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Dallas Cowboys Vs. New York Jets: 5 Bold Predictions

RJ Ochoa

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“Rockin’ around the Christmas tree, let the Christmas spirit ring… later we’ll have some pumpkin pie and we’ll do some caroling.”

This line from one of the more iconic Christmas songs of all-time has been the subject of some serious debate between my friends and I over the last week.

If you’re rocking around the Christmas tree and letting the Christmas spirit ring, how is the first thing that you think of pumpkin pie?!

Pumpkin pie is certainly not the most Christmas-y dessert in existence – it’s not even the most Christmas-y pie that’s available!

Rock around that tree, let the spirit ring, and have some pecan pie! Or candy canes! Or egg nog! Or gingerbread cookies! I could re-write this song a thousand different ways that would be better than pumpkin pie.

I’ve actually re-written some Christmas songs before… in today’s Bold Predictions. As Christmas is less than a week away it felt appropriate to bring some holiday cheer in as we get excited for today’s contest against the New York Jets.

Let’s begin.

Sean Lee Will Have 10+ Tackles

FeLee Navidad! Cha-cha-cha-cha-cha. FeLee Navidad! Cha-cha-cha-cha-cha. FeLee Navidad! Sean Lee is so awesome at football!

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Sean Lee wants to wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of his heart.

The General has had quite the season in 2015. Cowboys fans have always looked to him to always make big plays and be the leader of the defense, and he’s rarely someone who disappoints.

Lee has totaled 9 tackles once this season and hit the 7 mark on three occasions. With Rolando McClain out for the game Sean is going to have to step up and contribute even more than we’re accustomed to seeing him.

This is going to be a vintage Lee game where he is just running around like a mad man and finding himself near the football. 10 tackles will be his before the clock reads triple zero.

Cole Beasley Will Lead The Team In Receptions

I really can’t see, but baby it’s Cole inside. I’ve got to throw it away, but baby it’s Cole inside. This play has changed, but baby it’s Cole inside.”

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The New York Jets bring to town one of the NFL’s finest defensive units. They’re stacked at all levels, but specifically at the defensive line and secondary.

Matt Cassel has shown time after time that he doesn’t like throwing downfield and even when he does it, it’s done with little regard to the route that his receiver is running.

The Jets are going to get some pressure on him which is going to cause him to panic a bit, and look for Cole Beasley on some clutch inside routes. Look for #11 to catch quite a few passes because for Cassel… it’s bad out there.

Gavin Escobar Will Catch A Touchdown

I… don’t want a lot for Christmas. There is just one thing I need. Let’s start using the presents underneath our offensive tree. I just want him in the endzone. More than you could ever know. Make my wish come true… Gavin is the redzone target we should throw to!”

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There’s a guy who plays for the Dallas Cowboys named Gavin Escobar. Ever heard of him?

He’s a 6’6″ tight end who supposedly has the best hands on the team.

Yea so we’ve got this super big, super tall, and relatively fast weapon at our disposal. It would probably make a lot of sense to use him, right? Wrong!

The last time that Escobar saw some usage was when Tony Romo was under center for the Cowboys. Yes, it’s sadly been that long. Gavin even caught a touchdown from Romo back during the Week 1 victory over the Giants.

I’m calling for a Christmas miracle here in that the Cowboys finally realize that using an extremely potent offensive weapon is good for them. Gavin’s going to find the paint today.

Randy Gregory Will Get His First Career Sack

Just look at Randy Gregory wearing that silver and blue. His first sack is coming and is long and overdue. Outside the tackles he is starting to get what to do. Come on its lovely weather for his first sack or two.”

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Byron Jones and La’el Collins have made the Dallas Cowboys Front Office look like some pretty smart guys over this season. Their eye for talent is certainly on point, and that includes Randy Gregory.

The former Cornhusker has only played in nine games thanks to some injuries, but he’s starting to find his way out there. Pass rushers don’t typically develop right away in the NFL, but there’s plenty to be excited about concerning Randy.

The new 94 has come awfully close to lassoing his first career sack. There will be no more close as Randy is going to finish for the first time – with Ryan Fitzpatrick tagging along for the ride.

Dan Bailey’s Field Goals Will Cover More Yards Than The Offense

Santa Bailey… slip a football over the goalpost-shaped-tree, for me, I’ve been an awful good fan. Santa Bailey, take your time putting those kicks in flight.

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Dan Bailey is currently the bread and butter of the Dallas Cowboys offense.

As silly as that may seem, we need to appreciate Dan and his greatness. He’s only missed one kick this year… the guy is money 99/100 times.

Dan can kick from short, he can kick from far. Bailey can kick with his eyes closed or he could even kick with his hands tied behind his back. He has checked off just about every which way that a field goal can be made great.

Dan is going to do something truly spectacular during this game when he amasses more yardage via field goals than the Dallas Cowboys offense is able to via running and passing the ball. Dan Bailey for President!


