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Dallas Cowboys Are Still America’s Team

Bryson Treece

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This has gone on long enough, and even if I'm not the best person to finally say it, I am saying it. The Dallas Cowboys are still America's Team, and it is evident every day.

People point to the Pittsburgh Steelers winning a record sixth Championship, to the long lineage of football success that they've enjoyed, and continue to enjoy. People bluntly state the last twelve years that Dallas has gone without a playoff victory have tarnished their image, their reputation, and their history in this league.

I say enough! Enough of the hype before the first kickoff, enough of the praise before a victory has been earned.

People say that these Dallas Cowboys don't understand what it takes to be leaders, that they don't have the heart their predecessors so momentously bled from on the field at Texas Stadium. People claim this organization has lost its prestige, and along with it, the respect of the nation.

I say enough! Enough of the scapegoats, the media, and the Monday morning quarterbacks.

You see, I grew up a Cowboys fan. Living just down the road from the home of this great dynasty, it wasn't a matter of choice or preference to be a fan; it was merely a matter of learning how to be a gracious and loyal fan.

Yet I'm surprised to hear so many of my fellow fans buying into the fanfare. We're Cowboys fans, some of us for many years, some of us for only a few years. We know what it's like to be a Cowboys fan; hated by many, and envied by most.

Sure, the shine has dulled over the past decade, but when I listen to these people talking about the Great Steelers, all I hear is "The Dallas Cowboys".

It's a lesson I've learned, that you can't beat the greatest team without first recognizing that they are the greatest team, and every week of the season these Dallas Cowboys stand before a foe that wishes to defeat them, and conquer the infamous beast. Look around you, turn on your television, your radio; search for Dallas Cowboys on google, then you try to find the end of whatever you find and tell me, was there an end in sight?

It doesn't matter that this team hasn't had post-season success since 1996; this team is still America's Team. The Dallas Cowboys are mentioned on nearly every sports radio and television production. They are in dozens of newspaper articles each day, and countless blogs and websites around the world. They are now the owners of the greatest football venue in history, an accomplishment well deserved. A monument to the legacy that is the Dallas Cowboys, a legacy that could never be dismantled over a single game or season, or even a decade of both.

And soon, maybe not this year or next year, but soon these Dallas Cowboys will orchestrate the kind of domination that we fans have been missing, craving.

Every great leader in history has been down at one time or another, and the Dallas Cowboys are no different. They're down right now, and have been down for a dozen years, but it's the trials and tribulations that birth the strength to get back up and stand proudly before this country to declare, "How ‘bout them Cowboys!"

And as long as the Star remains on the turf in Arlington, they will continue to fight. That's what I believe, and no amount of people saying that the Dallas Cowboys aren't America's Team anymore will change that.



Nothing gives me greater joy than the experience of being a Dallas Cowboys fan come time to check another victory on the schedule every Sunday. I live Inside the Star everyday and blog on it occasionally, as well. Follow us on Twitter - @InsideTheStarDC

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5 Comments
  • Martin

    Is it just me or does all Cowboys fans, not like the steelers? By steeler i mean the team. All the steelers fans i meet don’t like the Cowboys. I went as far to tell a Cowboys fan that was routing for the steelers in the super bowl that he wasn’t a true fan. Since steelers are our rivals. I myself can’t stand the steelers. I get in argument with steelers fan about Cowboys Being America’s team(AT). Just cause they think they been in the league a long time they should be (AT). I always tell them that nobody looks at the steeler to see what they’re going to do. They look at Jerry Jones of the DALLAS COWBOYS.
    If the cowboys don’t make the Super Bowl, or playoff for some reason or another. I Usually rout for the NFC teams, and the playoff I go for the NFC East. I been a Cowboys fan since 8/78. So far I met some so called Dallas fans. Who wear their gear when they win, but not when they lose. I called those guys wannabe’s. They want to be a part of the win, but not the lost. I think that their full of crap. I wear my Cowboys cap when ever where ever. Win or lose I don’t care. Cowboys till I die. I get comments, but I always got something to say back. Some people tell me It just a game, But for me I believe in the team. I know that they are better then how they been playing.

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson

    I couldn’t agree more Martin. Nobody makes headlines like the Cowboys do, and that’s always been because so many people want to know what the Cowboys are up to. Lately, yes, it has been a lot about the circus Jones is trying to run, but that’s only the last several years.

