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Dallas Cowboys At Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Bold Predictions

RJ Ochoa

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I'm in the process of moving. There are boxes everywhere, trash bags filled with who knows what, and my sanity is littered all over the place.

Amidst all of the things on my to-do list through this adventure there has been one priority above them all - making sure that the cable is hooked up for Sunday.

Sure I'm excited to see the Rex Ryan's Bills host Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Of course I'm interested to watch the defensive line of the St. Louis Rams permanently park themselves in the Redskins' backfield. Yes, we'll all have to shield our eyes from the uniforms of the Cleveland Browns for another week... but in the middle of all of the NFL action there is one game that stands out.

The Dallas Cowboys at the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Chip Kelly merry-go-round stops on America's Team this Sunday when the 'Boys make their way to the Link in Philly to play some footy ball. There's a lot on the line and some yahoo named DeMarco Murray will be playing his first game AGAINST the Cowboys, so all eyes are going to be glued to America's Game of the Week.

It's time to get excited. It's time to get hyped. It's almost time for hot wings. It's time to get BOLD!

Here are my 5 Bold Predictions for when the Dallas Cowboys take on the Philadelphia Eagles tomorrow afternoon:

1. Morris Claiborne Gets An Interception

Considering that within everything I've packed to move lies a Morris Claiborne jersey, this one makes me a little sad. You would think that a former first round corner making an interception wouldn't be bold, but sometimes life just doesn't work out that way.

Morris had himself a nice little game last Sunday night against the G-Men. He held Odell in check for the most part and didn't give up any big plays (which left us all in disbelief). Sam Bradford has to go to work with Mark Sanchez every day so I know he's just itching to throw an interception. He's going to force one in there and Claiborne is going to capitalize.

2. DeMarco Murray Doesn't Top 50 Yards

The reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year will be making his Philadelphia debut on Sunday. This is the City of Brotherly Love (remember that Disney show from like 20 years ago?). This is the home of the Liberty Bell. This is the land where fictional movie heroes are immortalized forever!

5 days ago Mr. Murray carried the rock a whopping 8 times... for 9 yards. I might have to double check, but my mental math says that's very ungood. The Cowboys are going to be missing their rookie pass rusher Randy Gregory, but the defensive line is going to get after the Philly backfield. Coupled with the fact that Chip Kelly is going to rotate Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles in, DeMarco has a better chance of getting cheered at a UFC fight in Dallas than breaking 50 yards on Sunday.

3. Philadelphia Does Not Cross Mid-Field In The First Half

Much is made about how prolific the offense of the Philadelphia Eagles is... I haven't seen it. They looked like an NFL offense during the third quarter of Monday night's contest, but they looked like 11 Tim Tebows out there during the first half.

The Philly offense, when it is potent, takes a while to get going. It's an engine that you have to rev up a bit. The Cowboys are going to try to control the time of possession and limit the times that the Eagles have the ball. Philly won't get into a groove and at halftime will have to listen to Chip talk about his favorite protein shake flavors.

4. The Eagles Will Score A Special Teams Touchdown

As much of a band of misfits that they are as a whole team, Philly's special teams unit is impressive. The sample size of the 2015 regular season is so small but, I know that it was only preseason, the Cowboys' special teams has looked suspect so far.

Philly is going to make a play in that phase of the game and find a way to get on the scoreboard with it. I've got a sick feeling about it in my gut (either that or the pizza that I ate is bad).

5. Tony Romo Throws 5 Touchdowns

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The Tony Romo bandwagon is going to be selling out tickets on Sunday night. Romo is in a zone at this point in his career. You can't do what he did to the Giants unless you are cooking with gas.

Cowboys Blog - Dallas Cowboys At Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Bold PredictionsWithout Dez Bryant the Eagles are probably not anticipating the passing game being a legitimate threat. They're going to underestimate the legend of Tony and he's going to pick them apart... with cinco touchdowns.


What bold predictions do you have? Email me your thoughts at rjochoa@dallascowboys.net or Tweet @rjochoa.

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



I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout!

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Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Can we Believe General Manager Jerry Jones?

