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The Perfect Day: NFC East Struggles, While Cowboys Relax



Hey guys, just some quick hits I wanted to deliver to you after a seemingly perfect bye week. The Cowboys obviously didn’t get to play this week to improve there chances of making the post season, but the NFC East did a good job helping them anyway. We’ll look at each team and give a real quick synopsis of what happened.

New York Giants- The Giants had the terrible task of trying to tame the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome. Here is the deal, the Giants haven’t played any talented teams yet, except for the maybe the Cowboys who they needed many mistakes and a late field goal to save them from defeat. Obviously they lost today, 48-27. Thanks in large part to the dominating Drew Brees who went 23-30 for 369 yards and 4 touchdowns. It was more the story of the Giants Defense that didn’t even show up. Bree’s saw minimal pressure and the secondary was awful. The Giants fall to 5-1 on the season with Arizona and Philadelphia up next.

Philadelphia Eagles- The Eagles are truly the shocker here, losing to the lowly Oakland Raiders. The Eagles defense didn’t even show up, so as they are soul searching, I’ll talk about the poor performance from the Eagles who couldn’t get anything together. I bet fans come up begging for the benching of McNabb and for him to be replaced by Kolb or Vick. Even though that benching would do nothing, Eagles fans don’t see it that way. They fall to 3-2 and have to face 3 straight NFC East games with Washington, New York, and Dallas on deck.

Washington Redskins- The Redskins accomplished what the Cowboys couldn’t last week, and that was being defeated by Kansas City. It was an ugly game, and that’s to be expected by the Skins these days. Things look to get worse for them, Campbell got benched and Jim Zorn is probably on his way out. Stay tuned. They are 2-4 and have Philadelphia and a Bye coming up.

All-in-all it was a good day for the Cowboys who got to relax this Sunday. Lets just hope that their preparations are good enough to defeat Atlanta coming up on Sunday, and send the Cowboys into good position in the NFC East. That’s all for tonight guys, hope you enjoyed your football.

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  • Joe

    I loved seeing the Saints run up and down the field on the Giants lol, also knew the Skins would loose, but the benching of Cambell was a plus. Zorn will be gone this week, if not, when they lose their next game he will. The Raiders game was blacked out, but was watching the play-by-play on Joked with a friend before it started, who is a Raiders fan, and said watch this upset. I laughed for a good 30 minutes when they won, all these losses def. made my Sunday that much better.

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

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Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

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Orlando Scandrick

After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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Dallas Cowboys Have Missing Piece at Offensive Line

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Dallas Cowboys Have Big Hole on Offensive Line
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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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