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What are your BOLD Predictions for when the Dallas Cowboys host the New York Jets? Comment below, Email me at Roel.Ochoa.Jr@Gmail.com or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

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Will Ryan Switzer see an Increased Offensive Role in 2018?

Brian Martin

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Will Ryan Switzer see an Increased Offensive Role in 2018?

The Dallas Cowboys clearly had a specific role in mind for Ryan Switzer when they drafted him 133rd overall in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Come to find out, that role didn’t include being involved much on the offensive side of the ball, at least not as a rookie.

After watching the way the Cowboys utilized Ryan Switzer in 2017, it’s pretty obvious the sole purpose he was drafted was to improve the special-teams play in the return game.

They clearly didn’t envision him being a part of the game plan on offense, despite the continuous outcry from fans.

Like most rookies, Ryan Switzer didn’t really get off to a fast start, and took a while to get used to the speed of the NFL. But, once he calmed his nerves and regained his confidence, he proved to be an upgrade in the return game.

Switzer ended up ranking third in kickoff returns, averaging 25 yards per return in 2017 and 12th in punt returns with almost 9 yards per return.

He also became the first Dallas Cowboys player to return a punt for a touchdown since 2013. He accomplished this against the Washington Redskins, in Week 13 when he took an 83-yarder to the house.

Surprisingly enough, using Ryan Switzer solely as a return specialist wasn’t enough for a lot of Cowboys Nation. A lot of fans wanted to see his talents utilized more on the offensive side of the ball as well, but were only left disappointed.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer

Getting Switzer involved in the offensive game plan just wasn’t in the cards in 2017.

He only managed to catch six passes for 41 yards and rushed four times for 5 yards. This isn’t exactly what Cowboys fans envisioned after hearing Switzer was opening a lot eyes in training camp and organized team activities (OTAs). That was the main problem.

He was hyped up so much heading into the season that fans expected to see him involved much more on offense.

The Cowboys, on the other hand, had something else in mind, but I doubt that’s the case for the upcoming 2018 season.

I really think we’re going to see an increased role for Ryan Switzer next season.

The Cowboys coaching staff should have a much better understanding of his strengths and weaknesses now that he has a year in the system under his belt. And, they’ve seen firsthand how explosive he can be with the ball in his hands.

What the Cowboys coaching staff will have to determine this offseason is just how big of a role Switzer will have next year.

Should Switzer take Cole Beasley‘s job?

Cole Beasley, like the rest of the Cowboys receivers, had a down year in 2017. We shouldn’t assume that his job is safe, especially with someone like Ryan Switzer waiting in the wings. But, is Switzer ready to take over full-time?

Tough decisions will have to be made eventually, but such is life in the NFL.

Will Ryan Switzer see an increased offensive role in 2018?

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Will Terrance Williams be Back with Cowboys in 2018?

Brian Martin

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Will Terrance Williams be Back with Cowboys in 2018?

Each offseason tough decisions have to be made by teams around the NFL, and the Dallas Cowboys are no exception. Teams have to decide who to promote, who to demote, and who to cut ties with altogether. For the Cowboys, Terrance Williams fits into one of those three categories, but which one?

It was plainly obvious that the Dallas Cowboys wide receivers all had an extremely disappointing 2017 season.

Everybody has their own opinion as to why this happened, but one thing is for sure, the Cowboys coaching staff will definitely look at ways to get more out of their receiving core. The one player who I think could be affected most by whatever decision the coaching staff ends up making is Terrance Williams.

Williams didn’t do much to make a case for keeping his starting job in 2017, let alone sticking on the roster.

To say he had a disappointing season would be an understatement.

Williams finished the 2017 season with just 53 receptions for 568 receiving yards and absolutely zero touchdowns. The Cowboys were likely hoping for more production from someone they just signed to a four-year, $17-million contract extension back in March [2017].

Now, you can make the argument Williams took a team discount in order to stay in Dallas, but that doesn’t carry much weight when your production leaves so much to be desired. This is especially true when there might be somebody on the roster who can do just as well, and possibly be an upgrade.

Noah Brown

Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Yes, if you haven’t guessed it yet, I’m talking about Noah Brown.

I know I’m not alone here, but I think Noah Brown could easily replace Terrance Williams’ production. I understand that there’s not much evidence to back up that statement based on Brown’s rookie season, but he has all the tools required to succeed.

This is really all about potential, and Noah Brown simply has more upside than Terrance Williams.

We all know what Terrance Williams is as a receiver, and what he brings to the table for the Cowboys offense. I believe Noah Brown can do all the things Williams does and has the potential to be even better.

I already think Noah Brown is a better blocker, something the Cowboys coaching staff really values about Williams. I also think Brown is a better pass catcher. He is a natural hands catcher and has a large catching radius, something Williams obviously isn’t (body catcher).

Right now, Williams is only better than Noah Brown in a few areas. He is slightly faster, he’s more advanced as a route runner, and has more experience. That’s about it.

This will obviously be a tough decision for the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff to make. But, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if we see Terrance Williams playing somewhere else when the 2018 season kicks off.

Do you think Terrance Williams will be with the Cowboys in 2018?