Entre los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys, pocas cosas son criticadas tan frecuentemente como la administración de la franquicia que no ha ganado ningún Super Bowl en más de dos décadas. Se ha convertido en un equipo que, a pesar de ser el más valioso en el mundo deportivo, no ha sido nada relevante en el emparrillado. Lo que alguna vez fue una dinastía se ha convertido en una unidad que rompe frecuentemente los corazones de los fans.

Jerry Jones y Stephen Jones, siendo los operadores del ámbito deportivo del negocio familiar, son criticados semana tras semana y en gran parte por justa razón. Pero en gran parte, por cosas no muy válidas.

Cambios de Coach

A mi parecer, lo más criticable para la administración de este equipo viene cuando hablamos de los coaches. Muchos se burlan de los Cincinnati Bengals y de la manera en la que están atascados con el Head Coach Marvin Lewis. Con Jason Garrett al volante, la situación para los Cowboys no es nada diferente.

A mediados de la temporada 2018, no parece que esta narrativa vaya a cambiar. Una vez más, los Cowboys arrancaron de una manera muy inconsistente y ya no sabemos que esperar de ellos. Gran parte de las derrotas, la mayor parte, es el coacheo.

Sin duda el equipo no será exactamente el mismo en 2019, pero ¿serán suficientes los cambios como para decidir quedarse con el mismo capitán que no ha podido mantener el barco navegando por años?

El Draft

A diferencia de como se manejan muchos equipos en la liga, los Jones fungen como general managers de su propio equipo. Con la ayuda de Will McClay han logrado superar varios de los fracasos de los Jones de antaño, pero actualmente, siendo sinceros no han hecho un mal trabajo.

A pesar de las critícas de Abril, Leighton Vander Esch está probando haber valido más que la pena. Siendo objetivos, aparte de Taco Charlton en el 2017, todas las selecciones de primera ronda de los Cowboys han sido valiosas. La línea ofensiva, el corredor, un cornerback que por fin se está perfilando como uno de los mejores en la liga.

En cuanto a la segunda ronda, ha habido varias críticas, muchas con razón. Pero el mejor caza cabezas del equipo, DeMarcus Lawrence, el linebacker Jaylon Smith, Randy Gregory y más están teniendo un impacto muy fuerte en el equipo.

Decisiones difíciles

La administración se ha visto en la necesidad de tomar decisiones bastante difíciles después de una temporada de nueve victorias en 2017. El LB Anthony Hitchens fue liberado, Dan Bailey se fue inesperadamente, se confió en Byron Jones para tomar su opción de quinto año.

Hasta ahora, pura decisión digna de aplaudirse. Pero ninguna como la más reciente de todas: Amari Cooper.

Por más caro que haya salido, los Cowboys merecen bastante crédito por haber mejorado muchísimo su posición de WR. Si el equipo llega a tener una oportunidad esta temporada, será en gran parte por él.

No cabe ninguna duda en mi cabeza de que los Jones han cometido errores a lo largo de los años, el más evidente siendo la resistencia de dejar ir a Jason Garrett. Pero a pesar de esto, la administración ha tomado excelentes decisiones y ha realizado el draft muy bien. En ese aspecto en específico, les aplaudo.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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Sack Numbers Don’t Tell DeMarcus Lawrence’s 2018 Story

Kevin Brady

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Breaking Down DeMarcus Lawrence's League High 5.5 Sacks Through Week 4

Coming off of a career year in 2017, many fans expected DeMarcus Lawrence to continue his ridiculous sack production this season. After all, he is once again in a "contract year" due to the franchise tag, and fans are hoping the Cowboys can secure him longterm this offseason.

Through the first four games of 2018, Lawrence looked as ridiculous and unstoppable as ever. He had 5.5 sacks, tied for the league lead, and was dictating the pass protection schemes of every offense the Cowboys were facing.

Since that hot start, though, DeMarcus Lawrence has recorded just 1 sack, falling behind some of the league leaders he was once ahead of. This has some people scratching their heads and wondering if Lawrence's career year in 2017 was just that, a career year. One which he will never replicate again, and one which the Cowboys should factor out when talking contract extensions.

