamos estar alegres por el logro personal de Randy como un ser humano. Realmente hizo un esfuerzo consciente en un lugar en el que muchos se hubieran rendido y dejado sus sueños de ser parte de la NFL. Pero no lo hizo, y ahora, todos sus esfuerzos han valido la pena.

El siguiente paso en su lista por-hacer, es volver al campo y poco a poco, ganarse su puesto en el equipo y después, la titularidad. La última vez que vimos a Gregory en el campo, fue contra Philadelphia, en el final de temporada del 2016.

En este juego, Gregory mostró muchos destellos de lo que sería capaz de hacer semana tras semana en la liga y porque valió la pena nunca dejarlo ir, lo cual no hubiera tenido sentido hacer, dado que los Cowboys no les costaba nada (literalmente) mantenerlo en el equipo.

Sean Martin escribió un artículo recientemente en el que analiza este partido a fondo.

El potencial de Gregory es inmenso, suficiente incluso, para aventurarse a decir que se convertirá en el defensive end (ala defensiva) derecho antes de lo esperado. El reto más grande para el jugador de 25 años será regresar a una condición física óptima para la NFL.

Afortunadamente, a diferencia del 2016, Gregory no estará regresando a media temporada. Su llegada toma lugar justo a tiempo para el training camp, dándole tiempo para regresar a la forma en la que tiene que estar.

Una vez ahí, ¿qué tanto le tomará ganarse un rol más importante que el de Tyrone Crawford y Taco Charlton? A pesar de que prácticamente no lo hemos visto jugar en Dallas, sabemos el potencial que tiene para convertirse en un defensivo de suma importancia para los Cowboys.

Un año después de ver la mejor temporada en la carrera de DeMarcus Lawrence, los Cowboys tendrán el potencial de una estrella similar en el lado derecho de su línea defensiva. Gregory tiene una montaña que escalar para cumplir las expectativas de los aficionados, pero no será una sorpresa si lo logra.

Vaya, no olvidemos que si no fuera por sus problemas fuera del campo, hubiera sido seleccionado en el Top 10 del Draft del 2015. Tiene el potencial de conseguir diez sacks por temporada.

Con un poco de suerte, no nos equivocaremos en tenerle fe al jugador que ha tenido un gran viaje para llegar a este punto. El punto de ponerse el casco e ir a trabajar con su equipo.

Incluso si sólo llega a ser un jugador de rotación, sin duda será importante para el éxito del equipo. Entre DeMarcus Lawrence, David Irving, Randy Gregory y el resto del talento que los Cowboys tienen en la línea defensiva, el equipo podría tener un frente de muy buena calidad.

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