Would you like to learn to tango?
I'm offering you my services. Free of charge.
What do you say? Will you dance the Bold Predictions Tango with me?
Don't be afraid of making any mistakes. There are no mistakes in the tango or bold predictions. Not like life - it's simple.
That's what makes the tango/bold predictions so great. If you make a mistake you just tango on. Before we begin, please allow me to explain.
The hype that surrounded the Dallas Cowboys entering 2015 was very real and well-deserved. It was the universal hope of Cowboys Nation that this team would be the one to channel some success similar to the 1992 World Champion Dallas Cowboys.
It certainly feels a lot like 1992. Jordan Ross from Cowboys HQ (who you can follow on Twitter here) wrote up a great piece back in August that detailed some insane similarities between the 1992 and 2015 Dallas Cowboys.
With all of the 1992 vibes going on this season I re-watched a film that debuted that year, a movie that is perhaps the greatest of all-time. One of its more iconic scenes served as the inspiration for today's Bold Predictions... the Bold Predictions Tango.
If you know what movie I'm talking about then Hoo-Ahh to you! If you don't then give this scene a glance, enjoy, and give me some coordinates. We're about to hit the dance floor.
Scent of a Woman movie clips: http://j.mp/1JblmA3 BUY THE MOVIE: http://amzn.to/tYV8Sx Don't miss the HOTTEST NEW TRAILERS: http://bit.ly/1u2y6pr CLIP DESCRIPTION: Frank (Al Pacino) teaches the beautiful and charming Donna (Gabrielle Anwar) how to dance the tango.
1. Darren McFadden Out-Rushes Marshawn Lynch
Run DMC, baby. If you've been keeping up with our Staff Wars Series here at Inside The Star then you've seen my fellow Staff Writers Shane Denney and Walter Yeates pound the table for #20 to keep getting the rock.
Like Harry, Jimmy, and Trent in Scent of a Woman the three of us are on the same wavelength. Darren McFadden looked really solid last week in New York (29 carries for 152 yards and a TD... oh and what would have been an amazing TD on a screen play if not for a terrible call) and he's in line to get a bulk of the carries tomorrow.
Marshawn Lynch hasn't totally been himself this season for Seattle. Tomorrow during the game he's going to be using Skittles to count all the yards DMC has while the Cowboys run all over Seattle. Just like M&Ms are better than Skittles, Darren McFadden will be better than Marshawn Lynch in the yardage department.
2. The Cowboys Defense Holds Seattle To 17 Points Or Less
Dick LeBeau is the current Defensive Coordinator for the Tennessee Titans, but he really made his mark in this league running the defense for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2004-2014 (oh and not to mention he's in the Hall of Fame as a player for the Detroit Lions).
His defensive philosophy in Pittsburgh, that netted him two Super Bowls, is to hold the opposing team to 17 points or less. He trusts his offense, an NFL worthy offense, to beat that every time.
Rod Marinelli is not Dick LeBeau, but he's going to get the same results tomorrow. The Seahawks have been held to 17 points or less twice this season, but the third time is the charm and it's about to happen.
The Cowboys pass rush is straight up nasty and if you checked out our weekly injury report from Shane Denney then you know that Seahawks Tackle Russell Okung is a long shot to play. Get a towel, dude. You're slobbering all over my keyboard.
3. The Dallas Cowboys Score A Touchdown On Their First Offensive Possession
Scott Linehan came out swinging last Sunday in New York! He was going play action, calling draws, and running reverses to RJ Ochoa, I mean Lucky Whitehead, all over the place! It was an explosion of offensive diversity! Huzzah!
The Cowboys methodically marched downfield on the G-Men and successfully put points on the board after their first offensive possession. It's hard to complain about points, and I love Dan Bailey, but settling for a field goal is always a letdown when a touchdown is an opportunity.
Dallas is going to run out of the gate hyped for this game. Look for Matt Cassel to take the team downfield just as methodically, except this time they'll cross the goal line for twice as many points than even the golden foot of Dan Bailey can boot.
4. Cole Beasley Crosses 100 Receiving Yards
We all know what happened in the waning moments of last week's game against New York. There's no need to revisit that.
We also know that there are few scrappier players on this team, hell across the whole NFL, than Cole Beasley. He's going to be on a mission to make up for last week and he's going to take it out on the Legion of Boom.
The Seahawks have a pretty decent pass rush of their own. While Matt Cassel won't check it down as much as another Cowboys QB, he'll have to rely on the shorter routes at points in the game. This is where Cole is going to take off like a rocket ship. It wouldn't shock me if he ran over a Seahawk. It's going to be awesome.
5. Russell Wilson Does Not Throw A Touchdown Pass
With the exception of Week 2 at Green Bay where he had dos, Russell Wilson has exactly one touchdown pass in every game this season (and an interception in 4/7 for what it's worth).
He's played St. Louis, Detroit, and Carolina... all teams with a ferocious ability to get to the quarterback. He's 1-2 in those games for all of you keeping score at home, and he would be 0-3 if not for a missed call by an official when they played the Lions.
Wilson is going to be running for his life all day long. He's not going to have any time to set his feet and get off a clean throw. If he finds the endzone at all it'll be as a result of his scrambling ability (at which he is top in the league), but he will not throw into that airspace all day. You heard it here first.
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Cowboys en Español: El Futuro Incierto de David Irving
En una agencia libre muy callada de parte de los Dallas Cowboys, como es costumbre, lo más interesante hasta ahora se revuelve alrededor de un talento increíble en la línea defensiva: David Irving. El joven de la línea defensiva de Dallas recibió un tender de segunda ronda (con un costo de casi tres millones de dólares) de parte de los Cowboys, lo cual significa que vestirá la Estrella Solitaria un año más... ¿o no?
