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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 WR Terrance Williams Facing Multi-Game Suspension

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An arrest last May for public intoxication may finally result in a suspension for Dallas Cowboys Receiver Terrance Williams.

David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, who reported the pending suspension, outlined the details of Williams' case. Charges were ultimately dropped once Terrance completed an alcohol education course and paid damages to the city.

David Moore on Twitter

Sources: Cowboys WR Terrance Williams faces suspension stemming from May arrest for public intoxication https://t.co/3RmwQOllim via @sportsdaydfw

However, as Cowboys fans know too well, the NFL reserves the right to suspend players under the Personal Conduct Policy regardless of legal outcomes. The 2017 season was marred by the league's persecution of Ezekiel Elliott for domestic violence despite no arrests or charges coming from any legal or police entity.

In Williams' case, there's no dispute of his guilt. It is unlikely he will appeal any decision the NFL makes.

The potential that Terrance will be missing for 2-4 games helps explain the Cowboys' move earlier this week to bring back WR Brice Butler. With both currently active, Dallas has an unusually high seven receivers on their 53-man roster.

It's already Friday, so the suspension is doubtful to come for this week's game in Seattle. But Terrance could easily be one of the seven inactive players on game day, having received the fewest snaps of any Cowboys WR last week against the Giants.

We'll see soon enough, likely as soon as next week, just what the league has in store for Terrance Williams.



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Report: Dallas Cowboys to Sign Free Agent Wide Receiver Brice Butler

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The Dallas Cowboys look to be making a move at the wide receiver position as they attempt to bring some life to the position. No they aren't trading for Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Josh Gordon, but bringing back former Wide Receiver Brice Butler.

According to a report from Saad Yousuf from The Athletic, the Dallas Cowboys are set to resign the former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver but first have to release someone from the 53-man roster.

Saad Yousuf on Twitter

Cowboys officials are in the process of signing wide receiver Brice Butler, multiple sources tell @TheAthleticDFW. The team has to make a roster move to bring Butler onto the 53 and is trying to decide whom to release to make room for Butler before a final decision is made.

Brice Butler was signed in the offseason by the Arizona Cardinals but was released after training camp. It was a surprising move for the Cardinals. They don't have a ton of wide receiver depth aside from future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald.

Butler's caught 73 passes on 133 targets for 1,177 yards and eight touchdowns in his five career. In 36 games with the Dallas Cowboys Brice Butler caught 43 passes on 81 targets for 794 yards and six touchdowns. In his time in Dallas, he averaged 18.5 yards per reception.

He never really got a lot of playing time with the Dallas Cowboys who had Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley and Jason Witten on the team for the duration of his time in Dallas. The Cowboys coaching staff placed a higher premium on Terrance Williams' run blocking than Butler's big play ability.

To the coaching staff's credit, Butler was never a consistent enough player to be relied upon week in and week out. In 2017, his last season in Dallas, Brice Butler was never targeted more than three times a game and he never caught more than two passes a game. Butler, however, only played 24.51% of the Dallas Cowboys' offensive snaps in 2017.

If the Dallas Cowboys do make this move it's at a curious time. Sources tell 247 Sports' Mike Fisher that the Dallas Cowboys have zero interest at the moment in Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Josh Gordon. You'd think their lack of interest would be because they still like the wide receiver room as it is.

If they do complete the signing of Brice Butler, you'd have to expect that Deonte Thompson would be the wide receiver on the chopping block. They cut him at the end of the preseason and then brought him back during week one.

This signing is unlikely to have an impact on the Dallas Cowboys week two matchup with the New York Giants, but will probably be completed early Monday to get Butler to Frisco to begin preparing for their week three matchup.

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I don't think this is a move that makes a lot of sense for the Dallas Cowboys. They've been down that road before and haven't received the results they wanted. Brice Butler does offer some big play ability, but it was thought that is why they brought in Deonte Thompson and Tavon Austin. Is it possible the Dallas Cowboys are already down on those two players after one game? They wouldn't be bringing Butler back if they didn't have plans for him.

Good or bad, do you think bringing Brice Butler back is the right move for the Dallas Cowboys?



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Cowboys, 49ers Are WR Josh Gordon’s Preferred Teams in Trade/Free Agency

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Cowboys, 49ers Are WR Josh Gordon's Preferred Teams in Trade/Free Agency

It's Sunday morning and the Cleveland Browns are expected to make a questionable decision by tomorrow, which is far from news for a Dallas Cowboys team waiting around for a crucial Sunday Night Football home game tonight. With Cleveland expected to part ways with troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon though, the Cowboys have understandably been linked to Gordon, even more so now with the talented pass catcher stating his own interest in America's Team.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

As teams discuss potentially trading for outgoing #Browns WR Josh Gordon, I'm told he's got his eye on two in particular: The #Cowboys and the #49ers.

Before looking into this any further, it's necessary to point out an all-important missing detail. Without any reports of the Cowboys own interest in Gordon, the soon-to-be free agent is simply the latest player to say he'd like to play for the Cowboys - hardly anything new for the Jones.

The Cowboys need for a player like Gordon has never been more evident though. Heavily criticized throughout the offseason for how they handled their wide receivers, the Cowboys passing game was a non-factor in the team's 16-8 week one loss.

Signing or trading for Gordon could do little to fix this, but the risk may also prove worthwhile for Dallas. The Baylor Bears product did put up 1,646 yards in 2013 with minimal talent around him, and has a career 17.3 yards per reception.

His ability to take the top off a defense is something the Cowboys are sorely missing. What they won't miss from not acquiring Gordon is the off-field trouble, taking on a player that missed all of 2015 and 2016 due to suspension.

Last season,  Gordon was reinstated for the Browns final five games.

The NFL is, at least cautiously, easing their policy on players suspended for marijuana usage. Look no further than the Cowboys own Randy Gregory to prove this, as Gregory has already become a success story for the league by being with the Cowboys this season.

Whether or not Gregory plays on Sunday night (officially listed as DOUBTFUL) after suffering a concussion in his long-awaited return last week is yet to be determined. So too is Josh Gordon's future as the latest player on his way out of Cleveland.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

From @gmfb Weekend: The #Browns plan to release Josh Gordon after he showed up late, injured his hamstring during a photo shoot, and in general completely lost their trust. https://t.co/cX2HGZPBXi

I'm of the belief that Gordon won't last long on the open market, meaning this won't be the latest Cowboys story/non-story to drag through the presses. Any fan looking to pass time between now and kickoff against the Giants could probably find me saying the same about free agent WR Dez Bryant however.

Thanks to Bryant still being a free agent along with former Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey, the team has looked smarter than expected in the long-term on moves like these.

If there's a smart way to bring on Josh Gordon, Dallas should be considering that too.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys, 49ers Are WR Josh Gordon’s Preferred Teams in Trade/Free Agency" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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