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Dallas Cowboys Vs Chicago Bears: 5 Bold Predictions

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I'm a firm believer in the notion of practicing what you preach, and every Friday here at Inside The Star I preach one indisputable mantra - boldness.

You've got to be bold. This isn't up for debate. As a member of Cowboys Nation your boldness is necessary to help the team win and no matter what the cost, you must always be prepared to be bold.

On Monday, October 1st, 2012 I was faced with a bold request, a pretty unique one.

This particular day after Sunday saw the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. It was the first, and so far only, MNF game that I've ever attended.

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Inside The Star Staff Writer RJ Ochoa waving Family Guy's Stewie in an effort to distract Chicago Bears Kicker on October 1st, 2012.

You have to attend a MNF game in your life. The DUN DUN DUN DUN is played right before kickoff and it makes you want to run through a wall. That's what I was prepared to do for my team, America's Team, that night. Anything and everything.

Not even five minutes into the game a Cowboys Stadium (this was before the name change to AT&T Stadium) employee approached my cousin and I. She said that they wanted us, since we were sitting in the endzone, to wave a sign in an effort to distract Robbie Gould (the then Bears Kicker) when he was attempting field goals/extra points.

I'm all about being a team player, so I said yes in an instant... and then she brought the sign out. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but hey, this was for my team. They were counting on me to be bold!

I waved that sign till my arms were ready to fall off. Robbie Gould, I know you're reading this, I'm not sorry at all. You're a cool dude, but that day you were the enemy.

This Sunday Night the Bears are once again the enemy. How bold are you willing to be for our team? Are you willing to wave a giant Stewie from Family Guy head all game long? I am. Been there, done that, and we're going to do it again as the Cowboys victoriously march all over the Bears.

Welcome to my 5 Bold Predictions. Let's roll.

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Morris Claiborne Has An Interception Returned For A TD

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Earlier this week at Inside The Star my fellow Staff Writer Brian Martin speculated in Martin's 5 that Morris Claiborne is next in line for an interception among the defensive backs.

Brian brilliantly notes that if the Cowboys are going alphabetically that since Carr and Church have already gone, Claiborne would be next. Beyond that indisputable data there are three additional interesting points of note.

  1. Morris Claiborne is the Cowboys best cornerback.
  2. His last interception came in Week 3 of 2014. This is Week 3 of 2016.
  3. 'Ol number 24's first career touchdown happened after a fumble return on Sunday Night Football, when this game will be played, during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012 (9 weeks after I held Stewie).

This is destiny. The alphabet, talent, numbers, and history are all on our side!

Lock this bad boy in as bold prediction numero uno.

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Ezekiel Elliott Will Match His Current Season Total In Rushing Yards

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As it currently stands the 4th Overall Draft Pick, Ezekiel Elliott, has 134 rushing yards on the season. Close your eyes and pretend that this is a poker table because Zeke is about to double up!

If you look at Zeke's freshman and sophomore seasons at The Ohio State University you'll notice that he exploded in those season's third and fourth games, respectively. It's apparent that, like literally every other player in the world, it takes young Zeke a few games to get his feet properly wet before he uses them to stomp on his opponents.

Elliott greatly progressed from Week 1 to Week 2 showing far more patience on his blocks and decisiveness in hitting the appropriate hole. He's a player who, even at tOSU, plays best when the lights are brightest. This is Sunday Night Football. We've been waiting all offseason for this!

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Tyrone Crawford Will Have A Hat Trick Of Sacks

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You should know that Tyrone Crawford is from Canada. They play a lot of hockey there. That makes my hat trick joke funny. Laugh!

Tyrone Crawford is a player that the Cowboys really believe in. They proved that a season ago when they rewarded him with a long-term contract. All of this happened despite the Cowboys being unable to figure out where Crawford would line up along the defensive line for the first few years of his career.

