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#DALvsNYG: Who’s Up And Who’s Down After Cowboys Loss?

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The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants game was everything that I expected. I knew we would see a hard-fought battle by both ball clubs and that the outcome would ultimately be determined in the final few plays.

That just seems to be the way things go when these two teams face off against one another. Unfortunately, things just didn’t go the Cowboys way this time.

In all honesty, I think the Cowboys should have probably won this game, and that has nothing to do with how things ended with Terrance Williams in the final seconds of the game.

A lot of people will lay the blame on what Williams did at the end of the game, but the truth is the Cowboys offense had several opportunities to get in the end zone instead of having to settle for field goals.

It isn’t really fair to lay the blame on one individual player when you take into account that this is a team sport. The fact of the matter is the Cowboys had their opportunities they were just unable to capitalize when it mattered the most.

Having said all of that, let’s take a look at who’s stock is up and who’s is down after the loss to the New York Giants.

Who stock is up?

Cowboys Headlines - #DALvsNYG: Who's Up And Who's Down After Cowboys Loss?

Sep 11, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey (5) kicks a field goal in the second quarter against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dan Bailey

The Dallas Cowboys have a tremendous weapon in Dan Bailey. He was the sole reason why the Cowboys were in a position to win the game at the end.

How many teams are in the league would love to have a kicker like Bailey?

Someone they can send out on the field to attempt a 56 yard field goal and have the faith that it is pretty much a guarantee that he will make it.

That is exactly what the Dallas Cowboys have in Dan Bailey and the sole reason why they had a chance at the end if there would have been even a second left on the clock.

Cole Beasley

When it comes to making clutch plays in key situations, it seems that’s when offensive coordinator Scott Linehan dials up a play that puts Cole Beasley a best position to convert.

Beasley is a mismatch problem for just about any defensive back in the NFL that has the  unfortunate task of covering him out of the slot. His quickness and route running ability makes him virtually unrecoverable, which makes him the quarterback’s best friend.

I previously wrote an article about who benefits most with Dak Prescott at QB,in which I explained why Cole Beasley is the answer.

Beasley made some key third-down conversions and should of had a walk-in touchdown if not for an overthrow pass by Dak Prescott. I expect more of the same from Beasley for the rest of the 2016 season.

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott did everything in his power to help the Dallas Cowboys come away with a victory Sunday afternoon against the New York Giants.

He was able to put together several long clock eating drives against the Giants defense, but was unable to finish them off with a touchdown.

He showed the poise in the pocket of a veteran QB and was able to work through his progressions finding the open receiver.

He did have a few overthrown passes, but was pretty accurate for the majority of the night.

Prescott seems to be the real deal and didn’t make any rookie mistakes. That’s good news for the Dallas Cowboys organization. He gives them a chance to win ball games and could possibly be the future franchise quarterback once Tony Romo calls it quits.

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Dez Bryant

Was it just me or was anyone else confused by the way Dez Bryant was used in this ballgame?

I would’ve thought that the coaching staff would have gotten Bryant involved early with may be a few short passes to help set the tone for the offense, but that didn’t happen.

He was only targeted a handful of times and those were mostly deep passes that put him in a jump ball situation. Normally, he’s able to make those contested catches, but unfortunately things didn’t go his way against the Giants.

That’s why Bryant’s stock is down. I don’t know if it’s that he still a little rusty or the fact the coaching staff failed to put him in more favorable situations.

It is something that is definitely worth paying attention to as the season progresses.

Terrance Williams

Terrance Williams makes this list because the only time he really showed up in the game was the reason why a lot of Cowboys fans were left screaming at their television yesterday.

Mistakes happen in the NFL, but unfortunately Williams’ mistake might have cost the Cowboys a win yesterday in the final seconds of the game against the Giants.

It looked as if Williams had  enough room to make it to the sideline and stop the clock, thus giving Dan Bailey the opportunity to kick another 50+ field goal. For some reason or another he thought he had enough time to get up the field and gain a little bit more yards, but unfortunately that just wasn’t the case.

Who knows what was running through his head? He made a split-second decision and unfortunately it was just the wrong one.

Ezekiel Elliott

It was fairly obvious that the New York Giants were going to do their best to take Ezekiel Elliott out of the game, but I was really surprised that they would be so effective.

It’s not entirely Elliott’s fault, but I think his stock is down slightly more due to the fact that Alfred Morris looked like the better of the two running backs Sunday afternoon.

