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Keys to the Game: Dallas @ Green Bay



Cowboys Fans, let me explain to you about my week.  On Friday last week I headed to Philly to enjoy the atmosphere that surrounded the Cowboys/Eagles game.  Today, I was poised to be driving back to Georgia forced to listen to the ‘Boys game on Sirius Radio.  Until I woke up this morning to hit the road and saw that my wife’s car had been broken into.  Turns out we have to stay here in Baltimore until tomorrow morning, thus allowing me to watch the game at the local restaurant.  It’s a terrible chain of events but I’m excited to watch the game at least.

Now to the Game… Green bay poses a significant threat to us.  It isn’t an easy game, it’s a battle between a talented team deceiving opponents with a 4-4 mask.  This offense has the potential to be explosive, the defense has potential to be game changing, and special teams for this team can be well just special.  Fortunately for us, we still have a chance.  You see for the all the potential the Packers have, there is also reality.  The reality is simply that Green Bay hasn’t performed up to expectations.  Aaron Rodgers can’t stay on his feet and the defense seems to get beat at the most inopportune times.

So without further introduction we’ll evaluate this weeks Keys to the Game:

1)   Control the Line: This means stopping the run.  There shouldn’t be any big gains from the running backs.  The linebackers need to play with intensity and pride, this is a statement game!

2)   Get to Rodgers- This is a weekly “Key” but it is still important.  Rodgers can make plays, but not if he’s on the ground.  Our defense has to have it’s best rush on this week.

3)   Make Plays in the Secondary- We’ll need an early pick to make Rodgers cautious.  If we can get this, this game could be over early.

4)  Establish a Run- Don’t make Tony Romo beat these Packers.  Allow Marion, Felix, and Tashard to establish the run and open up play action and the pass.  If this happens it could be a good day for this offense.

5)  Double Move- Send Austin on routes that he can utilize his speed, acceleration, and elusiveness.  If he can create distance like he did on the double move last week against the Eagles, big gains can follow.

Predicted Gameballs and Notables:

Demarcus Ware- I think DeMarcus gets 2 sacks on Rodgers today.

Marion Barber- Barber rushes for 80 yards and 1 touchdown, but it’s his ability to control the clock that gets him this weeks Gameball

Notable: I expect Roy Williams and Miles Austin to combine for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns this week

Game Prediction:

Dal- 28 GB- 13

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

Kevin Brady



Orlando Scandrick

After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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Dallas Cowboys Have Missing Piece at Offensive Line

Jess Haynie



Dallas Cowboys Have Big Hole on Offensive Line
Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News

There are a lot of positions being talked about right now for the Dallas Cowboys. Upgrades are needed at several spots, but one critical position needs even more than that. Left guard is completely unmanned, and that could be a big problem for the 2018 offensive line if it's not addressed soon.

Last year's starter, Jonathan Cooper, is currently an unrestricted free agent. So are backups Joe Looney and Byron Bell.

Right now, Chaz Green is the only other non-starter under contract who has any NFL experience at left guard. Nobody wants to see him on the field next year.

Dez Bryant may be a big topic but at least he's under contract. The same goes for safety, where we at least have options to turn to if free agency or the draft don't yield anything.

Left guard, though? The cupboard is bare.

La'el Collins' Position Flex Could Come in Handy for Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys OT La'el Collins

One option could be to move La'el Collins back to guard, where many feel he has the most upside, and then find a new right tackle. But that would be changing two positions to fill one hole, and Collins was playing well at tackle by the end of the year.

And obviously, we don't want to see Chaz Green playing that spot either. Or any spot. Ever.

No, at this point it makes sense for Dallas to leave Collins where he is and either sign or draft a starting LG. The question is how much do they want to invest?

The Cowboys are already shelling out big bucks to Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin. Even Collins counts about $7 million against the cap. They have three first-round picks already tied up in the offensive line.

Some thought veteran free agent Josh Sitton would be a nice option, but he got picked up by the Dolphins today for about $8-9 million per year. That's more than Dallas can afford given their limited cap space and other needs.

No, the LG in 2018 is going to need to be a salary cap bargain. That means either re-signing Jonathan Cooper or Joe Looney on the cheap, or perhaps paying a rookie salary to a high draft pick.

Last year's 19th overall pick, O.J. Howard, counted just $2 million against the Bucs' salary cap in 2017.

There are some older veterans who could be cheap band-aid options, such as Matt Slauson or Evan Smith. But you don't get very far down some lists of available guards before you see Jonathan Cooper's name, and continuity is always a plus.

The point here is don't expect any big move, even with the enormity of the need. Dallas will likely reach an agreement with Cooper after he's tested the free agent waters a bit, assuming nobody else scoops him up.

If not, the need at left guard will become increasingly dire the further we get into the offseason.

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