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Dallas Cowboys Vs Detroit Lions: 5 Bold Predictions

RJ Ochoa

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Ezekiel Elliott TRO Granted, Will Play While Process Continues
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‘Twas the Night before Kickoff, the season’s been flyin’

Here we are, Christmas Day, about to tame the Lions

Since this team last felt joy, it sure has been a while

Yet here we are celebrating an NFC East title

The Cowboys have rookies, of the type you’d never believe

Dak and Zeke have taken us, to the number one seed

Coach Garrett is the man, I will continue to say

A red-haired coaching genius, who takes things day by day

Get to 13 wins, in this means to an end

During Monday Night Football on ESPN

This is a time for the best, you cannot be meek

Run, score, and fight, don’t forget to feed Zeke

We’ve learned a lot of lessons, especially never to settle

Fight till the end, and jump into a red kettle

If you need an epic win, one man can answer the call

His name is Prescott, and he can sure Dak the Halls

It’s now time to begin, some interesting premonitions

Welcome to a Christmas Edition, of my 5 Bold Predictions

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The Lions Game Is A Culmination Of 9-4

Randy Gregory, RedskinsWhen the Cowboys welcome the Detroit Football Club on Monday Night Football they’ll be doing so with a player that hasn’t seen the field in almost a full calendar year – Randy Gregory. While the expectations from young Gregory shouldn’t be too high – and his status is very ambiguous thanks to the NFL – he’s going to play and we should be thankful for that.

Upon being drafted by America’s Team, Randy Gregory was given the iconic #94 jersey that once belonged to Dallas Cowboys Legends Charles Haley and DeMarcus Ware. This is a tactic that worked out well with Dez Bryant after he slipped the spectacular #88 over his rookie shoulders, recognizing the number and team’s legacy.

The #94 from Gregory will be present, but it’s another 9-4 connection that I believe will make an appearance… Tony Romo and Dak Prescott.

Dak is the firmly-anointed starter so that’s not shocking, but given the events from around the NFL on Christmas Eve you can sense that Romo might be given one quarter of work potentially in this game. 9-4!

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Byron Jones Starts A Streak Of Interceptions

Byron JonesLast week the Cowboys secured a victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but a more important achievement was made – Byron Jones’ first career interception!

“Late Night Ice Cream” – as I have dubbed him – wrapped his hands around an opposing quarterback’s pass for the first time ever during a last-second play at the end of the first half. This is something that Cowboys fans have been longing for for quite some time, so it was great to see it finally happen.

Get the spoons ready, because Late Night Ice Cream is starting a streak of consecutive games with an interception. Late Night Ice Cream!

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Every Active Cowboys Running Back Gets At Least 5 Carries

Darren McFaddenThe NFC East Champions find themselves in an interesting predicament that will, as it currently is even in this same article, be discussed a lot – how much should they rest their starters?

The next game of importance for this football team will come, at the earliest, on Saturday, January 14th. That’s quite a ways away. Given that this team has one of the most dynamic players in the league in Ezekiel Elliott, it’s fair to assume that some tolerance will be made for the notion of resting him.

Look for Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar – or whoever the other active running backs are – to get some work in an effort to alleviate Zeke’s workload. Five carries apiece, Santa!

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Zeke And The Offensive Line Are Compared To Santa And His Reindeer

If you’ve made it this far into this then you really deserve one of these – Merry Christmas!

As it is Christmas season, Christmas magic and decorations and treats and presents are in the air! These presents are so prominent that even Ezekiel Elliott got into the mood when he gave his offensive line ATVs on Friday.

There’s a comparison considering the time of year concerning Zeke and his Offensive Line that’s just too easy to make, Zeke is Santa and the linemen are his reindeer. Any seasoned pro in the broadcast booth is going to see that and run (or fly) away with it.

If we’re taking this deeper then Tyron Smith is Blitzen, Ronald Leary is Dancer, Travis Frederick is Comet, Zach Martin is Prancer, and Doug Free is Donner. You know it’s true.

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Don Meredith’s Famous “Turn Out The Lights” Is Referenced

Don MeredithFrom their inception in 1960 through 1968, the Dallas Cowboys boasted one of the best and most iconic figures in their long-standing history at the all-important quarterback position – Don Meredith.

“Dandy” Don was as legendary as they come, and he furthered that legend after his playing career in the broadcast booth. Meredith became a staple on Monday Night Football and developed a signature catchphrase of sorts by singing a Willie Nelson line, “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”

The Cowboys/Lions game will serve as 2016’s Monday Night Football finale – can you believe that?! – and therefore will call for an essence of good-bye. ESPN will still have some playoff coverage, but it won’t be the same. The moment is too perfect to not drop Dandy Don’s signature line as the MNF season comes to a close.

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Bonus Bold Predictions

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!

Dan Rogers on Twitter

@rjochoa Bold Predictions – Escobar TD catch, Irving sack/fumble, and the home crowd goes wild when Tony Romo trots onto the field.

