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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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Will DeMarcus Lawrence Be Franchise Tagged Again in 2019?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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The deadline for extending players under the franchise tag has come and gone last Monday, in a day in which none of the remaining tagged players reached an agreement with their respective teams. That includes Dallas Cowboy Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence, who's set to earn $17M in 2018.

The front office and the 26-year old defensive end failed to agree to a new contract before the season's start, but we saw that coming. After all, there was never a point in which we had the classic "X player and his team are close to a new deal" headline.

All of this makes the future of the Cowboys' promising "War Daddy" very uncertain. What lies a head of the player that put on an impressive show in 2018?

Since 2017 was Lawrence's breakout year, racking up 14.5 sacks trough the season, we have leaned towards the narrative of last season being his only good one. His performance last season was impressive and clearly his best one yet, but we tend to overlook 2015.

In his sophomore season, the only other year in which he has played 16 games, he finished the campaign with eight sacks and 35 tackles (55 combined). Really, the idea of 2017 being his only good year is not as accurate as we might think.

That being said, I think it's more likely that we see another great year from him this upcoming season than seeing a disappointing one. This, of course, will end up being the main thing that determines his future in Dallas.

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The Dallas Cowboys front office really took a risk by tagging Lawrence this offseason. #90 was reportedly asking for an average of $17M per year in his long-term contract, which is Olivier Vernon kind of money.

So what if he puts a similar season or an even better one? Lawrence and his agent could end up asking for even more money. Perhaps in the 18 or 20 million dollars per year range. If that ends up being the case, the team will find itself in a tough position when trying to reach an agreement with its promising pass rusher.

Which leads us to the possibility of seeing the Cowboys franchise tagging Lawrence for the second consecutive season. Dallas will already be negotiating a contract extension with QB Dak Prescott, and things will get complicated. Even more if they decide to pursue a big-time free agent in March, such as Earl Thomas.

It would make sense, from a financial perspective, to hand the tag twice in consecutive years to D-Law. However, it shouldn't be the priority. If he plays like he did in 2017, the front office will be more than wise to extend him for good.

According to OverTheCap.com, the Cowboys will have approximately $50.6M. Seemingly, the team's cap woes will be over soon.

Fortunately, Lawrence didn't become a headache by threatening to holdout for offseason programs and even training camp. However, don't expect that to happen if he finds himself under the tag next year.

Careers in the NFL are short, so DeMarcus will surely want to get paid. If he keeps it up, he'll deserve it. As much as he deserves it, though, football is a cold business. If the Jones need to tag him, they will.

Do you think the Cowboys will franchise tag Lawrence in 2019?

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Without Looming Suspension, RB Ezekiel Elliott Should Shine In 2018

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NFL Films typically does a good job of exposing some truths around NFL teams. Whether through "Hard Knocks" or Amazon's new "All or Nothing" series, these documentaries do an excellent job of giving fans an inside look of their favorite teams.

If anything was revealed through the Cowboys' All or Nothing series on their 2017 season, it's that Ezekiel Elliott's suspension weighed heavy on his mind all year.

The Pro Bowl running back did not look, act, or play like himself while awaiting decision on his incoming suspension. And, once it was finally announced he would serve the six games, the entire team collapsed in Atlanta.

Despite the clear and detrimental effects Elliott's suspension had on the Cowboys' season, Zeke still put up more-than-respectable numbers; rushing for almost 1,000 yards and averaging a league leading 98.3 yards per game.

Now, Ezekiel Elliott enters a season with no doubts about his own availability. Scott Linehan gets to coach an offense that knows they will have their best player for the entire season barring major injury. And, Jason Garrett can lead his team without addressing questions about Elliott's future day in and day out.What Workload is Ezekiel Elliott Prepared for in 2018? 1

Of course, these effects aren't quantifiable. We can't sit here and say that without the pressure of court appearances and suspensions that Elliott will be worth "X" amount of more yards and "Y" more touchdowns.

