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Dallas Cowboys At Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5 Bold Predictions

RJ Ochoa



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If you've read my Bold Predictions here at Inside The Star before then you know how much I like to start them off with a funny story that correlates to the game about to be played.

There is no funny story today. This game is all about BUSINESS.

The Cowboys have dug themselves into a 2-6 hole that requires a kickstart of energy that needs to begin tomorrow down in Tampa Bay. Tomorrow's game is a must-win as this team's playoff hopes severely depend on it. You can read more about what it's going to take to get a ticket to the tournament right here.

Enough talk, enough jive, here are my 5 Bold Predictions.

Darren McFadden Rushes For More Yards Than Jameis Winston Passes For

"Anyone can run behind this offensive line" seems to actually be... true?! What?!

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29's averages per game in 2014: 24.5 carries, 115.3 yds #20 over last three games (since being named starter): 25.3 carries, 111 yds Hmm.

If that doesn't make you scratch your chin then I don't know what will. Darren McFadden has been on all kinds of fire during these last three games for the Dallas Cowboys. Consider that not only have those three games been against the Giants, Seahawks, and Eagles... but they've been without Tony Romo at the quarterback position. That adds an extra level of "Wow!" to the mix in my opinion.

Jameis Winston has played well considering he's a rookie, but this Dallas Cowboys Defense has had enough. They're going to stifle him and on the other side of the ball DMC is going to do his thaaaang. Choo Choo goes the DMC Train - all aboard!

Tony Romo Is Shown On TV At Least 10 Times

The Cowboys have escaped the jaws of the Troy Aikman/Joe Buck-led FOX broadcast and have landed Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch for this game. That doesn't mean that Tony Romo won't be a hotly discussed topic.

Throughout the game you just know that they're going to reference the six-game losing streak that the Cowboys are on. "Tony Romo is coming back next week so the Cowboys have to find a way to win" is going to be uttered in what will feel like a million different iterations. Each time they mention the subject they'll cue Antonio Ramiro Romo on the sideline coaching up Cassel and chewing on some flower seeds.

Byron Jones Gets Two Interceptions

It's tough to feel good about anything when you haven't won a game since September, but holy smokes do the Cowboys have something in Byron Jones.

The first rounder had himself quite the game last Sunday Night and earned the constant praise of Cris Collinsworth in the process. He seems to be just a second away from turning those great plays into game-changers and with the Cowboys starving for turnovers I expect Byron to find a way to make it happen not once, but twice!

You'll be seeing more of these tweets after the game.

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Just ordered...

The Dallas Cowboys Defense Dominates

Have you ever felt like the waiter is taking forever to bring you your food? What feels like hours goes by until he finally delivers it and its well worth the wait?

Jerry Jones is finally about to get what he ordered in the offseason.

This Cowboys defense has generated one, a little baby one at that, turnover since the last time we had a game end in victory. Rod Marinelli has probably not been too nice about that in practice.

Jeremy Mincey recently gave some insight as to just how important this game is:

Jon Machota on Twitter

Jeremy Mincey: "The urgency will be a lot higher this week, I promise you that much. We'll get this fixed.

While that obviously invites the question, "Dude... why was it not at its highest possible level EVERY week?" it does imply that they know just how up against the ropes they are. They are going to be aggressive from jump street because you know what? Help is on the way. You know it, I know it, they know it, and the NFC East knows it. Speaking of...

The Dallas Cowboys Will Have A Division-Dominating Day

The New York Giants play the New England Patriots.

The Philadelphia Eagles play the Miami Dolphins.

The Washington Redskins play the New Orleans Saints.

The Dallas Cowboys play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Get ready to enjoy an entire day of football because there's going to be only one win in the NFC East tomorrow, and it's going to belong to the Dallas Cowboys.

This division is in a state of disarray right now, and while they may have looked like competent football teams against the Cowboys over the last few weeks... the Giants and Eagles are about to fold.

When all of that comes to fruition tomorrow you're going to hear the national media start to talk about how Dallas is well within striking distance of the NFC East Crown. The analysts will say, "Tony Romo is back next week so this team is about to get on a roll."

The roll starts tomorrow down Tampa Bay. We knew that before everyone else, Cowboys Nation. Let's go handle our business.

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  1. Tyler Obermark

    November 14, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Very nice article! Im so pumped for the game! WE NEED TO WIN.. We’ve been so lucky with the division and all!

