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Dallas Cowboys Wishlist VS Los Angeles Rams

Mauricio Rodriguez



Sean's Scout: Defense Comes Alive In Loss At LA Rams 2

The Dallas Cowboys may not be undefeated, but 2-1 is good. It's not the end of the world, as a lot of fans claimed after a loss in week 2. And while the Cowboys had a slow start last week, they also seemed to find themselves at some point.

And really, this week's main wish is all about that. I really hope the Cowboys don't give us another scare this Sunday. This offense should be out there dominating every series... let's hope they do this week.

But, come on... why stop there?

Let's get to this week's Dallas Cowboys wishlist! What do we want to see from our 'Boys this time? Make sure to share your wishes for the Cowboys' week 3 in the comments below!


Wish #1: We Get a Sack... By Taco Charlton

When the Dallas Cowboys played the Los Angeles Rams in week 3 of the preseason, first-round pick Taco Charlton was able to get his first sack ever in an NFL game. It was awesome, and everyone from Cowboys Nation was happy for him.

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Unfortunately, it was only preseason, and Taco still has zero sacks in his NFL career. As he gets ready to face the Rams once again, it'd be fitting to see him get away with his first official career sack this weekend.

With DeMarcus Lawrence and Maliek Collins playing lights out, it doesn't seem impossible for Taco to get the chance to take Goff down.


Wish #2: Ryan Switzer Runs a Jet Sweep

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Ryan Switzer was primarily drafted to be a returner on special teams. And we all knew he came to replace Lucky Whitehead.

So far, Switzer has been very good returning kicks. He's had only a few opportunities and while he needs to learn a thing or two, it's safe to say he'll be good at it.

But what about offense? I'm sure every single Dallas Cowboys fan out there wants to see more of him. I mean, the guy is great. He's easy to root for.

And if we're talking about a guy replacing Lucky Whitehead, I can't help wondering about Switz running a jet sweep. It sure would be epic. After having a carry for three yards last week, there's no question the Cowboys want to find ways to give the fourth-round rookie the ball.

Call that jet sweep, Linehan. You know you want to.


Wish #3: Cole Beasley Has a Big Day

When it comes down to slot wide receivers, Cole Beasley is undoubtedly one of the best in the NFL. He has been a very important weapon for the Dallas Cowboys offense and even led the team in receptions last year.

And for some reason, we haven't seen much from him this 2017.

In 2016, Beasley had 20 receptions for 213 yards through the first three weeks. This season? He's had eight catches for just 69 yards.

Cole Beasley, Keith Smith

That doesn't mean Beasley hasn't helped this offense though. As we saw versus the Arizona Cardinals, ol' Bease has drawn quite a few double-teams. Heck, we've even seen triple teams.

But Cowboys Nation loves Cole. I hope he has a big day when the Cowboys take the field on Sunday. Give him a touchdown, Dak!


Wish #4: Ezekiel Elliott Houses a 40+ Yard  Touchdown!

Contrary to what many NFL fans claimed after Elliott's eight yard performance in Denver... Ezekiel Elliott is still a great running back. And he is still one of the best in the NFL, too.

Ezekiel Elliott just got his first 2017 touchdown last Monday, and he'll want more when he takes the field against the Rams.

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Last week, he could've easily gotten an 85-yard TD had Brice Butler made the block downfield. Yep, he's hungry. And after four weeks of waiting, we might get what we've been wanting all season.

Ezekiel Elliott housing a long run for six points.

Wish #5: Our Secondary Dominates Rams' Strong WR Group

Dallas Cowboys Wishlist VS Los Angeles Rams

LA Rams WR Cooper Kupp, WR Sammy Watkins (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

To be honest, I expect the Rams to keep this game closer than expected. I don't think this will be an easy game for the Dallas Cowboys. For one main reason. And when I say "one"... I mean three...

The Rams have a pretty good set of WRs in Cooper Kupp, Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods. Our secondary may have a tough day defending them.

However, Jourdan Lewis played excellent football last game and with Chidobe Awuzie hopeful to return this Sunday, the Cowboys will be ready to challenge this receivers corp.

I'm also excited to see the Cowboys get Byron Jones, Xavier Woods and Jeff Heath on the field at the same time, something they played with at Glendale.

If the Cowboys are able to limit these three WRs, then the secondary will be headed in the right direction.


It won't be an easy game for the Dallas Cowboys. The Rams are a better football team than a lot of fans think and it could be a close game. However, the Cowboys have a high-powered offense that just needs to find a way to get going early.

