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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly For Cowboys Against Washington

Brian Martin



Cowboys Headlines - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly For Cowboys Against Washington

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.

The good

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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.

The bad 

Cowboys Headlines - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly For Cowboys Against Washington 1I 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.

The ugly

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Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

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?

Please feel free to use the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions on this topic.

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

  • Oscar Reyes

    Ugly is the least of the words to use on the so call Referees. The Referees were worst than Super Ugly. They favored the Jackasses of Washington Redskins. There were plenty of failed calls that the Media was even Super Surprised that no flag was thrown on Horrible Plays made by Washington Redskins. They were sure to throw flags on the Cowboys and to the point to even make up a false penalty against the Cowboys. There should be a fine against the Referee who misses to throw a flag plus when a Referee favors a team to prohibit the Referee from being in that game. The review committee on each game should always stay in communication with the Referee in charge of the game and make sure that a late flag is thrown for the failure of a Referee to throw a flag. The Media knows how to make a Referee look real Stupid and Dumb when they fail to throw a flag on a penalty. Thank goodness that the All Mighty Dallas Cowboys overcame the Ugliness of the Worthless Referees and came out with a Win. HIP HIP HOORAY FOR THE ALL MIGHTY DALLAS COWBOYS.

    • Brian Martin

      Oscar, I agree that there were some questionable calls by the referees, but I think they pretty much let the players play the majority of the game.

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Dallas Cowboys Have Missing Piece at Offensive Line

Jess Haynie



Dallas Cowboys Have Big Hole on Offensive Line
Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News

There are a lot of positions being talked about right now for the Dallas Cowboys. Upgrades are needed at several spots, but one critical position needs even more than that. Left guard is completely unmanned, and that could be a big problem for the 2018 offensive line if it's not addressed soon.

Last year's starter, Jonathan Cooper, is currently an unrestricted free agent. So are backups Joe Looney and Byron Bell.

Right now, Chaz Green is the only other non-starter under contract who has any NFL experience at left guard. Nobody wants to see him on the field next year.

Dez Bryant may be a big topic but at least he's under contract. The same goes for safety, where we at least have options to turn to if free agency or the draft don't yield anything.

Left guard, though? The cupboard is bare.

La'el Collins' Position Flex Could Come in Handy for Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys OT La'el Collins

One option could be to move La'el Collins back to guard, where many feel he has the most upside, and then find a new right tackle. But that would be changing two positions to fill one hole, and Collins was playing well at tackle by the end of the year.

And obviously, we don't want to see Chaz Green playing that spot either. Or any spot. Ever.

No, at this point it makes sense for Dallas to leave Collins where he is and either sign or draft a starting LG. The question is how much do they want to invest?

The Cowboys are already shelling out big bucks to Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin. Even Collins counts about $7 million against the cap. They have three first-round picks already tied up in the offensive line.

Some thought veteran free agent Josh Sitton would be a nice option, but he got picked up by the Dolphins today for about $8-9 million per year. That's more than Dallas can afford given their limited cap space and other needs.

No, the LG in 2018 is going to need to be a salary cap bargain. That means either re-signing Jonathan Cooper or Joe Looney on the cheap, or perhaps paying a rookie salary to a high draft pick.

Last year's 19th overall pick, O.J. Howard, counted just $2 million against the Bucs' salary cap in 2017.

There are some older veterans who could be cheap band-aid options, such as Matt Slauson or Evan Smith. But you don't get very far down some lists of available guards before you see Jonathan Cooper's name, and continuity is always a plus.

The point here is don't expect any big move, even with the enormity of the need. Dallas will likely reach an agreement with Cooper after he's tested the free agent waters a bit, assuming nobody else scoops him up.

If not, the need at left guard will become increasingly dire the further we get into the offseason.

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Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space

Sean Martin



Travis Frederick

Patience is a virtue for football fans everywhere this time of the year, especially those of the Dallas Cowboys. A team known for using free agency to deal with their own expiring contracts and players, Cowboys Nation has been anxiously awaiting an addition to improve this roster before the draft. While the wait will continue for outside help in Dallas, the Cowboys have created $7.5 million in cap space by restructuring the contract of Center Travis Frederick.

Jane Slater on Twitter

C Travis Frederick will restructure his deal to help clear up roughly 7.5M in cap space for the #Cowboys per source informed

Restructuring the contracts of their cornerstone players is nothing new for the Cowboys. Rarely doing so with a clear "next move" in sight, the market for top FA talent at WR and OL may have already passed the Cowboys.

Having the space to negotiate with available players now opens the door just slightly further for Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu acquisitions to become realistic. Reportedly, the Cowboys have inquired about both safeties (Thomas via popular trade talks and Mathieu as a free agent, released by the Cardinals) and have been met with price tags the Jones' were forced to turn away.

Giving up assets for players that will warrant large future contracts is not currently the Dallas Cowboys' way, but being able to sign somebody in free agency has been. To avoid a repeat of 2017, a season arguably derailed as soon as the team's free agent class failed entirely, the Cowboys will need to find proven players that can contribute on the market in the coming weeks.

With the help of the anchor to their star-studded offensive line, the Cowboys can come to this market with slightly thicker wallets now. Keep the optimistic tweets alive, and tip Travis Frederick accordingly.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Place 2nd Round RFA Tender on DL David Irving

Jess Haynie



David Irving

One of the more anticipated Cowboys free agency moves has finally happened. Defensive lineman David Irving has been given the 2nd-round Restricted Free Agent tender, which would result in a $2.91 million contract for 2018.

David Moore on Twitter

Source: the Cowboys have used a 2nd round tender on DT David Irving. The cost is $2.91 million.

If another team offers Irving a contract, that would have to send their 2018 second-round draft pick to the Cowboys.

There was no doubt that Dallas would extend an RFA tender to Irving, one of the bright young stars on their defense. The question was at what amount; they could have gone with the $4.1 million tender which raises the compensation to a first-round draft pick.

With a difference of only about $1 million, some might argue that the Cowboys went lower to entice other teams to try to sign Irving. Perhaps they don't foresee giving him a big long-term deal next year, so want to get something for him now.

It's a logical argument, and one that means there may be more to this story before the offseason ends. For now, though, David Irving's closer to remaining a Cowboy than he was yesterday.

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