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Final Thoughts and Prediction on Cowboys vs Washington Redskins

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Jerry Jones Sees An Extension Coming for QB Dak Prescott, Despite Latest Loss 1

The Dallas Cowboys (5-5) will face off with the Washington Redskins (6-4) for what will be a battle for first place in the NFC East. The winner of this game will take control in a division that remains wide open as we ready for the final stretch of the season.

The Washington Redskins have seen a ton of their offensive personnel fall prey to injury and will be starting Colt McCoy at quarterback after placing starter Alex Smith on IR this week. They're down wide receivers, offensive lineman and their starting quarterback heading into the game, but that doesn't mean they'll be a push over. They are still getting an excellent effort out of their defense.

The Dallas Cowboys have faced their fair share of adversity and are dealing with injuries themselves along the defensive line. They were without a big part of their defensive interior last week and may be down a few players again this week.

As we get ready for the Thanksgiving Day game against the NFC East Rivals, here are my final thoughts on this week's game.

Contain Colt McCoy

Former Texas Longhorns Quarterback Colt McCoy isn't a player that the Dallas Cowboys should fear, but they need to respect him. He can move well and he can make some things happen outside the pocket. If the Cowboys don't keep him contained between the hash marks, his legs could make things difficult for the Cowboys defense.

He's not all that different from Alex Smith, though Smith is a better passer. McCoy will attempt to play turnover football, be efficient when asked to throw, and will take off when given the opportunity. Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch will have to keep an eye on him when they drop into their zone looks. When Kris Richard decides to go man, he'd be wise to keep a LB in the middle of the field to help take away any underneath options as well to keep an eye on McCoy.

Last week in relief against the Houston Texans, McCoy brought the Washington Redskins back from down 17-7 and went six of 12 for 50 yards and a score through the air, two designed runs for nine yards, and three scrambles for 26 yards for a total of 35 yards rushing.

Here's a taste of what Colt McCoy is still capable of.

Dalton Miller on Twitter

So Colt McCoy's first rep was a read option that he misread and then proceeded to outrun some bum named *checks notes* JJ WATT to the edge, and then spin off a tackle for a 5 yard gain. Cowboys don't play mobile QB's well. Is McCoy actually Lamar Jackson? https://t.co/oZJWhvdrEz

Keep Your Head (Gall)UP

Michael Gallup will be playing with a heavy heart this week after learning of the passing of his brother over the weekend. It's never easy to lose a family member or someone you're close to, but to lose someone the way his brother went brings more to the table than just grief.

He was spotted at the practice facility on Wednesday and all reports indicate he's going to play. Sometimes when you don't have answers to the tragedies that come in life, the best thing to do is to go and do something you love. Here's hoping that Michael Gallup is able to find some peace for a few hours.

Formula for Victory

Since coming into the NFL the Dallas Cowboys are 27-15 with Dak Prescott as their starting quarterback. Over the course of his two and a half year career, the Cowboys have laid out the formula for how they want to win football games.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Key stat from Sunday's game: Dak Prescott didn't throw an interception or lose a fumble. The Cowboys are now 22-1 when Prescott commits no turnovers. https://t.co/UJ1zMeHGpf

The Cowboys want to play efficient, mistake free football on offense, while running the ball and controlling the clock. On defense, they want to prevent teams from scoring touchdowns and make as many splash plays as possible to disrupt drives.

On Sunday in Atlanta we saw exactly what the Cowboys want to be. After a slow first half that saw the Cowboys only score 3 points, they took control of the second half of the football game with 19 points. On their first touchdown drive of the game, they went on a 14 play 75 yard drive that spanned more than seven minutes of game time. It was a perfect Dallas Cowboys drive. Efficient passing, dirty yards, and timely third down conversions.

Later in the game on the game-winning drive, they did the same thing. They didn't hit on any big plays, but Dak Prescott was efficient in getting the team down the field to set up the Brett Maher's game-winning field goal. Just as important as what Dak Prescott did, is what he didn't do. He didn't turn the ball over. As Jon Machota mentioned above, Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys are 22-1 when they don't turn the ball over.

Go back to the Washington Redskins game and you know why the Cowboys lost that game. A Dak Prescott fumble that Washington recovered for a touchdown. Prior to that play it was 13-10 in favor of the Redskins. The Cowboys then had to score twice with under five minutes to play and were nearly able to pull it off accept for the penalty called on L.P. Ladouceur. The Cowboys would have likely tied on Maher's 47-yard attempt, but the ball was moved back five yards, making it a 52-yarder that Maher missed to the left.