    Dude, I wore my Romo jersey proudly this past Saturday for my daughters birthday party. That uncle I keep mentioning, well his quick witted wife, my aunt, was there and she was the first to bring up the SB. I passed on the message that the Steelers suck win or lose, but that they would lose. Of course I had no idea at the time that the Stealers didn’t need to play to win that game.

    The Cowboys are America’s Team because America has made them that, not because of some asshole Steelers fans or the number of Super Bowl trophies in Dallas. By the way, the Cowboys have been to the Super Bowl more.

    Now i ask you, what’s harder, winning one game six times, or 10-12 games in a regular season 8 times, and winning another 3 or 4 fives of those eight? The Steelers suck ass …. nuff said.

  • Theo

    I agree with the both of you, no team ever will be able to surpass the greatness of the Dallas Cowboys.

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Cowboys, Redskins Week 7 Injury Report

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Cowboys, Redskins Week 7 Injury Report
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Though it's still early in the 2018 season, the lead in the NFC East is up for grabs when the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins meet this Sunday. Both teams would like their full roster available for the game, but the Week 7 injury reports indicate that won't be the case.

Here are the players either confirmed to be out of action tomorrow or are otherwise listed by Dallas and Washington:

Dallas Cowboys

  • WR Tavon Austin (groin) - OUT
  • LB Joe Thomas (foot) - OUT
  • CB Chidobe Awuzie (ankle) - Questionable

The Cowboys are getting healthier, with Sean Lee finally off the injury report and set to return to action. Not only will Dallas get their elite linebacker back, but it means a deeper rotation while the team remains without Joe Thomas.

Tavon Austin elected to skip season-ending surgery on his injured groin, but his should be out a few weeks. That will put Cole Beasley on punt returns and perhaps create more offensive opportunities for Deonte Thompson and Brice Butler.

Awuzie remains limited in practice but has played the last few weeks despite the ankle injury. There is no reason to think he won't suit up in Washington.

Washington Redskins

  • WR Jamison Crowder (ankle) - OUT
  • WR Paul Richardson (shoulder, knee) - Doubtful
  • S Troy Apke (hamstring) - Doubtful
  • RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) - Questionable
  • RB Chris Thompson (rib, knee) - Questionable
  • G Shawn Lauvao (calf) - Questionable
  • CB Quinton Dunbar (shin) - Questionable
  • CB Danny Johnson (forearm) - Questionable

It's a rough time for Washington's offensive weapons. They will definitely be without slot receiver Jamison Crowder and likely starter Paul Richardson, who current lead all WRs in receptions. Josh Doctson will put into a major role, as will veteran Brian Quick off the bench.

Peterson and Thompson both practiced this week and should play, but have nagging injuries that could slow them down. Washington is already missing Rob Kelley and rookie Derrius Guice, who are both on injured reserve.

Starting left guard Shawn Lauvao is also nursing a lower leg injury, but practiced in a limited capacity all week. His backup is undrafted rookie Casey Dunn out of Auburn.

In the defensive backfield, starting CB Quinton Dunbar was a Friday addition to the injury report with a shin injury. He did practice with it, though, so will likely play. Backup safety Troy Apke is doubtful with a hamstring issue.



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Cowboys Focused on Improved Communication to Solve Road Woes at Redskins

Sean Martin

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Cowboys Focused on Improved Communication to Solve Road Woes at Redskins

The Dallas Cowboys are 0-3 on the road this season. Not only do you already know this, but they do as well, needing to build off a 40-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 6 at AT&T Stadium to claim first place in the NFC East at the Washington Redskins.

Although the Cowboys were given Monday and Tuesday off, they are focused on addressing one alarming reason why the team has struggled so much on the road -- particularly on offense.

Running Back Ezekiel Elliott pointed out the Cowboys lack of communication in early season losses at Carolina, Seattle, and Houston. "Seeing the same thing," was the issue Elliott addressed when discussing the Cowboys knowing their assignments in hostile territory.

Yesterday, Quarterback Dak Prescott told the media of a meeting between players and coaches that addressed this specifically.

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Dak Prescott said players & coaches held a meeting before today's practice to "address the elephant in the room," which is poor communication among the offense on the road. "I know we'll take a lot from that conversation," The QB said.

