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Dallas Cowboys’ Division Rival Claims “We Run The East”

Brian Martin

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With the impressive win over the Green Bay Packers, the Dallas Cowboys improved their winning streak to five straight games and sit atop the NFC East division with a 5-1 record.

The NFC East division has been somewhat overlooked the past several years, but so far in 2016 it's the only division in the NFL that has all four teams at or above the .500 mark.

Maybe it's because I'm a Dallas Cowboys fan, but to me America's Team has been one of most impressive teams in not only in the NFL, but the NFC East division as well.

Of course, not everyone would agree with me.  In fact, the Washington Redskins recently claimed that they are the best team in the NFC East division, not the Cowboys.

JP Finlay on Twitter

We run the East" https://t.co/VbIcYkpBu0

It's really amazing what you can find on Twitter, especially after the games are played over the weekend.

In the video above you see Washington Redskins players heading back to the locker room after narrowly escaping the Philadelphia Eagles at home. Naturally, they were on a victory high and you can hear several players boasting that "We run the East".

In all fairness, they still didn't know the outcome of the Cowboys and Packers game, but they still wouldn't have been in first place due to the fact the Cowboys beat them earlier this season and hold the tiebreaker.

I'm sure cooler heads have prevailed now and they know who the "King of the Hill" is right now, the Dallas Cowboys, who are one of the hottest teams in the NFL.

Of course, this is the Washington Redskins we are talking about and I might be giving them just a little bit more credit than they actually deserve, especially if you take Chris Baker and Ricky Jean François at their word.

"We run the damn East," Ricky Jean François said, via the Washington Post. "Not Philly, not Dallas, not all of them. We run the damn East. Better remember we got that damn title."

Fellow Redskins defensive lineman, Chris Baker, pretty much echoed François' statement in the video above.

"Y'all forgot who the real champs of the NFC East is," Chris Baker shouted, "everyone picking them trash-ass Eagles."

In all honesty, this is really one of those situations where all you can do is laugh and shake your head that the Redskins players can so easily forget they are currently sitting second in their division. Not only that, the only reason they probably won the division in 2015 is because Tony Romo was injured the majority of the season.

In fact, one of the Cowboys four wins in 2015 came against the Washington Redskins in  Week 13. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Redskins at FedEx Field with a score of 19-16, led by quarterback Matt Cassel.

I'll wait a little bit while you quit laughing.

Okay, have you composed yourself yet, because the Cowboys and Redskins would face off against one another again in 2015 to close out the season in Week 17.

Now, the Redskins won that game 34-23, but not before the Cowboys fourth quarterback of the season, Kellen Moore, threw for 435 yards and three touchdowns.

Go ahead, I give you permission to start laughing again.

But in all seriousness, to claim that you're the best team in the division based on last year's division title is just ridiculous.

The Redskins are on a four-game winning streak, but with the way the Cowboys are playing right now it will be difficult for them to keep pace with Dallas throughout the season.

The division title winner might come down to the next meeting between the two teams, when the Cowboys play the Redskins Week 12 for that Thanksgiving day game at AT&T Stadium.

I don't know about you, but there is already plenty of bulletin board material to get me pumped up for that Thanksgiving day meeting.

What do you think of the Washington Redskins claim as the top dog in the NFC East division?

Let me hear your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below so we can discuss this topic further.



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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11 Comments
  • Stephen l McGann

    The Redskins will show there true colors before the season is over, black and blue and they will be singing the blues after thanksgiving game against the COWBOYS.

    • Brian Martin

      LOL… Black and blue. I think I might have to still that from you Stephen. From what I’ve seen on watching the Redskins, they don’t look like a team that should threaten the Cowboys or one that will continue to win games like they have been.

    • http://serenaporra.wordpress.com serenaporra

      its funny it look like your cowboys are doing the same thing right now

  • sam elrod

    everybody knows the redskins winning that division was a fluke im a cowboy fan and we win it the division this year

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for commenting Sam. I 100% agree with you. The Cowboys are playing like one of the best, if not the best teams in the NFL. Let’s just hope they can keep it up.

  • Roro Brown

    Soo I live in Maryland and unfortunately I’m surrounded by skins fans…don’t know who’s worst the deadskins or their irritating fans lol they were calling for their quarterback’s head the first two weeks and now they’re praising him. I’m not worried they Redskins never let me down, they always go back to stinking up the joint…now my boyz on the other hand…like you said we’re not slowing up!!

    • Brian Martin

      Roro, I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment. I think I know how you feel. I live in the Houston area and Texans fans love nothing more than hating on anything to do with the Cowboys. I imagine it’s 100 times worse for you though since the Redskins and the Cowboys are division rivals. Hopefully the Cowboys will continue playing the way they are and allow you to hold it over all of your Redskin neighbors.