While it was determined that Crawford was more of a Defensive Tackle, last week during the win in Washington he saw work at Defensive End - where he'll play against the Bears. Crawford is going to be rushing the passer and I'm here to say that if you're Jay Cutler or Brian Hoyer then you were doomed anyway that's a big problem.

Tyrone is going to get to the Chicago signal-caller not once, oh dear not twice, but Tyrone is going to get there for the big 'ol tres amount of sacks. Get hyped!

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Cole Beasley Will Convert Five First Downs

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Here are some interesting facts about Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Cole Beasley compared to the rest of the NFL:

  • He is currently tied for 7th in targets (18).
  • He is currently tied for 4th in catches (13).
  • He is averaging 7.78 yards per reception.

While he is still a valuable contributor to our team, the days of Jason Witten being this team's check down option/safety blanket seem to be over. This is now, according to the data, Cole Beasley's job and one that he is very good at.

Rookie QB Dak Prescott trusts Cole Beasley. He knows he'll be there to make a play. He's going to go to him an awful lot in this game and move the chains at least five times in the process.

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Dak Prescott Will Throw His First Interception

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When you consider that Dak Prescott played in a lot of the first three preseason games and has been through two regular season games and that he has done it all without throwing an interception... you're astounded.

Dak Prescott has done a phenomenal job at taking care of the football. He's adhering to coaching and is playing the game from a very mentally superior perspective.

The facts of life are that, inevitably, that gravy train ends. Dak has been incredible and you can just sense that he's going to either make one bad read or have a ball tipped badly that results in it falling into the arms of someone wearing the opposite jersey.

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Bonus Bold Prediction #1

Remember, if you want YOUR Bold Prediction featured here, tweet it at me! It’s that simple! Here are this week’s contributions, thanks to all those who shared!

https://twitter.com/joinez/status/777971115159355392

Ryan Davis is quickly turning into a fan-favorite around the Twitterverse. I blame my fellow Staff Writer Sean Martin as he wrote this fantastic Film Review highlighting what Davis can bring to the Cowboys, but it's much-welcomed nonetheless.

We'll see if Davis is even activated and if he is, how many snaps he plays. Should he see some serious time then I can definitely see, and get down, with this!

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Bonus Bold Prediction #2

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So Donny here had a bit of a complicated bold prediction. He's going with double the boldness as he's predicting:

  • The Steelers "beat down" the Eagles.
  • The Cowboys then "beat down" the Bears by the same exact score.
  • Dallas also has the exact same amount of sacks and interceptions in their victory over Chicago that Pittsburgh does over Philly.

Respect.

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Bonus Bold Prediction #3

Tweets with replies by Jones (@aj_bryant5188) | Twitter

The latest Tweets and replies from Jones (@aj_bryant5188).

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The latest Tweets and replies from Jones (@aj_bryant5188).

Jones here also went double on the boldness... not one, but two Bold Predictions!

Let's discuss Zeke first. This is actually fairly probable if you think about it. Say Zeke rips off a 73-yard touchdown run early in the game, that would only leave a 47-yarder for him to house in order for Jones to be proven correct. I've definitely seen Stranger Things, loved that show, so I can see it.

If Dak throws himself a touchdown then we are going to have such a great time next week. Count on that.

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Bonus Bold Prediction #4

Jen B on Twitter

@rjochoa Zeke will get a receiving & rushing TD! #boldprediction

What if Jen and Jones' Bold Predictions coincide here?! Say one of Zeke's first long touchdowns is off of a screen pass and his second is one that he takes off a handoff! Anything is possible and therefore likely. This is bold, and I dig that.

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Bonus Bold Prediction #5

Chase Aguiar on Twitter

@rjochoa going really bold this week: dez Bryant multiple td catches of 20 plus yards in a win

People are swinging for the fence this week and, similarly to Kirk Cousins although not in reference to last week because he was awful, I like that.

