I will be completely honest with you, and say that I was a little bit more worried this week than I have been. I thought that the Dallas Cowboys would struggle a little bit more with the Washington Redskins, especially with their explosive offense.
There were just a lot of variables that made this divisional matchup a tough one. The secondary is banged up, it was a short week, and the Redskins created quite a few matchup problems for the Cowboys on both offense and defense.
My fear that the Cowboys might lose this game started to subside after Ezekiel Elliott scored a rushing touchdown on the opening drive. The past few games the offense has gotten out to a slow start, so it was good to see them open the game with a TD.
I don't know about you, but it sure made my Thanksgiving better.
The Dallas Cowboys are now 10-1 after defeating the Redskins, and now have their eyes set on the team up north, the Minnesota Vikings.
Below is what I thought was The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly for the Dallas Cowboys against the Washington Redskins yesterday afternoon.
I honestly think that the good each week for the Dallas Cowboys could involve Ezekiel Elliott or Dak Prescott in some way.
I think it's time that we stopped calling them rookies and just start referring to them as football players, because that is what they are.
Elliott and Prescott helped lead the Cowboys to a 10-1 record and definitely did their part yesterday afternoon against the Washington Redskins.
Dak Prescott didn't have his best statistical game, throwing for only 195 yards and one touchdown, but he did add another 39 yards on the ground with one rushing TD. It was enough to put the Cowboys on top.
Ezekiel Elliott had a much better outing this go-round against the Redskins and finished the game with 97 rushing yards and two TDs. He also had two catches for 23 yards.
The combination of Prescott and Elliott makes this offense dangerous and is a big reason why the Dallas Cowboys are on an impressive 10 game winning streak.
I believe the one thing that kept the Washington Redskins in this game was the fact that Kirk Cousins was able to throw the ball 53 times without the Dallas Cowboys defense even coming close to sacking him. That was definitely the bad yesterday afternoon.
The Cowboys might have the best record in the entire NFL, but regular-season records don't count for much once you reach the postseason.
To me, the Cowboys need to improve their pass rush if they want to be serious contenders once the playoffs get underway. Yes, there are still quite a few games left, but I don't really see a scenario where they aren't playing in the postseason.
Maybe they can get back on track against the Minnesota Vikings and their injury plagued offensive line. That could be the confidence booster they need, at least I hope so.
I think the ugly for the Dallas Cowboys yesterday against the Washington Redskins was seeing yet another defensive back go down with an injury.
You may not have noticed or you might have just forgotten, but J.J. Wilcox suffered a deep thigh contusion in the third quarter and was unable to return to the game.
Wilcox has been filling in for Barry Church while he has been out with a forearm injury, and has done an adequate job.
The secondary for the Cowboys is already thin at both cornerback and safety, so Wilcox's injury is truly unfortunate.
Luckily though, it looks as if Barry Church could be back in the lineup Thursday night against the Minnesota Vikings, but if not Jeff Heath would become the starter next to Byron Jones.
What is your good, bad, and ugly for the Cowboys against the Redskins?
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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday
According to Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys have a meeting scheduled to visit with Free Agent Safety Eric Berry Tuesday at The Star.
Source: Former #Chiefs S and new free agent Eric Berry is visiting the #Cowboys on Tuesday. His first visit. They have a need there...
Eric Berry has spent his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they drafted him fifth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. After signing Earl Thomas last week, the Chiefs decided to part ways with their former All-Pro Safety.
Berry, 30 is an intriguing free agent for the Dallas Cowboys. When healthy, he is arguably one of the best safeties in the league. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him off the field these last few seasons causing him to only start in only three games since 2016.
This is a move many of us expected to happen after the Cowboys decided not to get into a bidding war for Earl Thomas, a player linked to Dallas for over a year now. In Berry, Cowboys Nation would be getting a similar player with the same kind of red flags. Both Thomas and Berry have to be approached with caution due to their injury history the past few years.
Depending on his asking price, Eric Berry absolutely makes sense for the Dallas Cowboys. He would be an upgrade over Jeff Heath and would pair well with the Cowboys up-and-coming three-year safety Xavier Woods.
This is still just a visit, so we should probably get our hopes up that a signing is imminent. But, I think we can all agree Eric Berry is exactly the "right kind of guy" Jason Garrett is always preaching about. He's a cancer survivor, five-time Pro Bowler, and All-Pro player. What's not to like!?
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder
The Dallas Cowboys added more defensive line help today after signing former Detroit Lions Defensive End Kerry Hyder.
