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Plays Of The Week: D-Line Dominates And Anthony Brown Seals The Win

Kevin Brady

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The Dallas Cowboys opened their 2017 campaign with a convincing 16 point win over the New York Giants. Considering where both teams are expected to be towards the end of the season, this week one victory could prove key in the division race.

To get to the point of victory, multiple key plays had to be made. Each week, as I did a season ago, I will run you guys through the top 5 most impressive and most important plays from the Cowboys previous game.

So, let's get into this week's top 5 plays of the week from the Cowboys 19-3 win.

Dak Prescott + RPO = Touchdown

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This play makes me happier than it would make a normal person, and not just because it resulted in a Cowboys touchdown. The play design here is beautiful. With the RPO for Prescott and Witten running down the seam at the top of the screen, and Cole Beasley executing a bubble screen at the bottom, the Cowboys kept the Giants on their heels during this red zone snap.

Prescott finds Witten for the touchdown here, and Dallas extends their lead to 13-0. This play proved crucial to the final result, as the Cowboys failed to score a touchdown the remainder of the game.

Contract Year DeMarcus Lawrence

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On the Giants first offensive series of the game the Cowboys defense forced a quick and impressive three and out. On third down, Eli Manning dropped back to pass only to find defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence right in his lap.

The Cowboys executed a tackle-first twist on the inside here, and did it to perfection. Maliek Collins occupies both the guard and tackle, forcing the right guard to completely turn his hips. That hip turn leaves the guard no chance to recover and get back to Lawrence, and the result is Lawrence's first sack of the season.

Take Flight Chuck

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DeMarcus Lawrence played out of his mind Sunday night, coming away with his first two sacks of the season. Most expect him to be the team's sack leader, and possibly come away with around 8-10 by the end of the year.

Charles Tapper, however, will be relied upon heavily as a rotational defensive end going forward. Sunday night, he showed that he is up to the challenge.

On a key second and goal here, Tapper explodes off the ball and beats Ereck Flowers with an inside move, getting to Manning and finishing a huge sack. This sack kept the Giants out of the end zone and proved to be vastly important to the Cowboys' win.

Anthony Brown, CB1

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The Cowboys felt comfortable letting veteran starters in their secondary walk away for nothing this offseason for an abundance of reasons, but cornerback Anthony Brown was at the top of that list.

Brown had himself a game on Sunday, blanketing Brandon Marshall and all of the Giants' pass catchers throughout the night. With the Giants looking to get back into the game midway through the fourth quarter, Brown jumped in front of an Eli Manning pass to force an interception.

This pick basically sealed the deal for the Cowboys en route to their 19-3 win.

Too Much Sauce

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What is there to even say about this play?

On this third down, needing to keep the offense on the field and kill the clock, Cole Beasley made the play of the night. Prescott's pass was a bit behind Beasley, and on live viewing it appeared that the Giants defensive back may have been about to come away with a pick six.

Instead, Beasley showed tremendous focus and hand-eye coordination to bring in the catch of the week. Immediately after the play was made the comparisons between it and Odell Beckham's grab over Brandon Carr began.

No matter where you stand on that argument, there's no denying that Beasley made a fantastic catch Sunday night.



Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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Dallas Cowboys: 3 Schedule Predictions Ahead Of Wednesday’s Release

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Cowboys, Bears Proving Defense Can Win the NFC

Wednesday night the official 2019 NFL schedule will be released, and we will know the exact times and dates of each of the Cowboys' upcoming games.

We already know the opponents, however, and we know how the NFL typically likes to schedule games week to week. Based on both prior history and future opponents, here are 3 predictions for tonight's schedule release.

1. Cowboys Open Up With The Giants

I didn't say the predictions would be bold, did I?

The NFL loves to have the Cowboys open up against the New York Giants, and I see that being the case here again. Dallas/New York will always bring about solid ratings, but scheduling this game before the Giants (likely) fall out of contention is a smart move as well.

This game will be in Dallas at 4:25 eastern time, occupying that "America's Game of the Week" slot during the opening weekend. Because as much as everyone says they hate watching these NFC East games, the numbers bear out a different story.

2. Cowboys Play @ Saints Thursday After Thanksgiving

We know the Cowboys will play in an extra Thursday or Saturday night game this season. They always do.

Lately the league has liked to schedule them as the Thursday night game following Thanksgiving, and I don't see them breaking  that trend this season. Dallas has played the Vikings, Redskins, and Saints in this game the last three years, with the Cowboys/Saints game being one of the best of last year's Thursday slate.

Why not run it back at the Superdome this November?

3. Cowboys Close The Season With A Brutal December

This is broad prediction, so let's narrow it down a bit. I think the Cowboys will play three critical NFC games in December, at the very least. These games will include NFC East battles with the Washington Redskins (week 17) and Philadelphia Eagles, as well as a game at Chicago to face the Bears.

It's likely the Cowboys, Bears, and Eagles will be fighting for playoff positioning (or playoff births) down the stretch in December. Plus, anytime a combination of these three teams play, ratings will be drawn. I think they'll have Prescott battle Mitchell Trubisky and Carson Wentz this December, as he and the Cowboys look to clinch a consecutive playoff birth.



