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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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  • Tyler Obermark

    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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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.

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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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Upgrading the Offensive Line Cowboys Top Offseason Priority?

Brian Martin



Upgrading Offensive Line Cowboys Top Offseason Priority?

Despite the displeasure by the majority of fans, the Dallas Cowboys continue to hold things close to the vest with their approach to free agency. It's definitely not the most popular approach and tends to drive fans crazy, but things could start heating up now that the free-agent market is starting to settle.

Looking from the outside in, we can only speculate as to which positions the Dallas Cowboys may prioritize in free agency and in the draft that matter. Earl Thomas and the safety position has been the most popular topic of discussion throughout the free agency process, but it looks as if the Cowboys are narrowing their focus on upgrading and adding depth to their offensive line.

Marcus Martin

Free-agent C/OG Marcus Martin

This is just speculation of course, but it's based on the fact that the Cowboys are rumored to be bringing in free-agent offensive lineman Marcus Martin and Cameron Fleming. And on top of that, it was announced that two of the Dallas Cowboys 30 pre-draft visitors are also offensive lineman, Will Hernandez, who is popular among Cowboys fans already, and offensive tackle Kolton Miller.

I don't know about you, but it looks as if the Dallas Cowboys are certainly focused in on upgrading the offensive line. This absolutely makes sense after what they went through last season with the carousel at the left guard position and Tyron Smith's struggles to stay healthy.

More than anything, the Cowboys need OL depth heading into the 2018 season. There is only really one spot up for grabs at left guard, but the depth across the OL is absolutely depleted unless you want to rely on Chaz Green again.

This is where Marcus Martin and Cameron Fleming make a lot of sense. Marcus Martin has the versatility to play center and guard, and has done so already in his NFL career. He could compete for the starting LG position, but if nothing else, could replace Joe Looney as the backup C/OG.

Cameron Fleming could be the more important of the two free agents the Cowboys are rumored to be interested in. At the worst, Fleming would be an upgrade as the swing tackle, something he's done with the New England Patriots throughout his career. But, he could compete to become the starting right tackle, which would kick La'el Collins back inside to left guard.

That's all speculation right now, but the Dallas Cowboys would do what's best for the entire team in order to get the right starting five offensive lineman on the field.

Kolton Miller

Cowboys Rookie prospect OT Kolton Miller

The same can be said about rookies Will Hernandez and Kolton Miller. Hernandez would likely be a plug-and-play left guard if he ended up being the Dallas Cowboys first-round draft pick. That would keep the offensive line from shuffling and hopefully solidify the unit for years to come.

Kolton Miller on the other hand would be a lot like the Cameron Fleming situation mentioned above. He can probably tackle on the left or right side the NFL, although some draft analysts believe he will struggle as a LT at the next level.

Of course, there is no way of knowing how much interest the Dallas Cowboys have any of these players right now. But to me, it looks as if upgrading the offensive line is certainly one of their top priorities this offseason.

Is upgrading the OL the Dallas Cowboys top offseason priority?

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Cowboys Free Agency: The Thin Line Between Frustration and Comprehension

Mauricio Rodriguez



Cowboys Free Agency: The Thin Line Between Frustration and Comprehension

For die-hard NFL fans, the free agency period is as fun as any other week in the regular season. It's always a fun experience knowing what team is interested in which player and who's visiting who. Heck, there are websites with "free agents trackers" for people who don't want to miss a single thing.

Seeing the huge contracts some players get and discussing whether it's well-deserved money or an overpaid salary provides football fans all around the league with fun football conversations in the middle of March.

This is a period in which, despite not being on the field, every NFL team is doing the same thing. Trying to get better. Which is exactly why most Dallas Cowboys fans are frustrated with how things have gone for their favorite team in this 2018 NFL offseason.

Right now, less than a week after the free agency period officially began, they're the only team left in the NFL that hasn't signed a single free agent.

Surprising? Not at all.

Whether we like it or not, we know how this team likes to operate. A quiet free agency isn't out of the ordinary for the Cowboys. For many years, the NFL Draft has been the priority for them, and they've done a good job at it.

At the end of the day, waiting for the first wave of free agents to pass is smart unless you're looking for a QB or have a huge amount of cap space. When you look at what players are getting, you realize most of them are overpaid. Sammy Watkins got a $48M three-year deal, when he hasn't really proved to be worth it.

I don't think Cowboys Nation would've liked to see the Jones family bring Watkins for that kind of money. Personally, I don't mind the Cowboys' front office letting those first expensive signings occur without them participating in them.

I mean, they've already made a splash, when you think about it. DeMarcus Lawrence was the biggest non-QB free agent of the year and they managed to keep him for at least next season. It's not exactly a free agent signing, but they are paying one of the NFL's best pass rushers more than $17M to wear the Star one more year.

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Former Arizona Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu

Yes, the Cowboys' team-building philosophy is comprehensible. But when do fans like you and me stop understanding their offseason approach and get bothered by it? To me, that frustration came in the form of Tyrann Mathieu signing with the other NFL team in Texas.

If the Honey Badger had signed a super expensive contract, I'd be fine with the Cowboys passing on him. But Houston was able to get him for just seven million dollars on a one-year prove-it deal.

Mathieu is one of the best defensive talents in the league and will be just 26 years old when next season begins. Why didn't the Cowboys tried to land him, if safety is a position of need? I mean, we've been talking about a potential trade for Earl Thomas all year!

Were they hesitant just because the Honey Badger isn't your traditional safety? Are they so conservative that their reason to not go after him was he wasn't a scheme fit? When you're talking about a talent like his, I think you make things work to see him thrive along young and promising cornerbacks like Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie.

The Cowboys can still look at Tier-2 free agents such as TE Eric Ebron or S Kenny Vaccaro over the following days. It could end up working for them, or it could end up just like Nolan Carroll's horrendous game versus the Broncos in week 2 of the 2017 NFL season and his $2M in dead money for this year.

When it comes to the Cowboys' approach to free agency, there's a very thin line between comprehension and frustration. Maybe, just maybe, they make us understand next season when we see results on the field.

For now though, it's tough to stay in the "comprehending" side of things.

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