No, no es tan sencillo.
A diferencia de la etiqueta franquicia que recibió DeMarcus Lawrence hace unas semanas, un tender permite a un jugador recibir ofertas de otros equipos. Si Irving llega a recibir una oferta externa, sin embargo, los Cowboys tienen la oportunidad de igualarla.
Pero no sólo eso, sino que si no quieren igualar la oferta, pueden dejar ir al jugador y en cambio, el otro equipo tiene que compensar a los Cowboys con una selección de segunda ronda. Así como el tender de segunda ronda que se le otorgó a David Irving, hay tender de primera ronda o tender de "selección original."
Sin embargo, Irving no fue seleccionado en el NFL Draft, así que esta última opción hubiera tenido poco sentido.
Ahora, pensando en el 2018 y una temporada ya incierta, nos sentamos preguntando: ¿No valía la pena cubrir a Irving con un tender de primera ronda? Al final de cuentas, sólo hay aproximadamente un millón de diferencia entre ambos. Irving es un jugador lleno de talento, y podría llegar a estar entre los mejores en su posición próximamente.
Sin embargo, si somos honestos, es una buena decisión de la administración. Irving ha tenido sus cuantos problemas y quizá este tender ayude a definir su valor en el mercado. Si ningún equipo alrededor de la liga se atreve a ofrecerle un contrato, los Cowboys mejoran su posición en las negociaciones y quien sabe, quizá consigan un acuerdo más amigable para el equipo.
Además, si un equipo decide llevárselo... ¿qué tan malo sería?
Con el pick #19 en la primera ronda del Draft de la NFL, no están en una posición muy cómoda. Como bien algún jugador talentoso como el DT Vita Vea o el WR Calvin Ridley pueden caer a las manos de Stephen Jones, Will McClay y compañía, bien puede estar vacía la tabla.
Con jugadores como el S de Florida State Derwin James o el LB de Georgia Roquan Smith, deberían considerar realizar un trade para subir algunas selecciones y llevarse a uno de estos talentos que no estarán disponibles en el #19.
Con las selecciones globales 19, 50 y una segunda ronda extra que conseguirían por Irving, es fácil visualizar a este equipo dispuesto a hacer un movimiento así el día del Draft.
A pesar de una mala temporada en el 2017, los Dallas Cowboys son un equipo que están cerca de ser contendientes.
Cowboys Free Agency: FB Keith Smith Signing with Raiders
The Cowboys have lost an important role player from the offense as fullback Keith Smith is reportedly signing with the Oakland Raiders.
The #Raiders and FB Keith Smith have agreed to terms on a 2-year worth $4.2million, source said.
Smith, who has been with Dallas for four seasons, was the team's fullback the last two seasons. He started as a linebacker after going undrafted in 2014.
Whether on offense or defense, Keith has been a regular part of the special teams units. The Cowboys' previous special teams coach, Rich Bisaccia, just left this offseason to join the coaching staff in Oakland. That is a likely cause for Smith heading to the Raiders.
Dallas elected not to give Smith a restricted free agent tender, which made sense given his position. Even the lowest tender of $1.9 million would have been too rich for a part-time player.
Even with Keith gone, Dallas may not need to sign a new fullback. Backup RB Rod Smith has experience in that role. They could also use tight ends James Hanna or Geoff Swaim.
Fullback is obviously not the position it used to be in the days of Daryl Johnston, but there are still times you need that lead blocker out of the backfield. Given their reliance on the run game and the success that Ezekiel Elliott had with Keith Smith, Dallas will have to find a solid replacement plan.
Will Another Team Snag David Irving Away From Cowboys?
It was somewhat surprising to learn that the Dallas Cowboys only placed a second-round tender on David Irving. A first-round tender would have likely dissuaded any other team from signing him to a contract and giving up a first-round draft pick, but signing Irving to a contract and giving up a second-draft pick is much more plausible.
I can almost guarantee there are teams around the league right now who are discussing the pros and cons of trying to acquire David Irving. The Dallas Cowboys likely know this which means one of two things:
- The Cowboys are hoping someone sets David Irving's market value with the hopes of matching.
- The Cowboys are willing to part ways with Irving for a second-round draft pick.
There are teams out there who have more salary-cap space than the Dallas Cowboys who could easily sign him to a contract the Cowboys can't match. And, giving up a second-round draft pick for a dominating, yet inconsistent, defensive tackle is probably better than anyone they can draft.
It's not completely out of the realm of possibility Cowboys fans have seen the last of David Irving with a star on his helmet. But, it seems like a risk Dallas is willing to take, whether fans agree or not.
In 2017, David Irving recorded 22 tackles, seven quarterback sacks, six passes defensed, and one forced fumble. He did this after missing the first four games of the season due to a suspension and the last four due to a concussion. That's pretty impressive!
There is no denying Irving's impact when he's on the field, but it's all the other stuff that makes Dallas hesitant to commit fully to the 24-year-old DT.
I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I know what kind of person David Irving is in the locker room or off the field, but his past behavior and inconsistencies are concerning. Yes, he has immense upside, but that doesn't look as if it's enough for the Dallas Cowboys, at least not yet.
I think this ultimately comes down to the Cowboys not fully trusting David Irving just yet. Placing the second-round tender on him is more of a "prove it" kind of deal, if another team doesn't sign him away. The Cowboys probably want to see he has his head on straight and more consistency before fully committing. It's completely understandable.
It just doesn't seem as if David Irving is in the long-term plans for the Dallas Cowboys right now. I think they would be perfectly content receiving a second-round draft pick, but that decision might not sit well with a lot of Cowboys fans.
There is really no way of knowing if another NFL team will snag David Irving away, but I think the possibility of that happening is pretty high.
Will David Irving remain in Dallas in 2018?
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