High expectations consistently surround the Dallas Cowboys. Despite the team’s mediocrity in recent years, the Cowboys will again own an impressive season average on the secondary ticket market for the upcoming 2014 season.
Dallas has failed to post a winning record since 2009’s 11-5 season, yet Dallas Cowboys tickets will still have a secondary average of $265.30 at AT&T Stadium this season, trailing just the New York Giants as the most expensive secondary ticket average in the NFC East. According to TiqIQ, the most expensive home games on the Dallas Cowboys schedule this season will be against the 49ers, Texans and Saints while the team’s cheapest games will be held against the Colts, Redskins and Cardinals.
9/7 vs San Francisco 49ers | Avg. Price: $404.79 | Get-in: $149
The season opener on September 7 against the 49ers will also be the Cowboys most expensive home game on the secondary market this season. The average secondary price for Cowboys vs 49ers tickets is $404.79, 52.5% above the season average, with get-in price starting at $149. The 49ers are slated to have another big year under Colin Kaepernick and his high-octane offense and the Cowboys defense will already be tested with a perennial playoff contender in Week 1.
9/28 vs New Orleans Saints | Avg. Price: $288.69 | Get-in: $95
Home play won’t get much easier when the Cowboys welcome the Saints on September 28 in their second game at AT&T Stadium this season. The late-September game will serve as the third highest-priced home game of the season as the average price for Cowboys vs Saints tickets is $288.69 on the secondary market, 8.8% above the season average, with a get-in price of $95. Another consistently successful team, the Saints will also keep the Cowboys’ hands full early in the season.
10/5 vs Houston Texans | Avg. Price: $320.47 | Get-in: $99
In a battle for the Lone Star State, the Cowboys welcome the Texans on October 5 and will see the second most expensive ticket price of the season on the secondary market. The average secondary price for Cowboys vs Texans tickets is $320.47, 20.7% above the season average, with the get-in price starting at $99. Under the enforcing defense of linebackers J.J. Watt and top-drafted rookie Jadeveon Clowney, the Texans will look to rebound after suffering a dismal 2-14 season in 2013.
10/19 vs New York Giants | Avg. Price: $256.59 | Get-in: $57
In the first divisional match-up at AT&T Stadium this season, the Giants will travel to Dallas on October 19. The average price for Cowboys vs New York Giants tickets is $256.59 on the secondary market, 3.28% below the season average. The get-in price for the mid-October game starts at $57. Big Blue also experienced a difficult 2013 season, posting just a 7-9 record after losing its first six games of the season. Quarterback Eli Manning has looked bewildered this preseason, prompting fans to already become concerned before the season’s first down is played.
10/27 vs Washington Redskins | Avg. Price: $251.92 | Get-in: $54
The Cowboys welcome their second consecutive divisional home game against the Redskins the following week on October 27. The average secondary price for Cowboys vs Redskins tickets is $251.92. down 5% from the season average, with a get-in price of $54. Robert Griffin III will need to have a year of atonement after injuries have plagued his first two seasons in the NFL. The divisional match-up will be an important one for both teams midway through the season and secondary ticket price still remains relatively high despite being below season average.
11/2 vs Arizona Cardinals | Avg. Price: $183.85 | Get-in: $27
The cheapest home game at AT&T Stadium this year will be against the Cardinals on November 2. The average price for Cowboys vs Arizona Cardinals tickets is currently $183.85 on the secondary market, 30.7% below the season average. The get-in price for the November 2 game starts at $27. The Cardinals will again rely on quarterback Carson Palmer, who led the team to a 10-6 record last season, though missing the playoffs in a competitive NFC West.
11/27 vs Philadelphia Eagles | Avg. Price: $275.92 | Get-in: $68
In the penultimate regular season home game, the Cowboys welcome the Eagles on November 27. The average secondary price for Cowboys vs Eagles tickets is $275.92 and will have a get-in price of $68. Nick Foles and the Eagles had a spirited run to champion the NFC East last season and will look to do the same again in 2014. The late-November game will also serve as the Cowboys’ last divisional home game of the regular season.
12/21 vs Indianapolis Colts | Avg. Price: $253.62 | Get-in: $40
Andrew Luck and the Colts will travel to Dallas on December 21 to play the Cowboys in their final home game of the season. The average price for Cowboys vs Colts tickets is $253.62 on the secondary market, 4.4% below the season average, with the get-in price starting at $40. The Colts controlled the AFC South last season with little competition from the Texans, who went just 2-14. The two teams last met in 2010, with the Cowboys beating the Colts 38-35.
Jaguars Waive Barry Church; Could Cowboys Bring Him Back?
Veteran safety Barry Church was released today by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Could he return home to the Dallas Cowboys, where he spent his first seven seasons?
Despite his leadership and consistency on defense, Dallas allowed Church to leave in free agency when Jacksonville gave him a lucrative deal. But if he clears waivers, could the Cowboys consider bring him back for depth and support during their likely playoff run?
Jane Slater of the NFL Network reported on this potential reunion:
Cowboys haven't reached out to S Barry Church but I'm told they are discussing the possibility of bringing him back to Dallas according to a source informed. Church, 30, was released by the Jags today and is familiar with the system having played there from 2010-2016.
The Cowboys have had solid play from their current starting safeties, Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. Neither is a star, but the duo has not been a liability during the team's current five-game winning streak.
Church was a similar player, reliable if never exceptional, during his time in Dallas. He could be a nice insurance policy for the playoffs if something happened to one of the starters.
