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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!

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

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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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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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Did a Year Away Help Rejuvenate TE Jason Witten’s Game?

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Did a Year Away Help Rejuvenate TE Jason Witten's Game?

Jason Witten is 37 years old, retired from the NFL after the completion of 2017 season to try his luck as an announcer in the booth, but has now decided to come out of retirement to rejoin the Dallas Cowboys? It seems a little unrealistic to think he can come back after a year away from the game and pick up where he left off, but it sounds as if he's like a Phoenix rising from the ashes.

Jason Witten has been the talk of Dallas Cowboys OTA practices so far. These practices are unpadded and basically just an opportunity to do install some of the offensive and defensive plays, but that doesn't make them any less important. One of the things that has been somewhat surprising though is how talked up the future Hall of Famer has become.

Here is what Head Coach Jason Garrett had to say recently about Jason Witten's return:

“Yeah, absolutely. He’s been excited about every part of it ever since I met him and that hasn’t changed,” coach Jason Garrett said. “The work that he’s done in the weight room in the off-season program has been outstanding. His testing numbers and all of that are what they’ve been or even better. And he just has an unbelievable way about him. Tremendous passion for the game. And he demonstrates that every day. Witt looks good. He’s excited to be back and we’re certainly fortunate to have him back.”

The main thing that stands out from Garrett's quote to me is how Jason Witten looks just as good, if not better after not playing at all in 2018. To think that his testing numbers are possibly even better is unfathomable. We typically don't see NFL players in their mid-30s retire from the game and then return just as good, or maybe even better than they were before.

It's inhuman!

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Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten

Maybe that's just what Jason Witten is, a little inhuman. Maybe he's found the secret to turning the clock back just a little bit. Or, maybe he found the fountain the youth and didn't tell anybody. Regardless, there's no doubt Witten will be a welcomed addition to the Cowboys offense, especially if he's gained a step.

I don't know about all of you, but I'm hoping the year away from the game did him some good. I honestly thought he made the right decision to retire prior to the 2018 season. It just looked like father time was catching up to him in 2017. But, hopefully all he needed was a little time away from the grind he's been putting his body through for over a decade.

Whatever he's done hasn't gone unnoticed though. Even Quarterback Dak Prescott has noticed and said he's on to Witten's scheme.

“I guess the trick is to take a year off because he’s definitely gotten better, stronger and faster,” Prescott said. “He hasn’t lost a step.”

I'm not afraid to admit I wasn't too excited to see Witten come out of retirement and rejoin the Cowboys at first. I was skeptical he could be the player he once was after a year away from the game. But, all of this talk about him looking as good as he once was, perhaps better, has me really looking forward to seeing him on the field once again.

Do you think a year away has rejuvenated Jason Witten's game?



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Cowboys en Español: El Verdadero Cambio en La Ofensiva

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Los Dallas Cowboys tuvieron un interesante 2018. La ofensiva dejo mucho que desear toda la primera mitad de la temporada cuando carecían de un receptor número uno. No fue hasta media temporada cuando consiguieron a Amari Cooper de los Oakland Raiders, que la ofensiva comenzó a verse realmente amenazante. Siendo sinceros, el cuerpo de receptores de los Cowboys lucía muy débil al inicio y Michael Gallup aún no conseguía mucho tiempo de juego en el emparrillado. Incluso una vez en el equipo, a pesar de las grandes hazañas de Cooper en Dallas, la ofensiva no terminó de dar el siguiente paso.

Sí, con Amari en el equipo vimos un equipo de Cowboys que movía constantemente las cadenas e incluso se convirtió en una de las mejores unidades en tercera oportunidad en la liga, pero no fue suficiente. Los problemas en zona roja persistieron y continuamos viendo una selección de jugadas muy cuestionable semana tras semana.

Es por eso que al finalizar la temporada, la administración de los Cowboys finalmente tomó una decisión muy anticipada. El entonces coordinador ofensivo, Scott Linehan, fue despedido.

En cuanto a talento, los Dallas Cowboys no verán un cambio mayor en su ofensiva. Cole Beasley, uno de los mejores WR slot en la NFL, firmó con los Buffalo Bills durante la agencia libre. A pesar de la llegada de Randall Cobb, la ofensiva probablemente extrañará bastante a Beasley. Además está el regreso de Jason Witten al campo, quien se repartirá el balón mucho con los jóvenes del equipo, principalmente con Blake Jarwin. Por último, Travis Frederick podría estar de regreso como el centro titular. Fuera de eso, no se anticipan cambios de jugadores en la ofensiva.

