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Dallas Cowboys Tied Atop NFC East After 4 Weeks

RJ Ochoa

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Can you believe that we are already one full month into the 2015 NFL season? The first quarter of the season is in the books and we're starting to get an idea of who these teams are going to be across the entire season. Here's a breakdown of exactly who the NFC East is after the first quarter of the season.

Dallas Cowboys (2-2 Overall, 2-0 Against NFC East)

America's Team is coming off of two straight losses to the NFC South Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. It's hard to say that the current state of the team is who they are going to be all season as they are currently without most of their playmakers on both sides of the ball.

The Cowboys hold one of the biggest ace cards in the entire NFL right now and that's a 2-0 record within their own division. Considering the recent losses to Atlanta and New Orleans, the last-second comeback win that Tony Romo mounted against the New York Giants in Week 1 is more valuable than it even felt at the time.

Dallas takes on the World Champion New England Patriots this Sunday, undoubtedly their biggest test of the season. Ideally they would have come into this game loaded with their usual arsenal of weapons, but it's hard to see them giving New England their first loss of the season. The good news it that reinforcements in the form of Greg Hardy, Rolando McClain, Randy Gregory, and Dez Bryant are on their way back. With a bye in Week 6 the Cowboys will take on the New York Giants in Week 7 with a lot more positive momentum in their direction.

New York Giants (2-2 Overall, 1-1 Against NFC East)

The G-Men channeled their Super Bowl XXV memories last weekend when they dropped a loss on the Buffalo Bills. I've been impressed by Buffalo this season and thought that their elite pass rush was going to be a problem for New York, but Eli Manning stood in the pocket and made it happen.

Tom Coughlin's Giants are gaining a little momentum as they've quietly crawled up to .500 after starting the season 0-2. Up next is a date with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football, a game that New York should win easily.

Odell Beckham Jr. hasn't exactly lit the world on fire thus far in his sophomore season, but he's a very talented player and will undoubtedly figure it out at some point. As much of a sign of hope that the returning players are for the Cowboys, Victor Cruz will be returning to the Giants at some point and will make their passing attack even more deadly.

I believe that the Giants pose the biggest threat to the Cowboys in the race for the 2015 NFC East crown, so bust out your Colin Kaepernick jerseys and hope for the best when San Francisco heads to Metlife Stadium this week.

Washington Redskins (2-2 Overall, 1-1 Against NFC East)

Kirk Cousins has given life to the Washington Redskins! The non-RGIII QB mounted a fourth quarter comeback drive against the Philadelphia Eagles last week, giving Washington its first win within the division this season.

Washington has most certainly been the surprise of the division so far in 2015 as they have managed to look better than an average high school team.

The Redskins take on the Atlanta Falcons this week, a team that is already 2-0 against the NFC East, and is set up for a trip back down to earth. While Cowboys fans are certainly grateful that Washington gave Philly another loss this season, history notes that at some point, in the same way that gravity will make things fall down, Washington will always implode. Enjoy mediocrity while you can, Redskins!

Philadelphia Eagles (1-3 Overall, 0-2 Against NFC East)

The jury is out on Chip Kelly. It would appear, shockingly, that you simply cannot throw a bunch of random players on a roster and have immediate success. Who would have ever thought that?

Philadelphia experienced a rare high moment in Week 3 when they beat the New York Jets, but experienced one of the lowest moments in their recent history when they lost to Washington last week.

To call the Eagles a dumpster fire at this point would be rude to dumpster fires. It feels like they are just one tiny thread away from completely coming undone, and a date with the New Orleans Saints this week could be that very thread.

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Can QB Dak Prescott Steal Back His Mojo From Atlanta?

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Can Dak Prescott Regain His Mojo Against Atlanta?
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When the Dallas Cowboys last traveled to Mercedes-Benz Stadium they were completely throttled by the Atlanta Falcons. It's a game a lot of Cowboys Nation would like to forget, but no one more so than Quarterback Dak Prescott. That game could very well be where his struggles really began.

It's almost exactly a year later and the Dallas Cowboys still find themselves haunted by that brutal beating the Atlanta Falcons handed them in Week 10 of the 2017 season. The Cowboys seemed to lose all confidence in themselves after that game, but it was almost as if it was the exact point in time where Dak Prescott lost all of his mojo as well.

Before that match up against the Falcons, Prescott was still playing at a pretty high level. But since then, he has been in a slump and there have been very few signs of recapturing any of that magic he once had. Heading back to Atlanta maybe the key for him finding and stealing back his mojo.

Things could definitely go a little differently this time around. The Cowboys will have Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith in the lineup this week. Zeke missed the game last year due to the league mandated six-game suspension, and Tyron missed due to an injury. Having those two back in the lineup could pay huge dividends, especially for Prescott.

Without his starting left tackle and running back, Dak was pretty much beaten to a pulp by the Falcons defense a year ago. They applied relentless pressure, hitting and sacking him on a number of occasions. Unfortunately, I think that's where he started seeing ghost in the pocket and its haunted him ever since.

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

The beating he took at the hands of the Falcons has really thrown off his entire game. His mechanics, accuracy, and effectiveness as a scrambler can all be traced back to that one matchup. He just hasn't been the same QB he was prior to that game.

