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NFC East: Week 10 Review

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Well, the NFC East...there’s not a lot to say about the once powerful division. In 2013 the 4 teams are proving to be a disappointment, with 16 combined wins, 4 of the biggest teams in the National Football League are struggling for the division title, which at this point it could go to anyone.

Without further ado here is this week’s review:

  • Washington Redskins @ Minnesota Vikings Loss 34-27

Washington scored in every possession they had till half time, RGIII had a nice game with 24/37, 281 yards and 3 TDs, but that wasn’t enough to beat the Vikes. The Redskins led early in the third quarter but somehow found a way to lose. For most of the game the defense held Adrian Peterson in place and didn’t gave big plays either, it was the offense who couldn’t get the job done. There were 35 seconds left and the ‘skins where inside de 5 yard line but with 3 pass plays they weren’t able to get the score and the clock ran out.

Record 3-6

Division record: 0-2

Next game: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

 

  • Philadelphia Eagles @ Breen Bay Packers Win 27-13

This team seems unbeatable on the road, a 5-0 record on the road suggests it. This time they took on the injury ravaged Packers, which lost starting QB and Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers last week to a fractured collarbone. If last week’s performance wasn’t enough, Nick Foles completed 3 long yard TDs to Desean Jackson and twice to Riley Cooper, so the Eagles have clear who their starting QB should be this season and for the near future. With this W, even if it was against a 3rd string Packers quarterback, Philly ties the Cowboys atop the NFC East and stand a real treat to the Boys.

Record 5-5

Division Record: 2-2

Next Game: @ Washington Redskins

 

  • New York Giants vs. Oakland Raiders Win 24-20

3 wins in a row huh? Well maybe NYG isn’t as bad as it looked like. I’m just kidding, the Giants aren’t going anywhere this year, but they can still be a little feisty. If the offense won’t do it, the D will! I’ve always said that the NYG front d-line is top notch in this league. Eli had just one pick6 (third in 2013) and a fair enough game. Andre Brown is back from a knee injury and ran for 115 yards on 30 touches and a rushing TD.

I don’t think the Giants will make a playoff run, but can and will make things difficult for the Dallas Cowboys next time they face in ATT Stadium a.k.a. Cowboys Stadium

Record 3-6

Division Record: 1-2

Next Game: vs. Green Bay Packers

 

  • Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints Loss 49-17

 

I’m still getting over this nightmare so cope with me guys. Where to start? Injuries? JEFF HEATH?Game plan? Rob Ryan´s exquisite revenge? Jerry Jones? Or plainly the Cowboys aren't as good as you and I tought...

It's no secret that the Cowboys are ranked 31 in the league in pass yards allowed per game, and that's not a reassuring stat when you are facing an elite QB who will disect your secondary if you give him enough time. So obviously the Cowboys tried to get some pressure to Brees, but actually it was Demarcus Ware, and Demarcus Ware alone trying to do that, unsuccesfully. It is impossible for any team in this league to effectively apply pressure to the opposing QB with a 1 man corp, that being said, hats off to Ware on his outstanding spirit on making his best effort. The cowboys also missed Jason Hatcher, it was pretty obvious that they lacked strenght in the middle field. Make things worst Sean Lee and Justin Durant the 2 starting LBs get injured, thus no one could stop Sproles in the running game. Plain and simple, the Saints DESTROYED the Dallas Cowboys last night.

They keep being first place in the division, but not by merits alone, this division is a mediocre one...

Record: 5-5

Division Record 3-0

Next game: BYE

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Can QB Dak Prescott Steal Back His Mojo From Atlanta?

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When the Dallas Cowboys last traveled to Mercedes-Benz Stadium they were completely throttled by the Atlanta Falcons. It's a game a lot of Cowboys Nation would like to forget, but no one more so than Quarterback Dak Prescott. That game could very well be where his struggles really began.

It's almost exactly a year later and the Dallas Cowboys still find themselves haunted by that brutal beating the Atlanta Falcons handed them in Week 10 of the 2017 season. The Cowboys seemed to lose all confidence in themselves after that game, but it was almost as if it was the exact point in time where Dak Prescott lost all of his mojo as well.

Before that match up against the Falcons, Prescott was still playing at a pretty high level. But since then, he has been in a slump and there have been very few signs of recapturing any of that magic he once had. Heading back to Atlanta maybe the key for him finding and stealing back his mojo.

Things could definitely go a little differently this time around. The Cowboys will have Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith in the lineup this week. Zeke missed the game last year due to the league mandated six-game suspension, and Tyron missed due to an injury. Having those two back in the lineup could pay huge dividends, especially for Prescott.

Without his starting left tackle and running back, Dak was pretty much beaten to a pulp by the Falcons defense a year ago. They applied relentless pressure, hitting and sacking him on a number of occasions. Unfortunately, I think that's where he started seeing ghost in the pocket and its haunted him ever since.

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

The beating he took at the hands of the Falcons has really thrown off his entire game. His mechanics, accuracy, and effectiveness as a scrambler can all be traced back to that one matchup. He just hasn't been the same QB he was prior to that game.