Dez Bryant will haul in multiple touchdowns that cover more than 20 yards in the air. This is particularly bold because the Cowboys don't have a single passing touchdown through two games, something that has never happened before in Dallas Cowboys History, and now Chase is going all-in with that thought. It sure would be an epic way to get the aerial scoring started for the 2016 Cowboys!

Go score, Dez. Do it twice. Over 20 yards. Throw Up The X. Smile. Be victorious.


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What are YOUR Bold Predictions for this week’s Cowboys/Bears game? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at RJ@RJOchoaShow.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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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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  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    If Jones’ prediction of Dak Prescott catching his own touchdown pass comes true, he can have my job haha. Love these predictions as always, RJ!

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Was Sunday A “Wake Up Call,” Or Were Cowboys Exposed?

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Was Sunday A "Wake Up Call," Or A Flashback To Reality?

Entering last Sunday's game in Indianapolis, the Dallas Cowboys were riding high. Having won five straight games, including key victories over the top seeded Saints and division rival Eagles, everything seemed to be breaking right for the Cowboys heading into the home stretch.

Their defense was playing like one of the best in football, and after firing Paul Alexander and trading for Amari Cooper their offense was clicking just as they'd hoped. They needed (and still need) just one win to officially close out the division and clinch a home playoff game in January.

Instead, the Cowboys got absolutely demolished by the Indianapolis Colts. Of course, there's no shame in losing a road game to an 8-6 team in the NFL, but the way in which they lost certainly deserves some shame. Not even the 23-0 score can encapsulate the complete butt-kicking Dallas received at the hands of the Colts, and it was the type of loss that can sometimes make you question the blueprint.

The Cowboys, however, are not looking at it that way. Multiple leaders in the locker room have spoke this week about how they "needed" to lose like that. Running back Ezekiel Elliott called the loss embarrassing, but also said it is better for Dallas in the "grand scheme of the season."

Clearly, the leaders and coaches are calling the putrid performance a wake up call, something that will galvanize them and reset their win streak heading into the postseason. But is this really the case, or was the shutout defeat more of a sign of things to come?

Obviously it's too early to say for sure, but I do think it can be a little bit of both.

No, the Cowboys are not the class of the NFC, despite beating what can be called the best team in the same conference a couple weeks ago. There probably will prove to be some drop-off from the top 3 seeds in the conference and the Cowboys, if for no other reason than Dallas will have to go on the road to play those teams in the playoffs. It's really hard to win on the road in the NFL, especially with the increased wackiness of 2018.

The Cowboys offense is far from perfect or prolific, though if clicking they now have the skill talent to drop 30+ points any given Sunday. Their defense is talented, has a high ceiling, but is still very young and inexperienced. Though they've played elite level games before, they've also had some stinkers against the Colts and Titans during the same season.

All of this can be true. The Cowboys can be a team deserving of the playoffs, a team we should not be panicking over, but still a very flawed football team. They can be a team that if "hot" could make a run through the postseason, but also will have to answer some tough questions about coaches and players during the next two offseasons.

After all, who isn't greatly flawed in today's NFL? Hell, we just saw the beloved Rams lose two straight games.



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Is it Too Late For Dallas to Fire OC Scott Linehan?

Brian Martin

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Grab your pitchforks and your torches, it's time to run the Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan out of town. His playcalling has been absolutely atrocious season and it's time for him to hit the road, even if there are only two regular-season games left on the schedule.

It's completely unorthodox for an NFL team to fire an offensive coordinator this late in the season, but just last week we saw the Minnesota Vikings do just that when they parted ways with John DeFilippo. It was definitely a bold move to make considering the Vikings are still in playoff contention, but it was something they believed was in the best interest of their team.

I believe if the Dallas Cowboys want to do what's best for their team right now and not later, then they should go ahead and cut ties with Scott Linehan. His predictability and un-creativeness as a play caller is holding back a talented offense, which is hurting the overall team as a result. He's been given every opportunity to turn things around, but enough is enough.

