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The Destiny That’s On The Cowboys Side This Sunday In Pittsburgh

RJ Ochoa



Cowboys Headlines - The Destiny That's On The Cowboys Side This Sunday In Pittsburgh

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The Dallas Cowboys are going to visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. If you're a football fan of any level, you're excited about this.

This is the meeting of arguably the two most historic organizations to ever field professional football teams. It happens once every four years, and it's a moment to be properly hyped up.

In preparation for the upcoming duel, I was doing some research on the last time these two squads battled at Heinz Field, where the contest will take place. It was December 7th, 2008 and it was quite the nail-biter.

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Those 2008 Steelers were pretty good. They won Super Bowl XLIII over the Arizona Cardinals, so that makes them the best in the world that season. Part of what made them tick was their league-leading defense, coordinated by Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau.

Coach LeBeau has a very famous detail when it comes to coaching defense in the NFL - 17 points. As a defense, if he can limit the opposing offense to 17 points or less then he feels like his offense can beat that. 17 points. Dick LeBeau, who is the current Defensive Coordinator for the Tennessee Titans, has to be quite happy with the 2016 Dallas Cowboys as their defense is holding their opponents to 17.5 points on average through Week 9.

Through eight games, the 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers played five of the eight teams that the 2016 Cowboys have through eight performances: Cleveland, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, New York Giants, and Washington. All of these teams have experienced significant turnover as it's been eight seasons, but we're talking about 63% of the same franchises here.

The "mighty" 2008 Steelers, through eight games, were holding their opponents to 14.5 points on average... just three less than our current Cowboys. Pretty interesting, isn't it? A defense that is regarded as one of the best in the history of Super Bowl Champions was only a field goal better than Rod Marinelli's Mighty Orphans through eight games.

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Pittsburgh carried an impressive distinction with them into that December 7th game when they hosted the Cowboys. Up until that point the most yards surrendered to a single running back by the Steelers were the 73 earned by New England's Kevin Faulk. The Cowboys took a rookie running back into that game, and had one on the sidelines injured for what it's worth, with odds stacked against them.

The rookie running back in question was current Cowboys Coach Tashard Choice. He broke down the eventual World Champions more than any running back that had come before him that season, all the way to the tune of 88 yards. It was an impressive feat for a rookie running back on the Cowboys, a sentence we've muttered seemingly over and over this season.

While the NFL is entering Week 10, the Dallas Cowboys have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher. America's Team has the stingiest defense when it comes to opposing RBs hitting triple digits, just like the 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers.

Considering that at the same point in the season that team was only three points better than ours defensively, I'd say we're in some pretty solid company. You can't fight destiny.

What do you make of this potential defensive destiny? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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  • Sean Martin

    Going to have to pretty much sell out against the run this game to ensure that the Steelers can’t beat us on the ground and in the passing game. Game over if that happens.

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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

Brian Martin



Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys

This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.

Allen Hurns joins a receiver group that features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown, and the recently added Deonte Thompson.

While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.

What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?

Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?

Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?

Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?

All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.

Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.

Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.

What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?

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What Signing Thompson Means for Hurns and Cowboys WR Position

Mauricio Rodriguez



Questions Surround Cowboys WR Position After Deonte Thompson Signing

UPDATE: News of Hurns saying he will sign with the Cowboys broke as this article went live. 

Free Agency began a bit late for the Dallas Cowboys, but they've already done enough to get fans discussing about the latest additions to the roster. Adding help on offense, defense and special teams in form of tier-2 free agents may not be what Cowboys Nation wants to see, but I'm certain they wouldn't have enjoyed giving Sammy Watkins a three-year $48M contract, either.

However, the Cowboys are clearly in the wide receiver market after an offensively disappointing season. They have quite a few of this year's class of wide receivers prospects scheduled to visit Dallas, and they've hosted some WR free agents as well.

This week, they even signed one.

Deonte Thompson, who started seven games for the Bills last year, is coming to Dallas on a one-year $2.5M contract. The 29-year old could be the burner receiver this offense is missing and could end up being an improved version of Brice Butler for the Cowboys in 2018.

He hasn't had a great career but last season was his best year so far. Starting three games for the Bears and seven for the Bills, Thompson was able to rack up a career-high 555 yards and two touchdowns.

His best attribute as a player is definitely the speed he brings to the table and his ability to separate down the field, which he'll be looking to do on Dak Prescott's offense this season.

But there was another wide receiver visiting Dallas this week and now we wonder whether or not the Deonte Thompson signing will keep the Cowboys from targeting former Jaguars' WR Allen Hurns.

According to Todd Archer, that won't be the case.

Todd Archer on Twitter

Told the signing of Deonte Thompson does not close the door on the Cowboys' interest in Allen Hurns, who visited the team Wednesday and had dinner. Things could get interesting in the Cowboys' wide receivers' room.

It shouldn't be. First of all, Hurns is a much better player than Thompson and would provide this offense with a receiver who can play in the "X" or in the "Z" role. We've been talking about getting Prescott a reliable target to try to give him a "best friend." Allen Hurns could be just that.

Sure, he's had a couple of down seasons, but the talent is there to take.

Simply put, the Deonte Thompson signing shouldn't stop the Cowboys from looking at WR in the first round of the NFL Draft. Allen Hurns would.

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It sure would make things interesting in the wide receiver room for Dallas. Despite what many believe, Dez Bryant will probably remain a Cowboy even if Hurns is signed. Let's say the Cowboys go out there and get the 26-year old from Jacksonville and have to decide which six receivers to keep for the season.

They'd possibly have to decide among these:

  • Dez Bryant
  • Terrrance Williams
  • Cole Beasley
  • Ryan Switzer
  • Allen Hurns
  • Deonte Thompson
  • Noah Brown
  • A drafted rookie?  

This is where a lot of dilemmas start taking form. Cole Beasley and Ryan Switzer are basically the same player and if you're not going to use them both at the same time, do you keep them anyway? What about Terrance Williams? He could be the worst receiver to make the cut just because of his contract. 

Noah Brown showed promise in 2017, are they ready to move on from him? And finally, a rookie could very well end up beating Deonte Thompson, who was guaranteed a million in his contract.

Wide receiver is indeed one of the top needs for the Dallas Cowboys. They could head to the 2018 NFL Draft needing one in the top rounds or they could be fine signing Hurns and taking a late-rounder receiver to compete in training camp for a spot on the roster.

As long as they're having a tough time deciding because they are all good, it should be fine.

Tell me what you think about "What Signing Thompson Means for Hurns and Cowboys WR Position" 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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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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