  • George Johnson

    I think Dallas can win the Division and get into the playoffs. They have four of the main ingredients needed; a good offensive line, a good running game, good QB play and a good defense. They should win enough games to take the Division. If the Redskins can beat them, then the Redskins are likely to take the Division.

    • Brian Martin

      George, I agree with you. The Cowboys seem to have everything going their way right now. I really don’t think the Redskins are as good as their record implies. I think if the Cowboys can continue to do what they’re doing, there won’t be another team within the division that threatens them.

  • John Mathis

    As long as the Cowboys stay healthy they take the East. I also believe if they can remain healthy and keep getting great defensive play they have a great opportunity to play for the NFC championship game.

    • Brian Martin

      Hey John! I went to school with a John Mathis at Barbers Hill. Who knows, you might just be the same person ha ha. I agree with you though. The Cowboys have done an outstanding job so far despite the injuries to some of their key players. If those players can return to the lineup and the rest of the team stays healthy, they have a really good chance of playing deep into the playoffs, if not the Super Bowl.

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Time to see What Darius Jackson can do as Zeke’s Backup?

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Will RB Darius Jackson Stick With Cowboys Second Time Around?

I hate to say it because I really like Rod Smith, but I think it may be time for the Dallas Cowboys to reevaluate the running back position as it pertains to Ezekiel Elliott's primary backup. Smith just hasn't been good this year, which is why I think it may be time to see what Darius Jackson can do if given the opportunity.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not suggesting the Dallas Cowboys move on from Rod Smith or demote him right now, but I would promote Darius Jackson from the practice squad to the active roster as insurance in case something were to happen to Zeke. It just seems the right time to make that move after #21's injury scare Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Eagles.

You may have forgotten, but Ezekiel Elliott had to spend some time in the medical tent Sunday against the Eagles. He was luckily able to return to the game not long after, but it did shine a spotlight on Rod Smith and the lack of depth behind him.

Despite how much I like Rod Smith, and I do, he just hasn't been the same player this season as he was last year as Zeke's fill-in. He is just not running with any kind of authority and has been too apt to run east and west instead of north and south. I think it's one of the reasons why the Cowboys have continued to give Zeke such a heavy workload, despite him being banged up.

Rod Smith

Dallas Cowboys RB Rod Smith

Now, Rod Smith did look a little better against the Eagles, but I still believe it would be wise for the Cowboys to promote Darius Jackson to the active roster. Having more depth at such a physically demanding position is just smart football.

With the Dallas Cowboys playoff spot all but secured, it might be time to start thinking about lightening Ezekiel Elliott's workload just a little bit. Whether it's Rod Smith or Darius Jackson, the Cowboys have to find someone who can step in and be productive.

Rod Smith has had his opportunities this year, but hasn't really been able to capitalize like we believed he could. It might be time to turn to Darius Jackson, a fan favorite, who unfortunately just hasn't been able to prove what he can do as of yet in a meaningful game. I think it's time we change that.

As much as I like Rod Smith, I might like Darius Jackson just a little bit more. I think he is kind of like a poor man's Ezekiel Elliott. He is just as athletically gifted and can be a threat as both a runner and a receiver out of the backfield. He just needs the opportunity to prove it.

There's really no way of knowing if I'm right or wrong about this, but I believe he is worthy of a roster spot on game day if nothing else. I'd rather have him and not need him then need him and not have him.

Do you think it's time to see what Darius Jackson can do?



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Cowboys Lassoing NFC East Title as NFC Dark Horse

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Well don’t look now but the Dallas Cowboys are in control of their division and anything short of a catastrophic collapse will see them hosting the first round of the playoffs. Dallas strengthened their grip on the NFC East by knocking off a divisional rival and the reigning Super Bowl champions with a 29-23 overtime win over the Eagles.

Those who have a favorite online sportsbook and wagered on the Cowboys were ecstatic to see Dak Prescott hit Amari Cooper for a 15-yard touchdown pass in overtime, thus covering the 3 ½ point impost that oddsmakers hung on Dallas.

The Cowboys have now won five consecutive games, with three of those over divisional opponents Philadelphia (twice) and Washington. But before we celebrate, we must consider that there's still a mathematical possibility of either Philadelphia or Washington stealing the division crown away from the Cowboys.

The Giants' only hope is an outside shot at a wildcard berth if they win outright but they've been eliminated from contending for a division title due to their 1-4 record against NFC East teams.

Essentially, all the Cowboys must do is win one of their three remaining games in order to celebrate a division crown. If Philadelphia or Washington loses any of their three games they will be out due to tie breakers that go in the Cowboys’ favor.

As of this moment, the Redskins are a disaster with no one under center to captain their rudderless ship, and the Eagles must defeat the Rams in LA, which would be considered a stunning upset seeing as any reputable online sportsbook is offering the Rams as 9 ½ point favorites as of this writing; then they must win at home against Houston and on the road against the Redskins.