Once they find that, opposing teams won't be ready for the Dallas Football Cowboys.


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We’ll be doing this weekly here on Inside The Star, so if you have any wishes you’d like to see on this series, make sure to tweet them at me!

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@PepoR99 @InsideTheStarDC @CowboysNation No more injuries in the secondary

We all know how Carlos is feeling. Scandrick, Lewis, Carroll and Awuzie have all been dealing with injuries this season. Can we get a break?

Tell me what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Wishlist VS Los Angeles Rams" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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!

I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @PepoR99.

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Cowboys, Colts Week 15 Injury Report

Jess Haynie



Less Is More For Sean Lee And Cowboys' LBs?

The Dallas Cowboys can clinch the NFC East with a win this week, while the Indianapolis Colts are fighting to stay alive in the AFC wild card race. Only one team can accomplish their goal, and both have some big names on the Week 15 injury report.

We'll begin with the visiting Cowboys, who could be getting at least one star player back while another is already confirmed to miss the game.

Dallas Cowboys

  • TE Geoff Swaim (wrist) - OUT
  • G Zack Martin (knee) - OUT
  • DL David Irving (ankle) - OUT
  • WR Tavon Austin (groin) - Questionable
  • WR Lance Lenoir (illness) - Questionable
  • OT Tyron Smith (neck) - Questionable
  • DE Randy Gregory (personal) - Questionable
  • LB Sean Lee (hamstring) - Questionable

Yes, sadly, Zack Martin will be out tomorrow. The good news is that Connor Williams got the entire week to practice with the starters at right guard. You can read much more about this situation and it's impact on the game here, courtesy of our own Sean Martin.

Also ruled out, as they have been for a while now, are TE Geoff Swaim and DL David Irving.  Swaim is still recovering from wrist surgery but has not been placed on injured reserve, so the team must feel he could be back for the playoffs. Irving could return as soon as next week.

Speaking of returns, Sean Lee may be back on the field this Sunday. It's unknown yet how he'll rotate with Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith, but Dallas has the luxury of working him in slowly thanks to the play of their young duo.

Tavon Austin could also return this week, creating another new offensive wrinkle. Austin has been injured since the Jacksonville game and has yet to play since the Cowboys acquired Amari Cooper. Not only could Tavon do some interesting things in the offense, but he should bring some additional sizzle to special teams.

While appearing on the injury report, Randy Gregory missed practice this week for "family reasons" according to Jason Garrett. He could still play tomorrow.

Indianapolis Colts

  • G Mark Glowinski (ankle) - OUT
  • LB Skai Moore (neck) - OUT
  • S Mike Mitchell (calf) - OUT
  • WR T.Y. Hilton (ankle) - Questionable
  • TE Ryan Hewitt (ribs) - Questionable
  • S Clayton Geathers (knee) - Questionable

The big name here is Hilton, the star receiver who missed all practice this week with an ankle injury. Indianapolis has not ruled him out, wanting to give Andrew Luck's favorite target every opportunity to play. But it's not looking good, and a bad ankle could limit Hilton's effectiveness even if he goes.

Also hurt among the passing options is starting TE Ryan Hewitt, but he did practice full on Friday and should go. Not playing, however, is starting right guard Mark Glowinski. That means third-year player Evan Boehm should start, who just joined the team in October.

Indy's hurting at safety this week. Not only did starter Clayton Geathers miss the whole week of practice, but veteran backup Mike Mitchell is already ruled out. The Colts would have to rely on undrafted rookie George Odum if neither plays.

Fun fact before we go; former Cowboy Jihad Ward was picked up by the Colts after Dallas included him in their roster cuts to start the season. However, he landed on injured reserve back in October so won't get a chance at revenge.

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Zack Martin Out, Connor Williams In at Right Guard for Cowboys at Colts

Sean Martin



Zack Martin Out, Connor Williams In at Right Guard for Cowboys at Colts

The Dallas Cowboys offensive line depth will be tested as they play for a chance to clinch the NFC East on Sunday at the Indianapolis Colts. Suffering a knee injury last week against the Eagles, Right Guard Zack Martin will not be able to play. In missing his first career start, rookie Connor Williams rightfully returns to the starting lineup as Martin's replacement.

The 50th overall pick from this year's AT&T Stadium hosted Draft has started eight games this season at left guard. Williams' last start happens to be in the last game Dallas lost, a week nine defeat to the Tennessee Titans. This opened the door for Xavier Su'a-Filo to become something of a sensation for Cowboys Nation as the starting left guard throughout the team's current five game win streak.