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2018 In Review: Byron Jones Emerges As CB1

Kevin Brady



Byron Jones

Heading into the 2018 season Byron Jones was being asked to prove himself. The former first round pick had fallen out of the coaches' good graces during his third season, though many of his struggles could be attributed to those very coaches which were then questioning his ability.

Being asked to play out of position, or at least in a spot which did not maximize his natural ability, Jones struggled in 2017. Too often he was playing in the box as a safety where his lack of physicality was exposed by the opponent's run game. This was mostly due to the coaching staff falling in love with his tight-end-erasing ability in man coverage, but backfired when overused as a safety.

Once hired the following offseason, Kris Richard and company decided to move Byron Jones to cornerback full time, allowing him to utilize his excellent coverage skills and athletic ability to the fullest, rather than putting him at a disadvantage in the box.

The results? Well, Jones had one of the best seasons of any cornerback in football, earning All Pro and Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his young career.

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Byron Jones had a dominant season for Dallas

Pro Football Focus graded Jones as the sixth best cornerback in all of football last season, allowing just 0.79 yards per coverage snap. Despite not having an interception on the season, Jones still earned national recognition as one of the best cornerbacks in the entire league.

Down the stretch of the season, Chidobe Awuzie started to play up to the level which fans had hoped for during the preseason. He had been sticky in coverage most of the year, but now he was making plays on the ball at a much better rate, forcing incompletions. This led to an increase in targets to Jones' side, and though the increase resulted in more catches given up by the number one cornerback, I don't think Jones' play faltered as much as some will have you believe.

The fact is, when you get targeted more you are bound to give up more catches and yards. The key is to force them into contested catches, and make things as difficult for the receiver as possible when targeted.

Byron Jones continued to do this all season long, and fans should be excited for the next step of his growth in 2019.

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Cowboys en Español: Comentando el Tope Salarial

Mauricio Rodriguez



Time to Stop Making Excuses for QB Dak Prescott?

Por muchos años, el tema del tope salarial ha sido un tema sensible para los Dallas Cowboys. Entre dinero muerto y otros problemas, el equipo ha tenido una situación delicada en este aspecto. Sin embargo, para la temporada del 2019 tienen más espacio de lo que estamos acostumbrados.

Según Over The Cap, los Cowboys tendrán aproximadamente 48 millones de dólares disponibles en 2019. Es importante recalcar que este número no es definitivo y puede cambiar. Año tras año, esta administración ha sido aficionada de reestructurar los contratos de ciertos veteranos para liberar espacio salarial constantemente. Además de esto, hay varios jugadores bajo contrato que el equipo podría decidir cortar para liberar aún más dinero.

Al ver sólo 48 millones disponibles, es complicado imaginar un escenario en que el equipo logre satisfacer todos sus objetivos. Hay bastantes candidatos a grandes extensiones en el equipo, principalmente dos jugadores. En una liga en la que quarterback es la posición más importante, la segunda más importante podría ser la del caza cabezas, cuyo objetivo es ir tras el quarterback contrario.

DeMarcus Lawrence, Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Pues en Dallas, hoy dos  jugadores en estas posiciones que hay que extender. El más urgente sin duda es el defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. Lawrence se puso el jersey del equipo cuando este lo designó a jugar bajo la etiqueta franquicia. Afortunadamente, el atleta de 26 años la hizo de soldado y jugó sin amenazar con faltar a entrenamientos ni pretemporada.

Lo que sí comentó es que no pasaría por lo mismo en 2019. Ahora, el momento está aquí y es tiempo de que los Cowboys lo extiendan. El valor de Lawrence es difícil de predecir, pero es bastante seguro que se acercará a los números de Khalil Mack. Mack hizo historia ganando un contrato que en promedio gana 23.5 millones al año. Si bien no anticiparía que lo supere, la cifra estará cerca al contrato del defensivo de los Chicago Bears.

Además está Dak Prescott, cuyo contrato probablemente estará por encima de los 25 millones anuales. Son contratos caros, pero son piezas fundamentales para el equipo. Definitivamente se les tiene que pagar a ambos. Son pilares que año tras año buscan equipos en toda la NFL.

