I spent my evening tonight driving from Houston to Dallas so that I can be with my father who is having surgery on Wednesday to remove a cancerous tumor from his colon. He was diagnosed with colon cancer just one week ago, as you can imagine it has been a pretty crazy and scary week. Thankfully I have a wonderful wife and child there for me. Sometimes though it is good to be by yourself to have the chance to think about things, and to just get away from everyday life. Now none of this has anything to do with football or the Dallas Cowboys, but I had to give some background as to why I would be driving to Dallas on a Tuesday night. At any rate while I was making the 4 hour trip from Houston, I was able to listen to some very good Cowboy talk radio. There is always plenty to talk about when it comes to the Cowboys, and tonight was no different.
The story of the night was the latest edition of Terrell Owens talk. By now I am sure most have seen the interview with Owens, but just in case you have not here it is! Now like I said a few days ago when the circus came back to town. There are two sides to every story! I am still not sold on all T.O. is trying to sell us now, but I will say this; either every player,coach,trainer,and water boy employed by the Dallas Cowboys are the best liars on the planet. Or Ed Werder and ESPN completely fabricated the largest part of this story! On the radio tonight I was able to listen to a weekly show called "Inside The Huddle" with Martellus Bennett. Now on tonight's show they also had our new favorite running back Tashard Choice, and if any of you have ever had the opportunity to hear Martellus Bennett talk you would know that he has a very BIG mouth. The host of the show asked them both about the "Incident" and they proceeded to tell a story of all of the Cowboys in the locker room at Valley Ranch receiving multiple text's and phone calls from friends and family wanting the inside scoop, as you could imagine. The response is what was interesting, Bennett would say and I quote "We did not know what they were talking about" now I am sorry but it is impossible for Jason Witten and T.O. to be fighting in the locker room and no one know about it! So what is the deal? Well my opinion is that ESPN has now proven to the world (for those of you who actually believe the crap that they spew) that they are nothing more than that "grocery store trash magazine". Evidently ESPN does not have any rules for their reporters to follow. Since when was it OK for someone to air a story without performing any kind of background work?
I used to love watching ESPN but I cannot stand the show anymore, I don't even like to watch sports center! So as I have been writing this post I have decided we need to launch an attack against the world-wide leader in sports, where it hurts them most! I say we join together and vow to not watch ESPN until either the Cowboys win a playoff game or Ed Werder apologizes to T.O. and the Dallas Cowboys. What do you think? Are you with me? For those of you who think you will have problems following through with this, we will have a daily "AA" post here!
Leave us a comment and give us your thoughts or something you would like us to post for the Daily "AA" meeting! Come on Cowboy fans! Have you got your teams' back? I do!
DAL 27, PHI 7: Cowboys Winning Every Phase, Build Big Halftime Lead
The Dallas Cowboys certainly heard about Doug Pederson's win guarantee, but did anyone tell Pederson's team? The Philadelphia Eagles have fumbled and flopped their way into a 24-7 halftime deficit in this pivotal Week 7 rivalry game.
Two early fumbles by Dallas Goedert and Carson Wentz helped set up the Cowboys for short fields and touchdowns. Dallas has scored points on all but one of their drives in the first half.
Ezekiel Elliott is on pace for his best game of 2019 so far. He has 65 rushing yards and another 25 through the air, with one touchdown coming on the ground.
Dak Prescott has been sharp with 161 passing yards on 15-of-20 passing. He connected with Blake Jarwin on the team's second touchdown of the night.
Dallas' other touchdown came on a pretty toss play to Tavon Austin, who used his athletic skills to juke one Eagle and then outrace the rest to the endzone.
Brett Maher finished the half with an amazing 63-yard field goal. He also made one from 26 yards earlier.
Standouts on defense so far include DeMarcus Lawrence, who is playing up to his verbal response to the Eagles' head coach earlier this week. We've also some big plays from Maliek Collins, Jourdan Lewis, and Robert Quinn.
Leighton Vander Esch had to leave the game with a neck injury and is questionable to return. Hopefully, the Cowboys won't need him.
Great start by the good guys! Let's keep it going!
Eagles @ Cowboys 2019: Gameday Inactives for Both Teams
Kickoff between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles in Week 7 of the 2019 season is almost upon us. The teams have now officially declared their inactive players for tonight, and the Cowboys' list comes with many sighs of relief.