Part of that winning formula is about Dak Prescott. When he's good, they're good. When he's bad, they're bad. But the other part of that winning formula comes down to Dak Prescott's backfield mate, Ezekiel Elliott.

Ezekiel Elliott is on a Roll

Ezekiel Elliott is one of the best players on the Cowboys roster, so it's been frustrating that he's been as up and down as he's been this season. Well, if the last two weeks are any indication, Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys offensive line have turned a corner in the run game.

Over the last two weeks against the Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons, Elliott's ran the ball 42 times for 273 yards (6.5 yards per attempt) and two touchdowns. Through the air, Elliott's caught 13 passes on 15 targets for 115 yards and a touchdown. He's averaging 7.67 yards per target over that span and has accounted for 17 first downs, most in the NFL over the last two weeks.

Prediction

The Dallas Cowboys need to make it three straight this week to put themselves in a strong position to make the playoffs down the stretch. As we've been saying for weeks, this is just another, in a long line of must-win games for your favorite NFL team. After they dropped to 3-5, this team looked like they were about done as far as the 2018 season was concerned, but after two straight road wins over the previous two NFC representatives in the Super Bowl, things are suddenly looking up. Now, with an opportunity to take control of the NFC East today, the Cowboys have a lot to be thankful for.

I believe this game comes down to defense, much like the first game did in week seven, and the Dallas Cowboys are playing really good defensive football. Dak Prescott will take care of the football again this week and Elliott will have more than 100 total yards. I expect the Cowboys to be in control of this game, but because the Washington defense is really good, they won't be able to run away with it.

The Dallas Cowboys defensive pressure is going to be too much for Colt McCoy and they'll do a better job slowing down Adrian Peterson than they did in week seven. The Redskins don't have the players on offense -- aside from Jordan Reed and Peterson -- to put too much stress on the Cowboys defense and they'll eventually force a turnover and come up with several sacks.

Final Prediction:

Cowboys 20 - Redskins 13

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3 Biggest Non-Divisional Games on the Dallas Cowboys 2019 Schedule

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The Dallas Cowboys Are Legit Contenders

There hasn't been a repeat champion of the NFC East since the early 2000's when the Philadelphia Eagles won three in a row from 2002-2004. Unfortunately, history is already against the Dallas Cowboys repeating as division champions again in 2019. For the Cowboys to repeat as NFC East champs, they'll have to navigate a tough slate of opponents.

That's the reward of winning your division.

Though much can change in the next five months as the NFL prepares to play football games that matter in September, there are already key matchups for this young Dallas Cowboys team. We know the NFC East is always a difficult division to play in. The rivalries make for a lot of close games. The Cowboys have to play well in the division to have a shot at winning the division. But with the schedule they have, they'll have to win some contests that they probably shouldn't to stake their claim as Super Bowl contenders.

Divisional games are always important, but let's take a look at the three games outside the division that will have the greatest impact on the fortunes of the Dallas Cowboys 2019 season.

1. Week 4 - Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints

The Cowboys have an opportunity to get off to a hot start in the first quarter of the season with games at home against the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins, and a road game against the Washington Redskins. There's a legitimate chance for them to start the season 3-0.

Whatever momentum they do gain in the first three games of the season could all come to a screeching halt with a tough week four matchup in New Orleans.

New Orleans has been a tough place to play in the Sean Payton and Drew Brees eras. The Dallas Cowboys defense will have a tough test attempting to slow down the high scoring Saints offense two years in a row.

When the two teams met in 2018, the Dallas Cowboys defense completely dominated the Saints. On that day, they held the Saints to 176 total yards (111 passing and 65 rushing) and an amazing 3 for 11 on third downs. It was especially impressive because the Cowboys only had two sacks and one turnover in the game. The Saints just couldn't find a rhythm as the Cowboys came with a lot of energy and physicality. It was a defining moment for this young defense and gave us a picture of what they could possibly be.

If the Dallas Cowboys can find a way to win this game and potentially start the season 4-0, it would be huge for their playoff hopes.

On the flip side, if the Dallas Cowboys start the season 2-1, they could be going into New Orleans with the possibility of starting the season 2-2. The pressure would be incredible for the Cowboys the rest of the way with the slate of teams they have at the end of the season.

The Cowboys have to leave the first quarter of the season at worst 3-1 to have a shot at the playoffs in 2019.

2. Week 14 - Dallas Cowboys @ the Chicago Bears

The toughest part of the Dallas Cowboys schedule always comes around the Thanksgiving day game, and this season is no different. Starting with their week 12 game at the New England Patriots, the Cowboys will play three games in 12 days culminating with their week 14 game against the Chicago Bears.

