The Dallas Cowboys finished the regular season with the best record in the NFC, which means they get home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, and also get a bye week this weekend. One of the benefits of having the bye week during the playoffs is the fact that it allows teams to get healthier, which is something the Cowboys are taking advantage of at the moment, that for sure changes the odds in most US top sportsbooks. Morris Claiborne and La'el Collins, who have missed some time dealing with injuries, are expected to be back at practice and should be able to play next week.
The bye week also gives players like Jonathan Cooper, who recently signed with the team, extra time to learn the team’s playbook since Randy Gregory has been suspended for a year by the NFL.
The extra week also gives the Cowboys more time to prepare for their opponents, which will be either the Detroit Lions, New York Giants, or the Green Bay Packers. So which one of these three opponents do the Cowboys stack up best against?
New York Giants
This might be the one team the Cowboys do not want to meet in the playoffs after losing two regular season match-ups between the NFC East rivals. The Giants' defense was able to stifle the Cowboys’ offense and with Jason Pierre-Paul expected back in the lineup, things will be even more difficult for Dak Prescott and the Dallas offense.
Despite losing two games to the Giants, the Cowboys are confident they can defeat their rivals because both games they played were close and could have gone either way. Despite the team’s confidence, it is safe to say they would rather not play New York if they had a choice.
Cowboys fans will likely love to play the Lions the most after the beat down Dallas put on them during the regular season. Quarterback Matthew Stafford hasn’t been the same since he injured his finger and his team limped into the playoffs, losing their final three games. However, it is unlikely the Cowboys will get to play the Lions, who travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks this weekend.
Green Bay Packers
The Cowboys defeated the Packers convincingly on the road, which normally would make any team confident about their chances in a rematch. However, the Packers lost that game while they were in the middle of a four game losing streak and weren’t playing very well at the time.
At the end of the season, the Packers were one of the hottest teams in the NFL, reeling off six consecutive wins to clinch their division and a playoff berth, which makes them one of the most dangerous teams in the playoffs.
Since the Cowboys won the NFC, they won’t have to travel to Lambeau Field this time around, which makes a big difference. But, since they will be going up against Aaron Rodgers, who threw 15 touchdowns and zero interceptions during the six-game winning streak, there are no guarantees they will defeat the Packers if they meet again.
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Cowboys Negotiating Trade with Dolphins for DE Robert Quinn
According to a report just minutes ago, the Dallas Cowboys are visiting with Miami Dolphins' Defensive End Robert Quinn today as part of a possible trade. Miami is looking for a trade partner to try to get something back for Quinn before making him a salary cap casualty.
Quinn is in the final year of his contract and is set to count $12.9 million against the Dolphins' salary cap. Most of that is his base salary of $11.8 million, which Miami is reportedly willing to pay part of to help facilitate a trade.
Robert Quinn was spotted today on his way to visit the #Cowboys, who are in trade talks with the #Dolphins for the veteran DE, sources say. Quinn would need to agree to any deal. So, this is another step in the process, with a Dallas team that obviously needs pass rush.
The Cowboys need DE help with DeMarcus Lawrence's contract still unresolved and Randy Gregory now indefinitely suspended for another drug policy violation. They signed Kerry Hyder from the Lions yesterday, but he isn't a proven commodity like Quinn.
Turning 29 in May, Robert Quinn is a two-time Pro Bowler and former first-round pick of the Rams. He hasn't had the same production in recent years but still had 6.5 sacks for Miami in 2018 and 8.5 the prior year with Los Angeles.
Ever the bargain shoppers these days, Dallas is probably hoping to get Quinn for late-round draft pick or perhaps a pick swap.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
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