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Dallas Cowboys At New York Giants: 5 Bold Predictions

RJ Ochoa



Cowboys Blog - Dallas Cowboys At New York Giants: 5 Bold Predictions

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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Redskins Have Not Had Success With Former Cowboys

Jess Haynie



Redskins Have Not Had Success With Former Cowboys

Now that he's signed with the Washington Redskins, cornerback Orlando Scandrick joins a lackluster list of former Cowboys players and coaches who have gone from Dallas to its historic rival. The history of these moves is ugly for Washington, going back over 40 years, and can't have their fans too excited anytime they sign an ex-Cowboy.

The most recent example was just last year with defensive tackle Terrell McClain. After a strong season as a 15-game starter in Dallas, McClain got a four-year, $21 million deal to join the Redskins. He missed four games with injuries and was only credited with two starts; hardly what the team wanted given the money they paid.

Before him it was Jason Hatcher, whose 11-sack season for the Cowboys in 2013 got him a four-year, $27.5 million deal from Washington. Hatcher would battle knee injuries for two season, getting only 7.5 sacks from 2014-2015. His early retirement in 2016 brought an abrupt end to a disappointing tenure.

Continuing the legacy of defensive linemen was Stephen Bowen, who Washington paid a shocking amount of money ($27.5 million over five years) to in 2011 to pick up in free agency. Bowen had a great first year for the Redskins with six sacks and 16 starts, but injuries would soon cost him 14 games from 2013-2014. He was eventually released after only one standout season in four with the team.

Going back even further, DT Brandon Noble joined Washington in 2003 after being a full-time starter for Dallas for over two seasons. He would miss all of 2003 with a knee injury, have an unimpressive year in 2004, and then missed all of 2005 with more health issues. He retired after being released by the Redskins in 2006.

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Hall of Fame CB Deion Sanders

Orlando Scandrick won't be the first cornerback to go from Dallas to Washington, or the best. At age 32, Deion Sanders was released in 2000 by the Cowboys and then got a huge seven-year, $56 million deal from the Redskins. This came less than a year after Daniel Snyder bought the franchise and was desperate to get them relevant again.

The Sanders move backfired horribly. Even after a solid season by his lofty standards, Primetime was disgruntled with both the coaching staff and his increasing struggles as an aging player. He suddenly retired after just one season of the seven-year contract.

Washington also tried to tap into the Cowboys' glory days when they signed receiver Alvin Harper in 1997. Harper had left Dallas in 1995 and spent two years with Tampa Bay, but had not carried over the same success he enjoyed playing in the Dallas offense.

The Redskins hoped that reuniting him with Norv Turner, who had been Harper's offensive coordinator and was now their head coach, would help Alvin get back to form. But between ongoing injuries and the absence of Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Emmitt Smith as teammates, Alvin Harper was never the same guy as when he won two Super Bowls in Dallas.

The failed poaching attempts go back many more decades, another one being running back Calvin Hill. The fourth-leading rusher in Cowboys history and a four-time Pro Bowler while in Dallas, Hill joined Washington in 1976. He served as a backup only, averaging only 3.8 yards-per-carry as he played behind the likes of Mike Thomas and John Riggins.

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Norv Turner also couldn't bring his Cowboys success to Washington. (Brian Bahr/Allsport)

The bad history doesn't stop with players. The aforementioned Norv Turner, who was one of the hottest assistant coaches in history after the Cowboys first two Super Bowl wins in the 90s, was hired as the Redskins' head coach in 1994.

Turner's run started with a whimper, drafting quarterback Heath Shuler third overall in that first year. Shuler would go down as one of the biggest QB busts in NFL history

Norv's Redskins never seemed to recover from that blunder. He only had two winning seasons and one playoff appearance from 1994-1999, and was fired midway through the 2000 season.

Far more recently, Cowboys offensive line coach Bill Callahan left the team in 2015 and took the same job in Washington. He didn't get to bring the offensive line or DeMarco Murray with him, though. As such, the Redskins have remained one of the league's worst rushing teams for the last three seasons. They fell to a new low of 28th in the NFL in 2017.

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Of course, none of this means that Orlando Scandrick won't have success in Washington. But with the Redskins generally the most mismanaged team in the NFC East, all of the Dallas players and coaches who've gone there have not walked into good situations. For all that Cowboys fans love to complain about Jerry Jones, he handles the owner and GM roles better than any pair Washington's had in almost 30 years.

