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Dallas Cowboys Vs. Seattle Seahawks: 5 Bold Predictions

RJ Ochoa

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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.

The Tango - Scent of a Woman (4/8) Movie CLIP (1992) HD

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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.

Hoo-ahh!


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Starters Make Cowboys Serious Contenders, But Depth is a Concern

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys Defense Better Or Worse Then Last Season?

Playing in the National Football Conference, the Dallas Cowboys have a difficult task ahead of them if they are to be serious Super Bowl contenders. Even still, they've become a very underrated football team due to their 9-7 record last season. The Cowboys struggled in many areas and with the Philadelphia Eagles crowned as Super Bowl Champions, everyone has forgotten about America's Team.

2017 was an awful year for the Cowboys. It seemed like a roller coaster of success, putting up an impressive performance one week only to disappoint the next one. Let's be honest with ourselves here and talk about what really ended the Cowboys' last season.

Injuries.

As much as we talk about how there shouldn't be any excuses in football - the Eagles made a huge statement by winning it all with a backup QB and other key starters missing - we can't deny the impact of these injuries.

Anthony Hitchens, Sean Lee, Tyron Smith and Ezekiel Elliott all missed some time last year, affecting the team's performance week in and week out. Had the starters been healthy, the truth is this team would've been in the playoffs.

Heading into 2018, the Cowboys will face a very similar situation. This year, starters make Dallas a serious contender. Even if they're playing in a conference that will feature a lot of quality teams, the Cowboys are a team that could beat any team in the league if healthy.

Even the dreaded wide receiver position - which has been famous this offseason for the lack of a #1 receiver - won't be as bad as we make it out to be starter-wise. A starting trio of Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup and Cole Beasley doesn't really sound bad.

Heck, not even Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods starting at safety is concerning. They have what it takes to be decent starters. Sure, Heath isn't a guy who will make the Pro Bowl, but his skills will show on the field once the season starts in September.

The Cowboys' starters will do just fine this season. If the team's fate is up to them, they are in a very good spot. The same can not be said about depth, though.

Except for the defensive line, every other position lacks depth. If Sean Lee goes down, the linebackers stop looking like a three-headed monster. Same goes for the cornerbacks. Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis seem like a good group but as soon as one of them suffers an injury, the Cowboys will be in trouble.

We're in for an exciting season with a lot of young talent waiting to breakout. The Cowboys are underrated this year. They may not be among the NFC's favorites, but they truly have what it takes to replicate the success they had in 2016. However, it seems like circumstances have to be ideal for them to make a run for the Lombardi Trophy.

With a little bit of luck, they'll bounce back this season.

Tell me what you think about "Starters Make Cowboys Serious Contenders, But Depth is a Concern" 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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The Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle is Heating Up

Brian Martin

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Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle Heating Up 1

Earning a spot on the Dallas Cowboys final 53-man roster is going to be a lot tougher in 2018 then it has been in years past. There is no shortage of position battles taking place right now to earn one of those coveted openings, but it's the battle taking place at receiver that's gaining steam and starting to heat up.

The ultimate unknown right now is how many wide receivers the Dallas Cowboys choose to carry on their 53-man roster this season. Last year they decided to carry six, but they have been known to carry just five. Unfortunately, this means they will have to release some talented players and risk losing them to another team.

As things stand right now there may just be one, possibly two, roster spots up for grabs. I think the only thing we know for sure right now is Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin are the only WRs who can feel secure their jobs are safe for 2018. Everybody else is playing a game of Survivor, just hoping their name isn't the one written down and their torch isn't snuffed out.

Terrance Williams' flame may be safe due to his current contract. The Dallas Cowboys can't save anything by releasing him, but it doesn't cost them that much either. It's unlikely he has a future with the team, so if someone were to prove themselves more worthy, his flame could be extinguished.

Terrance Williams

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

Last season I thought Noah Brown was ready to unseat Williams, but that never really materialized. Unfortunately, Brown hasn't really shown up as much as I thought he would this offseason, and missing the game against the San Francisco 49ers last week didn't do him any favors either. This doesn't bode well for him moving forward.

Deonte Thompson was signed as a free agent to provide some veteran experience and speed to the passing game, but that in no way means his job is secure. He needs to do something to show up a little more because his age and salary means a younger up-and-coming WR could make him expendable.

Second-year WR Lance Lenoir Jr. might just be the receiver who has stirred things up the most. He has not only created a buzz for himself in offseason practices, but he was able to carry it over into the preseason last week against the 49ers. His arrow trajectory is definitely pointing upwards.

I'd definitely hate to be the one to decide who stays and who goes when final cuts are made. It's not going to be an easy decision to make, because the outcome will definitely have an impact on the team's success this year.

All of these players were brought into help Quarterback Dak Prescott and the passing game reach new heights, so making the wrong move could be detrimental. The number of wide receivers and who the Dallas Cowboys decide to keep might be the most important decision they make before the season starts.

How would you predict the Dallas Cowboys WR position battle turning out?



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Any Concern About Dan Bailey Not Playing Against 49ers?

Brian Martin

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Decision not to Play Dan Bailey against the 49ers a Concern? 1

With all the excitement of the Dallas Cowboys finally playing in a game last week against the San Francisco 49ers, it may have escaped your attention that Dan Bailey remained on the sideline the entire time. He didn't attempt one field goal or kick off once last Thursday, which in my opinion is a little concerning.

Dan Bailey joined Ezekiel Elliott and Sean Lee on the sideline as a healthy scratch last week. The decision to sit both Zeke and Sean Lee makes sense due to the physical demands of their positions, but sitting Bailey was a bit of a head scratcher. After all, it's not like he plays a physically demanding position like the other two.

I know. I know. Dan Bailey is an integral part for the Cowboys success moving forward. I'm not arguing that he's not, but after sitting out the majority of the 2017 season with a groin injury and lingering concerns about his health this year, not playing him at all against the 49ers is a bit confusing.

I don't believe there is any kind of kicking competition between Dan Bailey and Brett Maher, who handled all of the kicking duties against the 49ers last Thursday. Bailey will be the Cowboys kicker when the 2018 season gets underway in just a few short weeks. But, the question remains… Why didn't he receive any playing time?

Dan Bailey

Dallas Cowboys K Dan Bailey

Dan Bailey was never quite the same last season once he returned from his injury. Something was off and I don't know if it was more mental or physical, maybe a little of both. He just wasn't splitting the uprights like his normal self.

Unfortunately, we have seen this kind of thing happen in the past with one of the Cowboys kickers. Nick Folk went through a similar situation with an injury and never really bounced back. I'm just hoping history doesn't repeat itself.

Obviously, the Dallas Cowboys know more about what's going on with Dan Bailey than I do. But, you would think they'd have allowed him to attempt a field goal or at least an extra point in a game situation to build up his confidence once again. It's what I would have done.

Hopefully I'm just being a little paranoid and I'm reading more into this than there actually is. But, the fact I haven't heard any reasoning as to why Dan Bailey was held out last week is sitting a little uneasy with me. I'm just hoping it was precautionary in order to keep him as healthy as possible for the upcoming season.

Should we be concerned Dan Bailey was a healthy scratch last week?



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