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A Fully Focused Ezekiel Elliott can Carry the Cowboys into 2018 Playoffs

Bryson Treece



A Fully Focused Ezekiel Elliott can Carry the Cowboys into 2018 Playoffs 2
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The Dallas Cowboys started the 2017 season with high expectations, although those failed to materialize and they eventually bowed out of the NFL regular season. We have only just seen the 2017 season come to a close, but already we're thinking about what will happen in 2018, and one thing that looks sure to happen is the Cowboys will bounce back and make the playoffs. There will be one reason they can do that, and that is Ezekiel Elliott.

He had more than his fair share of off-field problems to deal with last season, and still put up great numbers. This summer, it's time for him to move on, and focus on becoming the number one running back in the NFL.

Elliott is a huge man, who is waiting to explode onto the NFL scene.

We've seen him put up some fantastic numbers over the past two seasons, but this year looks set to be his coming of age. We all saw how he looked after coming back from a six-game suspension last season, he looked ripped and ready to cause some serious damage.

He didn’t score a touchdown on his return in the final two games of the regular season, but on both occasions, he had comfortably over 100 total yards. He showed his power and not only that, but we saw what his mindset was: he wanted to come back and prove a point, and that is exactly what he did.

This summer, he has nothing to worry about other than playing football, and that will be the difference maker with him, he can concentrate on nothing but football for the first time in his Cowboys career.

A Fully Focused Ezekiel Elliott can Carry the Cowboys into 2018 Playoffs

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Jeffrey Beall (CC BY-SA 4.0))

With quarterback Dak Prescott coming of age and starting to show he really is a genuine starting quarterback in the NFL, there is a lot for the Cowboys to look forward to.

Both Prescott and Elliott are in their early 20s and they are the face of this franchise now, if they go on to become genuine top players in this league, they will take the Cowboys right to the top.

Should the Dallas Cowboys not make the playoffs in 2018, they will be bitterly disappointed, but it's something they look almost certain to do. They have a very good squad on both sides of the football, and for the first time in their young careers, their two main young stars can focus on playing the best possible football that they can.

Those two have the potential to eventually take Dallas to the top, and this is reflected in the Cowboys currently being 18/1 with William Hill to win the Super Bowl.

Assuming nothing goes wrong over the summer, the Dallas Cowboys can head into the 2018 NFL season with their two young stars fully focused on playing football. For Ezekiel Elliott that will be especially important, and this looks to be the season where he explodes as a genuine top running back and takes the Dallas Cowboys a long way into the postseason.

Nothing gives me greater joy than the experience of being a Dallas Cowboys fan come time to check another victory on the schedule every Sunday. I live Inside the Star everyday and blog on it occasionally, as well. Follow us on Twitter - @InsideTheStarDC

  • winstar

    Playoffs, playoffs…..what makes you think we have a shot? Did Jones sell the team? Did we get a real HC? I hope we do get there but at this point HOPE is all we got. Did this writer actually see Prescott’s pass game.

    • Diana M capetillo

      You ate the new head coach bc u know how to get WE to playoffs! Got a sololution or u gonna just act like you in the team ? Ok hater just sit and watch leave football to the professionals ok! All you can do is HOPE too bad DAK has FAITH !!! You are the new head coach does Garret knows he got replaced by you!! Omg when he reds he will know

      • Diana M capetillo

        Win star the owner for Dallas wow you really need talk to Jerry about this? Cause Garret is out and now u owner of Dallas Cowboys wow

  • texasaaa

    Fix the line or Dak/Zeke will not return to their Rookie form. Simple as that.

  • Diana M capetillo

    Heck yea zeke can carry Cowboys he needs to get that award for making history in rushing yards! It’s shameful how NFL did that to him he didn’t do ain’t no proof yet gets suspended for 6 games they holding him back!! This year is all Zeke he deserves it all ! A player got drugs and 4 games suspended yea ok NFL do ur investigation but leave Elliott alone

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Starters Make Cowboys Serious Contenders, But Depth is a Concern

Mauricio Rodriguez



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.


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



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



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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