Honestly, I think Scott Linehan could’ve put Elliott in better situations to showcase his skill set, but that didn’t happen, thus Elliott’s stock falling a little bit.

Hopefully, things will come together and we will see improvement for the rest of the 2016 season.

Do you agree or disagree with the Dallas Cowboys players on this list?

Please feel free to use the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions on this topic.

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6 Comments
  • Timothy mcgee

    The offensive coordinator was bad didn’t put the team in position to win

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for commenting Timothy. I agree with you, I think Scott Linehan did a poor job of using all of the weapons at his disposal to create mismatches with the Giants defense. The fact that Dez Bryant wasn’t utilized more often was perhaps the biggest disappointment. Then, they continued to call running plays designed to go right at the strength of the Giants defense. They’re not going to win very many games if they continue like this.

  • Ethan Chazin

    I think you miss the mark when you say Dez is down because you were confused by how he was used. It is safer to say he was down because he bobbled a catch in the end zone he historically would make. He has no control over how he was used. You say Cole Beasley is up after missing a sure TD catch? I disagree. He was one reason they lost the game. I would say the coaching staff was down for having a flawed game plan in too many check down throws, not enough deep passes and esp. no real use of Brice Butler (remember him???) they ran the ball with Elliott right up the gut, they failed to use Dunbar or Elliott on screens, Church wasn’t really a factor and Byron Jones was late helping on the deep Odell pass. Also the O line got physically abused by NY’s front 4. They should have been embarrassed. Why no Doug Free???

    • Brian Martin

      Ethan, Beasley had a really good game and converted a lot of third downs that allowed the Cowboys to continue a lot of their drives. The pass he failed to catch that would’ve been a walk-in touchdown was a poorly thrown ball that was both high and behind him. If it would’ve been a more accurate pass he would have walked in easily. And I believe I mentioned that Dez was down because of the way he was utilized. I thought it was strange that they didn’t try to complete any short to intermediate passes to him. But I agree with you that the coaching staff, Scott Linehan in particular, failed to come up with a better game plan against the Giants defense. They simply fell to use all of the weapons they have at their disposal and instead continued to run plays that played to the strength of the Giants defense.

  • Ramiro Rodriguez

    I believe in all honesty that, except for the wrong decision by Terrance Williams , you are Down Stocking players when in reality it was the Coaching Staff bad decisions.. Just saying…

    • Brian Martin

      Ramiro, I don’t disagree. I think I based this list more on the impact they had on the game than individual results. The coaching staff certainly didn’t do Dez Bryant any favors by only targeting him five times.

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WR Brice Butler Makes Waves With Controversial Comments

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Heading into this 2018 offseason, the Dallas Cowboys have to answer some critical questions about their wide receiver corps.

  • Is Dez Bryant still worthy of being labeled/targeted as a number one receiver?
  • Is Ryan Switzer ready to dethrone Cole Beasley as the team’s starting slot receiver?
  • What in the world do you do with Terrance Williams?
  • And, lastly, do you bring back last year’s WR4 Brice Butler?

Well, it appears that final question answered itself earlier this week.

Free agent wide out Brice Butler took to Fox Sports to voice his opinions on his future with the Cowboys, stating that if he isn’t going to be a starter, he isn’t going to come back at all.

“I think in this league, when you think about the business aspect, you’ve got to follow the money trail… Both of our starters made money. Terrance [Williams] just got paid last year. So there were times where I was like, ‘I’m making plays, aren’t we trying to win games? Why am I not on the field?’ But that’s the only thing that I can really think of.” -Brice Butler

Butler also made waves with a comment on Fox’s Undisputed, claiming that if given the same chances as Dez Bryant, he would have been more productive than Bryant was this season.

I am totally for a player getting the money he feels he deserves, and I wasn’t really “for” the Cowboys bringing back Butler anyway, but he probably sealed his fate In Dallas with his comments. This is the same team that cut Lucky Whitehead last offseason to send a message, and has tried to “clean up” their locker room with the “right kind of guys” lately, so it’d be hard to imagine them re-signing Butler now.

Even though I don’t think it’s that outlandish of a comment for him to make. I mean, why shouldn’t he want an opportunity to start somewhere? Unfortunately for Butler, I doubt that opportunity is in Dallas.

Plus, we all thought Butler should’ve gotten more chances during his time here, dating back to the disastrous season in 2015. And when he did get chances, Butler showed flashes of how valuable he can be.

