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Tweet Break: 11-1 Cowboys Find Another Way to Win in Minnesota

Sean Martin

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Wow.

The Dallas Cowboys 2016 season has been nothing short of incredible. Last night on Thursday Night Football, the Cowboys rolled to their eleventh straight win against the Vikings!

Was it pretty? No. Have we seen Jason Garrett's team play better this season? Of course. Did Cowboys Nation still take to Twitter to celebrate this monumental victory? YOU BET!! 

As always, here is my post-victory collection of the best of those tweets.

Silver & Blue Swagger

Thomas Thacker on Twitter

Is their a better way to celebrate? We think not! @rjochoa @ShoreSportsNJ

Thomas is a great friend of ours here at Inside The Star, a loyal fan that frequently sweats out games with some fellow writers and I on Twitter. As Jason Witten recovered the onside kick that sealed this win though, Thomas and his exceptionally dressed squad all did the "dab".

Well done. The Cowboys are 11-1. I'll never be able to type this enough.

RJ Ochoa on Twitter

It is now mathematically impossible for the #Eagles to finish with more wins than the #Cowboys this season.

Offense Struggles, Defense Rises to the Occasion

It is important to note once again that this was an ugly win for the Cowboys. Wins like this can be imperative for contending teams though, as this young and resilient squad proved that they can find multiple ways to win - even doing it mostly behind their defense last night!

5StarLinemenAcademy on Twitter

NICE RUSH @Benny_b0y10 ! That's that SSR- Stab Swat Rip! One of my fav moves I train my taller and longer DEs on. Keep OT away! #MINvsDAL https://t.co/7sBEEUnkql

Against a banged up Vikings' offensive line, Rod Marinelli's defensive line came to life a bit, recording hits on Bradford that caused some key incompletions. Even Benson Mayowa, who found himself on the active roster for the first time in three weeks, got around the edge to drag down Sam.

Mike Renner on Twitter

Since everyone is talking about it, yes T.J. Clemmings was moving before the ball was snapped

In the secondary, Barry Church's return helped this still banged-up unit force some tight window throws, sealing the deal with a stand on this two point conversion - which was backed up five yards after a false start.

Marcus Mosher on Twitter

Another hyper efficient Dez night. 6 targets. 4 catches for 84 yards and a TD against the league's #1 pass defense.

As far as bright spots for the Cowboys offense, Dez Bryant's eventual game-winning touchdown capped off another efficient night for him. Prescott was able to find him when it mattered, and move the offense without Jason Witten catching a pass for the first time since 2008!

https://twitter.com/NFL/status/804549903317749760

 

Ezekiel Elliott actually had his third straight game under 100 yards, but like Bryant, he moved the chains with timely plays that continuously wore down an incredibly tough Minnesota defense.

It wasn't the type of offensive performance that has won games this season for the Cowboys, but it was good enough to win...

11 in a row, what's next?

Bleacher Report on Twitter

11-1. The Force is with the Cowboys.

The Cowboys can clinch a playoff spot as soon as Sunday, with a Buccaneers loss or tie at the Chargers or a Redskins loss in Arizona to the Cardinals.

As for the next time we'll see the boys in silver and blue on the field, their December 11th Sunday Night Football meeting with the Giants at MetLife Stadium will give them a chance to wrap up the NFC East title with a win.

Just one more win, and the 4-12 Cowboys of 2015 will be long dead and gone. The 2016 Cowboys will be 12-1, with playoff football to look forward to.

That's something to tweet to, as the best fans in the world certainly did enough of that last night. Thank you for reading another victory edition of Tweet Break! 

The Other John Williams ✭ on Twitter

11-1. 11 game winning streak. 4 games left and may have clinched a playoff spot. What Can't these #Cowboys do. #TweetBreak

Click here to catch up on previous editions of #TweetBreak, and remember that you can use that hashtag to have your tweets featured right here each week!

Want to talk about the Cowboys eleventh straight win!? Use the comment section below, or email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com.

You can also find me on Twitter @ShoreSportsNJ for any of your Dallas Cowboys football talk! 

Tell us what you think about "Tweet Break: 11-1 Cowboys Find Another Way to Win in Minnesota" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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NFC East Showdown: Cowboys Offense Primed to Dominate Redskins

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Will Dallas' Recent Offensive Success Continue Against Washington?

The Dallas Cowboys are probably as confident as they have been all season as an offense after completely manhandling the Jacksonville Jaguars defense last week. They were able to put up 40 points on the Jaguar's top-ranked defense and now have to do the same against their division rival, the Washington Redskins.

I don't think there would be any argument if I were to say the Washington Redskins defense isn't nearly as talented as the Cowboys faced last week with the Jaguars. In fact, the Redskins are ranked near the bottom of the league in almost every defensive category, which should have Dallas' offensive players primed for this matchup.

As things stand right now, the Washington Redskins are giving up 21.2 points per game which ranks 24th in the NFL. They are also giving up 344 total yards (25th in the NFL) and 227.2 passing yards a game (24th). The lone bright spot of their defense is stopping the run, where they are currently ranked 12th in the NFL and are only allowing 116.8 rushing yards to opposing running backs.

Luckily, the Dallas Cowboys and Quarterback Dak Prescott looked to have found a groove with their passing game last week against the Jaguars top-ranked passing defense. With the Redskins ranked near the bottom of the league in passing defense, I think the Cowboys should and probably will build upon the success they had last week.

Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott

Now, I fully expect the Cowboys passing game to find success once again against the Redskins, but I also believe Running Back Ezekiel Elliott to dominate on the ground like he has in the past against Washington.

Zeke only played in one game against the Redskins last season, but absolutely dominated in that contest. He rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns a year ago and I wouldn't be surprised if he is close to that milestone this week as well, even if it is against the strength of Washington's defense.

