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    Martin’s 5: Is It Really A Surprise Sean Lee Was A Pro Bowl Snub?

    Welcome to this week's edition of Martin's 5!

    The have a chance to lock up home-field advantage with a win over the Monday night. That would be a huge advantage once the get underway.

    Of course, if they are able to lock up home-field advantage, that means that the last game of the season against the is pretty much meaningless.

    A lot of people are starting to speculate if the Cowboys will sit their starters in order to assure their availability in the postseason, but I think we are getting ahead of ourselves. I don't know about you, but I like to take things one game at a time.

    Even though we are closing out the 2016 regular-season, there are still a lot of questions surrounding this team despite their success.

    Below are five things that are running through my head this week ahead of the matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions.

    One: The players that made the 2017 were recently released this week. The Dallas Cowboys have five of their players voted in that could play in Orlando, Florida if they're not playing in the , but isn't one of them. I'll be completely honest here, I wasn't that surprised that #50 missed out getting voted into the Pro Bowl. The way the ballot is set up for the voting has Sean Lee listed as an . That means he is competing against players like and , although technically they are entirely different types of players. Lee is more of a traditional inside , while Miller and Mack are outside linebacker/pass rushers. Lee will never have the QB like a 3-4 linebacker, just like 3-4 linebackers will never have the numbers like Lee has. Having said all that, I wonder if it's time that the voting criteria changes? Sean Lee without a doubt played at a Pro Bowl level, but wasn't voted in on what I believe is a disappointing technicality. I personally think it's time to clearly differentiate the differences between a 4-3 linebacker and a 3-4 linebacker.

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    Sean Lee, Seahawks, Golden TateTwo: I'm going to stay on the topic of Sean Lee here for second, because I'm wondering if he is going to be paying any extra attention to where is on the field this week? If you remember a few seasons ago when Golden Tate was still a member of the , he had a vicious blindside hit on Sean Lee, that a lot of us believed was a dirty play. Now, I'm not saying Lee will go out of his way to target Tate, but if Tate is the one with the ball in his hands and Lee is in the vicinity, #50 could put a little extra pop in his hit when making the tackle. I don't know about you, but I would love to see Sean Lee deliver a big hit to Golden Tate Monday night. It would kinda be like poetic justice and hopefully set the tone for the game. You can bet that the entire remembers that dirty hit Tate delivered years ago, even if they weren't a member of the Dallas Cowboys at the time.

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    Three: A lot of eyes will be on this week as he gets closer and closer to breaking Eric Dickerson's rookie rushing record. Elliott is currently just 258 yards shy of  Dickerson's record, but I wonder how much #21 and the Dallas Cowboys will focus on breaking that record? Personally, I would love to see Ezekiel Elliott break Eric Dickerson's long-standing rookie rushing record, but not at the expense of harming his availability for  the postseason. Elliott is a huge reason why the Cowboys have been so successful this season. Because of him, the Dallas Cowboys have pretty much been able to win the time of possession in just about every game this season and that has really helped keep the defense fresh. That is something that needs to continue in the postseason and one of the reasons why I think Elliott and the Cowboys should probably put the rookie rushing record on the back burner. Individual accolades are great and all, but not over the team success.

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    Four: played his first game in 2016 last week against the and was already used in some unexpected ways. I wonder if will continue to find new and creative ways to incorporate McFadden into the ? McFadden's versatility and fresh legs could be a huge benefit from here on out for the Cowboys , especially in the postseason. He can be a threat in the , he is good in pass protection, and he can help spell Ezekiel Elliott from time to time if needed. There are number different ways he can help the offense, but it will really be interesting to see how Linehan uses him.

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    Five: It looks like could possibly make his 2016 debut this week against the Detroit Lions, but I wonder what kind of impact he can have for the defense? Gregory has been able to work out at the facility while serving his , but hasn't really practiced at all the entire season. That makes me wonder what kind of game shape is actually in and if he would really be an upgrade over the current defensive ends on the roster? We all know that the defense for the Dallas Cowboys could use all the help they can mustard to help improve their , so Gregory's addition could possibly help in that area, at least that's what we're all hoping. The Cowboys will have a tough decision to make regarding whether or not they add Randy Gregory to the active roster this week. If he is added to the roster, that means someone has to be cut. Who's the odd man out?

    Is there anything your wondering about this week?

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

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    Brian Martin
    Brian Martin
    Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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