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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly From Cowboys Vs. Bengals

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Cowboys Headlines - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly From Cowboys Vs. Bengals

The Dallas Cowboys hosted the Cincinnati Bengals at home Sunday afternoon, but to say that they were gracious host would be an understatement.

The Cowboys took the Bengals out back to the woodshed and gave them an old-fashioned  whooping, coming away with 28-14 victory.

The final score doesn't really indicate how dominate the Cowboys were in all phases of the game. They completely shut out the Bengals in the first half and the only touchdowns Cincinnati was able to score were really during trash time.

This Cowboys squad is really starting to come into their own and perform like one of the better teams in the NFL.

This game was supposed to be a good measuring stick to help determine exactly what type of team the Cowboys have, but if we learned anything from yesterday's game, it is that this team is the real deal.

Below is this week's version of The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly. I hope you enjoy.

The Good

Cowboys Headlines - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly From Cowboys Vs. Bengals 1There was a lot of good that happened against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon for the Dallas Cowboys, but after narrowing down the options, I decided to go with Ezekiel Elliott.

There were many of us fans that were worrying about Elliott's workload so far, but on just 15 carries he was able to rack up 134 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns. He also had three receptions for 37 yards.

Elliott's 60 yard touchdown run was the longest play from scrimmage for the Dallas Cowboys offense all season, proving that he is capable of taking it to the house every time he touches the ball.

#21 was able to accomplish all of this against arguably the best defensive front he has faced all season, which made it even more impressive.


The Bad 

Cowboys Headlines - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly From Cowboys Vs. Bengals 2There wasn't a lot of bad that happened for the Dallas Cowboys against the Bengals. There were however two separate plays that I think tied for this category.

The first play was when Lucky Whitehead  muffed the punt deep on the Cowboys side of the field. Thankfully, he was able to recover the ball because it could've been a game changing play and given the Bengals the momentum.

The second play was when Dak Prescott was stripped of the ball, which was eventually recovered by the Cincinnati Bengals. Again, the Dallas Cowboys were lucky that things didn't turn out worse. It could've easily been scooped and scored for a TD.

This may seem like nitpicking, but these two plays could have changed the entire dynamic of the game if things hadn't gone the Cowboys way.

The Ugly

Cowboys Headlines - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly From Cowboys Vs. Bengals 3Okay, I may have cheated a little bit with this one, but the pass rush for the Dallas Cowboys made things ugly for Andy Dalton the entire game.

I expected DeMarcus Lawrence to make a couple of impact plays in his return and help boost the pass rush. But, I never expected them to harass Andy Dalton the way they did the entire game Sunday afternoon.

The Dallas Cowboys defensive front pressured Dalton the entire game and finished with four QB sacks. Lawrence might have been a little rusty, because he could've possibly added two more.

Regardless, it was encouraging to see the Cowboys defense perform as well as they did, especially pass rush. Let's just hope this is a sign of things to come for the rest of the 2016 season.

What would your Good, Bad, and Ugly be for the Cowboys against the Bengals?

Please feel free to use the comment section below to share any thoughts or opinions you have about the game against the Cincinnati Bengals.


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 Wishlist: Dress Rehearsal Edition

Mauricio Rodriguez

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In the NFL, the third preseason week is often referred to as the "Dress Rehearsal." It's usually the week in which starters get the most playing time. That has changed lately, with plenty of teams deciding to take care of their key players instead of risking them on the field. However, the Dallas Cowboys have played their starters on their first two games and there's no reason to believe that will change versus the Texans today.

Here is my wishlist for the Cowboys vs Texans "Dress Rehearsal!" Let me know what your wishes for tonight's game are in the comments section below or tweet me @MauNFL!

Wish #1: Justin Phillips Locks Up a Roster Spot

Phillips has been one of the most surprising players this offseason and preseason. The Cowboys are set at linebacker, but Phillips has made sure to be a tough guy to cut. Last week, he had a remarkable interception against the Rams. Despite making a first step toward the line, he managed to adjust and made the play. He has followed it up with more plays in practice.

If he keeps it up, the Cowboys won't be able to cut him. He has the potential to be a force on special teams and a quality backup.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Devin Smith (AP Photo / Josie Lepe)

Wish #2: Devin Smith Makes Things Interesting

The battle for the final wide receiver spots is at full-go. Devin Smith has shined lately, and has risen as a serious candidate to make the roster. However, it seems like other wide receivers have the upper-hand as of now. Earlier this week, I made my Cowboys WR Power Rankings and had Devin Smith at #7.


His TD catch versus the Rams last week was pretty impressive, and I wish he makes a few more plays to make the debate all the more interesting.

Wish #3: Tony Pollard Does It Again

Fifth-round rookie Tony Pollard stole was the show last weekend as he racked up 51 total yards (five carries, one catch) and a touchdown on Dallas' first offensive drive. He looked impressive as the starting running back, giving us just what we wanted to see.

