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Tweet Break: Dak Prescott Bests Tom Brady As Cowboys Roll To 1st Place

Sean Martin

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DISCLAIMER: The following edition of Tweet Break can only be enjoyed as fully intended if you are wearing a polo in celebration of Cowboys Nation's fifth straight #VictoryPoloMonday. If you are, which you should be, tweet us your pictures to @CowboysNation!


On that note, what a Monday it is! The best team in the NFC Dallas Cowboys just went into Green Bay and defeated the Packers on the road 30 to 16. In yet another statement win, young stars Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott did their thing in support of a defensive effort that saw David Irving force three fumbles and Barry Church intercept a pass.

This team is for real, but you already knew that. To help spread that message around, plenty of Cowboys' fans and media members have took to Twitter to share their thoughts on America's Team. As is the case following every victory, I gather the best tweets to help you enjoy #VictoryPoloMonday that much more!

Away we go!

Cole Beas(t)ley Doing His Thing

Cole Beasley has become not only a favorite target for Dak Prescott, but one of the better slot WRs in the NFL this season. Elevating his game to the next level, Beasley caught two more scoring passes from Prescott in this win.

Of course, the Packers entered this game depleted a bit defensively, but Beasley was not going to be denied in an offense that once again was without the services of Dez Bryant.

https://twitter.com/BeckyBaybe/status/787805792699154438

Gabriel Plat ✭ on Twitter

So... @DCBlueStar @DraftCowboys @CowboysNation

Speaking of Dak...

The Dallas Cowboys' backup quarterback is better than Tom Brady. Get on our level, America. Although he did throw his first interception in this game, Prescott made it through his first eight pass attempts without throwing one to the bad guys, surpassing Tom Brady for the longest streak of attempts to start a career without a pick.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Dak Prescott is now statistically better than Tom Brady. It's a fact.

This fourth round rookie, wearing #4, has led the Cowboys to the top of the NFC East, adding to his resume with a win against Aaron Rodgers' Packers - with Brett Favre watching and having his name put in the Ring of Honor at halftime, the only other QB to wear #4 and beat Rodgers at home besides Dak.

Cowboys Nation on Twitter

Per @rjochoa: Only two QBs that wear #4 that Rodgers has ever lost to at Lambeau are Favre (with Vikings) and Dak today.

Dak is ours, and we are lucky to have him. The kid gets it.

Tim Cato on Twitter

one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play football, and Brett Farve

How 'Bout That Defense??

For as much attention as Prescott and Elliott have rightfully earned, Rod Marinelli's defense has done its job all season long - despite all of the doubt and negativity they entered the season with.

Alan Hawke on Twitter

@dallascowboys did their part to honor Brett "Interception" Favre by forcing four turnovers #TweetBreak

In a four turnover performance, the Cowboys did much more than simply bend but not break, coming up with timely stops to never allow this game to slip away despite losing top CB Morris Claiborne before the half.

David Irving was a beast along the defensive line, forcing three fumbles as a rotational player that the Packers had no answers for.

✭Arnold Barbar McCool✭ on Twitter

DAVID IRVING IS A GOTDAMN MONSTER SENT FROM THE SEA TO EAT CHEESE

Marinelli has his guys buying into his philosophy on the defensive side of the football for Dallas, and the results have been incredible through six weeks.

Elliott Running to the Record Books?

DCBlueStar on Twitter

This means Zeke needs 1105 more yards to break Eric Dickerson's rookie rushing record of 1808. He'll need 110.6 per game to do so.

Entering this game, the Packers had allowed 42.8 yards a game on the ground. By the end of the game, the best running back in football had put up 157 rushing yards on them - as Cowboys' rookie Ezekiel Elliott imposed his will to keep his league lead in rushing.

110.6 yards per game seems reasonable, considering he just became the first rookie to go over 130 yards on the ground in four straight games.

Bleacher Report on Twitter

Ezekiel Elliott becomes the first rookie in NFL history to rush for 130+ yards in 4 straight games https://t.co/oRG1oMangM

Eat, Zeke. And maybe put some pants on for your next interview? Maybe not? Whatever works, superstar.

https://twitter.com/kay_blacksimba/status/787839694679584768


That will conclude another edition of Tweet Break - on our fifth straight #VictoryPoloMonday! The 5-1 Cowboys will be on their bye week before hosting the Eagles in week 8. This gives you - the fans - plenty of time to use the #TweetBreak and make a case to be featured right here at Inside The Star!

