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Dallas Cowboys At San Francisco 49ers: 5 Bold Predictions

RJ Ochoa

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I like to consider myself a big fan of movies, but the truth of the matter is that there are a lot of iconic films that I’ve never seen (Fight Club is one, I know… I know.).

A few years ago I was working on something with two colleagues and a box arrived in the mail. One person, we’ll call her Sally, posed the question, “What’s in the box?”.

The other person present, let’s call him Terry, immediately let out a “WHAT’S IN THE BOX?!” proclamation. Sally looked confused and Terry said, “What, you’ve never seen Se7en?” as if Sally was from Neptune.

Sally said no, and then they both looked at me. I had never seen this movie (I have now, and don’t worry I won’t spoil it if you haven’t… just know that’s an iconic line) and I didn’t want to look stupid. I wanted to look like I knew what was going on.

“Yea Sally! Come on, Se7en is awesome!” I said with absolutely no idea knowledge of the film.

This whole bit became sort of a running joke among the three of us. Terry would occasionally tease Sally about not knowing this movie and the all-important line, and every time I’d play up how awesome I thought the movie was – with literally zero knowledge on it.

About a year after this interaction I finally watched the movie. I got to the part of the movie where the line is uttered and very audibly shrieked to myself, “OHHHH!!!!”. It was epic.

What’s particularly amazing is that I went a whole year keeping this joke alive without it ever being discovered how unprepared I truly was for those conversations. If Sally or Terry had asked me literally anything about the movie – I would’ve been exposed.

Sometimes in life we scathe by when we’re unprepared. That’s what the Cowboys have seemingly done over these first three weeks. There’s no way on earth that they were prepared for the hand they were dealt when Week 1 began, and there’s no way that they’re prepared for the one that current faces them.

The Cowboys are proving that they know how to get by, even when they have no idea what really is inside the box. That’s the mark of a great team, that’s the mark of our team.

Welcome to my 5 Bold Predictions. Let’s roll.

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Ezekiel Elliott Will Rush For Over 200 Yards

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Todd Gurley III, Fozzy Whittaker, and Christine Michael were the leading rushers for their respective teams when they took on the San Francisco 49ers in 2016’s first three weeks. They combined for 253 yards.

Todd had 47, Fozzy had 100, and Christine had 106. The Niners Defense has allowed more and more yards from the opposing primary running back as the season has ticked on. Now they’ll try to contain Ezekiel Elliott who is coming off of a 140-yard performance.

The Cowboys are very likely going to be without the services of Dez Bryant on Sunday, which means that they will be feeding Zeke – a lot. Zeke is going to eat, eat, eat, eat, and EAT all the way to his first 200-yard game in the NFL.

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Brice Butler Will Establish Himself As This Team’s WR2

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9 catches, 143 yards, and 3 touchdowns. That’s what #19 had last time the Cowboys visited San Francisco.

To be totally fair, that game was five years ago… and that #19 was Miles Austin at his peak (a short-lived one). Nowadays Brice Butler slips the 1-9 over his shoulders on Sundays.

It was September 15th, 2015 when Dallas traded for Brice Butler in an effort to give them a viable option while Dez Bryant was sidelined. Thanks to injuries we never saw that happen, and we find ourselves in a similar situation a little over a year later.

This game will go a long way in determining who this team’s WR2 is and who the Cowboys are going to prefer in 2017 between Brice Butler and Terrance Williams. The former is going to make sure that at the end of the game we all know that it’s him.

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The Catch” Will Be Mentioned

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Cowboys/49ers is arguably the greatest rivalry in NFL History. Don’t believe me? NFL Films thought it was great enough to do a whole two-part episode of The Timeline on it a year ago called A Tale Of Two Cities (You can read about this from last year in my interview with NFL Films Senior Producer Paul Camarata).

There are many a moment that can be pulled from this historic rivalry, but none are bigger than “The Catch.” Considering that Troy Aikman and Joe Buck are on the call, you can bet that they’ll go through the rolodex of iconic plays, “The Catch” among them.

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Jason Garrett Will Make Another Bold Decision

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2016 has brought forth a new disposition from Jason Garrett – bold one.

In the last two games, contests that have seen the Cowboys come out victorious, Jason Garrett has gone for it on fourth and short early in the game twice and run a surprise onside kick. Yowza.

These are moves very uncharacteristic for the Jason Garrett that we’re familiar with. These are moves that are having a serious impact on this football team… in a fantastic way.

Jason Garrett has shown us through three games, and most recently the former two, that he is no longer here to punt (metaphorically and literally speaking). He’s taking 2016 by the horns and he’s in a position where he’d rather go down swinging than staring at a blank pitch.

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Cole Beasley Will End The Week Leading The NFL In Receptions

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Entering Week 4 Cole Beasley had 20 receptions on the 2016 season which had him tied for fourth in the NFL (Antonio Brown and Jarvis Landry led entering the week with 24 each).