I'd personally be on board with Jason Garrett taking over the playcalling duties. He has the experience and held the position with the Cowboys from 2007 until Linehan was hired. I'd even consider giving Kellen Moore a shot as the OC. He knows the system and has worked closely with Quarterback Dak Prescott. Regardless, the Cowboys need to find some way to increase their offensive productivity.

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Dallas Cowboys QB Coach Kellen Moore

Right now the Cowboys offense is the 26th scoring offense in the NFL and are averaging just 19.7 points per game. To make matters worse they are the 31st ranked Red Zone offense in the league. I don't know about you, but I think that is completely unacceptable with the talent they have on the offensive side of the ball.

Firing Linehan has been a long time coming. The Cowboys flirted with the idea earlier this season during the bye week and should've pulled the trigger then, but for some reason or another decided to let him stick around. They are definitely still paying for that mistake now.

The Cowboys mistake not to replace Linehan could mean yet another early exit in the playoffs, something we have unfortunately become accustomed to. Scoring just 19 points a game isn't going to get them very far, which is truly unfortunate considering the talent they've acquired this season.

Unfortunately, as much as we would love to see Scott Linehan tarred and feathered and run out of town, I just don't see the Cowboys doing that before their season is officially over. But, in no way should he be allowed to retain his position beyond this season. He clearly isn't the answer any longer.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys should fire Scott Linehan?



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Despite Embarrassing Showing, Health Remains Biggest Cowboys Concern

Kevin Brady

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What is it about the AFC South with these Dallas Cowboys?

Dallas' five game winning streak came to a close on Sunday, as they got straight-up embarrassed by the now 8-6 Indianapolis Colts on the road. The loss was the first since the Cowboys were embarrassed by a different AFC South competitor, the Tennessee Titans, on Monday night football earlier this season.

Though the final was 23-0, and not a single phase (or really even a single player) showed much fight or promise, the biggest concern I have for the Cowboys moving forward didn't change because of the putrid performance. It didn't change because the defense was gashed play after play or the offense failed to finish a single drive. And it didn't even change because both the Redskins and Eagles secured season-saving victories on the same day Dallas was dismantled.

The biggest concern is still their health, particularly across the offensive line.

That was not a playoff caliber interior offensive line the Cowboys put out their on Sunday. Not even close.

With their backup center in Joe Looney, backup guard in Connor Williams, and the very last interior offensive linemen on their roster in Adam Redmond playing for basically the entire game, this offense never had a chance. Dak Prescott wasn't any more inaccurate or indecisive than normal, but all those who like to scream "step up in the pocket" whenever he is sacked did not seem to have an argument this week.

There often was no pocket to step into, as those interior three, specifically Looney and Redmond, failed to provide much protection or confidence for Prescott at all. Joe Looney has actually been rather solid this season, but Sunday felt like one of his worst games of the entire year.

The Cowboys absolutely need Zack Martin to get healthy if they are to make any noise whatsoever in the postseason. At the very least, the need Xavier Su'a-Filo to come back and replace Redmond, and regain the form he displayed during his debut against the Eagles back in November.

Prescott already has issues with his pocket presence and footwork when pressured, so throwing three backup-level linemen right in front of him is not a recipe for success for the Cowboys.

I'm not jumping out of the window over this loss, and I don't think any of you should be either. Dallas had won three straight incredibly emotional and important home games to extend, save, and solidify their season respectively before this loss. They had also just about clinched the NFC East a week ago with their win over Philadelphia, and they played like a team that was due a flat performance

A letdown loss on the road, against a good team I might add, is not the end of the world. The bigger issue here is their health, because if Martin can return to anchor this offensive line, the offense should look a whole lot better than they did against Indianapolis.

It's time to move on from Sunday, go beat Tampa Bay, officially clinch the division, and get ready for Wild Card Weekend.



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