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Scouting The Broncos: What You Need To Know About Cowboys’ Opponent

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Scouting The Broncos: What You Need To Know About Cowboys' Opponent
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There are a few teams in the NFL that, no matter their actual quality, you just expect to play you tough. The Denver Broncos, especially at home, are one of those teams.

The Broncos got off to a 1-0 start on Monday night, defeating the Los Angeles Chargers 24-21. The final score was close, as the Broncos barely held onto a 24-7 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Now, Dallas travels to Denver to face these Broncos in a battle of 1-0 teams. Not sure what this out-of-conference foe is made of? I got you covered, let's take a look.

The Broncos Offense

The Denver Broncos offense is headed by quarterback Trevor Siemian, a former seventh round draft pick who beat out first rounder Paxton Lynch to win the starting job. Siemian is a bit of a gunslinger, though you wouldn't know it by simply looking at his box scores.

Often trying to fit balls into windows he has no business throwing to, Siemian is always at risk to throw an interception and give the Cowboys another chance on offense.

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Last week, Siemian made this bone-headed throw early on the game. On a quick catch-and-throw play, Siemian's ball should've been taken back for a pick six if it wasn't for the cornerback dropping the pass.

Later on in the game, however, he delivered a dime to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to set up a red zone touchdown. Somehow, these throws came from the same player. If given time to execute, Siemian can make some plays and beat the Cowboys secondary. This is why it is imperative the Cowboys defensive line gets pressure and forces him out of the pocket.

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This brings me to the Broncos offensive line. A unit which has been killed by the media over the last couple of seasons, this offensive line actually made some big improvements during the offseason. By bringing in former Cowboys guard Ronald Leary and drafting Utah left tackle Garett Bolles, Denver made a concerted effort to beef up their front five.

Still, they have some real issues. On the interior, Denver isn't a bad unit, especially if Leary can play next Sunday despite rumors of a concussion. Where they struggle most is at the tackle spots, specifically right tackle Menelik Watson.

Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram had his way with Watson all night last Monday, and I expect DeMarcus Lawrence do to some of the same this week.

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The best player on the Broncos offense last week was running back CJ Anderson. Anderson broke off a few nice gains en route to an 81 yard day. If the Broncos offensive line can open any type of lanes against a Cowboys defense which proved stingy a week ago, Anderson can find them and make some plays.

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The Broncos Defense

If the Denver Broncos are known for anything, it is for their pass defense. Strong in the secondary and on the edge, the Broncos have had one of the best units against the pass in the entire league over the last couple of seasons.

Obviously, EDGE player Von Miller might be the best pass rusher in the league, and will be a handful for La'el Collins to deal with this Sunday. On the other side, Shaquil Barrett is no slouch either, though I don't expect Tyron Smith to struggle too much in pass protection.

The true strength of the Broncos defense is in their back-end, with corners Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. making life difficult for all opposing wide outs.

Where I see the biggest weakness in this strong defensive unit is in the way they play the run. Chargers running back Melvin Gordon totaled just 54 yards on 18 attempts on Monday, but he left a lot of meat on the bone which I believe Ezekiel Elliott will eat right up.

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This is a good example of a run where Zeke might find a chunk play while Gordon found just a few yards. Had he quickly cut back behind the left guard and tackle instead of burying his head and running up the middle, it would've probably been a more positive play.

I expect Ezekiel Elliott to execute on these runs and have a good day on the ground this week.

The Denver Broncos are pretty good football team, and will be tough to beat at home. But in the end, I still think the Cowboys have enough offensive firepower to offset the strong defensive unit which the Broncos possess.



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 am currently a college student. Lets get going.

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  • Russ_Te

    Tailor-made for a TOP gameplan that wears down the Denver D, limits the Cowboys long downs and keeps the defense fresh.

    Those 2 edge matchups will be good: Collins / Miller and then Lawrence / Watson. You figure both RT’s should get some help on long downs with an RB left in to block. Both Collins and Lawrence have a chance to gain confidence & momentum with a good game.

    I don’t think we saw a bootleg from the Cowboys Sunday, but with Dak’s mobility this is a good game to work one or two in. Or roll outs against their DL pressure, etc. I’m definitely doing stuff like that & reverses to make them run more.