Given the nature of the rivalries, we naturally can't wish success for Scandrick or anyone else who leaves Dallas for a division opponent. With the track record we just discussed for Washington, it's not something I'll be losing any sleep over.

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Xavier Woods, the Real Reason Cowboys Didn’t Pursue Tyrann Mathieu?

Brian Martin



Cowboys Have Their Version of Tryann Mathieu in Xavier Woods?

It's not uncommon for Dallas Cowboys fans to zero in on certain free agents in hopes that they will bring their talents to America's Team. In fact, just about any "big name" player to hit the open market is often linked to the Cowboys in some way or another. That was the case when the Arizona Cardinals decided to move on from Tyrann Mathieu.

Once Tyrann Mathieu became available, Cowboys fans immediately wanted to see him with a star on his helmet. But, despite the fans petitioning, the Cowboys brass seemed to show almost zero interest in the former Cardinal.

The decision to not pursue Tyrann Mathieu certainly didn't sit well with a lot of Cowboys Nation, but I think it was the right decision.

Despite Mathieu's perceived talents and youth (he's just 25), the Cowboys weren't interested in paying the price to bring him to Dallas, especially since they already have a similar player on their roster.

Xavier Woods

Dallas Cowboys DB Xavier Woods

It may sound crazy, but I think the real reason the Dallas Cowboys didn't show much interest in Tyrann Mathieu is because of Xavier Woods.

I honestly believe Xavier Woods and Tyrann Mathieu have a similar skill set. Both players are little undersized to be a full-time safety in the NFL, but each of them have the versatility to play several different roles in the secondary.

Mathieu may have been listed as a safety on the Arizona Cardinals roster, and now the Houston Texans, but the truth is he played mostly out of the nickel/slot in his professional and collegiate career. That is where he is at his best, and the same can be said about Xavier Woods.

As a rookie, Xavier Woods showed his versatility with the Dallas Cowboys by playing a variety of different roles in the secondary. His versatility was one of the reasons the Cowboys decided to trade up in last year's draft to acquire his services.

His name might not carry the same kind of weight as Tyrann Mathieu right now around the league or amongst NFL fans, but I don't think Xavier Woods is that much of a drop off talent wise.

Xavier Woods

Dallas Cowboys DB Xavier Woods (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Personally, I believe Mathieu is starting to decline a little as a player. I think injuries are starting to take a toll on his play, although it may be minimal. I actually prefer Xavier Woods' upside, especially when you take into account the difference in salaries between the two.

Surprisingly enough, Xavier Woods might just have been more productive in 2017 then Mathieu. Woods started just four games and finished the season with 42 tackles, three passes defensed, and one interception. Mathieu on the other hand started all 16 games and accumulated 78 tackles, one quarterback sack, one forced fumble, and two interceptions.

As you can see, Xavier Woods was almost just as productive as Mathieu in nearly a third of the playing time. What's even more impressive about this is that Woods accomplish this as a rookie.

Of course, all of this is speculation, but I for one am not all that upset the Dallas Cowboys missed out on Tyrann Mathieu. I'm willing to bet on Xavier Woods being able to do everything Mathieu can and at a fraction of the cost.

Were the Cowboys right not to pursue Tyrann Mathieu?

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Free Agent CB Orlando Scandrick Joining Washington Redskins

Jess Haynie



Orlando Scandrick

Just two days after being released by the Dallas Cowboys, cornerback Orlando Scandrick has found a new home in the nation's capitol. After 10 seasons in Dallas, Scandrick is signing with the rival Washington Redskins.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Redskins and Orlando Scandrick have agreed to a 2-year deal worth a max value of $10M, source said. From Dallas to a rival.

By joining Washington after leaving Dallas, Scandrick follows in the footsteps of many ex-Cowboys: Terrell McClain, Jason Hatcher, Stephen Bowen, and even Deion Sanders to name a few.

Last week, Orlando reportedly requested his release from Dallas. It was widely expected that he would be a salary cap casualty anyway, though, and especially with the young stockpile of cornerbacks the Cowboys currently have.

Dallas has three young corners they believe in with Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Anthony Brown. There is also talk that Byron Jones could be moving back to CB next year.

Scandrick, 31, will get to stay in the NFC East and now cover some of his former teammates. Give the reportedly salary, he should at least be the slot corner for Washington next year if not a starter.

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