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Dallas Cowboys @ Denver Bronco’s: Keys To The Game



A Joke? A Pretender? That’s what about half of the experts have said about the Denver Bronco’s. Well the Cowboys are about to find out for sure. In Denver’s first actual test throughout the season, they meet a Dallas Cowboys team that faces the same media analysis as they do. This game has the makings of an epic battle, and I believe we’ll see one.

The Cowboys travel to Denver to meet an offense ranked 14th in the league. Offering a potent running game headed up by Correll Buckhalter and Knowshon Moreno, and a passing attack that offers one of the best receivers in the league. Their defense is even better, the Cowboys will be reunited with Brian Dawkins, Elvis Dumervil, and Champ Bailey who will all be looking to turn this game into an onslaught.

The Cowboys bring their NFL best rushing attack against an NFL defense that is ranked 1st in points allowed and 7th in rushing yards per game (78.3). However, the Cowboys can gameplan for this attack, and this is how they should do it:

1) Rattle Orton- Kyle Orton isn’t actually Mr. Perfect. He isn’t accurate and he isn’t strong. If the Cowboy’s rush can knock him down and sack him a couple times early, he’ll be throwing more quickly to avoid DeMarcus and Company, which equals poor throws.

2) Contain The Middle Of The Field Defensively- Brandon Marshall is a strong receiver who loves the middle of the field. We need to stop him from getting there and making big plays and first downs.

3) Cover The Slot- Brandon Stokley has had a pretty good season thus far, and is becoming a common target for Orton. It’ll be up to Scandrick and the Linebackers to make sure he doesn’t break out.

4) Protect Romo- Elvis Dumervil will be coming after Romo all day, which means Flo needs to have his A game. Romo will need the time to transform into the field general he was last week against Carolina.

5) Run! Run! Run!- The Cowboys need to embrace their new philosophy. The running game should prove effective, and the more we do it the better it will be. Consistent runs set up for Play Action which Romo is incredible at. If we can establish the run game, expect the air attack to open up perfectly.

Injury Watch:


Curtis Johnson, Hamstring- Out

Felix Jones, Knee- Out

Flozell Adams, Shoulder- Probable

Marion Barber, Thigh- Probable

DeMarcus Ware, Neck- Probable

Jason Williams, Ankle- Probable


Spener Larsen, Shoulder- Out

Ben Hamilton, Hamstring- Doubtful

Alphoso Smith, Ankle- Doubtful

Ryan Harris, Shoulder- Questionable

Brandon Stokley, Thigh- Questionable

Peyton Hillis, Head- Probable

Kenny McKinley, Illness- Probable


This game will be tough. It should stay close but I expect the Cowboys to prevail in the second half.

Dallas 31 Denver 17

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  • Dallas Cowboys Classifieds

    The Dallas defense will do it’s job, as long as, the Dallas offense does it’s job. If the Cowboys can keep the ball on the ground, and Away from Tony Romo, we should be ok. Unfortunately, with Barber and Jones all gimped up, that puts everything on Choice who, while a great running back, has yet to have his stamina tested in four full quarters. Still, it’s not likely the Broncos will be watching for him so, we shall see.

  • Tay


    “Unfortunately, with Barber and Jones all gimped up, that puts everything on Choice who, while a great running back, has yet to have his stamina tested in four full quarters.”

    I guess you missed Choice against the Steelers last season, huh. Stamina not tested for four full quarters, he was essentially our whole offense down the stretsh last season. Get your head in the game!!!

  • Dallas Cowboys Classifieds

    Your right, my mistake. Wasn’t thinking about last year. Yet, and before you say I wasn’t thinking.. I still say the key is to keep the ball away from Romo as you cannot argue that Tony is less proven (or has proven less), than Tashard Choice.

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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018

Sean Martin



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Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.

Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.

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Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of...

While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018

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L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

Kevin Brady



Orlando Scandrick

After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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