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Tony Romo Documentary in the Works

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Cowboys Blog - 5 Most Heartbreaking Losses Of The Tony Romo Era

If you've missed seeing Tony Romo on the field, an upcoming documentary may be the cure. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback is reportedly the subject of a film chronicling his football career going all the way back to high school.

"Now or Never" will tell Romo's incredible story, going from undrafted to one of the top passers in the history of the Cowboys' storied franchise. It's being produced by a Texas-based company run by Christian Hanna (no known relation to James).

According to an article from MyRacineCounty.com, Romo's hometown newspaper, the tale of Tony's football career will be told going back to his days at Burlington High School in Wisconsin. It will follow him to Eastern Illinois University, the same QB hotbed that more recently produced Jimmy Garoppolo.

But what most of us will want to relive is Tony's amazing NFL career, which stands out among the most unexpected rises to stardom of any player in league history.

Romo, who was an undrafted free agent signed by the Cowboys in 2003, didn't play in a game for three seasons. He rose the QB depth chart through practice and preseason play, eventually becoming the backup and earning the respect of then-coach Bill Parcells.

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Former Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo

In Week 7 of 2006, Parcells pulled struggling starter Drew Bledsoe at halftime and went with his intriguing young prospect. Tony's first pass in the NFL was one to forget; an interception.

About a decade later, Romo would retire as the Cowboys' all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns. He currently ranks fourth all-time in NFL history for passer rating.

Tony's career never saw the playoff and Super Bowl success of predecessors Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach, but he remains a beloved figure in team history. The controversial end to his football career, losing his job to rookie phenom Dak Prescott in 2016, created a major rift among Cowboys fans.

While no longer playing, Romo remains one of the hottest names in football. His charisma and football acumen have him in a featured role with CBS Broadcasting.

From obscurity to "anointing oil" to one of the most discussed names in sports, Tony Romo's story is fascinating. This documentary crew picked a great subject, and we look forward to enjoying their work and revisiting the Romo Era once the film is released.



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Prescott VS Wentz Rivalry is Just Beginning

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz Make Cowboys/Eagles Rivalry Great Again

No one expected Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott to become such an interesting rivalry, but that's precisely what the 2016's second and 135th draft picks have turnt out to be since the day they entered the NFL. The two came into the NFC East with very different expectations. Dak wasn't even supposed to be a starter, but circumstance is what helped this rivalry emerge.

Prescott seemed to lead the race after their rookie seasons were over, having led the Dallas Cowboys to a 13-3 record and the #1 seed in the NFC, but Carson Wentz made a huge statement in 2017. Before he went down injured playing versus the LA Rams last December, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback was playing astonishingly well.

Leading the MVP race before tearing his ACL, Carson Wentz had thrown for 3,296 yards and 33 touchdowns through 13 games. Had he not gone down, it's more likely than not he would've been named the MVP instead of Tom Brady.

Despite having won the passing yards race, Dak Prescott's 2017 was rougher than his rival's. His interceptions count went from 4 in 2016 to 13 last season. He threw for only 22 touchdowns, falling eight short of the 30 TDs mark. His completion percentage also went down, from over 67% to almost 63%.

As we all know, it wasn't a good year for the Dallas Cowboys. Suspensions, injuries and poor play led them to a disappointing 9-7 season that didn't feel like a winning season at all, even though that's how it will go down in the books.

To make things worse, the Eagles went into January with QB Nick Foles starting, and overcoming adversity and doubters, won their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Although it was Foles and not Wentz the one who played Philadelphia's postseason, the former second overall pick is one of the main reasons for the team's success.

His sophomore year was way better than Dak's.

But as impressive as Wentz's year was, the rivalry between the two signal-callers is just beginning. There is still a lot of history to write in this duel of two young and hard-working players. Two leader of men in one of the most intense rivalries in the NFL.

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Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (Tim Heitman / USA TODAY Sports)

Through two years of football, here's how their numbers look like:

Wentz: 29 games, 1,047 attempts, 644 completions (61.5%), 7,078 yards, 49 TDs, 2 rushing TDs

Prescott: 32 games, 949 attempts, 619 completions (65.2%), 6,991 yards, 45 TDs, 12 rushing TDs

There's not a ton of difference between their numbers, but in the NFL, it's about more than stats. Prescott had the better 2016, Wentz the better 2017.

Dak and Carson have really only played two match-ups in their two years playing in the league. Sitting at an even 1-1 record, 2018 will feature two great games between both of their teams. The defending Super Bowl Champions against the underestimated Dallas Cowboys.