Además de esto, Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, Cole Beasley y más podrían tener un impacto en el tope salarial. Algunos buscan un contrato nuevo, otros una extensión. Pero honestamente, me parece que habrá más espacio en el tope salarial de lo que pensamos. Sólo es cuestión de tiempo para que los Cowboys comiencen a reestructurar a sus veteranos para ahorrarse unos cuantos millones para utilizar en agencia libre.

Tyron Smith, Tyrone Crawford entre otros pueden ser buenas opciones para comenzar este proceso. Antes era Jason Witten uno de los candidatos favoritos para este proceso, pero él ya se encuentra comentando partidos para ESPN. En Inside The Star, continuaremos actualizándote con contenido al día de los Dallas Cowboys.

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Can the Cowboys Become Legitimate NFC Conference Contenders this Offseason?



Can the Cowboys Become Legitimate NFC Conference Contenders this Offseason? 2

Super Bowl LIII is in the books, and the Dallas Cowboys can look back on a better-than-expected 2018 campaign. Having won the NFC East with a 10-6 record and bowing out to eventual finalists Los Angeles Rams, the Cowboys' young team can look ahead to 2019 as a chance to take another step forward.

The offseason is now upon us, with the NFL free agency period opening in the middle of March and the NFL Draft coming around at the end of April. Until those times, experts, pundits, and fans are left to assess their teams and predict their activities in the running to the start of next season.

The Dallas Cowboys are in a precarious position, with the team exceeding expectations, still being very young and having plenty of cap space, but also having many top-end players set to become free agents and being without a first-round pick in this year’s draft. There does, however, appear to be a way for the team to make improvements and solidify their place atop the NFC East and potentially go on to win in the Conference Finals.

Lock Down the Big Guns

Can the Cowboys Become Legitimate NFC Conference Contenders this Offseason?

@Randy81MossRetires, via Twitter

Many see DeMarcus Lawrence as the top potential free agent this spring, so the Dallas Cowboys need to do everything in their power to lock down the 26-year-old defensive end.

Vice President Stephen Jones has emphasized the team’s target of retaining their own stars, per Star-Telegram, with Lawrence, Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, and perhaps Byron Jones being in the discussion for long-term deals.

As it stands, the team will have roughly $48.5 million in cap space for next season, which leaves plenty of space to re-sign their top players. They look set to let go of Tavon Austin, David Irving, and quite possibly Cole Beasley, among others, leaving a need to add reinforcements.

Adding New Talent

Can the Cowboys Become Legitimate NFC Conference Contenders this Offseason? 1

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One of the most heavily rumored moves for Dallas in this free agency is picking up native Texan and former Legion of Boom linchpin Earl Thomas, per Forbes.

Against the Rams in the playoffs and throughout the season, the Cowboys lacked a defenseman who could make plays on the pass. Thomas is one of the notorious ball hawks in the league, boasting 28 career interceptions, three of which came in just four games of last season.

If the Cowboys can re-sign their stars while keeping some space for an Earl Thomas-sized contract, which clocked in at $10.4 million in 2018 for the Seattle Seahawks, their odds of going all the way next season will significantly increase.

Right now, the expected names of the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs lead the odds to win the next Super Bowl at +750. Behind them, the Rams sit at +900 having suffered a suffocating defeat in this year’s Super Bowl. Much further down are the Cowboys at +2500 right now with redbet. If they re-sign Lawrence, pay their young stars, and bring in Thomas, they’ll shoot up the table of favorites.

Then, there’s also the additions in the draft to consider.

The Cowboys may be without a first-round selection, but that may end up working in their favor. Round one of the 2019 NFL Draft is set to be laden with defensive selections according to most mock drafts, with a few quarterbacks sprinkled around and a minimal selection of offensive weapons. If the Cowboys re-sign Lawrence, they’ll be looking good at defensive end, so should then turn to giving Prescott another weapon in the passing game, which will also help to keep defenses honest and give Elliott more room to operate.

As stated, the NFL is a passing league, and Prescott exploded once he was given a viable option in Amari Cooper. Michael Gallup is expected to take another step forward next season, but just in case, the Cowboys can add another strong receiving option in the draft thanks to the strength of the defensive class. A.J. Brown of Ole Miss will almost certainly go in the first round, but exciting talents in D.K. Metcalf, Parris Campbell, Marquise Brown, and Deebo Samuel could all still be available when Dallas rings in during the second round.

Improving Dallas' pass options and pass defense will go a long way toward improving the team and allowing them to push on to a bigger and better campaign in 2019.

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