Shawn (6-6)(8-15) on Twitter

RANDY Gregory is gonna get 2 sacks against the Lions. AND one of them is to win the game, 2014 playoffs DLaw style.

Chase Aguiar on Twitter

@rjochoa got that link to the article the other day? And my bold prediction is that Romo throws a touchdown Monday

Also on Facebook, Tyler Spence says:

  • Byron Jones not only has his 2nd career INT, but it’s a pick 6
  • Terrance Williams also goes for a 65 yard TD in this one, similar to how he dominated Detroit in the playoff game 2 years ago

I like the callbacks to the 2014 Wild Card win over Detroit here! Santa is obviously an Inside The Star reader, so these will undoubtedly come true.

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Inside The Star to you and yours. Go Cowboys!

Tell us what you think about “Dallas Cowboys Vs Detroit Lions: 5 Bold Predictions” in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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Think Jason Garrett is a Robot? FOX Sports Agrees

Jess Haynie

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Jason Garrett

Cowboys fans have often complained that head coach Jason Garrett is too robotic in his demeanor, media answers, and constant clapping. Yesterday, with most of the country feeling Star Wars fever, FOX Sports tapped into the zeitgeist while also taking a little jab at Garrett’s robot reputation.

FOX Sports released photographs of several NFL personalities as Star Wars character. Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady were Jedis.  Bill Belichick, surprise-surprise, was a the evil Emperor.

Garrett… well….

FOX Sports: NFL on Twitter

@AaronRodgers12 @CameronNewton @Panthers @Patriots Jason Garrett is fluent in over 6 million forms of communication.

From 2016 Coach of the Year to punchline, Garrett’s reputation has certainly taken a big swing this season. Things are so bad, they couldn’t give him a C-3PO with matching arms. Oh, the indignity.

Of course, this is all in good fun. Garrett has 12 and 13-win seasons in two of the last three years. 2017 could’ve been very different if not for Ezekiel Elliott‘s legal issues and Sean Lee’s injury. And even now, there’s still a chance the Cowboys can sneak back into the playoffs.

Yes, Jason is repetitive. And yes, he’s no Bill Parcells behind a microphone. But could they at least have made him R2-D2?

At least FOX Sports didn’t make him Jar Jar Binks. That should go to Roger Goodell.

Just for fun, what other Star Wars characters would you compare Cowboys players and other staff members to? Maybe Sean Lee as Boba Fett, hunting down targets in the open field? Or maybe Cole Beasley as Luke, since they’re both a little short to be Stormtroopers.

Have any other good Cowboys/Star Wars comparisons? Share them in the comments!

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Cowboys en Español: ¿Combinaciones Para Playoffs?, ¿Juego Trampa vs Raiders?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Dak Prescott, Offensive Line

Es increíble pensar que ya estamos en la semana 15 de la NFL. Más increíble aún, los Dallas Cowboys que se fueron 13-3 con el sembrado #1 de la NFC hace un año, ahorita cuentan con un récord de 7-6 y unas esperanzas de pasar a playoffs muy, muy pequeñas.

El domingo pasado, a pesar de llevarse la victoria en el campo contra los New York Giants, los Cowboys no recibieron la ayuda que necesitaban alrededor de la liga.

Pero a pesar de ser pequeñas, las esperanzas siguen vivas. Y este domingo, los aficionados a Dallas no sólo apoyaremos a los Cowboys en el Sunday Night Football, sino también a otros cuantos equipos.

Para los Cowboys, ¿cuáles son las combinaciones necesarias?

  • Dallas Cowboys termina la temporada 10-6, ganando los últimos tres partidos. 
  • Que los Green Bay Packers pierdan un partido. 
  • Que los Detroit Lions pierdan un partido. 
  • Que los Atlanta Falcons o los Carolina Panthers pierdan dos partidos. 

En mi opinión, incluso con Aaron Rodgers volviendo al campo, los Panthers y los Falcons presentan el mayor reto. Y creo, que lo que deberíamos estar apoyando en este momento, es que sean los Falcons los que pierdan dos partidos.

¿Por qué? Porque este domingo, Carolina se enfrentará a Green Bay. Francamente, Panthers es el equipo que más probabilidades tiene de echar a perder el regreso heroico de Rodgers. Panthers también puede vencer a los Falcons en la semana 17.

Así que, mientras los Panthers no podrían ayudar perdiendo, creo que más bien nos podrán apoyar ganando. Sin embargo, los resultados de la semana 15 influenciarán mucho a quien apoyaremos como fans de los Cowboys.

Por ahora, estos serían los resultados ideales de la semana 15:

  • CHI Bears vencen a DET Lions. 
  • CAR Panthers vencen a GB Packers.
  • TB Buccaneers sorprenden a ATL Falcons. 

Claro, dos de estos resultados parecen muy optimistas, pero todo puede pasar en la NFL y sobre todo con equipos tan inconsistentes como los Lions.