Cole Beasley has been targeted 12, 6, and 7 times so far this season. He’s on pace for a monster year as far as receptions go, and he’s going to show that again in the final game of the season’s first quarter.

Dak Prescott looks for Cole in almost every situation. He’ll be looking, and connecting, for him all day long as Cole becomes the lead dog in the NFL receptions list.

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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!

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I like where Donny’s head is at on this one, and I’m always down for using historical points in Bold Predictions.

The Cowboys have gotten turnovers in each game this season so the likelihood of them getting one of some kind is relatively high. For what it’s worth the 49ers have turned the ball over at least once in every game this season, and they turned it over a hat trick of times during Week 2 in Carolina. Let’s do it again!

Bonus Bold Prediction #2

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The latest Tweets and replies from Jones (@aj_bryant5188).

Jones is feeling the Zeke magic this week as well!

Considering that Zeke hit 140 yards this week, 150 seems possible. Considering that I boldly predicted Zeke will top 200, 150 seems easy!

I think the interesting element to this is the receiving yards. We haven’t seen the Cowboys integrate Zeke a whole lot into the passing game, but in a game that likely won’t feature Dez Bryant it makes sense that Zeke would get his chance to finally snag some passes. Huzzah!


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Think Jason Garrett is a Robot? FOX Sports Agrees

Jess Haynie

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Cowboys fans have often complained that head coach Jason Garrett is too robotic in his demeanor, media answers, and constant clapping. Yesterday, with most of the country feeling Star Wars fever, FOX Sports tapped into the zeitgeist while also taking a little jab at Garrett’s robot reputation.

FOX Sports released photographs of several NFL personalities as Star Wars character. Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady were Jedis.  Bill Belichick, surprise-surprise, was a the evil Emperor.

Garrett… well….

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@AaronRodgers12 @CameronNewton @Panthers @Patriots Jason Garrett is fluent in over 6 million forms of communication.

From 2016 Coach of the Year to punchline, Garrett’s reputation has certainly taken a big swing this season. Things are so bad, they couldn’t give him a C-3PO with matching arms. Oh, the indignity.

Of course, this is all in good fun. Garrett has 12 and 13-win seasons in two of the last three years. 2017 could’ve been very different if not for Ezekiel Elliott‘s legal issues and Sean Lee’s injury. And even now, there’s still a chance the Cowboys can sneak back into the playoffs.

Yes, Jason is repetitive. And yes, he’s no Bill Parcells behind a microphone. But could they at least have made him R2-D2?

At least FOX Sports didn’t make him Jar Jar Binks. That should go to Roger Goodell.

Just for fun, what other Star Wars characters would you compare Cowboys players and other staff members to? Maybe Sean Lee as Boba Fett, hunting down targets in the open field? Or maybe Cole Beasley as Luke, since they’re both a little short to be Stormtroopers.

Have any other good Cowboys/Star Wars comparisons? Share them in the comments!

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Cowboys en Español: ¿Combinaciones Para Playoffs?, ¿Juego Trampa vs Raiders?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Es increíble pensar que ya estamos en la semana 15 de la NFL. Más increíble aún, los Dallas Cowboys que se fueron 13-3 con el sembrado #1 de la NFC hace un año, ahorita cuentan con un récord de 7-6 y unas esperanzas de pasar a playoffs muy, muy pequeñas.

El domingo pasado, a pesar de llevarse la victoria en el campo contra los New York Giants, los Cowboys no recibieron la ayuda que necesitaban alrededor de la liga.

Pero a pesar de ser pequeñas, las esperanzas siguen vivas. Y este domingo, los aficionados a Dallas no sólo apoyaremos a los Cowboys en el Sunday Night Football, sino también a otros cuantos equipos.

Para los Cowboys, ¿cuáles son las combinaciones necesarias?

  • Dallas Cowboys termina la temporada 10-6, ganando los últimos tres partidos. 
  • Que los Green Bay Packers pierdan un partido. 
  • Que los Detroit Lions pierdan un partido. 
  • Que los Atlanta Falcons o los Carolina Panthers pierdan dos partidos. 

En mi opinión, incluso con Aaron Rodgers volviendo al campo, los Panthers y los Falcons presentan el mayor reto. Y creo, que lo que deberíamos estar apoyando en este momento, es que sean los Falcons los que pierdan dos partidos.

¿Por qué? Porque este domingo, Carolina se enfrentará a Green Bay. Francamente, Panthers es el equipo que más probabilidades tiene de echar a perder el regreso heroico de Rodgers. Panthers también puede vencer a los Falcons en la semana 17.

Así que, mientras los Panthers no podrían ayudar perdiendo, creo que más bien nos podrán apoyar ganando. Sin embargo, los resultados de la semana 15 influenciarán mucho a quien apoyaremos como fans de los Cowboys.

Por ahora, estos serían los resultados ideales de la semana 15:

  • CHI Bears vencen a DET Lions. 
  • CAR Panthers vencen a GB Packers.
  • TB Buccaneers sorprenden a ATL Falcons. 