After a week of worrying that several starters and other key players could miss this pivotal game, Dallas should have most of them on hand.
Cowboys inactives: Devin Smith, Anthony Brown, Luke Gifford, Adam Redmond, Brandon Knight, Justin Hamilton, Dorance Armstrong.
Losing Anthony Brown, who is essentially a starter as the nickel corner, isn't great. But it will mean more playing time for Jourdan Lewis, and to some that could be a blessing in disguise.
As for Philadelphia, their inactive list features several key names
Ronald Darby is active for the #Eagles. Rookie Shareef Miller active for the first time. The inactives for tonight's game against the Cowboys: DeSean Jackson, Avonte Maddox, Darren Sproles, Nigel Bradham, Nate Herbig, Jason Peters, Tim Jernigan.
You can read more analysis of the Eagles' missing players here. But just to summarize, that's two offensive starters(Jackson, Peters) and three from the defense (Jernigan, Bradham, Maddox) who won't be playing in Dallas tonight.
Will these injuries decide the game? Will Dallas take advantage or will Philly overcome?
We're about to find out!
Cowboys Wishlist: Let Tony Pollard and Blake Jarwin Play
Welcome to primetime. Tonight, the Philadelphia Eagles will play the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium for an exciting NFC East matchup. The Cowboys are slightly favored for this one, but it will not be an easy game. Both teams sit at 3-3 and will fight for the division lead. It'll be an exciting night for Cowboys Nation.
Without further ado, let's get to this week's Cowboys Wishlist!
Wish #1: Everyone Plays
After a week of uncertainty regarding the health of several key players, the Cowboys are expected to play with both their staring offensive tackles, Tyron Smith and La'el Collins, WR Amari Cooper and CB Byron Jones. That's certainly surprising, but it's great news to hear ahead of such an important game for the Cowboys.
On the other hand, the Philadelphia Eagles will miss plenty of starters including OT Jason Peters. Of course, nothing will be official for Dallas until the inactives are announced. I wish the inactives list matches early reports of these key players being expected to play.
Wish #2: Return to Exploiting Play-Action
There's no way around it. The Cowboys were being very successful using play-action during the first three weeks of the season, being among the NFL teams to use it the most. For some reason, though, they seem to have walked away from it. Somehow, they figured out what was working and stopped doing it. Many have argued about how play-action works and whether or not the run must be established for it to work. Analytics suggest it doesn't work that way.
Anyway, the trend is pretty clear. Throughout the first three weeks, the Cowboys averaged play-action plays on 39.56% of their drop-backs. The last three weeks that average has been 17.3%.
It's hard to find an answer as to why this has happened to Kellen Moore's offense, but I wish they go back to what was working so effectively at the beginning of the season.
Wish #3: Let Dak Prescott Win The Game
Speaking of play-action, I truly believe Dak Prescott is the least of the Cowboys' problems right now. He's played pretty well and has shown how much of a warrior he is, specially last week when he took a beating from the New York Jets' defensive front.
I love what RB Ezekiel Elliott brings to the table, but the offense should rely on the passing game. Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup are a very solid duo of wide receivers and Dak Prescott has proven he can handle the job. I'd like to see the Cowboys putting the offense on Dak's back.
The Eagles secondary has been far from decent this season, with plenty of teams airing out against them. The key to this game is the passing game.
Wish #4: First Cowboys Drive Ends in TD
The Cowboys' slow starts have really been one of the biggest issues for this football team this season. Even when they were on a win streak and faced weak opponents, Jason Garrett's team started slow on both offense and defense. That could be the difference in such an important game for the Cowboys. It's time for them to start fast, and score fast.
The Cowboys' offense has been pretty good. In fact, they rank second in offensive DVOA on Football Outsiders. If they figure out how to score early - when game scripts matter the most - this unit could be special.
Wish #5: Let Tony Pollard and Blake Jarwin Play
The Cowboys have chosen to give Jason Witten the vast majority of the offensive snaps at TE this season. As a consequence, Blake Jarwin has seen the field less than he should. Through six weeks, he's only played in 38.1% of the offensive snaps. Jarwin is young and talented and has been good when given the chance. I hope his snap count increases today.
Similarly, I wish the Cowboys' give Tony Pollard a more important role. Instead of using him as much as they did in the first three weeks, his snap count percentage has dropped all the way down to 17.68%.
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