Prescott's stats prior to the Falcons game:

24 starts
66.7 completion percentage
102.4 passer rating

Prescott's stats since the Falcons game:

17 starts
63.3 completion percentage
83.1 passer rating

As you can see, that's a notable difference. His passer rating has shockingly dropped nearly 20 points since last playing the Falcons and it's really hurt the entire offensive production. It's time for that to change.

Prescott has no choice this week. He has to get back up on the horse that bucked him off and hopefully regain that mojo he left in Atlanta a year ago. Fortunately for him, his confidence might be is as high as it's been since that last meeting after pulling off the upset against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

Now, he just has to go out and prove it!

Do you think Dak Prescott can regain his mojo against the Atlanta Falcons?



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How Cowboys Could Regain a 2019 1st-Round Draft Pick

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The Dallas Cowboys are currently without a 2019 first-round draft pick after acquiring Wide Receiver Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders, but what if I were to tell you there was a way to regain another first-rounder? Well, with a little outside the box thinking I think there could be a way to accomplish just that.

It's completely hypothetical, but I think the Dallas Cowboys could possibly regain a first-round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft with little finagling and good luck. Everything would have to fall into place perfectly, but I think it's definitely doable.

Remember, this is completely hypothetical with a lot of "what if's" involved, but the Cowboys could regain what they lost acquiring Amari Cooper and come out of it no worse for wear. I think there are a lot of different scenarios that could accomplish this feat, but only one of them that doesn't hurt the team in my opinion and it centers around Right Tackle La'el Collins.

I know you're probably going to think I'm crazy, but I think the Dallas Cowboys could possibly land a 2019 first-round draft pick if they decided to trade away RT La'el Collins. Trust me, I wouldn't suggest this if I didn't think there was somebody capable of stepping in and playing just as well.

Enter Connor Williams.

Connor Williams

Dallas Cowboys LG Connor Williams

I always believed Connor Williams' best position in the NFL was at right tackle, not on the inside at guard. And yes, I was one of those advocating for Williams to play RT and Collins to move back to LG before the 2018 season started. I thought that gave the Cowboys their best starting five.

Williams has been serviceable at LG this season, but has been overpowered at times. His athletic ability would've been much better served on the outside at tackle, which is where I would play him next season, making La'el Collins expendable.

Again, I know what you're thinking. If you move Williams to RT and trade Collins, there is now a void at LG. Well, that's where Xavier Su'a-Filo comes into play. He is coming off a fantastic performance against the Philadelphia Eagles and a lot of Cowboys Nation is already advocating that he remains the starter over Connor Williams.

If Su'a-Filo can maintain the same level play he did against the Eagles, he probably remains the starter for the rest of the 2018 season. If this is indeed what happens, he could end up being the starter once again next season, making my plan of trading La'el Collins more feasible.

Were you able to follow all of that?

Keep Xavier Su'a-Filo at left guard

Move Connor Williams to right tackle

Trade La'el Collins

Like I said, this is all hypothetical, but something that could feasibly happen. Now we just have to wait and see if Xavier Su'a-Filo can continue to play like he did last week, because without him sticking at left guard none of this is possible.

I told you it was some out-of-the-box thinking.

Would you go along with the scenario to regain a 2019 first-round draft pick?



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Should Cowboys Stick With Xavier Su’a-Filo at Left Guard?

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Don't look now, but we may have another Ron Leary/La'el Collins situation unfolding before our eyes with Xavier Su'a-Filo and Connor Williams. Who ends up starting at left guard for the Dallas Cowboys the rest of the 2018 season is up in the air right now, but might not be for long.

Remember a few years ago when La'el Collins started the season at left guard for the Dallas Cowboys, but then had to miss time due to a toe injury. Ronald Leary took over during his absence and never looked back. It even earned him a big payday with the Denver Broncos.

Déjà vu anyone?

Yes, I'm talking about the hot topic of the hour as to whether or not the Dallas Cowboys should stick with Xavier Su'a-Filo at left guard or reinsert Connor Williams once he is healthy enough to return to the lineup? As with any debate, there are two sides of the coin.

Honestly, I can make an argument for both sides here. These are two different players and both have their own strengths and weaknesses. Su'a-Filo isn't as agile as Williams and relies more on his strength and power, whereas Williams is almost the complete opposite. Depending what the Cowboys coaching staff wants out of their LG, either player makes sense.

Xavier Su'a-Filo

Dallas Cowboys LG Xavier Su'a-Filo

I could go into a long debate as to who I believe the Cowboys should start at LG moving forward, but I think that would be a waste of our time. I think this is a situation that will work itself out one way or another this week against the Atlanta Falcons.

Nothing is set in stone right now, but I have a hard time seeing Connor Williams being ready to play this week after having knee surgery. It would be unwise to rush him back before he's 100% healthy, especially after the way Su'a-Filo preformed against the Eagles. And if Su'a-Filo plays well once again, Williams may not get his starting job back.

See, I told you it was looking like a Ronald Leary/La'el Collins situation all over again.

This is a situation that many of us will be following closely this week and it may not only have ramifications on the rest of the 2018 season, but it could carry over into next year. Maybe Xavier Su'a-Filo remains at LG next year and Connor Williams moves to his more natural position (right tackle), making La'el Collins expendable. But that's a debate for another time.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys should stick with Xavier Su'a-Filo at LG?



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