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Tweet Break: Cowboys Roll Lions “Just For Fun”, Dez Bryant Makes History

Sean Martin

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Tweet Break: Cowboys Roll Lions “Just For Fun”, Dez Bryant Makes History
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If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you love the Dallas Cowboys. Perhaps you even share in on the love for America’s Team on Twitter, as Cowboys Nation came together during this team’s most recent victory to tweet through 2016’s 13th win in 15 attempts.

If not, I was certainly on Twitter enough to cover for a few of you, and as you well know by now – here at Inside The Star – we celebrate #VictoryPoloMonday with victory editions of Tweet Break.

Here are the best silver and blue related tweets to come out of #DETvsDAL.

QB Controversy…with Dez Bryant?

Amazingly, this was a completely meaningless game for the Dallas Cowboys, yet certain players wanted to prove themselves before the playoffs – and they did so, blowing past a good Detroit team.

Dez Bryant was spectacular, catching two touchdown passes from Dak Prescott while throwing a touchdown of his own to Jason Witten. Great things happened when the Cowboys’ best wide receiver touched the ball. Duh.

NFL on ESPN on Twitter

@dezbryant and the @dallascowboys are on to the next one. https://t.co/0DMdbwbebm

Bryant also moved his name up in the Cowboys’ record books with his performance, as he passed Michael Irvin for 2nd all time in team receiving touchdowns. The Playmaker himself weighed in on this massive accomplishment.

Michael Irvin on Twitter

I shld put a congrats on passing me with his 66th TD 1st. Then say “THATS MY SON @DezBryant Wearing the 8’s like he was born 2 wear them

Ezekiel Elliott Can Score the Rock Too…

While #88 was finding all kinds of ways to put up points for the Cowboys, their work horse running back in Ezekiel Elliott certainly didn’t disappoint either. Elliott broke off a 55-yard touchdown to put the Cowboys ahead 14-7 in the first, before scoring again in the third quarter at the goal line.

Dylan on Twitter

Ezekiel Elliott’s 55 Yard TD run was a thing of beauty. #DETvsDAL #MNF #FEEDZEKE 🍽 https://t.co/fgl0fPB0SN

https://twitter.com/rjochoa/status/813565294446870530

There was no Salvation Army kettle celebration for Zeke this time, but his mom did get up close and personal with Elliott’s famous prop from a week ago before the game – supplying us with this awesome tweet.

Momma, Mom & Mommy on Twitter

i would have jumped in had my knee allowed it! LOL

Can Chris Jones Play Linebacker?

We rightfully opened this edition of Tweet Break by talking about Dez Bryant and his play at a position that he is probably better than Mark Sanchez at quarterback, and it wouldn’t be fair to not mention Chris Jones – tonight’s special teams MVP for Dallas.

Cowboys Nation on Twitter

Punter Chris Jones out there doing JJ Wilcox impressions … stealing people’s souls. https://t.co/cbhDkabkyn

Jones laid out this huge hit on the punt return, earning a shout out from the league’s coolest punter in Marquette King of Oakland.

Marquette King on Twitter

Chris Jones!!! 💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽 #KickSquad

For some time in the first half, it seemed like Jones’ service could actually be used by Rod Marinelli on defense, but the Cowboys defense rallied to shutout the Lions through the second half.

What is this Cowboys Pass Rush?

Speaking of that Dallas defense, a big reason for their second-half turnaround was a sustained pass rush that once again featured David Irving wreaking havoc off the edge. Just at the right time, the Cowboys are getting production from their full rotation of defensive linemen – many of which were not even on the field for this win.

Here are just a few thoughts on the guys that stepped up.

Marcus Mosher on Twitter

David Irving is a game-wrecker

Troy Hughes™ on Twitter

David Irving and Benson Mayowa went full on Goku and Vegeta on that rush!!! #DragonballZ #DallasCowboys https://t.co/41moAXaiY4


That will do it for another #VictoryPoloMonday edition of Tweet Break! If you would like to discuss why today is technically still called #VictoryPoloMonday, I can only forward you to my fellow Staff Writer RJ Ochoa. To talk about this edition of Tweet Break, leave a comment below, or email me your thoughts at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com.

