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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Week 7

Brian Martin



Cowboys Headlines - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Week 7

The Dallas Cowboys had Week 7 off due to their bye week, but that doesn't mean things going on around the NFL didn't impact them in some way or another.

Honestly, I don't think the Cowboys bye week could have come at a better time.

This team has been resilient playing through injuries to several of their key players, and  coming off the win against the Green Bay Packers there were a lot more members of the team that needed the extra time to rest up.

It amazes me that we're almost halfway through the 2016 season and the Cowboys look to be one of the best teams in the league.

They are still sitting atop the NFC East division with a 5-1 record, despite not playing this week and have the division rival Philadelphia Eagles up next on their schedule.

This week's edition of The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly was a little bit more difficult to complete, but finished none the less.

I hope you enjoy.

The Good

Cowboys Headlines - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Week 7 1About the only good that happened for the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7 is that their bye week probably couldn't have come at a better time.

There are a lot of players that are banged up and needed a week off from football activities to recover/recuperate.

Tyron Smith, Orlando Scandrick, and Chaz Green are just a few of the players that have had to miss at least one game due to their injuries. All three are probably glad to have a little extra time to recuperate so they can join their teammates on the field.

Morris Claiborne probably benefited the most after suffering a concussion against the Green Bay Packers in Week 6 due to friendly fire from linebacker Sean Lee. The extra days off has allowed him to take his time to get back on the field without having to try to rush through the concussion protocol.

The Bad 

Cowboys Headlines - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Week 7 2The bad of Week 7 is without a doubt having to sit through the weekend and not watch the Dallas Cowboys play.

The 2016 season for the Cowboys has been exciting and I don't know about you, but I look forward to watching them play every week.

I've become almost like a drug addict looking for their next fix. I need/want more Cowboys football in my life, and to make it through the week I had to go back and watch a few of the earlier games this season just to make it.

It was tough trying to get through the week without seeing Ezekiel Elliott get closer to breaking Eric Dickerson's rookie rushing record, or watching Dak Prescott and Cole Beasley make plays in the passing game.

Fortunately, the countdown is on until the Dallas Cowboys face-off against the division rival Philadelphia Eagles. This game can't get here fast enough.

The Ugly

Cowboys Headlines - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Week 7 3The ugly of Week 7 was without a doubt having to sit through Sunday and watch the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles win games, hoping all the time that they would somehow lose.

I honestly don't know which game was more frustrating to watch.

The Giants were fortunate enough to come away with a victory in London because the Los Angeles Rams shot themselves in the foot, especially at the end of the game when they had a chance to score.

The Eagles and Minnesota Vikings game was basically a turnover fest, but the Eagles were able to do just enough to beat the only undefeated team in the NFL.

These games were without a doubt some of the ugliest performances I've seen teams put together. But, that should encourage all of us Cowboys fan since we have the Eagles, Giants, and Vikings coming up on the schedule. Hopefully their sloppy play continues.

At least the Washington Redskins lost. Right!?

What are your good, bad, and ugly of the week 7?

Use the comment section below to share with us your thoughts and opinions of the going on's are in the NFL during the Dallas Cowboys by week.

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.

  • Jeff Miller

    I think all teams in NFC winning show that the NFC East is again the contending division!!! So knocking off Eagles this Sunday makes it even sweeter being a true Blue Cowboys Fan!!

    • Brian Martin

      Yes it will Jeff. Both the Eagles and Giants were lucky to escape with a victory. I don’t think their luck will hold out against the Cowboys though.

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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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