Claro, dos de estos resultados parecen muy optimistas, pero todo puede pasar en la NFL y sobre todo con equipos tan inconsistentes como los Lions.

Por supuesto que, todo esto no tiene ni sentido si los Cowboys no se van 3-0 en las siguientes tres semanas. El rival más fuerte que le queda a Dallas son los Seattle Seahawks. Con Ezekiel Elliott volviendo esa misma semana, será un duelo increíble en el AT&T Stadium.

En mi opinión, será el partido que definirá de que son capaces los Dallas Cowboys del 2017.

Pero primero que nada, los Cowboys se tienen que preocupar por un partido que puede resultar siendo un juego “trampa.” Un juego trampa, es cuando un equipo tiene una semana muy importante por venir (Seahawks) y subestima al rival (Raiders) que tiene enfrente dentro de los próximos días.

Sobre todo cuando es de visita, estos partidos pueden resultar siendo peligrosos en la NFL y realmente, en todos los niveles de football americano.

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Oakland Raiders Derek Carr (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Y sí, los Raiders han tenido una temporada muy decepcionante en la que ni Derek Carr ni Amari Cooper han sido lo que se esperaba, pero Derek Carr es un QB que puede echarse al equipo a los hombros en cualquier momento.

Todos pueden tener una mala temporada, y ese ha sido el caso para el #4 de Oakland. Sin embargo, si los Cowboys mantienen el partido cerrado en el cuarto cuarto, Derek Carr puede demostrar que tan peligroso es.

Con jugadores clave como Khalil Mack, que por cierto tendrá una batalla épica con La’el Collins, es un juego que no es tan fácil como parece. Sí, los Raiders tienen un récord de 6-7. ¿Y? Los Cowboys tienen un récord de 7-6. Es mejor, claro. ¿Pero realmente es tan bueno como para pensar que será una victoria fácil?

Podemos criticar a Jason Garrett por muchas cosas, pero una de las cosas que no podemos criticarlo, es la motivación que le da a los jugadores. A pesar de muchos reportes acerca de que los jugadores “estaban molestos” con los coaches, definitivamente no han jugado como si se hubieran rendido en su entrenador.

No creo que los Cowboys pierdan el domingo. Pero esperemos que no sólo ganen en la noche, sino que obtengan victorias indirectas alrededor de la NFC.

Tell me what you think about “Cowboys en Español: ¿Combinaciones Para Playoffs?, ¿Juego Trampa vs Raiders?” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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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Is 3-3 Without Ezekiel Elliott A Win For Dallas?

Kevin Brady

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It’s funny how quickly perception can change in the NFL.

A little over two weeks ago, the sky was falling on the Dallas Cowboys. They had just been blown out three straight times, twice at home and twice against direct NFC playoff competitors. Cowboys Nation wanted firings – whether that meant head coach Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, Rod Marinelli, or all of the above.

Dak Prescott couldn’t survive without Ezekiel Elliott, and all of the change made to the defense was beginning to be called a failure by the masses.

Fast forward to this week. The Cowboys have now been the deliverers of butt-kickings the last two weeks, and now sit at 7-6 with an outside chance at a playoff spot. And while the team looked like a complete mess without Elliott previously, a win Sunday would put them at 3-3 over the course of the Pro Bowl running back’s suspension.

And is that really all that bad?

Heading into the suspension, most fans probably would’ve taken 3-3 without Elliott and 8-6 overall. Most fans would’ve though that would put the Cowboys right in the thick of the things in the NFC playoff hunt. And most would’ve assumed we’d be happy with an 8-6 Cowboys team.

Unfortunately, 8-6 most likely won’t be good enough in this year’s playoff race. Especially considering the return of Aaron Rodgers and previous losses to both the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons. Plus, the entire NFC South has been fantastic this season (besides Tampa Bay) and two teams from the West look legit as well.

So maybe this just isn’t the Cowboys’ year. But, the success of other teams in the conference shouldn’t cloud our perception of what the Cowboys have done this season if they were to win Sunday night. A win over the Raiders this week would qualify the team’s handling of the Elliott suspension as a “success” of sorts (in terms of on the field, at least) in my opinion.

They would have kept themselves alive in a deep NFC playoff race, discovered a legitimate offensive weapon in Rod Smith, maintained a solid rushing attack over the majority of the six games, and allowed for some real growth from their young quarterback Dak Prescott.

I know the first three games of the suspension were awful, and a team with the talent of the Cowboys shouldn’t be losing that way three times in a row, or three times in a season at all. But, something should be said about how the team has weathered that storm, and kept themselves above water in this competitive conference.

But, of course, the result Sunday night could change all of this if the Cowboys come out and lay an egg in Oakland, effectively ending their season before Zeke even gets back. In that case we will more vividly remember the three horrific losses in which the team was out-coached and embarrassed. But, still those games should be remembered regardless of Sunday’s outcome.

So maybe success is a bit of a strong word.

This week’s game is not only a huge one in terms of the 2017 playoff race, but also may be an important one for determining what the 2018 Cowboys will look like.

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