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Thanksgiving Wishlist: Los Angeles Chargers @ Dallas Cowboys

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Make it another must-win game for this Cowboys team, as they get ready to host the Chargers today. Get ready to watch a pretty good game between these two while you fill your belly with your favorite Thanksgiving meals!

It's been a rough, rough season but things just might start to change when the Cowboys take that field later today. At least, we all hope so.

Cowboys Wishlist normally comes out every Sunday morning, but having a game on a Thursday won't stop us. Here is this week's Cowboys Wishlist!

Wish #1: Offensive Line Wins In The Trenches

Understandably, the coaches have been relentlessly bashed by all of Cowboys Nation this last couple of weeks. Being the quarterback, Dak Prescott has suffered a lot of criticism as well. But, if Tyron Smith does play today, he might help hush a lot of people.

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Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, LT Tyron Smith (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

Surprisingly, La'el Collins made it to the Injury Report this Wednesday, but he should be good to go.

The Cowboys offensive line will have a very tough test when they line up against one of the best pass rushing duos in the NFL: Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.

Although Zeke is suspended and Dak is missing on a few passes, the main reason why this offense has struggled so much is without a doubt the fact that Prescott is running for his life nearly every play.

That's why my first wish on the list features the OL winning the battle against one of the toughest defensive lines in the league, keeping 4 clean.

Wish #2: Switzer Has Another Big Kick Return

100% of the points scored by the Cowboys last week came from Mike Nugent. Yikes. But, the first three points on the board, were also thanks to rookie WR Ryan Switzer.

Over the year, the rookie has made impressive returns as well as very questionable decisions. But last week, he had a great 61-yard return in the opening kickoff.

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Although we haven't seen much from Switz, some would argue that special teams´blocking hasn't been very good. Be it as it may, this kind of plays serve as a very special confidence boost for young players like Switzer.

Let's hope that shows on the field today, and we see another big return by him in a game that the Cowboys need to win if they want to remain in the hunt.

Wish #3: Cowboys Shine in the Passing Game

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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

This wish directly relates to wish #2.  When the Ezekiel Elliott suspension began, we knew just how important Dak Prescott would have to become for this offense and how he needed to step up big time for this team.

But, lost in the Zeke narrative, was the fact that LT Tyron Smith was injured. We all know the story. Dak's been sacked 12 times in the last couple of weeks.

Now, with a healthy OL, Dak has the opportunity to prove he can lead this offense without Zeke if he has a good pass protection. It's time for this receivers group to show they're the real deal, and not a few players who are not even threatening anymore.

This is a big game for Dallas. Winning would mean they have a chance to do something this year. Losing though, would probably end their realistic hopes of making it to the playoffs.

Wish #4: Bring Back The Sacks!

Has Cowboys DT David Irving Become A Dominant Force?One of the biggest surprises this season has been how effective the pass rush has been with David Irving and DeMarcus Lawrence leading this defensive line.

Last week, although they pressured Wentz pretty often, they failed to get a sack. Chargers QB Philip Rivers has only been sacked 12 in 2017. If the Cowboys want to win this football game, they must get after Rivers.

I certainly expect Lawrence and Irving to have a bounce-back game and start racking up sacks once again. Without Sean Lee, the Cowboys must be able to get after Rivers if they want to be able to stop the Chargers.

Wish #5: Cowboys Win Big While Trying to Save the Season

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Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

This will be a tough game for the Dallas Cowboys. I've even said that if either Tyron Smith or Anthony Hitchens miss this game, the Chargers will end up victorious. They're not a simple opponent, even if they don't look threatening to some.

After surviving a week of complaints and of motions to get the entire staff fired, it'd be nice if the Cowboys win big versus the Chargers.

Not only would it be awesome for the fans, but also for a team that's trying to find its identity back. If the Cowboys are able to win by more than two touchdowns, at least we'll have a peaceful week and will be able to enjoy the most out of our Thanksgiving dinners.

Tell me what you think about "Thanksgiving Wishlist: Los Angeles Chargers @ Dallas Cowboys" 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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Brett Maher’s 62-yard FG Gives Cowboys 6-0 Halftime Lead over Eagles

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Brett Maher drilled a 62-yard field goal, a new Dallas Cowboys record, to give his team a 6-0 lead over the Philadelphia Eagles at halftime.

A holding penalty by Tyron Smith seemingly took the team out of field goal range, but Maher bailed him out with the monster kick.

The lead could be bigger it not for some Dallas mistakes. Dak Prescott threw an interception on an otherwise strong drive, and Maher ended another drive with a missed field goal.

However, the Eagles have also struggled. A strip sack by Tyrone Crawford ended their last drive of the half. Randy Gregory also got a sack on Carson Wentz earlier in the game.

Overall, though, Philadelphia just isn't converting downs and being stifled by this exceptional Cowboys defense. They only have 70 total offensive yards at the half.

Ezekiel Elliott is putting together a big day, already with 72 rushing yards and another 20 yards receiving. Rod Smith also has 24 yards of offense, adding to the major production from the RB position.

Speaking of position production, the Cowboys tight ends have already accounted for six catches for 37 yards. Blake Jarwin has four of those receptions, which is a new career high.