Prescott's stats prior to the Falcons game:

24 starts
66.7 completion percentage
102.4 passer rating

Prescott's stats since the Falcons game:

17 starts
63.3 completion percentage
83.1 passer rating

As you can see, that's a notable difference. His passer rating has shockingly dropped nearly 20 points since last playing the Falcons and it's really hurt the entire offensive production. It's time for that to change.

Prescott has no choice this week. He has to get back up on the horse that bucked him off and hopefully regain that mojo he left in Atlanta a year ago. Fortunately for him, his confidence might be is as high as it's been since that last meeting after pulling off the upset against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

Now, he just has to go out and prove it!

Do you think Dak Prescott can regain his mojo against the Atlanta Falcons?



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How Cowboys Could Regain a 2019 1st-Round Draft Pick

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The Dallas Cowboys are currently without a 2019 first-round draft pick after acquiring Wide Receiver Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders, but what if I were to tell you there was a way to regain another first-rounder? Well, with a little outside the box thinking I think there could be a way to accomplish just that.

It's completely hypothetical, but I think the Dallas Cowboys could possibly regain a first-round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft with little finagling and good luck. Everything would have to fall into place perfectly, but I think it's definitely doable.

Remember, this is completely hypothetical with a lot of "what if's" involved, but the Cowboys could regain what they lost acquiring Amari Cooper and come out of it no worse for wear. I think there are a lot of different scenarios that could accomplish this feat, but only one of them that doesn't hurt the team in my opinion and it centers around Right Tackle La'el Collins.

I know you're probably going to think I'm crazy, but I think the Dallas Cowboys could possibly land a 2019 first-round draft pick if they decided to trade away RT La'el Collins. Trust me, I wouldn't suggest this if I didn't think there was somebody capable of stepping in and playing just as well.

Enter Connor Williams.

Connor Williams

Dallas Cowboys LG Connor Williams

I always believed Connor Williams' best position in the NFL was at right tackle, not on the inside at guard. And yes, I was one of those advocating for Williams to play RT and Collins to move back to LG before the 2018 season started. I thought that gave the Cowboys their best starting five.

Williams has been serviceable at LG this season, but has been overpowered at times. His athletic ability would've been much better served on the outside at tackle, which is where I would play him next season, making La'el Collins expendable.

Again, I know what you're thinking. If you move Williams to RT and trade Collins, there is now a void at LG. Well, that's where Xavier Su'a-Filo comes into play. He is coming off a fantastic performance against the Philadelphia Eagles and a lot of Cowboys Nation is already advocating that he remains the starter over Connor Williams.

If Su'a-Filo can maintain the same level play he did against the Eagles, he probably remains the starter for the rest of the 2018 season. If this is indeed what happens, he could end up being the starter once again next season, making my plan of trading La'el Collins more feasible.

Were you able to follow all of that?

Keep Xavier Su'a-Filo at left guard

Move Connor Williams to right tackle

Trade La'el Collins

Like I said, this is all hypothetical, but something that could feasibly happen. Now we just have to wait and see if Xavier Su'a-Filo can continue to play like he did last week, because without him sticking at left guard none of this is possible.

I told you it was some out-of-the-box thinking.

Would you go along with the scenario to regain a 2019 first-round draft pick?



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Should Cowboys Stick With Xavier Su’a-Filo at Left Guard?

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Don't look now, but we may have another Ron Leary/La'el Collins situation unfolding before our eyes with Xavier Su'a-Filo and Connor Williams. Who ends up starting at left guard for the Dallas Cowboys the rest of the 2018 season is up in the air right now, but might not be for long.

Remember a few years ago when La'el Collins started the season at left guard for the Dallas Cowboys, but then had to miss time due to a toe injury. Ronald Leary took over during his absence and never looked back. It even earned him a big payday with the Denver Broncos.

Déjà vu anyone?

Yes, I'm talking about the hot topic of the hour as to whether or not the Dallas Cowboys should stick with Xavier Su'a-Filo at left guard or reinsert Connor Williams once he is healthy enough to return to the lineup? As with any debate, there are two sides of the coin.

Honestly, I can make an argument for both sides here. These are two different players and both have their own strengths and weaknesses. Su'a-Filo isn't as agile as Williams and relies more on his strength and power, whereas Williams is almost the complete opposite. Depending what the Cowboys coaching staff wants out of their LG, either player makes sense.

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Dallas Cowboys LG Xavier Su'a-Filo

I could go into a long debate as to who I believe the Cowboys should start at LG moving forward, but I think that would be a waste of our time. I think this is a situation that will work itself out one way or another this week against the Atlanta Falcons.

Nothing is set in stone right now, but I have a hard time seeing Connor Williams being ready to play this week after having knee surgery. It would be unwise to rush him back before he's 100% healthy, especially after the way Su'a-Filo preformed against the Eagles. And if Su'a-Filo plays well once again, Williams may not get his starting job back.

See, I told you it was looking like a Ronald Leary/La'el Collins situation all over again.

This is a situation that many of us will be following closely this week and it may not only have ramifications on the rest of the 2018 season, but it could carry over into next year. Maybe Xavier Su'a-Filo remains at LG next year and Connor Williams moves to his more natural position (right tackle), making La'el Collins expendable. But that's a debate for another time.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys should stick with Xavier Su'a-Filo at LG?



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