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Cowboys en Español: Lawrence Extendido, ¿Sigue Prescott?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Warts And All, Dak Prescott Shows Why It's Not So Easy To Move On

La saga más importante en este offseason de los Dallas Cowboys llegó a su fin la semana pasada cuando DeMarcus Lawrence por fin firmó su extensión. Tras semanas de estar en un "punto muerto" en las negociaciones, se reportó que ambas partes habían retomado las pláticas el viernes pasado y el mismo día se anunció el trato.

El ala defensiva de 27 años consiguió un contrato de cinco años y 105 millones de dólares. Esto convierte a Lawrence en el tercer defensivo mejor pagado de la liga en promedio por año, detrás solo de Khalil Mack y Aaron Donald. Con 21 millones anuales, muchos no están de acuerdo con pagarle esta cantidad de dinero a un defensivo como D-Law.

Es entendible, dado que nunca es fácil hacer a un jugador uno de los mejores pagados en la liga. Sin embargo, DeMarcus Lawrence lo vale. Pidió dinero del calibre de Von Miller y otros defensivos elite porque ha producido a ese nivel.

DeMarcus Lawrence Has the Leverage in Cowboys Contract Talks

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No sólo eso, sino que realmente se ha perfilado como el mejor en su posición contra el juego terrestre. El valor que aporta al equipo logra justificar lo que se le pagará. Además, la estructura del contrato realmente ata al equipo solo por tres años a Lawrence. Esto es una victoria para la administración de los Jones.

¿Quién Sigue? Dak Prescott.

Como bien sabemos, DeMarcus Lawrence no era el único jugador que necesitaba recibir una extensión. Pero ahora que está fuera de los quehaceres, Dak Prescott es el centro de atención en Dallas.

En sus primeros tres años en la NFL, los Cowboys han ganado dos veces el título de la NFC East. Ha demostrado ser un líder capaz de dirigir al equipo y ganar en los momentos importantes. De hecho, Prescott es el quarterback con más series ganadoras desde el 2016, cuando entró a la liga. Por si fuera poco, ningún mariscal de campo ha conseguido tantas series así en sus primeras tres temporadas.

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DallasCowboys QB Dak Prescott * Most game-winning drives (14) since 2016 * Most game-winning drives in first 3 seasons (14) of any QB since 1950 @dallascowboys @dak

Y no hay que confundirnos. La pregunta no es si lo van a extender o no. La pregunta es: ¿Cuánto le van a pagar al quarterback de 25 años? Sabemos que la administración confía plenamente en Dak para ser el futuro. Le van a pagar. Para darnos una idea, veamos los mejores pagados actualmente según Over The Cap (en promedio por año):

  • Aaron Rodgers - $33.5M
  • Matt Ryan - $30M
  • Kirk Cousins - $28M
  • Jimmy Garoppolo - $27.5M
  • Matt Stafford - $27M

Muchos ven a Dak como un jugador que merece menos de 25 millones al año, pero no es así como funciona el mercado. A mi parecer, el contrato no bajará de 25 y se acercará a los 30 al año. ¿Mucho? Quizá. Pero en esta liga, si te quieres quedar con un mariscal franquicia, tienes que pagarle bastante para evitar que llegue a la agencia libre.

Y sí, Prescott sigue bajo contrato en 2019 pero la extensión seguramente vendrá antes. El valor por un QB sube cada año al igual que todas las posiciones y con un jugador como Patrick Mahomes en la AFC, habrá un brinco considerable el próximo offseason.

Cuando Prescott firme una extensión, habrá mucha división entre los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys. Personalmente, veo a Dak como un jugador franquicia. Por ahora, estemos contentos porque Lawrence se queda en casa.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Lawrence Extendido, ¿Sigue Prescott?" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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Cowboys Come Out In Full Force To Support Dirk Nowitzki In His Final Home Game

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Cowboys Come Out In Full Force To Support Dirk Nowitzki In His Final Game

Last night was a major one in the NBA, with two legends and future Hall of Famers playing in their last respective home games. Of course, the legend which means the most to Dallas-area sports fans is Dallas Mavericks great Dirk Nowitzki, who gave a teary-eyed farewell to the Dallas faithful on Tuesday night, finally admitting "it's time."

It's no secret that Nowitzki has been supportive of all DFW teams while apart of the Mavs organization, and last night the Cowboys returned the favor, showing up in full force to support Nowitzki in his final game.

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Dallas Cowboys at tonight's Mavericks game: Jason Garrett, Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, Sean Lee, Connor Williams, Joe Looney, Jeff Heath, Travis Frederick, La'el Collins, Randall Cobb, Allen Hurns, Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, Tavon Austin https://t.co/546B30dqPY

A collection of players, including Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Sean Lee joined head coach Jason Garrett in a luxury box to enjoy the game and show their support of the Mavs legend.

Dirk Nowitzki put up 30 points and 8 rebounds in the Mavericks 120-109 win, an excellent way for the future Hall of Famer and fan favorite to go out in front of his home fans.



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