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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly From Cowboys Vs Bears

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The Dallas Cowboys outplayed and outlasted the Chicago Bears Sunday night in a primetime match up to come away with a 31-17 victory.

The Cowboys are now 2-1 and are sitting third in the NFC East division due to the tiebreaker going to the New York Giants because of their Week 1 victory over the Cowboys.

America's Team looked dominant pretty much the entire game against the Chicago Bears, but if you were paying close attention there were quite a few things that still need to be addressed.

So, since I'm such a big Western movie fan, I decided to turn one of my favorite Clint Eastwood movies, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, into a post game article.

I think the title is pretty self-explanatory, but you will have to keep reading below for further explanation.

Without further ado, here is The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly based on the performance of the Cowboys' performance against the Bears Sunday night.

The Good

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If you're anything like me while watching the Dallas Cowboys take on the Chicago Bears Sunday night, then you pretty much had a smile plastered on your face throughout 99% of the game.

The good that I noticed the most was the performance of the 2016 rookies for the Dallas Cowboys, and in particular Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott.

Elliott and Prescott both had career first against the Chicago Bears Sunday night. Elliott had his first career 100 yard rushing game and Prescott connected with Dez Bryant for his first career touchdown pass in the NFL.

This tandem is the future of the Dallas Cowboys offense once Dak Prescott officially takes over as the starting quarterback for Tony Romo.

The future certainly looks bright for both Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott.

The Bad

Cowboys Headlines - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly From Cowboys Vs BearsThe Dallas Cowboys pretty much dominated all three phases of the game against the Chicago Bears, so there wasn't really a whole lot of bad things that happened Sunday night.

There was one play however that resulted in the Cowboys sole turnover of the game and also allowed the Chicago Bears to drive the field and put points on the board.

The bad play I'm talking about is when Terrance Williams fumbled the ball after a long reception.

Normally, this wouldn't be that big of an issue, but a lot of fans still have a bad taste in their mouths after Williams failed to run out of bounds in Week 1 against the New York Giants to stop the clock and give Dan Bailey a chance of kicking a 60+ yard field goal to win the game.

Williams has to do a much better job with his situational awareness when in the game. Luckily, his turnover didn't cost the Cowboys a victory.

The Ugly

Cowboys Headlines - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly From Cowboys Vs Bears 1With Tyron Smith sitting out with a back injury, Chaz Green got the start at left tackle for the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night against the Bears.

I was worried about Chaz Green having to start an entire game, so I personally kept a close eye on him throughout the game from start to finish.

It wasn't always pretty and sometimes ugly in fact, but he handled himself better than I thought he would. He did have three penalties on the night, one of which was declined.

I thought the Chicago Bears defense would test him more throughout the game, but I didn't see that happen as much as I thought it would.

The Dallas Cowboys might have not only found their swing tackle for the 2016 season, but a future starter at right tackle once Doug Free moves on.

There is still a lot of room for improvement, but Green at least showed he is capable of filling in when needed.

Do you agree or disagree?

Please feel free to use the comment section below to provide 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.

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Cowboys Will Tag DeMarcus Lawrence; What’s the Plan?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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February 20 is an important day for NFL clubs this year. Why? It's the first day in which teams can franchise tag any player. Since 2015, when the Dallas Cowboys tagged Dez Bryant before they were able to work out a long-term deal, Jerry Jones & Co. haven't used the franchise tag. In 2018, though, that will change.

DeMarcus Lawrence just played his best season yet in 2017, and he's looking to get paid big time. Through three years, he had been able to rack up nine sacks, 52 tackles and three forced fumbles. In just 2017, he sacked opposing quarterbacks 14.5 times, had 35 tackles and managed to force four fumbles.

Not only did Lawrence look like an elite pass rusher, but he also improved as a run defender a lot. The Cowboys have been looking for a "War Daddy" for a long, long time and Lawrence seems to be the answer for this football team.

After such a big year, one would expect the Cowboys to sign him to a multi-year enormous contract. But there's a catch. Lawrence failed to remain healthy early in his career and really didn't make as much of an impact until last season.

There's no question that D-Law will be wearing a star come the 2018 NFL season, but will he be doing it under a long-term deal or under a franchise tag?

David Moore on Twitter

Cowboys will not place franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence tomorrow as that window opens but will do so by March 6 w/ understanding the goal is to reach a long-term deal. Both sides have until July 16 to make that happen.

For now, according to David Moore from Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys will franchise tag Lawrence with the objective of getting a deal done in July. The tag however, is not expected to be placed as soon as possible.