But I do believe we can say, without question, that playing with a clear mind and without a looming suspension will breed the type of production we saw from Zeke his rookie year.

We can say that Elliott has had a weight lifted off his shoulders, and could be looking for revenge on a league he feels did him wrong.

And, for the Cowboys sake, I hope this is true. Because they are going to need Ezekiel Elliott to be even better than he ever has been if they hope to make a run at the Super Bowl in 2018.



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Cowboys en Español: El Regreso de Randy Gregory

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A sólo días de que los Dallas Cowboys aterricen en Oxnard, California para dar inicio a su training camp como todos los años, el equipo recibió excelentes noticias respecto a la selección de segunda ronda del 2015: Randy Gregory. Después de pasar todo el 2017 suspendido, el ala defensiva ha sido oficialmente reintegrado por la NFL.

Gregory, quien tuvo muchos problemas debido al uso de marihuana, ha pasado los últimos meses rehabilitándose para poder volver a vestir la estrella y volver al emparrillado. Los Cowboys, quienes siempre apoyaron a su joven jugador, sin duda estarán felices de verlo de vuelta en el equipo por motivos más allá que el football americano.

Sin duda alguna, antes de estar emocionados y felices por verlo en el campo intimidando a quarterbacks rivales, deberíamos estar alegres por el logro personal de Randy como un ser humano. Realmente hizo un esfuerzo consciente en un lugar en el que muchos se hubieran rendido y dejado sus sueños de ser parte de la NFL. Pero no lo hizo, y ahora, todos sus esfuerzos han valido la pena.

El siguiente paso en su lista por-hacer, es volver al campo y poco a poco, ganarse su puesto en el equipo y después, la titularidad. La última vez que vimos a Gregory en el campo, fue contra Philadelphia, en el final de temporada del 2016.

En este juego, Gregory mostró muchos destellos de lo que sería capaz de hacer semana tras semana en la liga y porque valió la pena nunca dejarlo ir, lo cual no hubiera tenido sentido hacer, dado que los Cowboys no les costaba nada (literalmente) mantenerlo en el equipo.

Sean Martin escribió un artículo recientemente en el que analiza este partido a fondo.

El potencial de Gregory es inmenso, suficiente incluso, para aventurarse a decir que se convertirá en el defensive end (ala defensiva) derecho antes de lo esperado. El reto más grande para el jugador de 25 años será regresar a una condición física óptima para la NFL.

Afortunadamente, a diferencia del 2016, Gregory no estará regresando a media temporada. Su llegada toma lugar justo a tiempo para el training camp, dándole tiempo para regresar a la forma en la que tiene que estar.

Una vez ahí, ¿qué tanto le tomará ganarse un rol más importante que el de Tyrone Crawford y Taco Charlton? A pesar de que prácticamente no lo hemos visto jugar en Dallas, sabemos el potencial que tiene para convertirse en un defensivo de suma importancia para los Cowboys.

Un año después de ver la mejor temporada en la carrera de DeMarcus Lawrence, los Cowboys tendrán el potencial de una estrella similar en el lado derecho de su línea defensiva. Gregory tiene una montaña que escalar para cumplir las expectativas de los aficionados, pero no será una sorpresa si lo logra.

Vaya, no olvidemos que si no fuera por sus problemas fuera del campo, hubiera sido seleccionado en el Top 10 del Draft del 2015. Tiene el potencial de conseguir diez sacks por temporada.

Con un poco de suerte, no nos equivocaremos en tenerle fe al jugador que ha tenido un gran viaje para llegar a este punto. El punto de ponerse el casco e ir a trabajar con su equipo.

Incluso si sólo llega a ser un jugador de rotación, sin duda será importante para el éxito del equipo. Entre DeMarcus Lawrence, David Irving, Randy Gregory y el resto del talento que los Cowboys tienen en la línea defensiva, el equipo podría tener un frente de muy buena calidad.

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