Por supuesto que, todo esto no tiene ni sentido si los Cowboys no se van 3-0 en las siguientes tres semanas. El rival más fuerte que le queda a Dallas son los Seattle Seahawks. Con Ezekiel Elliott volviendo esa misma semana, será un duelo increíble en el AT&T Stadium.

En mi opinión, será el partido que definirá de que son capaces los Dallas Cowboys del 2017.

Pero primero que nada, los Cowboys se tienen que preocupar por un partido que puede resultar siendo un juego “trampa.” Un juego trampa, es cuando un equipo tiene una semana muy importante por venir (Seahawks) y subestima al rival (Raiders) que tiene enfrente dentro de los próximos días.

Sobre todo cuando es de visita, estos partidos pueden resultar siendo peligrosos en la NFL y realmente, en todos los niveles de football americano.

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Oakland Raiders Derek Carr (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Y sí, los Raiders han tenido una temporada muy decepcionante en la que ni Derek Carr ni Amari Cooper han sido lo que se esperaba, pero Derek Carr es un QB que puede echarse al equipo a los hombros en cualquier momento.

Todos pueden tener una mala temporada, y ese ha sido el caso para el #4 de Oakland. Sin embargo, si los Cowboys mantienen el partido cerrado en el cuarto cuarto, Derek Carr puede demostrar que tan peligroso es.

Con jugadores clave como Khalil Mack, que por cierto tendrá una batalla épica con La’el Collins, es un juego que no es tan fácil como parece. Sí, los Raiders tienen un récord de 6-7. ¿Y? Los Cowboys tienen un récord de 7-6. Es mejor, claro. ¿Pero realmente es tan bueno como para pensar que será una victoria fácil?

Podemos criticar a Jason Garrett por muchas cosas, pero una de las cosas que no podemos criticarlo, es la motivación que le da a los jugadores. A pesar de muchos reportes acerca de que los jugadores “estaban molestos” con los coaches, definitivamente no han jugado como si se hubieran rendido en su entrenador.

No creo que los Cowboys pierdan el domingo. Pero esperemos que no sólo ganen en la noche, sino que obtengan victorias indirectas alrededor de la NFC.

Tell me what you think about “Cowboys en Español: ¿Combinaciones Para Playoffs?, ¿Juego Trampa vs Raiders?” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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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Is 3-3 Without Ezekiel Elliott A Win For Dallas?

Kevin Brady

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Cowboys 2017 Roster Projection: Preseason Week 2
Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

It’s funny how quickly perception can change in the NFL.

A little over two weeks ago, the sky was falling on the Dallas Cowboys. They had just been blown out three straight times, twice at home and twice against direct NFC playoff competitors. Cowboys Nation wanted firings – whether that meant head coach Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, Rod Marinelli, or all of the above.

Dak Prescott couldn’t survive without Ezekiel Elliott, and all of the change made to the defense was beginning to be called a failure by the masses.

Fast forward to this week. The Cowboys have now been the deliverers of butt-kickings the last two weeks, and now sit at 7-6 with an outside chance at a playoff spot. And while the team looked like a complete mess without Elliott previously, a win Sunday would put them at 3-3 over the course of the Pro Bowl running back’s suspension.

And is that really all that bad?

Heading into the suspension, most fans probably would’ve taken 3-3 without Elliott and 8-6 overall. Most fans would’ve though that would put the Cowboys right in the thick of the things in the NFC playoff hunt. And most would’ve assumed we’d be happy with an 8-6 Cowboys team.

Unfortunately, 8-6 most likely won’t be good enough in this year’s playoff race. Especially considering the return of Aaron Rodgers and previous losses to both the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons. Plus, the entire NFC South has been fantastic this season (besides Tampa Bay) and two teams from the West look legit as well.

So maybe this just isn’t the Cowboys’ year. But, the success of other teams in the conference shouldn’t cloud our perception of what the Cowboys have done this season if they were to win Sunday night. A win over the Raiders this week would qualify the team’s handling of the Elliott suspension as a “success” of sorts (in terms of on the field, at least) in my opinion.

They would have kept themselves alive in a deep NFC playoff race, discovered a legitimate offensive weapon in Rod Smith, maintained a solid rushing attack over the majority of the six games, and allowed for some real growth from their young quarterback Dak Prescott.

I know the first three games of the suspension were awful, and a team with the talent of the Cowboys shouldn’t be losing that way three times in a row, or three times in a season at all. But, something should be said about how the team has weathered that storm, and kept themselves above water in this competitive conference.

But, of course, the result Sunday night could change all of this if the Cowboys come out and lay an egg in Oakland, effectively ending their season before Zeke even gets back. In that case we will more vividly remember the three horrific losses in which the team was out-coached and embarrassed. But, still those games should be remembered regardless of Sunday’s outcome.

So maybe success is a bit of a strong word.

This week’s game is not only a huge one in terms of the 2017 playoff race, but also may be an important one for determining what the 2018 Cowboys will look like.

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