David Moore on Twitter

Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin has been ruled out of Sunday's game with a sprained knee. Rookie Connor Williams will start in his place.

Zack Martin being unavailable is hardly how Marc Colombo wants to prepare for the Cowboys first road game since week 11. Having both Su'a-Filo and Williams in the lineup will be valuable for the Cowboys moving forward though, as Williams could earn his job at left guard back from the right side.

While he won't nearly be expected to play at the level of Martin, Williams looked poised coming off the bench against the Eagles and helping the Cowboys offense score their final three touchdowns. Williams was on the field for all three of Amari Cooper's scores, as Dallas rushed for 34 yards on 11 carries with him in the game.

Williams flashed some of the traits that made him a top left tackle prospect out of college, flowing to the second level with ease and creating movement with quick feet at the point of attack. The Cowboys have forced him to remain game ready despite losing his starting position by finding a few emergency snaps for him in recent weeks, as well as special teams looks. The team has every reason to believe Williams is an ascending young player still.

The same cannot be said of Su'a-Filo, who simply has to focus on continuing to hold up at left guard again this week. With each passing win, Su'a-Filo's LG spot has become more of a liability in a Cowboys offense in need of a jump-start late in this 2018 season.

Consistent offensive line play is one of the few things that's clearly hurting the Cowboys as contenders in the NFC behind a stellar defense and game breaking wide receiver.

The Cowboys won't be at full strength against the eighth best rushing defense and 15th ranked passing defense in yards per game. With three separate chances to clinch the NFC East starting at the Colts and extending until the end of the regular season, the Cowboys stand to learn all they need to know about the offensive line that will start in the playoffs.

Martin, who's elevated his game to a new level this season despite this lingering knee injury, should be on track to return when the Cowboys come home to play the Buccaneers in week 16.

Tell us what you think about "Zack Martin Out, Connor Williams In at Right Guard for Cowboys at Colts" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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#INDvsDAL: How The Game May Be Decided In The Red Zone

Kevin Brady



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In many ways the Dallas Cowboys offense has found their stride in recent weeks. Over this five game win streak they have "found their identity" playing ball control offense and trusting their quarterback to make big throws when needed most. Of course the defense has been the star most weeks, but this offense should not be slept on either.

This doesn't mean the offense has been without their fair share of struggles, however, particularly in the red zone. Struggles that the numbers say could cost the Cowboys this weeks' game in Indianapolis if they don't get it cleaned up.

In terms of red zone offensive efficiency the Cowboys have been downright horrendous. In fact, they are dead-last in the league in success rate inside the 10 yard line, last in first-and-goal success rate, and 21st in success rate between the 11 and 20 yard lines.

There's no sugar-coating those numbers, they are bad. Especially when you consider that this team has arguably the league's best running back and a quarterback with the size and athleticism you might expect from a linebacker.

For as bad as the Cowboys are inside the red zone, the Colts are equally as good. Indianapolis is top 10 in terms of success rate inside the 10, at the goal line, and in first-and-goal success rate. They are also 11th in success rate between the 11 and 20 yard lines.

Despite not having the individual running back the Cowboys have, the Colts offensive line and skill players as a whole set them up a bit better when the field is shortened. Tight end Eric Ebron has been rather incredible in terms of production this season, catching 12 touchdowns on 58 receptions. Andrew Luck is also a more accurate quarterback than Dak Prescott, though Prescott should be a much more dangerous red zone threat than he currently is.

Bob Sturm on Twitter

I am working on the Cowboys 32nd ranked Goal-to-Go offensive numbers. They have run 35 of their 59 total plays out of Shotgun-11 Personnel. In those 35 plays, the average gain per snap is....12 INCHES. I am not kidding. They could out-gain that by running QB sneaks. I am amazed.

Of course, some of the Cowboys red zone struggles can be pinned on offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Linehan has failed to scheme open the "easy" red zone touchdowns we see so often around the league. As pointed out by Bob Sturm on Twitter this week, the Cowboys' personnel groupings and play calls when in goal-to-go situations have been questionable to say the least. But while blame does fall on the coaches' shoulders, the players need to execute better as well.

Games in the NFL often come down to just a handful of plays, and red zone efficiency plays a key role in deciding the outcome of close games every week. If this is once again the case on Sunday, based on past performance, the Dallas Cowboys could be in trouble against the efficient Colts.

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