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Dallas Cowboys At Washington Redskins: 5 Bold Predictions

RJ Ochoa



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It was December of 2009.

My best friend Matt and I were in the middle of one our usual battles of racquetball.

Racquetball is a fun game and great form of exercise. Matt and I also used it to talk about whatever was going on in life while running all around the court.

As it was December my iPhone was full of Christmas music. Matt and I had a rule that no Christmas music was allowed before Thanksgiving. Once Black Friday hit you could hear those sleigh bells jingling and ring-ting tingling all around.

I'd recently discovered a new Christmas song that was on permanent repeat. It was actually sung by the cast of Glee (which at the time was a really popular show) and I couldn't get enough of it. As Matt was my best friend I felt obligated to share the song with him so he could experience the same level of Christmas joy.

"Dude... (whack!) you have to check out this new Christmas song. It's from Glee and I can't get it out of my head." -RJ

"Oh yea? What's it (shoes squeaking) called?" -Matt

"I don't exactly know. It goes something like - is it my serve or yours? - anyway it goes, 'Last Christmas... I gave you my heart. But the very next day you gave it away.' But it's really poppy. I've listened to it something like 200 times!" - RJ

"RJ, that song is by Wham!." - Matt

I don't like to be wrong. I never have. Who does?

Those who know me best would acknowledge that, sometimes, I have a tendency to get argumentative and debate things. I didn't know for sure where this song had come from, but I wasn't going to be proven wrong without a fight.

"No way! Glee wrote it!" I did a pretty good job of sounding like this was true even though I actually had no idea.

"Wham! wrote it in the 80s! Have you seriously never heard that song before?" Matt had me cornered.

"I don't believe you." I said. Every good captain goes down with his ship.

Matt paused the game (I believe I was winning so at least I had that going for me) to go get his phone. As he started googling I knew I was beat. I just had to wait it out and be proven wrong.

Wham! - Last Christmas (Official Video)

Wham!'s official music video for 'Last Christmas'. More Wham hits here: 'Listen without Prejudice/MTV Unplugged' - OUT NOW. Listen on Spotify here and get the album here Get the Fantasy single here Music updates Official website Facebook Twitter Instagram Subscribe to George Michael on YouTube: --------- Lyrics: Last Christmas I gave you my heart But the very next day you gave it away.

Matt showed me this video on his phone. I was wrong. At least I won the racquetball game, right?

While I maintain that the Glee version of Wham!'s "Last Christmas" is better and a fantastic holiday tune, Wham! was the original artist. I was wrong and I can admit that.

These are Bold Predictions - they're supposed to be unlikely.

The theme around Inside The Star this week has been that anything can happen. My Plan IV revolves entirely around that mantra.

Tomorrow the Dallas Cowboys will play the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. Anything can happen, and that includes these Bold Predictions.

If I'm wrong about these, like I was about the origin of "Last Christmas", I'll gladly admit it. If you've read my Bold Predictions before then you know that I'm not one to punt, and today is no exception. Right, wrong, or whatever... we're getting bold.

This year has not saved us from tears as far as the Dallas Cowboys are concerned, but tomorrow is going to be something special. Let's go.

Dan Bailey Will Convert Five Total Field Goals/Extra Points

I started off with this one because Matt actually looks like Dan Bailey! If you see him in public don't let him fool you.

In eight career games Dan Bailey has never missed a field goal or extra point against the Washington Redskins. Check it out:

Extra Points Field Goals Field Goal Yardage Points
2011 (Home) 0 6 204 18
2011 (Away) 3 2 76 9
2012 (Home) 2 3 114 11
2012 (Away) 1 1 48 4
2013 (Home) 4 1 30 7
2013 (Away) 3 1 25 6
2014 (Home) 2 1 21 5
2014 (Away) 5 3 91 14
Total 20 18 609 74

Dan the Man averages 2.5 extra points and 2.25 field goals against the Redskins. He averages 3 extra points and 1.75 field goals when those games are played in Washington. Both of those marks combine for just under five total kicks when he plays this team.

Dan better warm up that golden foot of his because it's going to be used to put points on the board for the Dallas Cowboys at least five times on Monday Night.

There Will Be At Least 10 Jon/Jay Gruden References

The mothership of ESPN isn't exactly known for its ability to be creative. They take successful records and play them over and over again.

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"Hey Jon! You know the Washington coach pretty well, don't ya?" I can hear Mike Tirico now.

It's no secret that Jon Gruden and Jay Gruden are brothers. The Monday Night Football broadcast thinks that it is though, and they're going to remind you all throughout the night.

This'll probably happen more than 10 times, but that's as high as I'm willing to count. If your name is Gruden then this is the game for you!

Dez Bryant Will Catch 3 Touchdowns

We really haven't seen Dez Bryant be Dez Bryant this season. The lone moment where he looked like the superstar we all know and love was when he jumped out of the stadium to haul in a touchdown a few weeks ago against the Eagles.

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The last complete game that we saw #88 put together was arguably the last time that the Cowboys visited the Redskins.

Dez's last trip to Washington resulted in 4 catches for 99 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was a great day and considering that Dez is feeling the best he has in a long time... I say we're in store for a similar performance.

Matt Cassel knows that when he's in trouble the best option is always Dez Bryant. That's how the play against Philly happened - Matt closed his eyes and tossed it up to Dez. He's going to do it a lot in Washington.

Robert Turbin Will Have Over 75 Total Yards

The last time that the Dallas Cowboys looked like a competent football team was down in Miami two weeks ago. Sure Tony Romo was quarterbacking the team, but a big reason why was a new running back named Robert Turbin.

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Fun fact time... did you know that Turbin was in on all of the scoring drives for the Cowboys against the Dolphins? Now you do!

Turbin Time fits well in our offense and the team had to have realized that over the long break since the Carolina game.

I do think that Darren McFadden will get his own yardage, but between the run game and utilization in the passing game... Turbin Time is going over 75 total yards.

The Dallas Cowboys Will Win The Game

This isn't that fancy of a bold prediction because we're done with being fancy and we need to focus on what's most important in our season.


The Dallas Cowboys have been under a lot of scrutiny this season. Everyone in that locker room has had to hear how they are a joke without Tony Romo at quarterback, and you know what? That's been true up until now.

This team had a high level of fight to them last year that is still there. Sometimes it takes the highest level of adversity to bring it out of people... we are at that point.

Remember that this team hasn't played a game since Thanksgiving. They've had a week and a half of rest and preparation. That's a long time to sit on the devastation that we all felt. They're about to go off.

Expect this team to unleash on Monday Night Football. They know what's at stake and how fortunate they are to still have a shot at this whole thing. Now it's time to go to work.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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