The Bears, coming off an NFC North title in 2018, are similar to the Dallas Cowboys. They boast an incredible defense with one of the best pass rushers in the NFL and a young an improving offense.

Playing in Chicago is always a tough task, but doing so in December is a tall order. Doing so after going to New England, then playing at home, then going back on the road seems like an impossible task.

It's a game that will likely be a grind-it-out affair, as both teams want to run the ball and play defense. Depending on what happens in the previous two games, this could be a must-win to start the final quarter of the season.

3. Week 15 - Los Angeles Rams @ Dallas Cowboys

The rematch of the NFC Divisional round matchup is just another in a long line of important conference matchups for the Dallas Cowboys. It will be a very important game for the Cowboys because it will be a home game after their three games in 12 days stretch. They'll have to go to Foxboro and Chicago in a span of 12 days, which makes for tough travel.

Facing a Los Angeles Rams team that absolutely dominated the Dallas Cowboys defense is an opportunity for redemption, but will have huge implications on the playoff standings for the NFC.

The Cowboys and Rams could both be leading their divisions at this point in the season, which would make this game important for seeding. Or, they could be fighting for a wild card berth. Either way, a conference game this late in the season has huge consequences in the way the tie breakers shake out.

This one will carry an emotional importance as well.

The way the 2018 season ended for this club, especially on the defensive side of the ball, left a lot of players -- and fans -- with a bad taste in their mouths. It completely changed the way a lot of people view a defense that finished in the top 10 in most major defensive categories. The loss to the Rams was one of the worst defensive performances of the season and it came at the worst time of the season.

Not only was the defense bad, but the running game was terrible that day too. Ezekiel Elliott only managed 47 yards on 20 carries for one of the worst rushing performances of his career. It took a really good second half from Dak Prescott and the passing game to get the Cowboys within one score with a shot to get the ball back at the end of the game.

If the Cowboys can get revenge for that playoff loss, it would do a lot for the morale of this team heading into the final two weeks of the season.

These conference games will have huge implications for the Cowboys and their playoff hopes. Though the NFC East will have a bigger impact on their ability to win the division, how they fare in these three games will give us a better understanding of the legitimacy of their contender status. Each of these games is against the team that won the division the previous season. If they can go 2-1 against this quality of competition, then we'll know this is a team to be reckoned with heading into January.



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Dallas Cowboys 2019 Schedule: Reaction and Analysis

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The full NFL 2019 regular season schedule was released last night. Here is my reaction to the Dallas Cowboys' schedule and analysis of how what I think it means for them next season.

Of course, a schedule can have a very different feel come September-December than it does in April. The teams don't change, but their circumstances can be wildly altered by the time they actually have to take the field.

Just ask the Cowboys' opponents from the 2015 season. Nobody was looking forward to playing that Dallas team coming off its 12-4 playoff run the year before. But all it took was a Tony Romo injury in the preseason to suddenly make the Cowboys a cupcake.

But for now, we can only react to what we know. Before we dive in, here's a quick reminder of the complete 2019 regular season schedule for the Dallas Cowboys.

    • Week 1: New York Giants @ Cowboys
    • Week 2: Cowboys @ Washington Redskins
    • Week 3: Miami Dolphins @ Cowboys 
    • Week 4: Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints (SNF)
    • Week 5: Green Bay Packers @ Cowboys
    • Week 6: Cowboys @ New York Jets
    • Week 7: Philadelphia Eagles @ Cowboys (SNF)
    • Week 8: BYE
    • Week 9: Cowboys @ New York Giants  (SNF)
    • Week 10: Minnesota Vikings @ Cowboys (MNF)
    • Week 11: Cowboys @ Detroit Lions
    • Week 12: Cowboys @ New England Patriots
    • Week 13: Buffalo Bills @ Cowboys (T'giving)
    • Week 14: Cowboys @ Chicago Bears (TNF)
    • Week 15: Los Angeles Rams @ Cowboys
    • Week 16: Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles
    • Week 17: Washington Redskins @ Cowboys

We already knew this wasn't going to be an easy slate. The Cowboys won the NFC East last year, meaning they were guaranteed to play against four division winners this season; Bears, Patriots, Rams, and Saints. They also get the regular two games against the Eagles, who were a Wild Card team last year.

Let's just talk about those six games for a minute. New England is still New England; Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will ensure that it's one of the toughest games of the year, and especially on the road. The Patriots have won 12-straight home games going back to 2017.

The Bears and Rams are both rising teams that shouldn't suffer any drop off next year. Chicago QB Mitch Trubisky is entering his third year and LA's Jared Goff will be in his fourth season, but only third in Sean McVay's offense. Both have starting QBs with rookie contacts, which means having the resources to load up on talent elsewhere on the roster.