To be included in future Tweet Breaks, just tag me @ShoreSportsNJ, or use the #TweetBreak

Tell us what you think about “Tweet Break: Cowboys Roll Lions “Just For Fun”, Dez Bryant Makes History” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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DAL 20, OAK 17: Cowboys and Playoff Hopes Survive Wild Game

Jess Haynie

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Jason Witten, Dak Prescott

On a night when almost everything seemed to bounce the Raiders’ way, the final crucial play went in Dallas’ favor. That proved to be all the difference, allowing the Cowboys to improve to 8-6 and keep their playoff hopes alive in a pivotal road game in Oakland.

After a 55-yard pass interference penalty on cornerback Jourdan Lewis moved Oakland 15 yards from the endzone, Oakland had a few shots at a game-winning touchdown before they’d attempt a tying field goal. On 3rd-and-3, Derek Carr scrambled and went for the score. He dived along the sideline and stretched the ball out toward the pylon, only to lose control. The ball left his hands, crossed the goal line, and went out the side of the endzone.

Cowboys ball. Cowboys wins.

That fumble was Oakland’s fourth of the night. Cordarrelle Patterson fumbled on two of his kick returns but both times the ball rolled out of bounds. Michael Crabtree also fumbled after a catch, but Dallas failed to recover it before the receiver could get back on top of the ball.

Both teams were playing for their playoff lives. When the game was tied 10-10 in the 3rd quarter, Dallas faked a punt from their own 24-yard-line as Chris Jones kept the ball and ran 24 yards. The very next play, the Cowboys attempted a flea-flicker to Terrance Williams that was incomplete. It was perhaps the most aggressive series of calls we’ve seen from Dallas all year.

It was a tough, ugly game. There were 21 total penalties, 14 of which surprisingly belonged to the Raiders. Oakland’s offense executed more consistently while the Cowboys still made crucial stops when needed.

In the end, Dallas survived and advanced in their efforts to sneak back into the NFC playoffs.

Other Notes

  • Dak Prescott had a rough night with two interceptions and no passing touchdowns. One of those picks was due to contact on the throw, but he also missed some opportunities with errant throws and bad reads. He did run one in, though, and had 32 rushing yards total for the game.
  • Alfred Morris and Rod Smith combined for a woeful 74 yards on 23 carries. After a few weeks of big production, this was a good reminder of why we’re so happy to have Ezekiel Elliott returning next week.
  • While Dallas was unable to sack Derek Carr tonight, they applied a lot of pressure and forced several bad throws. Carr only completed 55% of his passes thanks to consistent heat from DeMarcus Lawrence, Sean Lee, and even Taco Charlton on a few plays.
  • It was another solid night from the Cowboys’ young cornerbacks. Despite the big penalty on Oakland’s final drive, Lewis had a solid night all around along with Chidobe Awuzie. Anthony Brown also showed up, having a few nice deflections in crunch time.
  • The Cowboys will head back to Dallas to reunite to with Ezekiel Elliott and prepare a welcoming party for the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday. Seattle was humiliated at home today, losing 42-7 to the visiting Rams. With the Cowboys and Seahawks now tied at 8-6, Dallas can bury them next week with a victory.

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Cowboys and Raiders Offer Many Parallels

Jess Haynie

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Dak Prescott, Derek Carr

For only the 12th time since their first meeting in 1974, the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders will face off tonight in what will likely be a season-ending game for the loser. Two of the NFL’s premiere franchises, the Cowboys and Raiders have lived almost entirely separate lives throughout their history. Despite that, the two organizations in many ways seem like mirror images of each other.

The Raiders are up by one game, 6-5, in the previous 11 games between Dallas and Oakland. The Cowboys have won the last two matchups, both of which were in Dallas. This will be the first they’ve played in the Raiders’ stadium since 2005.