The Eagles will get the ball to start the second half.



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Cowboys Vs Eagles Leads NFL in Playoff Leverage for Week 14

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Sean's Scout: Leaning on Elliott, Young Defense Earns Cowboys Win in Philly

The Dallas Cowboys are certainly playing like a playoff team as of late, but aren't in the clear yet when it comes to holding off Sunday's opponent -- nor the Washington Redskins -- in the NFC East. At 7-5, the Eagles and Redskins sit a game behind the Cowboys with identical 6-6 records.

The Cowboys going 5-0 from their first win at the Eagles in week 10 to their third divisional game of this stretch would go a very long way in cementing the Cowboys mid-season turnaround. As has always seemingly been the case in this division though, the same is said of the defending Super Bowl champs.

With a loss, the Cowboys stand just over a 50% chance at the postseason. A win would add 42 percentage points to this figure, setting up the Cowboys favorably through a December schedule that features the Colts, Buccaneers, and Giants.

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NFL playoff leverage week 14

The only team with more at stake today is the visitors of AT&T Stadium. The Eagles gain 47 percentage points on their playoff hopes with a win, though even this marginally moves the needle over 50% for them. An Eagles loss all but ends their chances of repeating as NFC East winners.

Though the Redskins are reduced to their third quarterback in Mark Sanchez, their early kickoff at the 4-8 Giants provides hope that they'll remain in contention through the regular season. In a division that will be dictated by the moves made at the trade deadline, it sure feels like the Cowboys and Eagles are pulling away however - with Dallas in prime position to lap the competition starting Sunday.

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If the Cowboys and the Giants win today, Dallas would have to lose out, and the Redskins or Eagles would have to win out in order for the Cowboys to lose the division. In other words, Dallas and NYG winning today would mean one more victory and the Cowboys clinch the NFC East.

Wide Receiver Amari Cooper has made a bigger difference than Dallas could have ever hoped for. With the Eagles secondary banged up again for their meeting with the Cowboys, a home team with sights set on playoff football could begin to fine tune their offense to match a defense that set the tone against Philadelphia last time out.

National pundits may be forecasting a "classic" late season collapse for the Cowboys, but fans know better than this. It was in fact early season losses that dug the hole the Cowboys are viciously fighting out of. Asking for this opportunity against the Eagles is as good as it gets for Jason Garrett's young team, once 3-5 after eight weeks that feel like ages ago.

So does any dominant stretch of football from the Eagles, though the Cowboys shouldn't be quick to find out just how much Philly wants to play spoiler.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys Vs Eagles Leads NFL in Playoff Leverage for Week 14" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Cowboys Wishlist: Dak Prescott Exploits Eagles’ Secondary

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Dak Prescott Weighs in on Cowboys "Dak-Friendly" Offense

It's rivalry weekend for the Dallas Cowboys as they get ready to host the Philadelphia Eagles. It will undoubtedly be a special game since the Eagles are practically playing to save their season this time around. Tables have turned for these two teams with now the Cowboys as home favorites for this fun matchup.

As always, here's this week's edition of Cowboys Wishlist. Enjoy!

Wish #1: Get Jourdan Lewis Playing Time

Cornerback Jourdan Lewis did a fantastic job versus the New Orleans Saints last week and I'm intrigued to see if the Cowboys will continue to find a job for him and get him on the field. Lewis had an interception and some other key plays in just eight snaps. Lewis has been an interesting narrative this year.

He's a good player and getting him more involved could result in good things for this team. We'll see if the Cowboys use him in this important divisional game.

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Wish #2: Get The Early Big Lead, Rest Elliott

Running Back Ezekiel Elliott has done an amazing job for the Cowboys over the past four weeks. Both in the passing and running game, Zeke has been able to consistently move the chains as he's received a huge workload to carry the offense and control the time of possession. He currently leads the league in touches per game.

If the Cowboys are able to get a big lead early, I wish we get to see a lot of backup RB Rod Smith. As much as we all love to watch Zeke be fed, this time Cowboys Nation should appreciate seeing him on the sideline a bit more than usual. For that to happen, though, an early considerable lead is required.

Wish #3: Improve on Red Zone

So far, the Dallas Cowboys have been able to efficiently move the ball and get first downs. What they have struggled with though, is the red zone. Many times, we've seen the offense settle for three instead of getting seven.

This Saturday I argued why, if the Cowboys are able to improve on red zone, this could be a playoff caliber unit. This team shouldn't struggle as much in this area. With Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield, Amari Cooper lined up and a mobile QB, Scott Linehan's squad simply needs to do better.

Wish #4: Dak Prescott Gets 300 Yards

The Philadelphia Eagles have placed CB Jalen Mills on IR. With Ronald Darby out already, the Cowboys are about to face a very injured secondary. Philadelphia ranks 26th in passing defense. Dak Prescott's stats have greatly improved since week 7.

However, a big 300-yard performance has yet to occur. I wish he gets just that against the Eagles. For this, he'll certainly need help from his receivers, including Amari Cooper, who has been outstanding with a Star on his helmet.

What are your wishes for this week's matchup versus the Eagles?

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Wishlist: Dak Prescott Exploits Eagles’ Secondary" 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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