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Dallas Cowboys Vs Chicago Bears: 5 Bold Predictions

RJ Ochoa



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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!

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.


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Bonus Bold Prediction #3

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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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  • 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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Should Cowboys Reunite Shea McClellin With Rod Marinelli?

Brian Martin



Should Cowboys Reunite Shea McClellin With Rod Marinelli?

Since becoming the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, Rod Marinelli hasn't had too many of his former players follow him to Dallas. In fact, I can only think of one… Henry Melton, and we all know how that turned out.

I don't know about you, but I found that a little strange. It's pretty common for coaches to try to bring some of their players with them when they accept a new job. Familiarity goes a long way in the NFL and former players can also help make the transition easier for everyone.

Strangely enough, Rod Marinelli hasn't really been afforded that luxury, whether it was his doing or not. But, there is a free agent who played under Marinelli's tutelage in Chicago who might make sense for the Dallas Cowboys, linebacker Shea McClellin.

Rod Marinelli was the defensive coordinator in Chicago when the Bears decided to draft Shea McClellin 19th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. Marinelli likely had a big say in that decision, and if he still feels the same, a reunion could be in order.

Shea McClellin started his career in the NFL as a 4-3 left side defensive end playing opposite Julius Peppers, but was also viewed as a potential Brian Urlacher replacement. He showed flashes of becoming a solid defensive end his first few years in the league, but was eventually moved to linebacker, where he seemed to find a home for himself.

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New England Patriots LB Shea McClellin

After his contract expired with the Bears, the New England Patriots decided to bring him aboard to help with their linebacker depth. He only ended up starting four games for them in 2016, but made some memorable plays to help the Patriots become the Super Bowl champions.

Unfortunately, the 2017 season wasn't very kind to him. His entire year was wiped out due to a concussion, which probably had a lot to do with why they recently released him.

This of course could be good news for the Dallas Cowboys. They currently need some depth at the linebacker position and Shea McClellin could provide that, if he's healthy. The healthy bit here is key, because he has had problems with concussions in the past.

If McClellin is indeed healthy, he could bring a versatile skill set to the Cowboys defense. His best spot is probably at strong side LB (SAM), but I think he could play middle linebacker (MIKE) as well. He also could provide depth at defensive end, the position he played to start his NFL career.

With the LB depth a concern, Shea McClellin makes quite a bit of sense for the Dallas Cowboys. Of course, his past history with concussions is a red flag, but it also drives down his asking price. I think he would definitely fall into that "bargain shopping" mentality the Cowboys have been using these last few offseasons.

He probably wouldn't be viewed as a very important signing, but you still need these types of players on your team in order to succeed in the NFL. Let's see if the Dallas Cowboys agree.

Do you think a Rod Marinelli and Shea McClellin reunion is in order?

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Redskins Have Not Had Success With Former Cowboys

Jess Haynie



Redskins Have Not Had Success With Former Cowboys

Now that he's signed with the Washington Redskins, cornerback Orlando Scandrick joins a lackluster list of former Cowboys players and coaches who have gone from Dallas to its historic rival. The history of these moves is ugly for Washington, going back over 40 years, and can't have their fans too excited anytime they sign an ex-Cowboy.

The most recent example was just last year with defensive tackle Terrell McClain. After a strong season as a 15-game starter in Dallas, McClain got a four-year, $21 million deal to join the Redskins. He missed four games with injuries and was only credited with two starts; hardly what the team wanted given the money they paid.

Before him it was Jason Hatcher, whose 11-sack season for the Cowboys in 2013 got him a four-year, $27.5 million deal from Washington. Hatcher would battle knee injuries for two season, getting only 7.5 sacks from 2014-2015. His early retirement in 2016 brought an abrupt end to a disappointing tenure.

Continuing the legacy of defensive linemen was Stephen Bowen, who Washington paid a shocking amount of money ($27.5 million over five years) to in 2011 to pick up in free agency. Bowen had a great first year for the Redskins with six sacks and 16 starts, but injuries would soon cost him 14 games from 2013-2014. He was eventually released after only one standout season in four with the team.

Going back even further, DT Brandon Noble joined Washington in 2003 after being a full-time starter for Dallas for over two seasons. He would miss all of 2003 with a knee injury, have an unimpressive year in 2004, and then missed all of 2005 with more health issues. He retired after being released by the Redskins in 2006.

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Hall of Fame CB Deion Sanders

Orlando Scandrick won't be the first cornerback to go from Dallas to Washington, or the best. At age 32, Deion Sanders was released in 2000 by the Cowboys and then got a huge seven-year, $56 million deal from the Redskins. This came less than a year after Daniel Snyder bought the franchise and was desperate to get them relevant again.

The Sanders move backfired horribly. Even after a solid season by his lofty standards, Primetime was disgruntled with both the coaching staff and his increasing struggles as an aging player. He suddenly retired after just one season of the seven-year contract.

Washington also tried to tap into the Cowboys' glory days when they signed receiver Alvin Harper in 1997. Harper had left Dallas in 1995 and spent two years with Tampa Bay, but had not carried over the same success he enjoyed playing in the Dallas offense.