Much like the Patriots, the Saints still have their franchise QB and coach and should remain a top team. They will also be out for blood after the Cowboys humiliated them last season, as will their fans, and that could make for a very tough road game in New Orleans.

Then, of course, there are the Eagles.

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The NFC East appears to be a two-horse race in 2019. The Giants are arguably the worst team in the NFL right now and the Redskins are dealing with major QB problems. It should be Dallas and Philadelphia once again battling for the top spot.

The Cowboys and Eagles should both get some cushy wins against their fellow division opponents. It could come down to their games against each other, and so far Dallas has dominated Philly when Carson Wentz is playing QB. With Nick Foles gone, how will that impact the Eagles going forward?

As for the rest of the schedule, the only other game that seems easy on paper is against the Miami Dolphins. Teams like the Bills, Jets, and Lions could go either way. The Packers and Vikings should both be tough opponents.

The teams aside, the general layout of the schedule isn't bad. The Week 8 bye is nice for a break right in the middle of the season. Dallas only has to play back-to-back road games one time, Weeks 11 and 12 against the Lions and Patriots.

The first three games against the Giants, Redskins, and Dolphins give Dallas a great opportunity to start the year right and build momentum. They will definitely need to go into December with some cushion, because that stretch against the Bears, Rams, and Eagles could be very difficult.

Overall it's a solid schedule. It's got some tough spots because of the Cowboys' performance last year, but that means they were a good team then and they stand to be even better now. There's nothing here that prevents Dallas from building on the success of 2018 and making then an ever better season.



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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys 2019 Regular Season Schedule Announced

Mauricio Rodriguez

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for Cowboys against Philadelphia

Although we're still months away from the 2019 NFL season, we finally know how the Dallas Cowboys' games will line up this year. The entire league schedule was just released. I know just how much you want to know who the Cowboys will be playing each week so don't let me keep you.

Here's the full 2019 Dallas Cowboys schedule and a few notes at the end. Enjoy!

  • Week 1: New York Giants @ Cowboys
    • Sun, Sep 8th, 3:25p
  • Week 2: Cowboys @ Washington Redskins
    • Sun, Sep 15th, 12:00p
  • Week 3: Miami Dolphins @ Cowboys 
    • Sun, Sep 22nd, 12:00p
  • Week 4: Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints
    • Sunday Night Football
    • Sep, 29th, 7:20p
  • Week 5: Green Bay Packers @ Cowboys
    • Sun, Oct 6th, 3:25p
  • Week 6: Cowboys @ New York Jets
    • Sun, Oct 13th, 3:25p
  • Week 7: Philadelphia Eagles @ Cowboys
    • Sun, Oct 20th, 7:20p
  • Week 8: Bye
  • Week 9: Cowboys @ New York Giants 
    • Monday Night Football
    • Mon, Nov 4th, 7:15p
  • Week 10: Minnesota Vikings @ Cowboys
    • Sun, Nov 10th, 7:20p
  • Week 11: Cowboys @ Detroit Lions
    • Sun, Nov 17th, 12:00p
  • Week 12: Cowboys @ New England Patriots
    • Sun, Nov 24th, 3:25p
  • Week 13: Buffalo Bills @ Cowboys
    • Thanksgiving Day
    • Thu, Nov 28th, 3:30p
  • Week 14: Cowboys @ Chicago Bears
    • Thursday Night Football
    • Thu, Dec 4th, 7:20p
  • Week 15: Los Angeles Rams @ Cowboys
    • Sun, Dec 15th, 3:25p
  • Week 16: Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles
    • Sun, Dec 22nd, 3:25p
  • Week 17: Washington Redskins @ Cowboys
    • Sun, Dec 29th, 12:00p

A few notes and thoughts...

  • It feels like the Cowboys play the Giants on week 1 just about every year. In 2018 it was the Carolina Panthers, but now we're back to watching this divisional matchup early on.
  • I love that the Cowboys and Saints will matchup against each other on primetime on week 3. Last season's Thursday Night game between the two was one of the best games of the season.
  • Having a bye week right in the middle of the season is pretty ideal, and the Cowboys have been lucky in this regard lately. This time they'll rest on the eight week of the season.
  • Overall, this seems like a tougher calendar than last year's. This only makes sense given that the Cowboys are the current NFC East champions and are bound to face tougher opponents.
  • A particularly tough stretch might take place from week 12 to week 17. The Patriots, Bears and Rams will be on the list as well as two divisional rivals in the Eagles and Redskins.

Tell me what you think about "BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys 2019 Regular Season Schedule Announced" 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!



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