Oakland is one of only a few NFL franchises the Cowboys have a losing record against. Dallas is .500 or better against 26 the 31 other teams in the league. The only other franchises with winning records against the Cowboys are the Baltimore Ravens (4-1), Cleveland Browns (17-14). Denver Broncos (8-5), and the Green Bay Packers (19-17).

Throughout NFL history, perhaps now two owners have challenged the establishment more than the Cowboys’ Jerry Jones and the late Al Davis of the Raiders. Davis sued the NFL in 1980 when his efforts to most the team to Los Angeles were blocked. This year, Jerry Jones threatened litigation against the league for how the commissioner’s contract negotiations were being handled.

in 2017, the Cowboys and Raiders were both Super Bowl contenders who have had disappointing the seasons. They go into this week at 7-6 and 6-7 respectively, nearly even, and with similarly slim hopes of still making the playoffs. Both may be still be able to sneak in if they keep winning, but help from other teams is also needed.

Even their quarterbacks can be compared. Dak Prescott and Derek Carr are two of the top young stars at QB in the game but have had adversity this year.  Carr has been trying to bounce back from a major leg injury last year that cut short his breakout season. Prescott, a rookie sensation in 2016, has had to fight the sophomore slump while also dealing with the loss of offensive MVP Ezekiel Elliott.

If that wasn’t enough, both their first names start with a “D” and end with a “K.” Mind-blowing stuff, huh?

All kidding aside, both Dallas and Oakland entered 2017 with championship goals and have had tough blows along the way. Both will be without key players tonight; Dallas still missing Elliott while the Raiders won’t have franchise receiver Amari Cooper. These personnel issues have plagued their seasons and left both on the brink of playoff elimination.

Who stays alive tonight? For two teams that only see each other every four years, this reunion is of incredible importance to both their immediate futures.

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Cowboys, Raiders Week 15 Injury Report

Jess Haynie

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David Irving

Tonight’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders features two teams still hanging on to slim playoff hopes. Both will have to try to keep their seasons alive without some key players, according the final injury report for Week 15.

Dallas Cowboys

  • WR Brice Butler (foot) – OUT
  • TE James Hanna (knee) – Questionable
  • OT Tyron Smith (back) – Questionable
  • OT La’el Collins (back) – Questionable
  • DL David Irving (concussion) – OUT
  • DT Maliek Collins (foot) – Questionable
  • LB Sean Lee (hamstring/back) – Questionable
  • LB Justin Durant (concussion) – OUT
  • CB Orlando Scandrick (back) – OUT

Don’t be worried by any of the key “questionable” players. They’re all dealing with nagging injuries and will likely be on the injury report the rest of the year. There is no indication that Sean Lee, Maliek Collins, or either of the starting offensive tackles will miss the game.

Brice Butler will miss his return game against his former team, which is more sad for him than any real issue for the Cowboys. Ryan Switzer and Noah Brown could see some more usage on offensive as a result.

Missing David Irving will hurt as Dallas needs to get pressure on Derek Carr. Coupled with Orlando Scandrick’s absence, the Raiders could be dangerous with their passing game. Thankfully, some of this is offset by their star receiving also missing the game.

Oakland Raiders

  • WR Amari Cooper (ankle) – OUT
  • TE Clive Walford (concussion/neck) – OUT
  • C/G Jon Feliciano (concussion) – Questionable
  • DL Mario Edwards Jr (ankle) – OUT
  • DL Denico Autry (hand/ankle) – Questionable
  • CB David Amerson (foot) – Questionable
  • S Ofi Melifonwu (hip) – OUT
  • DB Keith McGill (knee) – Questionable

The big news here is obviously Cooper being out. Michael Crabtree can still ball but Cooper is one of the top receivers in the game. Dallas’ young corners can breathe easier now.

The big injury on defense is Edwards, the son of the former Cowboys cornerback. He’s started all 13 games this year for Oakland. They also could be without starting corner David Amerson due to a foot injury. That could help Dak Prescott to keep the momentum going from his statistical breakthrough last week.

The rest of the players on the Raiders’ report are all backups.

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