The sport is about winning games and championships, but rivalries like this one make the NFL even more special. Even with Wentz being the MVP front-runner for most of last season, Dak Prescott still has a lot of time to turn things around.

If both turn out to be as successful and important as their franchise wish them to be, then this rivalry will be around for a lot of years.

Tell me what you think about "Prescott VS Wentz Rivalry is Just Beginning" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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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If Reinstated, Is Randy Gregory A Lock for Cowboys 53-Man Roster?

Sean Martin

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Is It Time To Give Up On DE Randy Gregory?

The Dallas Cowboys will enter training camp in Oxnard with arguably their deepest and most talented defensive line in years. Cowboys Nation continues to hope for the best possible news on suspended Defensive End Randy Gregory, to potentially take this defensive front to the next level. Should Gregory be reinstated, the Cowboys would have another option at right defensive end. This is a position they've bolstered with the signing of Kony Ealy and drafting of Dorance Armstrong, both moves coming behind would-be starter Tyrone Crawford.

This logjam at DE begs the question, amidst optimism for Gregory's situation, is the 2015 second round pick even a lock to make this roster?

Who Does Randy Gregory Need to Outplay?

Going through some form of the Cowboys depth chart at Gregory's position above does little to sort out how Gregory can justify a starting position. Having true starters on the defensive line is not DC Rod Marinelli's way, meaning a possible rotation of Crawford, Gregory, and Armstrong could coexist.

If Reinstated, Is Randy Gregory A Lock for Cowboys 53-Man Roster?

Dallas Cowboys DE Tyrone Crawford, QB Dak Prescott

Even with insufficient depth at defensive tackle, the Cowboys seem committed to keeping Crawford on the edge. As he's done with each position change within the Cowboys defense, Crawford is slowly developing into a respectable right end that's great against the run.

This sounds like just the type of player to compliment a speedy rusher like Gregory, but Randy won't be alone in this role should he return to the team. Along with FA addition Kony Ealy, the Cowboys will look to bring Charles Tapper back from an offseason concussion, and also have second-year rusher Taco Charlton in need of a true position.

It's fair to say that Gregory has been anything but reliable since the Cowboys took a gamble on him, but turning his life around to see out this reinstatement would go a long way in beating out the often-injured Tapper.

Given Ealy's ability to play both on the edge and inside, at his best if receiving limited snaps, I believe that Gregory will only have to surpass Tapper in reaching a favorable spot on the Cowboys depth chart at DE.

Comparing Randy  Gregory and Dorance Armstrong

Of course, making the roster and making an impact on defense are two vastly different realities for Gregory in 2018. Another player that could stunt his opportunities to hunt down quarterbacks is rookie fourth round pick Dorance Armstrong.

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Dallas Cowboys DE Dorance Armstong  (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

The Cowboys would love to see Armstrong begin his career with a strong showing in Oxnard, owning all of the traits needed to be an effective right end at the next level.

Lacking the true cornering speed that Gregory has flashed in short spurts, Armstrong did produce a ten sack season for Kansas in 2016. This production matches the traits that kept Armstrong a priority for the Cowboys at the draft, despite only seeing him get home 1.5 times in 2017.

Rewind to last year's draft, and the Cowboys spent their first round pick on a defensive end they looked to make a right end, all while knowing his ideal spot is at LDE. This makes the difference between drafting Charlton and Armstrong an important one, as the Cowboys are clearly searching for high-value options to complete their pass rush.

Again, assuming Tapper becomes the odd man out in the Cowboys carrying Gregory, Ealy, and Armstrong as right ends, the work is cut out for Gregory to regain the trust of his coaches and bring what only he can to this defense.

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It goes without saying that Randy Gregory will carry plenty of attention with him if present in Oxnard. This is a player capable of transforming a young Cowboys defense into one of the league's most feared.

While the Cowboys would do well to quickly sort out who plays the 3T-DT position alongside DeMarcus Lawrence, and the 1T inside for that matter too, sticking Gregory on the opposite edge could be the easiest decision they make to see immediate improvements in their pass rush.

Should Ealy or Armstrong have more to say about this lineup for the Cowboys defensive line, the depth of this unit will live up to the hype.

Tell us what you think about "If Reinstated, Is Randy Gregory A Lock for Cowboys 53-Man Roster?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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