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December’s demons lay waiting.  The Cowboys must exorcize a litany of ghosts from seasons past to get to the postseason, and pretty much all hopes hinge on Thursday in Chicago.

Yes, that Chicago, where exactly a year ago Dallas suffered a blustery blistering at the hands of Jay Cutler and his big receivers, and a running attack that carved the Cowboys into nothing more than a sinewy bone left for the dogs.  It seemed a million to nothing that night, and it wasn’t that close.

Dallas must exact revenge in three days, then do it again for Thanksgiving’s turkey, and a third time against Colt McCoy in Week 17.  Add to that a single home game against the Colts, which look a lot like Philly in weaponry and might be the toughest game left.

The stench behind it all is 15 years of December disappointments and folly that hang over this team and this quarterback like too much coffee and cigarettes.  It’s older and more tired to talk about than “Jerry-the-owner-needs-to-fire-Jerry-the-GM”.

At 8-4, it shouldn’t be this precarious, but it is.  There’s a long list of NFC teams at 7-5 or better to gobble up the six playoff spots, and one of them will go to the hapless winner of the NFC South, which is sub-.500 across the board.  Oh, to be 8-4 and in the AFC.  Wishful thinking will do Dallas no good at this point.

All the scenarios says the season hinges Thursday in Chicago.  It appears it’ll take 11-5 to get Dallas in the playoffs because the Cowboys lose virtually every tiebreaker at 10-6.  Only head-to-head with Seattle looks to lean Dallas’ way, and the three-team tiebreakers are not looking good at all.

The positive outlook rests in a win against very beatable Chicago, then extra time to prepare for that Eagles offense in Philly, where Romo and Dallas often play well.  The NFL gave Dallas a brutal hand trying to get ready for that clown show in a short week following a Sunday night game and four-hour flight home the weekend prior.

Just getting that elusive 9th win should provide a bounce in Dallas’ step.  Then, Philly is plenty beatable with ample time to prepare and rest.  (It’s Mark Sanchez for crying out loud.)  At 10-4, this team would take flight and be a lot to reckon with the rest of the way.

The flip side, however, is the unimaginable.  A loss Thursday could tailspin this season into a dangerous path to a fourth consecutive 8-8.  What a calamitous offseason would follow that epic collapse from a team that was once 6-1 and floating on the clouds after dominating Seattle in their nest.

The ebb and flow of 2014 says this team is different, not just in style and substance, but quality throughout.  There’s sound reason to believe this team will answer this calling, get itself into another win-and-in game in Week 17, and handle Washington easily for a playoff spot.  A little help from Seattle this weekend might even give Dallas the East in the end.

It’s important to remember the kind of seasons the Giants, Panthers, Texans, etc, are having.  Opportunity always lies out there in the swamp with the alligators, not on the front porch with the rocking chair and iced tea.

It’s time to get this done.  Exorcise all this now so our heads don’t spin through another offseason and beyond.



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Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb

Tras la partida del veterano Cole Beasley, los Dallas Cowboys tenían un hueco preocupante en la posición de receptor abierto. Incluso después de obtener a Amari Cooper la temporada pasada y el tener a un jugador joven y talentoso en Michael Gallup, el equipo tenía que hacer algo para reemplazar a Beasley como el receptor de slot en la ofensiva. Beasley fue increíble en su trabajo durante su carrera en Dallas, pero la administración nunca estuvo cerca de igualar las ofertas que recibió de los Buffalo Bills. Afortunadamente, ya encontraron el hombre para el trabajo.

A pesar de estar muy callados en la primera semana de agencia libre, los Cowboys empiezan a verse involucrados con varios jugadores disponibles. Su contratación más importante hasta el momento es sin duda la del ex WR de los Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb.

Hace unos años, Cobb atrapó el balón que terminó el partido de playoffs entre los Packers y los Cowboys minutos después de que la recepción de Dez Bryant fuera revocada. En 2019, vestirá la estrella.

Si bien es difícil argumentar que en este momento Cobb es mejor jugador que Cole Beasley, el contrato que la administración le dio al nuevo integrante del equipo es muy razonable. El ex-Packer jugará bajo un contrato por un año y cinco millones de dólares. Lo que preocupa a muchos sobre Cobb es su salud, ya que en 2018 sólo jugó nueve partidos. Sin embargo, su carrera no ha estado plagada de lesiones como muchos lo asumen.

Cobb será un titular en esta ofensiva que utilizará su habilidad para ganar en rutas rápidas. Sus manos son muy confiables y le dará a Dak Prescott otra arma en el juego aéreo. Simple y sencillamente una muy buena contratación de los Dallas Cowboys.

Robert Quinn

¿Robert Quinn, Por Favor?

Esta semana se reportó que el defensive end Robert Quinn estaba de visita en The Star, las instalaciones de los Dallas Cowboys. El DE no es un agente libre, siendo que aún está bajo contrato con los Miami Dolphins. Sin embargo, ambos equipos están en discusiones para llevar a cabo un trade por el caza cabezas de 28 años.

Después de que Randy Gregory volviera a recibir una suspensión, DE apareció entra las necesidades más urgentes del equipo y si no logran atender dicha necesidad previo al NFL Draft, tendrán que utilizar uno de sus primeros picks para conseguir un jugador que juegue opuesto a DeMarcus Lawrence.

Quinn, quien había jugado la mayoría de su carrera con los Rams, aún es joven y productivo. En las últimas dos temporadas ha logrado conseguir 15 sacks. De conseguirlo, los Cowboys tendrían que trabajar en una extensión para él.

Con un año en su contrato actual, no debe de ser muy caro conseguir un trade por él. Me atrevería a decir que la compensación que los Dolphins buscan por Quinn debe de estar en el rango de una selección cuarta y quinta ronda.

Parece un movimiento probable, pero no es difícil imaginar a otro equipo estando interesado en el jugador. Por lo pronto, sabemos que Quinn disfrutó su tiempo con Rod Marinelli y con el equipo de los Cowboys esta semana. Habrá que esperar para saber su destino.

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

Kevin Brady

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.

The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.

After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.

So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.

What exactly is that role, though?

I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.

Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.

Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.

If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.

This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.



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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.

Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.

Randall Cobb on Twitter

Randall Cobb on Twitter

https://t.co/9H9xfApFqe

In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.

This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

https://twitter.com/tae15adams/status/1108158105957920770

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Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb

Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.



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