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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.

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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

11 Comments

  1. Stephen l McGann

    October 18, 2016 at 10:16 am

    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

      Brian Martin

      October 18, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      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.

    • serenaporra

      February 4, 2017 at 2:10 pm

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

  2. sam elrod

    October 18, 2016 at 10:50 am

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

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      October 18, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      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.

  3. Roro Brown

    October 18, 2016 at 11:22 am

    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

      Brian Martin

      October 18, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      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.

  4. George Johnson

    October 18, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    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

      Brian Martin

      October 18, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      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.

  5. John Mathis

    October 19, 2016 at 8:08 am

    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

      Brian Martin

      October 19, 2016 at 9:44 am

      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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2018 In Review: Byron Jones Emerges As CB1

Kevin Brady

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Heading into the 2018 season Byron Jones was being asked to prove himself. The former first round pick had fallen out of the coaches' good graces during his third season, though many of his struggles could be attributed to those very coaches which were then questioning his ability.

Being asked to play out of position, or at least in a spot which did not maximize his natural ability, Jones struggled in 2017. Too often he was playing in the box as a safety where his lack of physicality was exposed by the opponent's run game. This was mostly due to the coaching staff falling in love with his tight-end-erasing ability in man coverage, but backfired when overused as a safety.

Once hired the following offseason, Kris Richard and company decided to move Byron Jones to cornerback full time, allowing him to utilize his excellent coverage skills and athletic ability to the fullest, rather than putting him at a disadvantage in the box.

The results? Well, Jones had one of the best seasons of any cornerback in football, earning All Pro and Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his young career.

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Byron Jones had a dominant season for Dallas

Pro Football Focus graded Jones as the sixth best cornerback in all of football last season, allowing just 0.79 yards per coverage snap. Despite not having an interception on the season, Jones still earned national recognition as one of the best cornerbacks in the entire league.

Down the stretch of the season, Chidobe Awuzie started to play up to the level which fans had hoped for during the preseason. He had been sticky in coverage most of the year, but now he was making plays on the ball at a much better rate, forcing incompletions. This led to an increase in targets to Jones' side, and though the increase resulted in more catches given up by the number one cornerback, I don't think Jones' play faltered as much as some will have you believe.

The fact is, when you get targeted more you are bound to give up more catches and yards. The key is to force them into contested catches, and make things as difficult for the receiver as possible when targeted.

Byron Jones continued to do this all season long, and fans should be excited for the next step of his growth in 2019.



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Cowboys en Español: Comentando el Tope Salarial

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Time to Stop Making Excuses for QB Dak Prescott?

Por muchos años, el tema del tope salarial ha sido un tema sensible para los Dallas Cowboys. Entre dinero muerto y otros problemas, el equipo ha tenido una situación delicada en este aspecto. Sin embargo, para la temporada del 2019 tienen más espacio de lo que estamos acostumbrados.

Según Over The Cap, los Cowboys tendrán aproximadamente 48 millones de dólares disponibles en 2019. Es importante recalcar que este número no es definitivo y puede cambiar. Año tras año, esta administración ha sido aficionada de reestructurar los contratos de ciertos veteranos para liberar espacio salarial constantemente. Además de esto, hay varios jugadores bajo contrato que el equipo podría decidir cortar para liberar aún más dinero.

Al ver sólo 48 millones disponibles, es complicado imaginar un escenario en que el equipo logre satisfacer todos sus objetivos. Hay bastantes candidatos a grandes extensiones en el equipo, principalmente dos jugadores. En una liga en la que quarterback es la posición más importante, la segunda más importante podría ser la del caza cabezas, cuyo objetivo es ir tras el quarterback contrario.

DeMarcus Lawrence, Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Pues en Dallas, hoy dos  jugadores en estas posiciones que hay que extender. El más urgente sin duda es el defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. Lawrence se puso el jersey del equipo cuando este lo designó a jugar bajo la etiqueta franquicia. Afortunadamente, el atleta de 26 años la hizo de soldado y jugó sin amenazar con faltar a entrenamientos ni pretemporada.

Lo que sí comentó es que no pasaría por lo mismo en 2019. Ahora, el momento está aquí y es tiempo de que los Cowboys lo extiendan. El valor de Lawrence es difícil de predecir, pero es bastante seguro que se acercará a los números de Khalil Mack. Mack hizo historia ganando un contrato que en promedio gana 23.5 millones al año. Si bien no anticiparía que lo supere, la cifra estará cerca al contrato del defensivo de los Chicago Bears.