Here's why those people are wrong.

Let's first talk about what makes DeMarcus Lawrence so good, and then we'll get into the full context of the Cowboys defense and how that explains some of the drop in sacks.

Lawrence, unlike some of the league's other top pass rushers, is a complete 4-3 defensive end. He is one of, if not the best run defending defensive ends in football, as shown by his 12 tackles for loss on the season (only Aaron Donald and Danielle Hunter have more).

Much of the year, the Cowboys run defense has boiled down to Lawrence making splash plays, as we saw against the Washington Redskins. Adrian Peterson was gashing the Cowboys during that game, and the only one who did anything to stop him was DeMarcus Lawrence, as indicated by his 3 tackles for loss that Sunday.

There's also the point that 6.5 sacks through half the season is, well, good. It's really good! And when you couple his sack numbers with his solid pressure and QB hit stats, you can see that Lawrence is having a very good season.

Then there is the context of this entire Cowboys defense, specifically their defensive line and pass rush. To put it bluntly, DeMarcus Lawrence has been their only consistent rusher this season. Though we came into the year with high hopes for Randy Gregory, and cautious optimism about first round pick Taco Charlton, neither have been all that impressive this season.

Somebody, anybody, has to step up and become a threat opposite of Lawrence. David Irving could help matters with his interior pass rush ability, but he has been unavailable for basically the entire season.

Without another pass rusher for offense's to even think twice about, Lawrence is getting double teamed and/or chipped by a tight end or running back on just about every rush. It's becoming rare that Lawrence is in a true one-on-one pass rush situation.

Of course, if you are elite, offenses are going to shift protections to you in this way and you still have to find ways to be productive.

And thus far in 2018, DeMarcus Lawrence is doing just that.



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Can QB Dak Prescott Steal Back His Mojo From Atlanta?

Brian Martin

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Can Dak Prescott Regain His Mojo Against Atlanta?
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When the Dallas Cowboys last traveled to Mercedes-Benz Stadium they were completely throttled by the Atlanta Falcons. It's a game a lot of Cowboys Nation would like to forget, but no one more so than Quarterback Dak Prescott. That game could very well be where his struggles really began.

It's almost exactly a year later and the Dallas Cowboys still find themselves haunted by that brutal beating the Atlanta Falcons handed them in Week 10 of the 2017 season. The Cowboys seemed to lose all confidence in themselves after that game, but it was almost as if it was the exact point in time where Dak Prescott lost all of his mojo as well.

Before that match up against the Falcons, Prescott was still playing at a pretty high level. But since then, he has been in a slump and there have been very few signs of recapturing any of that magic he once had. Heading back to Atlanta maybe the key for him finding and stealing back his mojo.

Things could definitely go a little differently this time around. The Cowboys will have Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith in the lineup this week. Zeke missed the game last year due to the league mandated six-game suspension, and Tyron missed due to an injury. Having those two back in the lineup could pay huge dividends, especially for Prescott.

Without his starting left tackle and running back, Dak was pretty much beaten to a pulp by the Falcons defense a year ago. They applied relentless pressure, hitting and sacking him on a number of occasions. Unfortunately, I think that's where he started seeing ghost in the pocket and its haunted him ever since.

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The beating he took at the hands of the Falcons has really thrown off his entire game. His mechanics, accuracy, and effectiveness as a scrambler can all be traced back to that one matchup. He just hasn't been the same QB he was prior to that game.

Prescott's stats prior to the Falcons game:

24 starts
66.7 completion percentage
102.4 passer rating

Prescott's stats since the Falcons game:

17 starts
63.3 completion percentage
83.1 passer rating

As you can see, that's a notable difference. His passer rating has shockingly dropped nearly 20 points since last playing the Falcons and it's really hurt the entire offensive production. It's time for that to change.

Prescott has no choice this week. He has to get back up on the horse that bucked him off and hopefully regain that mojo he left in Atlanta a year ago. Fortunately for him, his confidence might be is as high as it's been since that last meeting after pulling off the upset against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

Now, he just has to go out and prove it!

Do you think Dak Prescott can regain his mojo against the Atlanta Falcons?



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