Barry knows the system. He never played for Kris Richard, but he was with Rod Marinelli for three seasons before leaving in free agency.
According to reports out of Jacksonville, Church is being released because the team wants to go with younger, cheaper players now that their season is over. There is no known injury keeping Barry from playing.
Of course, Dallas would have to make room on the roster to pick Church up. They could third-year prospect Darian Thompson, who is the current fourth man at safety.
Barry Church must now go through the 24-hour waiver process. A team may claim him, including the Cowboys. We'll see what the future holds.
How the Dallas Cowboys Can Win the NFC East This Week
It's only Week 15, but the Dallas Cowboys could become the 2018 NFC East Champions this week through a couple of scenarios. I thought we'd take a moment today to break down how the Boys can win their division and assure their spot in the playoffs.
With three weeks left in the regular season, most of the divisional games have already been played. The only two left to play are the Week 17 finales; Cowboys at Giants and Eagles at Redskins.
Here are the current standings:
- Dallas Cowboys 8-5 (4-1 in division)
- Philadelphia Eagles 6-7 (3-2 in division)
- Washington Redskins 6-7 (2-3 in division)
- New York Giants 5-8 (1-4 in division)
The Giants have been scrappy lately, winning four of their last five, but it's too late for them to try to win the division. Even if the Cowboys were to fall to 8-8, the best New York could do is tie them in overall record. They would have also split their head-to-head series, negating that tiebreaker.
At that point, it would come down to the record within the division. New York would improve to 2-4 with a win over Dallas in Week 17, but the Cowboys would still be 4-2 against the NFC East. Dallas would still be the division champion.
So, that knocks out New York. Technically, the Eagles and Redskins are still alive. But their margin is about as slim as it gets.
Both Philadelphia and Washington need the Cowboys to lose their last three games, and then to also win out themselves, to steal the NFC East crown.
For the Redskins, it's about their record against division opponents. The best they can finish is 3-3, assuming they'd win their last game against the Eagles. With the head-to-head series against Dallas split this year, they would have to finish 9-7 overall and have the Cowboys drop to 8-8 to become NFC East Champions.
The Eagles also need to finish one game ahead of Dallas, but for a different reason. Philadelphia lost both their games with the Cowboys this year, so Dallas has the head-to-head tiebreaker.
So that really makes thing simple for Dallas; win just one of your last three games and you're the division champion.
Not only that, but even if Dallas were to fall this week against the Indianapolis Colts, they could still clinch the division with losses by the Eagles (@ Rams) and Redskins (@ Jaguars).
It would certainly behoove the Cowboys to get the division locked up now. They could then use the last two weeks of the season to get ready for the playoffs.
Dallas would have the freedom rest banged up players like Ezekiel Elliott and Zack Martin. It would also allow them to work in returning players such as Sean Lee and Tavon Austin and figure out their new rotations without pressure to win.
Beating the Colts on Sunday isn't a given; they're at home and desperate to stay alive in the AFC playoff picture. They are the toughest opponent Dallas has left until January.
But despite that, with the Eagles facing a juggernaut team and Washington trying to play football without a quarterback, there's a great chance that the Cowboys will be the NFC East Champions by Sunday night.
#INDvsDAL: How The Game May Be Decided In The Red Zone
In many ways the Dallas Cowboys offense has found their stride in recent weeks. Over this five game win streak they have "found their identity" playing ball control offense and trusting their quarterback to make big throws when needed most. Of course the defense has been the star most weeks, but this offense should not be slept on either.
This doesn't mean the offense has been without their fair share of struggles, however, particularly in the red zone. Struggles that the numbers say could cost the Cowboys this weeks' game in Indianapolis if they don't get it cleaned up.
In terms of red zone offensive efficiency the Cowboys have been downright horrendous. In fact, they are dead-last in the league in success rate inside the 10 yard line, last in first-and-goal success rate, and 21st in success rate between the 11 and 20 yard lines.
There's no sugar-coating those numbers, they are bad. Especially when you consider that this team has arguably the league's best running back and a quarterback with the size and athleticism you might expect from a linebacker.
For as bad as the Cowboys are inside the red zone, the Colts are equally as good. Indianapolis is top 10 in terms of success rate inside the 10, at the goal line, and in first-and-goal success rate. They are also 11th in success rate between the 11 and 20 yard lines.
Despite not having the individual running back the Cowboys have, the Colts offensive line and skill players as a whole set them up a bit better when the field is shortened. Tight end Eric Ebron has been rather incredible in terms of production this season, catching 12 touchdowns on 58 receptions. Andrew Luck is also a more accurate quarterback than Dak Prescott, though Prescott should be a much more dangerous red zone threat than he currently is.
I am working on the Cowboys 32nd ranked Goal-to-Go offensive numbers. They have run 35 of their 59 total plays out of Shotgun-11 Personnel. In those 35 plays, the average gain per snap is....12 INCHES. I am not kidding. They could out-gain that by running QB sneaks. I am amazed.
Of course, some of the Cowboys red zone struggles can be pinned on offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Linehan has failed to scheme open the "easy" red zone touchdowns we see so often around the league. As pointed out by Bob Sturm on Twitter this week, the Cowboys' personnel groupings and play calls when in goal-to-go situations have been questionable to say the least. But while blame does fall on the coaches' shoulders, the players need to execute better as well.
Games in the NFL often come down to just a handful of plays, and red zone efficiency plays a key role in deciding the outcome of close games every week. If this is once again the case on Sunday, based on past performance, the Dallas Cowboys could be in trouble against the efficient Colts.
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