Además está Dak Prescott, cuyo contrato probablemente estará por encima de los 25 millones anuales. Son contratos caros, pero son piezas fundamentales para el equipo. Definitivamente se les tiene que pagar a ambos. Son pilares que año tras año buscan equipos en toda la NFL.

Además de esto, Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, Cole Beasley y más podrían tener un impacto en el tope salarial. Algunos buscan un contrato nuevo, otros una extensión. Pero honestamente, me parece que habrá más espacio en el tope salarial de lo que pensamos. Sólo es cuestión de tiempo para que los Cowboys comiencen a reestructurar a sus veteranos para ahorrarse unos cuantos millones para utilizar en agencia libre.

Tyron Smith, Tyrone Crawford entre otros pueden ser buenas opciones para comenzar este proceso. Antes era Jason Witten uno de los candidatos favoritos para este proceso, pero él ya se encuentra comentando partidos para ESPN. En Inside The Star, continuaremos actualizándote con contenido al día de los Dallas Cowboys.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Comentando el Tope Salarial" 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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Can the Cowboys Become Legitimate NFC Conference Contenders this Offseason?

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Super Bowl LIII is in the books, and the Dallas Cowboys can look back on a better-than-expected 2018 campaign. Having won the NFC East with a 10-6 record and bowing out to eventual finalists Los Angeles Rams, the Cowboys' young team can look ahead to 2019 as a chance to take another step forward.

The offseason is now upon us, with the NFL free agency period opening in the middle of March and the NFL Draft coming around at the end of April. Until those times, experts, pundits, and fans are left to assess their teams and predict their activities in the running to the start of next season.

The Dallas Cowboys are in a precarious position, with the team exceeding expectations, still being very young and having plenty of cap space, but also having many top-end players set to become free agents and being without a first-round pick in this year’s draft. There does, however, appear to be a way for the team to make improvements and solidify their place atop the NFC East and potentially go on to win in the Conference Finals.

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Can the Cowboys Become Legitimate NFC Conference Contenders this Offseason?

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Many see DeMarcus Lawrence as the top potential free agent this spring, so the Dallas Cowboys need to do everything in their power to lock down the 26-year-old defensive end.

Vice President Stephen Jones has emphasized the team’s target of retaining their own stars, per Star-Telegram, with Lawrence, Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, and perhaps Byron Jones being in the discussion for long-term deals.

As it stands, the team will have roughly $48.5 million in cap space for next season, which leaves plenty of space to re-sign their top players. They look set to let go of Tavon Austin, David Irving, and quite possibly Cole Beasley, among others, leaving a need to add reinforcements.

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Can the Cowboys Become Legitimate NFC Conference Contenders this Offseason? 1

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One of the most heavily rumored moves for Dallas in this free agency is picking up native Texan and former Legion of Boom linchpin Earl Thomas, per Forbes.

Against the Rams in the playoffs and throughout the season, the Cowboys lacked a defenseman who could make plays on the pass. Thomas is one of the notorious ball hawks in the league, boasting 28 career interceptions, three of which came in just four games of last season.

If the Cowboys can re-sign their stars while keeping some space for an Earl Thomas-sized contract, which clocked in at $10.4 million in 2018 for the Seattle Seahawks, their odds of going all the way next season will significantly increase.

Right now, the expected names of the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs lead the odds to win the next Super Bowl at +750. Behind them, the Rams sit at +900 having suffered a suffocating defeat in this year’s Super Bowl. Much further down are the Cowboys at +2500 right now with redbet. If they re-sign Lawrence, pay their young stars, and bring in Thomas, they’ll shoot up the table of favorites.

Then, there’s also the additions in the draft to consider.

The Cowboys may be without a first-round selection, but that may end up working in their favor. Round one of the 2019 NFL Draft is set to be laden with defensive selections according to most mock drafts, with a few quarterbacks sprinkled around and a minimal selection of offensive weapons. If the Cowboys re-sign Lawrence, they’ll be looking good at defensive end, so should then turn to giving Prescott another weapon in the passing game, which will also help to keep defenses honest and give Elliott more room to operate.

As stated, the NFL is a passing league, and Prescott exploded once he was given a viable option in Amari Cooper. Michael Gallup is expected to take another step forward next season, but just in case, the Cowboys can add another strong receiving option in the draft thanks to the strength of the defensive class. A.J. Brown of Ole Miss will almost certainly go in the first round, but exciting talents in D.K. Metcalf, Parris Campbell, Marquise Brown, and Deebo Samuel could all still be available when Dallas rings in during the second round.

Improving Dallas' pass options and pass defense will go a long way toward improving the team and allowing them to push on to a bigger and better campaign in 2019.



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