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Are the Dallas Cowboys Building a Championship Defense?

Sean Martin

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Three of the four teams remaining in the NFL playoffs — a win away from the Super Bowl — ranked within the top four defensively in yards per game allowed this season. The other is the defending-champion New England Patriots, who of course were expected to reach yet another AFC Championship game, thanks to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

Somewhere between this field, losing their 2017 hopes at a deep playoff run to injuries, suspensions, and just poor execution at times, are the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys ranked eighth in yards allowed per game at 318.1 this season.

On the surface, all this provides hope that typically springs eternal around the league through the offseason.

It has been far too long since the Cowboys defense matched the skill level of the team’s offense, but Rod Marinelli’s unit (not exactly by design) outplayed that of Scott Linehan’s at times through this 9-7 campaign.

This defensive rebuild in Dallas began with the admission that this group had reached their ceiling in the offseason, as the Cowboys let long-time starters like CB Morris Claiborne, CB Brandon Carr, S Barry Church (now with the Jaguars), and S J.J. Wilcox go in free agency.

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Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis, CB Chidobe Awuzie, S Xavier Woods (AP Photo / Ron Jenkins)

For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, looking to turn over an entire secondary in a division featuring Carson Wentz, Eli Manning, and Kirk Cousins as quickly as the Cowboys did was a risky move. Their confidence in hitting on draft picks paid off though.

The Cowboys’ bright future is predicated on the likes of CB Chidobe Awuzie, CB Jourdan Lewis, and S Xavier Woods.

With two young starters at cornerback, the sky truly is the limit the this Cowboys defense. And they’ll play in support of an offense with more than enough talent to return to form in 2018.

As it stands now under Rod Marinelli, the Cowboys defense is built to keep everything in front of them, and get bodies to the football. This coverage-friendly approach could be taken to new heights with Lewis and Awuzie on the outside, along with Anthony Brown finding a home in the slot. All three cornerbacks have excelled at using their speed, length, and technique to get their hands on passes.

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Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

Of course, games are won in the trenches, where the idea of the Cowboys defensive line ever rising to the level of their offensive line was laughable until recently. Whether it’s with the franchise tag or a long-term extension, sack-artist DeMarcus Lawrence looks to be an all-important member of this entire team moving forward.

A healthy Lawrence was a nightmare for opposing right tackles in 2017. He earned a national spotlight each week on his way to the quarterback 14-and-a-half times. Making it look easy at times, Lawrence is a refined rusher with the speed and power to win inside and out.

The RDE position remains a sore spot in need of talent as this Cowboys defense looks to take the next step, but there’s hope for the likes of Randy Gregory, Charles Tapper, and Taco Charlton to get the job done, along with veteran starter Tyrone Crawford.

With Crawford at RDE for much of 2017, running the ball against the Cowboys front was a tall order. His ability to capture the corner against left tackles came as a pleasant surprise to many, and once in position, the defensive captain chased down plenty of plays.

Tyrone Crawford wasn’t the only pleasant surprise on the Dallas Cowboys defensive line this season.

Rookie Taco Charlton looked like an entirely different player to close a first year in Dallas that began with completely uninspiring results. Charlton — having the physical traits to play at the next level — was never a question out of Michigan.

He may never be a player to take over games for a defense, which the Cowboys couldn’t have expected to find at DE selecting 28th overall, but an improved player at DE and DT could be an incredibly valuable asset for the Cowboys in 2018 and beyond.

This leaves the Cowboys linebacker corps, where we find the best example of young potential on the entire defense. Amazingly playing in all 16 games, LB Jaylon Smith is in line to take a massive step forward in year two.

Smith closed his season looking enticingly close to the player he was at Notre Dame, an encouraging sign as the Cowboys look to become less dependent on Sean Lee on this side of the ball.

Lee and Smith paired together would give the Cowboys a middle-of-the-field presence to rival the best in the league. Both players have exceptional range and awareness to run down plays from sideline to sideline.

Anthony Hitchens, an impending free agent, is another valuable piece at LB with his ready ability to play all three positions at a relatively high level.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

Stefon Diggs racing to the end zone with no time left to send the Vikings to the NFC Championship game will be the lasting image of this past Divisional Round weekend, an offensive play that will live on forever.

A closer look at these games and the teams that survived them reveals a collective trust in defenses, a trust the Cowboys could be blissfully close to with their own young defense.

The Cowboys are likely losing one of the smarter minds behind their defense in recent years, with Matt Eberflus ticketed for Josh McDaniel’s staff, and are still in need of a secondary coach after not retaining Joe Baker. In a league where better talent typically prevails though, the possibility of the Cowboys building a championship defense for next season and beyond may not be far off.

With defenses in Jacksonville and Philadelphia providing the hope that both teams can pull off the impossible and reach the Super Bowl on Sunday, will defensive potential be enough for Dallas to get through this long offseason and start the even longer path back to their first NFC Championship game in 21 seasons?

Tell us what you think about “Are the Dallas Cowboys Building a Championship Defense?” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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