While many have advertised him as a gadget player, Pollard proved he can actually be a "standard" RB. He ran between the tackles, showed power, balance and great vision. I'm ready to watch it again, this time versus the Texans.

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Wish #4: Taco Charlton Shines Rushing The Passer

Taco Charlton has made a couple of plays in preseason on his third year with the Dallas Cowboys. Against the Rams, he batted down two passes and looked good separating from opposing offensive linemen. Charlton has gotten praise from some analysts during these first two preseason weeks.

But I want to watch some quality pass rush from his part. Right now, the Cowboys' roster counts with some promising players, including rookies Jalen Jelks and Joe Jackson. While they're currently below Taco, he must prove he belongs on the roster.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Wishlist: Dress Rehearsal Edition" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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DL Kerry Hyder Impressive In Cowboys Week 2 Preseason Win

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Kerry Hyder

Kerry Hyder joined the Cowboys this offseason on a one year deal, and while the four-year NFL veteran has put up some solid tape in his time around the league, it was hard to project just what he could bring to the Cowboys defense.

Listed at 6'2" 270 pounds, Hyder is a bit of a tweener on the defensive line. Though the answer to "will he play tackle or end" seems to be "both" to this point in the preseason.

As he fights for his life on this deep defensive line, Kerry Hyder had himself a day in the Cowboys 14-10 victory over the Rams last weekend.

Hyder made an excellent play defending a screen pass in the first quarter, reading the play perfectly and reacting quickly to running back Darrell Henderson coming out of the backfield. Hyder also created some pressure on the quarterback, and finished with 3 combined tackles in very limited playing time.

Hyder's versatility is working well for him as he looks to make the final roster. Like a Tyrone Crawford type player, Hyder will be able to move inside and out depending on the situation. This allows the Cowboys to be flexible in how they structure their depth chart on defense, and in how they decide to rush the passer on third down.


A pass rushing package involving Robert Quinn and DeMarcus Lawrence on the edge with the combination of Hyder and Maliek Collins on the inside could turn out to be a very dangerous one for opposing offenses to deal with.

Rod Marinelli spoke to this versatility a couple of months ago, showing just how much he values what Kerry Hyder can bring to this team.

"Maybe you adjust him sometime, once in a while – in a one-on-one pass rush situation, stick him over a guard and start to get a feel for it.” - Rod Marinelli

Earlier this offseason, I wrote that Kerry Hyder could end up being Rod Marinelli's next great under-the-radar find on the defensive line. And if he continues to play with the hustle and awareness that he had on Saturday, he's going to make Rod look very smart in his evaluation.

Kerry Hyder is making it very difficult for the front office to let him go. And, at the end of the preseason, I do expect Kerry Hyder to find himself on the Cowboys' active roster. Especially considering how Mike White is playing at quarterback, and how his release could open up an extra spot at a different position group.


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#DALvsRAMS: Tony Pollard Proves he’s no Longer Darrell Henderson’s Backup

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#DALvsRAMS: Tony Pollard Proves he's no Longer Darrell Henderson's Backup

For the better part of three years Tony Pollard was forced to play second fiddle to Darrell Henderson during their time with the Memphis Tigers. But, Saturday night in the second week of preseason Pollard emerged from the shadows and proved he's no longer Henderson's backup.

Tony Pollard put on an impressive show Saturday night against the Los Angeles Rams. He touched the ball a total of six times and turned it into 51 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for 42 yards on the ground, averaging 8.4 yards per carry, and had one reception for 9 yards. All in all it was an impressive performance and one that arguably outdid his former teammate, Darrell Henderson.

Tony Pollard is starting to look like a real weapon for the Dallas Cowboys. It's still a small sample size, but in the first two preseason games he's proven the jump up in competition isn't too big for him. As a runner he's been decisive, picking up what yardage is given and not dancing around. He hasn't been utilized much in the passing game yet, but that time will come.

The Dallas Cowboys couldn't be happier with the way their rookie RB has performed thus far. He's everything they've said he was, and quite possibly much more. Maybe those Alvin Kamara comparisons weren't that far off after all.


We all know Ezekiel Elliott will return to the Dallas Cowboys at some point, but for now Tony Pollard doesn't look completely out of place as their lead back. He still needs to work on his pass protection, but everything else he's been asked to do he's excelled at.

I don't know about you, but I'm excited about seeing what No. 36 can do when these games start to matter in 2019. He will once again have to accept a backup role like he did behind Darrell Henderson in college, but you can bet the Cowboys coaching staff will reward him based on his play so far in preseason.

Pollard's versatility to be a weapon as both a runner and receiver in the passing game should make him a unique chess piece in the offensive game plan each and every week. He's been exciting to watch so far and we haven't even seen him in the return game yet, which was a big part of his game in college. I'm personally expecting big things from him this season. What about you?

What do you think of Tony Pollard's preseason performance so far?


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