Y a pesar de esto, la afición de los Cowboys espera ver un cambio grande entre la ofensiva del 2018 y la de 2019. Si las cosas salen bien, así será. Pero más que por el talento del equipo, que ya está ahí y es un muy buen talento, deberá ser por el hombre al mando.

Kellen Moore

Kellen Moore ha tomado las riendas como el nuevo coordinador ofensivo y finalmente podremos ver su potencial. Muchos han criticado a Moore, en gran parte por nunca haber sido un quarterback exitoso en la NFL. Sin embargo, hay muchas razones por las cuales deberíamos estar emocionados.

Desde que Moore salió de la universidad de Boise State, se le veía como un prospecto muy inteligente. Incluso analistas como Jon Gruden (en ese entonces conductor del programa de ESPN Gruden's QB Camp) mencionaban que Moore probablemente no sería un gran mariscal, pero que tenía la mente de un coach.

En Boise, Moore trabajaba con la ofensiva del actual coach de los Washington Huskies, Chris Petersen. Esta ofensiva es una muy complicada que le exige al mariscal saber casi tanto como un jugador profesional. Muchos han descrito a Moore como un genio ofensivo que será un gran coach en el futuro.

Para los Cowboys, Kellen Moore será una pieza clave en 2019. Si vemos una ofensiva realmente diferente, será gracias a su creatividad y filosofía que implementa a un grupo bastante talentoso en Dallas. Los jugadores están ahí, ¿sabrá el coordinador ofensivo de 30 años aprovecharlos?

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NFL to Study Marijuana Use, Will It Impact Randy Gregory’s Status?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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The NFLPA and the NFL have reached an agreement to research alternative pain-management tools for the players. They'll form joint medical committees to study different strategies, among which will be the use of marijuana. It's important to make it clear that said committees will not be exclusively about marijuana, but a lot of different issues related to pain-management in the league. However, it'll likely be one of the most important aspects of their work.

Marijuana continues to be a highly debated topic and it's no different when discussing the NFL. Dallas Cowboys fans should be very familiar with the situation. Earlier this year, David Irving "quit" on football during an Instagram live stream while smoking weed. In the video, Irving talks about how he thinks it's better to be addicted to marijuana rather than certain medications used by NFL teams to treat their players.

Although David Irving is not an authority on substances, that is where all of this debate centers around. Throughout the league, players are given strong medication to deal with injuries and the physical pain of playing pro football. I'm not an expert either, but it's more than fair to say there's a strong argument here. Specially in a country where marijuana has already been legalized in 10 states and the trend points toward legalization continuing.

The current CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) between the NFL and NFLPA will expire after the 2020 season and how the league's drug policy looks like in the new agreement will be a huge factor for reaching a satisfactory CBA for both sides.

Of course, the fact that the NFLPA and the league are working together on such an important task doesn't mean we will see any immediate changes or that the NFL's ban on marijuana will be lifted anytime soon. Many big question marks will have to be answered before we hear about teams implementing this substance as a pain management tool.

For the Dallas Cowboys, this will be a relevant narrative down the line. Pass rusher Randy Gregory was reinstated after serving an indefinite suspension due to substance abuse prior to the 2018 season. After a dominant year, Gregory was suspended again by the NFL and it all points toward him sitting out this upcoming season and perhaps even more.

Even still, the Cowboys are still standing behind their 2015 second round pick. If the league ends up lifting its ban on marijuana, they'll have to decide what they will do with players already serving a suspension for this reason. Guys like Randy Gregory, for instance. If it's decided they'll be reinstated to the NFL, the Cowboys will sure be glad to have supported Gregory all throughout the process.

Last year, the pass rusher proved how effective he could be even with a short period of time training. Hopefully, the Cowboys are able to get him back on the field eventually, where's been consistently dominant. In the meantime, we'll see how recently acquired Robert Quinn does in Dallas.

The NFL won't be lifting its ban anytime soon, but it's good to know they're at least open minded to changing the league's policy and consider alternatives that could benefit the players' health. We'll see how these new medical committees work and keep you updated here at Inside The Star.

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