Of course, the Cowboys are counting only on themselves to reel in the division title and with games at Indianapolis, home against the Bucs, and wrapping their season in New Jersey against the Giants, at least one win seems likely.

The addition of Amari Cooper to the Dallas offensive arsenal has been a game-changer as the former Oakland Raider hauled in 10 of 13 targets for 217 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner last Sunday against Philadelphia. He was the top-tier receiver Prescott had been lacking and his presence on the field improves both the passing game and running game by virtue of his dynamic playmaking abilities. Ezekiel Elliott has eclipsed the century mark in rushing yards in four of the six games since Cooper has been on the Cowboys roster.

Furthermore, Dallas has averaged 24.4 points per game over their last five wins with Cooper in the lineup, which is more than five points improved from where they were prior to their winning streak without him in a Dallas uniform.

In addition, Prescott has morphed from a game manager at 202 passing yards per game to a game breaker as evidenced by his 285.7 passing yard average in six games with his new target at his disposal.

Ultimately, the Cowboys will be tasked with turning all of this good mojo into a deep run into the postseason. We can now confidently say that there is one other team to consider besides the Rams, Bears, and Saints as this year’s NFC entrant into the Super Bowl. However, Dak Prescott will need to eliminate turnovers and interceptions if Dallas is truly going to contend against the powerhouses they will face in the playoffs.

Last Sunday, Prescott caught fire in the fourth quarter and ended with 455 yards passing, connecting on 42 of 54 passes with three touchdowns, but his two interceptions were converted into nine points by Philadelphia. As we move forward, Prescott will need to lead right from the get-go and understand that one poor decision can cost his team what is now a realistic shot at a championship season.



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Cowboys en Español: Sí, Amari Cooper Lo Valió

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys' Revenge Against Atlanta Hinges on These 3 Key Matchups 1

Cuando los Dallas Cowboys sorprendieron a la NFL mandando una selección de primera ronda por el receptor Amari Cooper de los Oakland Raiders, la respuesta fue muy dividida. Al final de cuentas, Cooper estaba pasando por una temporada bastante mala junto a su equipo. Sus números iban en decline y muchos habían perdido la fe en la ex-estrella de la universidad de Alabama y cuarta selección global en el NFL Draft del 2015.

Pero sorpresa, sorpresa. Desde que se unió a las filas de los Dallas Cowboys, Amari Cooper ha demostrado que la decisión que tomaron los Jones fue una muy buena.

En esta liga, es muy complicado justificar el deshacerse de un pick de primera ronda.

Estamos hablando de la oportunidad de tomar a un novato joven con muchísimo potencial para convertirse en un jugador calibre All-Pro en algún punto de su carrera. No es fácil renunciar a una posibilidad así en esta liga. Sin embargo, Amari Cooper no ha hecho más que justificar el trade por parte de los Cowboys. Si continúa así, al final de la temporada podríamos estar hablando de que Dallas pagó de menos por él.

Es importante recalcar que Amari Cooper tiene 24 años de edad. Para el NFL Draft del 2019, los mejores prospectos en esta posición tienen a lo mucho cuatro años menos. A.J. Brown de Ole Miss tendrá 21 años cuando pise el emparrillado por primera vez en la NFL.

Y no, ninguno de estos receptores está cerca del nivel de talento con el que cuenta Cooper.

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¿Qué tan grande ha sido el impacto de Amari Cooper?

Desde la semana 9, cuando los Cowboys consiguieron a Cooper, este ha tenido 30 recepciones. 23 de las cuales han resultado en un primer down o en un touchdown. Es el receptor con más atrapadas en tercera oportunidad. Podríamos hablar de las grandes estadísticas que el wide receiver ha conseguido vistiendo la estrella individualmente. Pero realmente, ha tenido un impacto en la ofensiva entera.

Desde su llegada, los Cowboys son el tercer mejor equipo en porcentaje de pases completos, el segundo en yardas después de la recepción y el tercero a la hora de convertir terceras oportunidades y mover las cadenas.

Simple y sencillamente, ha tenido un impacto que ningún otro novato del 2019 hubiera tenido en este equipo. Si, los Cowboys tendrán que pagarle una extensión cara en el futuro, pero cuando este sea el caso, lo habrá valido.

Amari Cooper es el ejemplo perfecto de porque la NFL es un deporte de equipo. Con los Raiders, todos lo tachaban como un jugador que ya no era bueno e iba para abajo. Pero bajo los Dallas Cowboys, se ve como un jugador que promete mucho para esta joven franquicia que necesitaba un verdadero #1 en la posición de wide receiver.

La ofensiva de los Cowboys tiene mucho talento. Es cuestión de mejorar en zona roja para que Dallas sea una amenaza bastante considerable en los playoffs de la NFL.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Sí, Amari Cooper Lo Valió" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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