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Dallas Cowboys At Washington Redskins: 5 Bold Predictions

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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: http://smarturl.it/Wham_Spotify?IQid=WhamBB 'Listen without Prejudice/MTV Unplugged' - OUT NOW. Listen on Spotify here http://smarturl.it/GMFreedomSpot and get the album here http://smarturl.it/LWPGM Get the Fantasy single here http://smarturl.it/GMFantasy Music updates http://www.listen-georgemichael.com Official website http://www.georgemichael.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/georgemichael/ Twitter https://twitter.com/GeorgeMOfficial Instagram https://www.instagram.com/georgemofficial/ Subscribe to George Michael on YouTube: http://smarturl.it/GeorgeMsubscribe --------- 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.

WIN. THE. GAME.

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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Maliek Collins on the Verge of a Breakout Season

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Maliek Collins on the Verge of a Breakout Season

Maliek Collins has never lacked any ability on the field just the ability to stay on it. Foot and knee injuries have always seemed to get in the way when he's been on the brink of reaching his potential.

2019 is a contract year for Collins which means it's the most critical season of his young career. He hasn't wasted any time, though, showing what he's capable of when he doesn't have any physical limitations.

https://twitter.com/HelmanDC/status/1159533781188956161?s=19

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Maliek Collins beats Connor William's with a swim move in 2v2s https://t.co/prL9GsG1rY

In the first video above, Collins gets a great burst off the line of scrimmage while he simultaneously gets his hands on Connor Williams first. He controls and pushes him right into Dak Prescott's face, forcing a throw out of bounds. On the next video, he again explodes off the ball and uses a great swim move to beat Williams again in 2 on 2 drills.


His dominance hasn't been limited to training camp practice, however, as evident in his performance this past Saturday in albeit a short amount of action.

These next two plays stand out for me specifically. In the first, he uses a very physical spin move that knocks the left guard off balance and puts him right in the quarterback's face. In a league that focuses on quarterbacks getting the ball out quickly, the sooner you can provide pressure from the interior the harder it is for a quarterback to stay in the pocket and throw effectively. In the next play, he utilizes a swim move after a quick jump off the line and is right in the face of the runner as he and Jaylon Smith combine for a TFL (tackle for loss).

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Beautiful TFL for Maliek Collins. Swims inside the LG on the zone concept to get penetration. Quickly flattens, latches onto Henderson's jersey and drags him to the ground. Outstanding grip strength #Cowboys. https://t.co/6ZnpKSVsRv

Collins performing at a high level in 2019 doesn't just benefit him but also rookie Defensive Tackle Trysten Hill. While he's still acquiring the tools needed for the pro level under the guidance of Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli he can watch and learn from Collins as he'll be right behind him as the team's backup 3-technique defensive tackle. Hill is probably still a year away from being a big contributor with Collins looking so refreshed and healthy so this is a great time to gain all the knowledge he can from a veteran. If that learning process comes along quickly, the Cowboys will have a very solid one-two punch alongside Antwaun Woods, the starter at the 1-technique.

Health, at least so far, seems to be on the side of Maliek Collins heading into the 2019 season, which is all he's ever lacked. Motivated by the opportunity to maximize his dollars for 2020, and a rookie being drafted at the same position, I look for Collins to not only have a breakout year but one that could garner a pro bowl nod, or at least be heavy in the conversation, which would mean great things for the Cowboys defensive front.


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Cowboys Nation Mailbag: What about Taco Charlton and Ezekiel Elliott?

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The 2019 regular season is now less than three weeks away and now is the time when we start getting down to the nitty-gritty. The "dress rehearsal" game is coming this Saturday as the Dallas Cowboys take on the Houston Texans and a lot of the 53-man roster will likely be decided after that game.

As we inch closer to the regular season, the contract status for the Dallas Cowboys' newest version of the triplets and the construction of the 53-man roster will have even greater emphasis in the news.

Thanks for your questions this week. Let's did into this week's Cowboys Nation Mailbag.

I guess it depends on what segment of Cowboys Twitter you're talking about.

Contract situations and hold outs always create some tension within the fanbase. They expect players to show up for work as they do. You hear people talk about Elliott fulfilling the agreement of his contract. But what people don't understand is that rookie contracts and the rookie salary scale was negotiated by players already in the league to avoid rookies making Sam Bradford type money. The veterans and to some extent the owners didn't like the idea that rookies could hold out of training camp to negotiate their first contract.

So, when Ezekiel Elliott was drafted fourth overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, he was locked into a contract length (including a team option for a fifth season) and a salary and bonus for the length of that contract.