The Redskins hoped that reuniting him with Norv Turner, who had been Harper's offensive coordinator and was now their head coach, would help Alvin get back to form. But between ongoing injuries and the absence of Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Emmitt Smith as teammates, Alvin Harper was never the same guy as when he won two Super Bowls in Dallas.

The failed poaching attempts go back many more decades, another one being running back Calvin Hill. The fourth-leading rusher in Cowboys history and a four-time Pro Bowler while in Dallas, Hill joined Washington in 1976. He served as a backup only, averaging only 3.8 yards-per-carry as he played behind the likes of Mike Thomas and John Riggins.

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Norv Turner also couldn't bring his Cowboys success to Washington. (Brian Bahr/Allsport)

The bad history doesn't stop with players. The aforementioned Norv Turner, who was one of the hottest assistant coaches in history after the Cowboys first two Super Bowl wins in the 90s, was hired as the Redskins' head coach in 1994.

Turner's run started with a whimper, drafting quarterback Heath Shuler third overall in that first year. Shuler would go down as one of the biggest QB busts in NFL history

Norv's Redskins never seemed to recover from that blunder. He only had two winning seasons and one playoff appearance from 1994-1999, and was fired midway through the 2000 season.

Far more recently, Cowboys offensive line coach Bill Callahan left the team in 2015 and took the same job in Washington. He didn't get to bring the offensive line or DeMarco Murray with him, though. As such, the Redskins have remained one of the league's worst rushing teams for the last three seasons. They fell to a new low of 28th in the NFL in 2017.

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Of course, none of this means that Orlando Scandrick won't have success in Washington. But with the Redskins generally the most mismanaged team in the NFC East, all of the Dallas players and coaches who've gone there have not walked into good situations. For all that Cowboys fans love to complain about Jerry Jones, he handles the owner and GM roles better than any pair Washington's had in almost 30 years.

Given the nature of the rivalries, we naturally can't wish success for Scandrick or anyone else who leaves Dallas for a division opponent. With the track record we just discussed for Washington, it's not something I'll be losing any sleep over.

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Xavier Woods, the Real Reason Cowboys Didn’t Pursue Tyrann Mathieu?

Brian Martin



Cowboys Have Their Version of Tryann Mathieu in Xavier Woods?

It's not uncommon for Dallas Cowboys fans to zero in on certain free agents in hopes that they will bring their talents to America's Team. In fact, just about any "big name" player to hit the open market is often linked to the Cowboys in some way or another. That was the case when the Arizona Cardinals decided to move on from Tyrann Mathieu.

Once Tyrann Mathieu became available, Cowboys fans immediately wanted to see him with a star on his helmet. But, despite the fans petitioning, the Cowboys brass seemed to show almost zero interest in the former Cardinal.

The decision to not pursue Tyrann Mathieu certainly didn't sit well with a lot of Cowboys Nation, but I think it was the right decision.

Despite Mathieu's perceived talents and youth (he's just 25), the Cowboys weren't interested in paying the price to bring him to Dallas, especially since they already have a similar player on their roster.

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Dallas Cowboys DB Xavier Woods

It may sound crazy, but I think the real reason the Dallas Cowboys didn't show much interest in Tyrann Mathieu is because of Xavier Woods.

I honestly believe Xavier Woods and Tyrann Mathieu have a similar skill set. Both players are little undersized to be a full-time safety in the NFL, but each of them have the versatility to play several different roles in the secondary.

Mathieu may have been listed as a safety on the Arizona Cardinals roster, and now the Houston Texans, but the truth is he played mostly out of the nickel/slot in his professional and collegiate career. That is where he is at his best, and the same can be said about Xavier Woods.

As a rookie, Xavier Woods showed his versatility with the Dallas Cowboys by playing a variety of different roles in the secondary. His versatility was one of the reasons the Cowboys decided to trade up in last year's draft to acquire his services.

His name might not carry the same kind of weight as Tyrann Mathieu right now around the league or amongst NFL fans, but I don't think Xavier Woods is that much of a drop off talent wise.

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Dallas Cowboys DB Xavier Woods (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Personally, I believe Mathieu is starting to decline a little as a player. I think injuries are starting to take a toll on his play, although it may be minimal. I actually prefer Xavier Woods' upside, especially when you take into account the difference in salaries between the two.

Surprisingly enough, Xavier Woods might just have been more productive in 2017 then Mathieu. Woods started just four games and finished the season with 42 tackles, three passes defensed, and one interception. Mathieu on the other hand started all 16 games and accumulated 78 tackles, one quarterback sack, one forced fumble, and two interceptions.

As you can see, Xavier Woods was almost just as productive as Mathieu in nearly a third of the playing time. What's even more impressive about this is that Woods accomplish this as a rookie.

Of course, all of this is speculation, but I for one am not all that upset the Dallas Cowboys missed out on Tyrann Mathieu. I'm willing to bet on Xavier Woods being able to do everything Mathieu can and at a fraction of the cost.

Were the Cowboys right not to pursue Tyrann Mathieu?

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