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Sunday In New York Is Effectively The Last Road Game For The 2016 Cowboys

RJ Ochoa



Cowboys Headlines - Sunday In New York Is Effectively The Last Road Game For The 2016 Cowboys

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We are in the first full week of December, and the Dallas Cowboys have already established themselves as one of the 12 teams who will be playing for football's ultimate prize.

The Cowboys have locked up a playoff spot, but there's more for them to secure before we call it quits on the regular season. To gain a better understanding of what the Cowboys need in Week 14, make sure you read our Week 14 Rooting Guide here at Inside The Star.

The next step for the Dallas Cowboys is a big-time test in New York on Sunday Night Football. The Cowboys are no strangers to primetime games, their Week 15 game against Tampa Bay was moved to SNF after all, and they are certainly familiar with winning on the road.

The 2016 iteration of the Dallas Cowboys are currently undefeated on the road (6-0). The 2014 squad went undefeated on the road in the regular season before losing in Green Bay during the Divisional Round (when Dez caught it). While they're obviously well-experienced on the road and haven't seen it impact them negatively... nobody wants to play on the road, right?

The good news for the Cowboys is that this Sunday's game in New York is, for all intents and purposes, their last game on the road. Why? Walk with me:

  • Week 14: Cowboys IN New York.
  • Week 15: Cowboys AT HOME against the Buccaneers.
  • *Week 16: Cowboys AT HOME against the Lions.
  • *Week 17: Cowboys IN Philadelphia.

Why do the final two weeks of the regular season have asterisks? I'm glad you asked! If the Cowboys win their next two games they'll lock up everything possible (Division, Bye, Home-Field). If they don't get the job done by Week 15, well hey they get one more shot at home to do it in Week 16. The point here is that Week 17, and potentially Week 16, will be meaningless as far as advancing our cause.

While the Week 17 game is in Philadelphia, the fact that it's meaningless means just that - it has no meaning. This game will very likely not be one that requires a win, rendering it moot on the season (I discussed how playing Tony Romo in a game like this is a terrible idea right here). Obviously we have high hopes and aspirations for this team and season, which means that we want them to be playing in the Super Bowl. The cool thing about this year's big game, Super Bowl LI, is that it is being played in Houston, TX. What does all of this mean?

After Sunday's Game In New York Every Single Game That Carries Importance For The Dallas Cowboys Will Be Played In The Lone Star State.

As the incomparable Tim Riggins would say... Texas, Forever.

How big of an advantage do you think it could be to finish things strong in Texas? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018 1

Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.

Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.

Todd Archer on Twitter

Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of...

While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018

Dallas Cowboys LS L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

Kevin Brady



Orlando Scandrick

After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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