Still, I think the Cowboys should draft a wide out to be their much-needed Z receiver, and signing Butler would just add to the log jam of pretty mediocre players at the position already.

Could Brice Butler have been more productive than Bryant? I guess we’ll never know. But it’s astounding how this rather average football team cannot help but make the news each and every day.

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single
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During an offseason filled with concerns for Cowboys Nation, Cole Beasley sure helped fans take their minds off coaching changes, free agency and draft prospects for a moment. Bease took Twitter by storm when he tweeted a link to his first single as a rapper… yes, you read that right.

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“ColdNation Records” is the name of the company Beasley created alongside music producer Victor Clark, to release his first single. You can listen to “80 Stings” on iTunes, Spotify and just about every digital store, as the tweet above mentions.

I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know what to expect. But when I turned the volume up and played the song for the first time, I was surprised. It’s awesome.

When Beasley caught that football behind his helmet versus the Giants back in week 1, I thought “man, that’s it. Beasley can’t surprise me anymore.” Well, he proved me wrong.

“80 Stings” isn’t only performed by him, but also written by him.

It turns out Cole Beasley has been writing since he was in college. And if you already listened to the single, you know he’s awesome at composing, and his flow is actually very quick.

The whole song is pretty entertaining, but it does have some verses that stick out more than others. We all know Beasley has been an underdog his entire football career, so it comes as no surprise that he introduces himself as “Mr. Slept On”, for instance.

Throughout the song, the 28-year-old receiver shouts out his wife and his children (and the fact he’s saving money for when they go to college, something we had already seen him proudly mentioning on Twitter.)

Jerry Jones and Dak Prescott both got their own name-drops on Beasley’s “80 Stings”, too.

“But Sunday, Jerry’s boss now,

I’m a dog when Dak get the ball out,

Pull the sauce out…”

– Cole Beasley on his first single, “80 Stings”

The rest of the album, according to “Killa Beasley”, will be released this Spring.

Cole Beasley insisted this is just a passion and that in no way will it affect his football career. So, really… don’t worry about it. Just enjoy this awesome thing he decided to share with his fans.

This time of the season can be sort of stressing for Cowboys Nation. A lot of changes in the coaching staff that may not be the desired ones, a lot of players Dallas needs to bring back, and just the aftermath of a disappointing 9-7 season.

It’s nice to have something like this to talk about, for a few days at least.

From all of Cowboys Nation, congratulations on this achievement, Mr. Slept On!

Tell me what you think about “Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single” 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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RG Zack Martin, DT Maliek Collins Undergo Successful Surgeries

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With the NFL Draft, free agency, and of course the ongoing playoffs, providing so much for fans everywhere to focus on, it can be easy to forget that recovery is one of the most critical aspects of every team’s offseason. After the grind of a 17-week season, the Cowboys are recovering — both physically and mentally — as they slowly turn their attention towards building their 2018 roster.

Starting RG Zack Martin and DT Maliek Collins are both expected starters at their respective positions next year, and both players are now coming off of offseason surgery.

Zack Martin, whose name will remain in headlines through the spring as the Cowboys look to sign their franchise RG to a long-term deal, underwent successful elbow surgery. This will cause Martin to miss this month’s Pro Bowl, which he was named to for the fourth time in four years.

LT Tyron Smith is also not expected to play in the Pro Bowl.

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In what was an inconsistent season for the Cowboys’ offensive line in performance, health, and cohesiveness, Zack Martin and this minor procedure should be the least of Dallas’ worries. The expectation is, of course, that #70 will be just fine to lead the way for Ezekiel Elliott moving forward, and likely paid considerably more by the time he takes the field again.

For DT Maliek Collins, it was surgery on his left foot that was minor enough to wait until the offseason — although the injury did appear for Collins on the team’s weekly injury reports throughout the season.

With David Irving effectively losing his 2017 season — a four-game suspension followed by a lingering concussion — Collins was asked to play more of the 1T position in his second season with the Cowboys.

Overcoming a broken foot from his rookie training camp to flash real potential as a 3T in 2016, expectations for Maliek Collins had to be tempered once he transitioned to the less “glamorous” 1T spot.

Defensive tackle is not a position the Cowboys have invested in heavily during recent years, so monitoring the health of Collins, while deciding where he best fits Rod Marinelli’s scheme, will be important as we approach the draft.

Like Martin, Collins should also be available for April’s return to work for the Dallas Cowboys.

Tell us what you think about “RG Zack Martin, DT Maliek Collins Undergo Successful Surgeries” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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