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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
When 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.
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
Last 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
The 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.
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Don Meredith’s Famous “Turn Out The Lights” Is Referenced
From 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!
@rjochoa Bold Predictions – Escobar TD catch, Irving sack/fumble, and the home crowd goes wild when Tony Romo trots onto the field.
RANDY Gregory is gonna get 2 sacks against the Lions. AND one of them is to win the game, 2014 playoffs DLaw style.
@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!