Going back to Texas! #CowboysNation
Hyder, 27 originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech with the New York Jets in 2014. He spent a year in New York before signing a future/reserve contract with the Detroit Lions in January 2015.
He had a breakout eight-sack year with the Lions in 2016, but tore his Achilles in 2017 causing him to miss the entire season. In 2018 he had just one quarterback sack after Detroit switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme.
Overall, this is a good depth signing by the Dallas Cowboys. Kerry Hyder has starting potential, but shouldn't keep the Cowboys from upgrading the position further through either another free agent signing for the draft.
Dallas Cowboys 2019 Free Agency: Week One Recap
It's been just a week since NFL free agents could begin negotiating with other teams, but it feels like a lifetime for anxious Cowboys fans. Dallas' seemingly passive approach to 2019 free agency has left many disappointed. Still, there are some moves to recap.
As has become their strategy in recent years, the Cowboys have focused on filling up their depth chart and trying to avoid any glaring holes prior to next month's draft. They've re-signed several backups and added at least one likely rotation player.
It's still far too early to judge Dallas' activity. Comparing the 2019 roster to last year will depend heavily on the draft, growth from current players, and other factors. But with the "second wave" of free agency upon us, it's a good time to look at who's come, gone, and stuck around so far.
- TE Jason Witten (unretired)
- TE Codey McElroy (Rams)
- DT Christian Covington (Texans)
The biggest addition so far this offseason wasn't even a free agent, at least not in the purest sense of the term. Jason Witten's surprising return from retirement helped shore up one of Dallas' biggest needs, though it may not preclude them from drafting a tight end high in April.
Also at tight end, Dallas signed developmental project Codey McElroy. His experience is in baseball and basketball, having played just one year of college football. But at 6'6'" and 255 lbs., and having spent last year working with the Rams, the Cowboys must see something they're intrigued by.
Last week Dallas signed Christian Covington, who had 3.5 sacks for Houston in 2018 playing as a 3-4 defensive end. He should move to DT in the Cowboys' scheme and should be a solid addition to their rotation.
- WR Cole Beasley (Bills)
- TE Geoff Swaim (Jaguars)
- DL David Irving (shenanigans)
- LB Damien Wilson (Chiefs)
Beasley is heading to Buffalo on a four-year, $29 million deal. It appeared the relationship soured between Cole and Dallas over his playing time last year, and clearly the Cowboys didn't fight hard to keep him.
Damien Wilson followed Anthony Hitchens to Kansas City to help round out their linebacker corps. Once it was announced that Dallas was hanging on to Sean Lee in 2019, it was fairly certain that Wilson wouldn't be back.
Also not expected back was TE Geoff Swaim, who signed with Jacksonville. Even before Witten came back, Dallas appeared likely to stick with Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz for returning talent and then add an upgrade via free agency or the draft.
While still a free agent, nobody expects David Irving back in Dallas or even the NFL after recent activities. Irving appears focused on a Hollywood career and advocating for medical marijuana use at this point.
- FB Jamize Olawale
- WR Tavon Austin
- WR Allen Hurns (team option)
- OT Cam Fleming
- G/C Joe Looney (team option)
- DE DeMarcus Lawrence (franchise tag)
- DT Daniel Ross (ERFA)
- LB Justin March-Lillard
- S Darian Thompson
While Dallas put the franchise tag on prized pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence, his return in 2019 is far from settled. Lawrence has previously sworn he wouldn't play under a second franchise tag this year, and last we heard the two sides are far apart on a long-term deal. Could a holdout be on the horizon?
The Cowboys doubled-down on WR depth by re-signing Tavon Austin and exercising their team option on Allen Hurns' contract. Both are able to play out of the slot, meaning we could see more of a rotation approach to replacing Cole Beasley next year.
Dallas also re-signed fullback Jamize Olawale, which was a surprise given his low usage rate last year. Perhaps the change to Kellen Moore at offensive coordinator was behind this one, hoping to take better advantage of Olawale's receiving skills going forward.
Joe Looney and Cam Fleming will also be back as valuable backups on the offensive line. Looney started 16 games last year at center and also helps at guard, while Fleming will be the swing tackle once again for his second season in Dallas.
On defense, Dallas kept Daniel Ross in their DT rotation after solid performance in 2018. Justin March-Lillard return at linebacker, particularly for his value on special teams. And Darian Thompson, a former third-round pick by the Giants, is back as an ongoing developmental player.
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