Jess Haynie on Twitter

In 2015, the Cowboys didn't place the franchise tag on Dez Bryant until the final deadline day. This year's deadline is March 6th, so it may be two weeks before they make it official with DeMarcus Lawrence. #CowboysNation #DallasCowboys

What would franchise tagging DeMarcus Lawrence mean for this team?

First of all, they'd make sure he doesn't hit free agency in March. This gives the front office time to get to work and restructure players' contracts if they have to in order to open up as much cap space as they can before giving him a deal.

It's worth mentioning as well, cap savings from players who are designated as post-June 1 cuts will already be available. If you want to be more familiarized with the Cowboys' cap situation, I highly recommend you read John Williams' deep dive on the matter.

It'll continue to be a very interesting story for this offseason, as handing a franchise tag to a player tends to become a non-friendly situation for both parties. Let's hope that's not the case for the Cowboys and Lawrence this year and that everything works out fine.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue updating you and the rest of Cowboys Nation throughout the offseason.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Will Tag DeMarcus Lawrence; What’s the Plan?" 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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Watch: Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith Goes Bowling for First Time Since College Injury

Sean Martin

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Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Jaylon Smith did not just defy all odds and return to normalcy in 2017, starting as the Cowboys' middle linebacker for a full 16 games. He became one of the team's and NFL's brightest success stories, earning the right to celebrate everyday activities returning to his life - as football did this season.

https://twitter.com/thejaylonsmith/status/964606764619624453

This is exactly what Jaylon Smith did on Twitter Friday afternoon, posting a Snapchat video of himself bowling. The caption on Twitter adds that Smith was enjoying his time at the lanes for the first time in two years.

It was January 1st, 2016 when Jaylon Smith's injury in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame changed his outlook forever. In that moment, Smith went from a projected top ten pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to a LB that would need a team to take a chance on him - and be patient.

The Dallas Cowboys proved to be that team, using the 34th overall pick on the Notre Dame star and supporting his efforts to return to the field from day one. The entire Cowboys' organization was rewarded by Smith remarkably playing every game this season, inspired by his constant determination to do just that.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith

So, a normal offseason for Jaylon Smith is anything but right now. Still battling the drop foot condition (one that is reportedly healing well and "fading") which limits his movement ability in the lower body, Smith is a normal Dallas Cowboys football player from this point forward.

He can say he's already defined all odds, can expect to take an even bigger stride forward in 2018, and Jaylon Smith can go bowling again. You can't help but be happy for #54.

Tell us what you think about "Watch: Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith Goes Bowling for First Time Since College Injury" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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Dak Prescott’s Accuracy Stands Out in Final 2017 Stats

Mauricio Rodriguez

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2017 was a season that left the Dallas Cowboys with a ton of questions to think about. Dez Bryant's contract, Sean Lee and Tyron Smith's availability, and the future of DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving are some of those questions.

But there's another more pressing question for the Cowboys. How can they get the most out of Quarterback Dak Prescott and avoid another struggling year for him?

Also, what if he has another rough year? At what point does quarterback become a position that needs to be evaluated if he continues to struggle?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that will be the case. In fact, I have a lot of faith in Dak. I think he's shown a lot to be excited about and I definitely believe there's a "quarterback curve" in the NFL. Hopefully, #4 finds a way to get back on track in 2018.

A reason to be optimistic about Prescott's future is an impressive stat from NFL Next Gen Stats. Turns out, Dak Prescott ranked first in the NFL in "tight window throws" completion percentage with 45.8%.

According to Matt Harmon from NFL.com, a "tight window throw" is defined as a pass in which the intended receiver has less than a yard of separation from the defender.

Dak Prescott is far from a perfect quarterback and he's constantly bashed about his throwing accuracy. Just recently, he took part in a passing competition with David Carr before the NFL Honors and well... it's fair to say Carr completely beat him.

Cowboys Twitter was anything but forgiving for the young quarterback, but at the end of the day, I'm not sure a casual passing competition at an event like that one is the way you judge an NFL starting quarterback who has a 22-10 record in his career.

Dak has a long way to go before being considered an excellent quarterback in the league, but a bad season like 2017 doesn't mean it's the end of his career and that the Dallas Cowboys should start Cooper Rush over him.

It's not the first quarterback who struggles one year and he won't be the last one to bounce back from one. As of right now, Dak Prescott rightfully is the Dallas Cowboys QB1. Hopefully he has a better year next season.

Tell me what you think about "Dak Prescott’s Accuracy Stands Out in Final 2017 Stats" 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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