The other thing to consider is that Elliott is doing exactly what the collective bargaining agreement allows him to do. Though the Dallas Cowboys can fine him, Elliott is permitted by the CBA to seek a contract extension after the third season of his rookie contract, just like you saw Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints do earlier this summer.

I get that fans are frustrated by the idea of a player "not honoring his contract," but in the NFL, that's the way football goes. The owners don't always honor the contracts they've agreed to, cutting a player with guaranteed money left on his deal because his play might have dropped off or simply because he doesn't warrant the cap hit.

But as Mike Leslie of WFAA recently pointed out on Twitter, our jobs aren't like NFL jobs.


There are a lot of folks that understand that there is a business side to all of this. The players, the coaches, and a large segment of Cowboys Nation all understand where Ezekiel Elliott is coming from. Even the "running backs don't matter" truthers aren't throwing Ezekiel Elliott under the bus for holding out for a new contract.

As I've said before, don't get mad at Ezekiel Elliott or even the Dallas Cowboys for the current state of his contract negotiations. Get mad at the Los Angeles Rams for setting a precedent that Ezekiel Elliott is attempting to take advantage of.

Ezekiel Elliott is only doing what's permitted by the CBA. Though the negotiations continue to drag on, there's still three weeks left till the start of the regular season, which is plenty of time to get a deal done.

Until this holdout lasts until the regular season, you shouldn't worry.

Taco Charlton has done some nice things in the preseason thus far. He's been able to create pressure, and by Bobby Belt's splash metric, Taco Charlton is leading the team.

Obviously, this isn't the only way to evaluate talent, but it does give an indication that Taco Charlton has been good this preseason. I've long believed that Taco was going to make the 53-man roster for the sheer fact that he was a first-round draft pick. That may not be a good enough reason for some, but he's a player that the Dallas Cowboys won't give up on lightly. He's doing enough at this point in the preseason to warrant another year.

Cutting Taco Charlton in 2019 actually costs you money. It would cost the Dallas Cowboys roughly $3.5 million in 2019,  but they could save $1.3 million in 2020. It's not likely that the Cowboys will pick up his fifth-year rookie option, which would be for 2021. Financially, the only move that would make sense is a trade, which would cost the Dallas Cowboys only $1.3 million in dead money.

While I think Taco Charlton is a player that is destined for the 53-man roster, with reports that DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford are about to be activated from the physically unable to perform (P.U.P) list, it may come down to a numbers game at defensive end.

Players like Dorance Armstrong, Joe Jackson, Kerry Hyder, and even Jalen Jelks may have something to say about Taco Charlton's spot on the 53-man roster, but I believe they give him another year to prove he's worth retaining.


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PFF Ranks Dak Prescott As Tier 3, 17th Overall Quarterback

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Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is the subject of constant debate around the football world. Now that it's getting time to pay him, those debates are even hotter.

As I discussed last week, Prescott has been much better than he's often given credit for, though the narrative continues to be that he is carried by his offensive line and rushing attack.

Pro Football Focus ranked all 32 starting quarterbacks heading into the 2019 season, placing them both in tiers, and in traditional order as well. Prescott clocked in at 17th overall on their list, listed as a tier 3 NFL starting quarterback.

"Tier 3: Volatile or conservative quarterbacks whose production will rely even more heavily on supporting cast and play calling. Tier 3 quarterbacks can post top-10 production in any given year in the right situation."

The other quarterbacks listed in Prescott's tier include Carson Wentz, Deshaun Watson, Jared Goff, Kirk Cousins, Matthew Stafford, and Cam Newton, all ranked in front of him. Prescott is ahead of a couple of tier 3 passers as well, though, including Jimmy Garoppolo and Derek Carr.


"Even with his added rushing ability, Prescott has settled in as a mid-tier quarterback whose production is more dependent on his supporting cast, and this will be a big year to see if he can get back to his rookie levels of efficiency."

Personally, I'd rank Prescott ahead of a decent number of those tier 3 quarterbacks, such as Stafford and Cousins. Overall, though, it's tough to have too big an issue with their assessment of Prescott and the Cowboys offense. He has been somewhat up-and-down during his time as the Cowboys starter, and saw a big spike in his play when given Amari Cooper as a weapon in the passing game a year ago.

While the entire fanbase is hopeful that he will improve on his mechanics and decision making under new leadership on offense, we can't bank on that happening just yet.

Still, Dak Prescott has looked excellent this preseason, and should be poised for a career year in 2019. I think there's a good chance he finds himself closer to Wentz and Watson on these types of rankings than Carr and Stafford by this time next season.


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