Unlike Prescott's remarks about new "wrinkles" in the Cowboys offense prior to a 26-24 home win over the Lions, this has a tangible sign of progress for an offense that made scoring 40 on the Jaguars look impossibly easy. The Cowboys season high in total yards remains the 414 amassed against Detroit, after which Prescott confessed that he simply tells the media "things" that aren't necessarily true.

The Cowboys didn't necessarily do anything new against the Lions, but they most assuredly will this week against the Redskins, at least by way of signaling and remaining in sync on offense.

Prescott and Elliott's leadership is on full display here, and their on-field impact can be attributed as closely to the Cowboys successes or failures as any duo in the NFL.

Missing is a similar impact from Center Travis Frederick, who remains sidelined as he deals with GSB.

Joe Looney's play at center has been good enough to pave the way for Elliott's 586 rushing yards so far, second to Todd Gurley at 623 yards, but his ability to call checks for the offense is understandably much more limited.

Looney deserves all the credit in the world for his strong play in place of Frederick. The Cowboys have never asked for him to be anything he isn't, a reliable depth option that earned a second contract and with it the starting center job for the time being in Dallas.

He has the full support of his teammates, Frederick included. All of this is lovely to put down in writing until Looney and the Cowboys have been forced to step on the field with the crowd against them and attempt to sustain a drive, something Frederick will unfortunately not be a part of for a long while.

If the Cowboys offense isn't going to unveil new wrinkles in the scheme, there is one wrinkle worth mentioning that's new to the team's communication on offense this season. With Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan up in the box, his play calls are sent down to first-year Quarterback Coach Kellen Moore, who has been in the ear of Prescott ever since playing with him from 2016-17.

Sure, these are things that could've been addressed before the Cowboys managed only eight points in week one, turned the ball over three times in week three, or punted away their best chance at victory in week five. The best teams in the league likely already have these things down to routine, and few would consider the Cowboys anywhere near the upper echelon of the NFL.

Following sixty minutes of football at a division rival they've won four in a row against, with an even more impressive five game win streak at the Redskins, the Cowboys could control their own path atop the NFC East.

That feels truly incredible for such a young team faced with a steep learning curve early in the season, adjusting to it on the fly as they prepare to leave everything on the field before a bye week.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys Focused on Improved Communication to Solve Road Woes at Redskins" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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#WASvsDAL: Why This Game Holds Increased Importance

Kevin Brady

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Cowboys Pass Rush Better than They're Given Credit For
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It feels incredibly cliche to call the week 7 match-up between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins a "must win." Especially for someone like me who values statistics, logic, and analytics in sports.

But when the analytics agree with the narratives, those narratives do tend to get my attention. And this week that would appear to be the case.

According to Brian Burke of ESPN, the Cowboys's week 7 game has the highest playoff probability leverage in the entire NFC, and is second to only the Houston Texans' big game with Jacksonville around the entire league.

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Playoff leverage for week 7. DAL, WAS, PHI, CAR, MIN, CHI with a lot on the line in the NFC. HOU, CIN, and JAX in the AFC.

What does this mean? Well playoff probability leverage is pretty intuitive. Basically it is the difference between a win this week and a loss this week in terms of probability to make the playoffs.

For the Cowboys that number is at 27%, with a win over Washington catapulting their playoff probability over 50%. On the other hand, a loss would take a big hit to their playoff hopes just 7 games into the NFL season.

As you might expect, this game means a lot to the Redskins' playoff probability as well. Their playoff leverage this week is at 14%, but a win would mean "more" to Dallas than Washington based on the probabilities.

Fellow NFC East foe, the Philadelphia Eagles, also have a lot to gain/lose this Sunday, with their leverage sitting at 22%. According to Burke's model, the Eagles and Cowboys have the best chances of making the playoffs at this point, but if each team wins Sunday the Eagles will still have a higher percentage.

Of course a lot can and will change week to week, despite what the metrics say. The Cowboys still have two games remaining with the NFC East favorite Eagles this year, and will get another crack at Washington at home later in the season. Plus the Cowboys have a few NFC wild card and playoff contenders remaining on their schedule, such as the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. (Yes, the 2-4 Falcons are very much alive in this crazy conference).

Still, the difference between 4-3 (2-0 in the division) and 3-4 (1-1 in the division) is huge, as is shown by Brian Burke's playoff probability leverage metric.



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