I'm really hoping I'm not a being a little overconfident here, but I guess I'm just buying into the success the Cowboys had on the offensive side of the ball last week. The offense finally started to do the things that have made them successful in the past and I'm expecting that to carry over into this week.

I believe we will see Prescott using his mobility once again, although I don't know if he will rush for 83 yards. I'm also expecting to see Wide Receiver Cole Beasley heavily involved in the passing game again because Washington doesn't have a defensive back who can cover him. Of course, let's not forget Ezekiel Elliott. I'm expecting him have a big game as well.

Overall, I really don't see the Washington Redskins defense giving the Dallas Cowboys any problems on the offensive side of the ball as long as they execute the way they did last week. I know when these two teams square off against one another it's usually a slobber knocker, but I think the Cowboys are the better team and is the one that comes away with the victory.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys offense will dominate the Redskins defense?



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Can Dak Prescott Continue His Washington Domination On Sunday?

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Dak Prescott, Redskins

There has been a lot of change within the Dallas Cowboys since 2016.

Veteran playmakers like Dez Bryant and Jason Witten are no longer around, Tony Romo lost his starting quarterback job, and Dallas has jumped from league best to worst to average seemingly every week.

One thing hasn't changed these past two years, however, and that is the Cowboys beating the Washington Redskins. In fact, since Dak Prescott took over as the starting quarterback in Dallas the Cowboys are 4-0 against Washington. Even as the sky was falling in Dallas a year ago, and the Cowboys offense looked like the worst in football, they still found a way to dominate Washington 38-14 and snap their then-three game losing streak.

In his four career games against Washington, Dak Prescott has quarterback ratings of 103.7, 108.9, 82.2, and 93.4. To put this into context, Prescott's average quarterback rating this season is 85.5 and that is really driven by his outlier positive rating of 118.6 against the Detroit Lions. To be fair, however, his 54.5 rating against Seattle was also a heavy outlier.

Prescott isn't the only Cowboy who has exercised this dominance over Washington, though. As Staff Writer John Williams has pointed out, Jason Garrett is 11-4 against the Redskins since becoming the Cowboys head coach, and Dallas has won six of their last eight against Washington since 2014.

So heading into Sunday's rematch with their division foe, history says the Cowboys should be feeling rather confident, right?

Well there's another streak occurring the Cowboys will actually be looking to break on Sunday. That, of course, is their winless start on the road this season.

Ironically the Dak Prescott-led Cowboys have actually been a good road team until now, going a combined 12-4 the past two seasons. And, since the new stadium opened in 2009, the Cowboys have been historically better on the road than at home, making this year's 3-3 start even more bizarre.

To put it simply, "somethings gotta give" on Sunday. Either Dak Prescott and the Cowboys will continue to beat up on the Redskins and get a leg up in the NFC East, or this horrendous road start will continue for another week.

Either way, I'm sure the takes will be hot on Monday morning.



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Cowboys Face Latest Challenge Fighting for First Road Win at Redskins

Sean Martin

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Cowboys Face Latest Challenge Fighting for First Road Win at Redskins

The Dallas Cowboys 40-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars feels like just the introduction to this season's story. Whether or not the body of this story tells a disappointing tale or one of triumph can be revealed as early as this Sunday.

When the Cowboys travel to Washington, they'll be looking for their first road win of the season, and with it the NFC East lead over a Redskins team that would fall to 3-3 and 0-1 inside the division.

Early season losses at the Panthers, Seahawks, and Texans do little in predicting the Cowboys faith at the Redskins. These three teams are a combined 6-2 at home this season, with the Cowboys most recent loss in Houston falling much more on coaching than it did on-field execution.

Making their week six win over the NFL's top defense look extraordinarily easy, the Cowboys continued on a seemingly timeless trend under Jason Garrett. Returning to AT&T Stadium at 2-3, the Cowboys won their 12th game at one under .500 under Garrett.

Their 378 total yards on offense against the Jaguars brought their average in three home games up to 363.3, nearly 88 yards better than their road performances this season. The Redskins have allowed 326.2 yards per game this season, ranked fifth in the league just behind the Cowboys at 315.2 yards a game.

Garrett has gone 11-4 in his head coaching career against the Redskins, winning his last five at FedEx Field by an average of less than 10 points a game. The Redskins have turned the ball over just five times this season and allow a stout 90.2 rushing yards per game, meaning this game has all the makings of another classic between historic NFC East rivals.

In an ongoing effort to learn just who these 2018 Cowboys really are, a close win on the road would go a long way, beyond the slack they were afforded earlier this season to tighten up their game and make a serious push for the division.

The Cowboys will be on their bye week following Sunday's game. It comes at the perfect time for players like Sean Lee, Chidobe Awuzie, and Tavon Austin. With Austin struggling to make a sustained impact in the Cowboys offense, Awuzie conceding snaps to Jourdan Lewis, and Lee looking on at Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch dominate at LB, these three Cowboys among plenty of others know how important this game is for remaining relevant down the stretch.

Shortening this rivalry's history to just the games quarterbacked by Dak Prescott, the Cowboys are 3-0 with Prescott completing 65.3% of his passes - easily his highest mark against any NFC East foe.

The Cowboys confidence in getting to 4-3 should rest in Prescott using both his arm and legs to give the Cowboys the lead, than force Alex Smith to beat this defense.

The Redskins aren't a team that will beat themselves, leaving this one for the taking of a Cowboys team buried after week five's loss and crowned NFC East leaders 'elect' by week seven. A funny game this NFL is, and one the Cowboys don't want to play around with too much when considering Sunday's opponent - as well as the task at hand of earning a win on the road the latest in a season since 2013 for Dallas.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys Face Latest Challenge Fighting for First Road Win at Redskins" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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