Its that simple. Use the hashtag. Tag me @ShoreSportsNJ. Enjoy ruling the football world and the Twitterverse with our first place Dallas Cowboys!

Tell us what you think about "Tweet Break: Dak Prescott Bests Tom Brady As Cowboys Roll To 1st Place" 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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Could Loaded FA Safety Market Drive Down Earl Thomas’ Value?

Brian Martin

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Could Loaded FA Safety Class Drive Down Earl Thomas' Price Tag?

It's no secret the Dallas Cowboys and Earl Thomas share a mutual interest in one another. Thomas has publicly stated his desire to join America's Team and the Cowboys did their darndest to make that happen last offseason. Nothing ever materialized a year ago, but it's looking as if the stars have finally aligned and a union between the two could merely be just weeks away.

Surprisingly enough, the Dallas Cowboys may have dodged a bullet last year when the Seattle Seahawks refused to part ways with their All-Pro safety. Not only would they have had to surrender a high draft pick, but they would've also had to extend Thomas' contract. Fortunately, timing is everything and now the Cowboys might just have to do the latter.

A potential contract between the Cowboys and Thomas is of course what I want to dive in today. I'm not going to get into numbers right now, because it's nearly impossible to project any kind of contract for any safety this offseason, especially for the former Seahawk, Earl Thomas.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Right now, it's a little difficult to know who might have the advantage in contract negotiations, Earl Thomas or the Dallas Cowboys. A lot of times the one that has the leverage, however slight, is the one that gets the better of the deal. As surprising as it may be, the Cowboys might just have the advantage here and I'll tell you why.

First off, this year's market for free agent safeties is pretty stacked with starting caliber players. See below:

  • Earl Thomas
  • Landon Collins
  • Lamarcus Joyner
  • Tyrann Mathieu
  • Adrian Amos
  • Clayton Geathers
  • Ha-Ha Clinton Dix
  • Glover Quinn
  • Tre Boston
  • Kenny Vaccaro
  • George Iloka
  • Jimmie Ward
  • Adrian Phillips

Earl Thomas is obviously the headliner here amongst the free agent safeties, but having so many starting caliber players available could drive down Thomas' market value just a bit. This is especially true when you take into consideration the market for FA safeties just a year ago. It was almost a complete standstill last year, with only Kurt Coleman signing a three-year $16.5 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. Not even the "Honey Badger" Tyrann Mathieu could get more than a one-year deal.

With all of these safeties available in free agency, we could be looking at another stingy market. This of course could be good or bad news for the Dallas Cowboys, especially as it pertains to Earl Thomas. Since he is the top FA safety available, everything could once again be at a standstill until he is signed.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Of course, we all know this will ultimately come down to determining Earl Thomas' market value. There is no denying he is still arguably the best free safety in the game today, but there are concerns about his age (30) and the two lower leg injuries he's sustained in the past three years.

Even with the loaded free agent market of starting caliber safeties and Thomas' age and recent injury history, he's still likely to receive a contract that earns him $10 million annually, give or take. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he gets another four-year deal worth $40 million, $25.7 million guaranteed, with a $9.5 million signing bonus like he signed with the Seahawks back in 2014.

The Cowboys of course would probably find a four-year $40 million deal for Earl Thomas acceptable. They would more than likely frontload the contract with a lot of protection in the details. They have the cap space to make this happen and still be able to sign their own, so money shouldn't be a problem.

Now, whether or not Thomas' market value may dip a little due to all of the above mentioned reasons will be something we will have to wait and find out. Regardless, I'd be a little shocked if Earl Thomas doesn't finish his career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you think Earl Thomas' market value will take a little hit this offseason?



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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

What a difference a receiver makes, right? As Dallas fans, we know the impact of a player who can shake coverage, get open, and catch the ball. How was the season going before the Cowboys pulled the trigger for Amari Cooper in the deal with the Raiders? Cooper proved to be the lightning rod and a turning point in a season that was growing increasingly dismal. Dak Prescott and Cooper went together like peanut butter and jelly, while the Cowboys stormed to a division title and a postseason berth.

Now, imagine all of that times two… maybe even two and a half if Antonio Brown could be had from the Steelers. Scary right? We understand there’s only one ball to go around but that didn’t stop Kevin Durant from joining the Warriors, did it?

As of this writing, the best online sportsbooks like Intertops, are dealing Dallas as the seventh of 16 choices to win the NFC championship at odds of 12-1. Imagine how those odds would shrink if Brown wore a Cowboys uniform next season, giving Prescott the luxury of not one upper echelon wideout but that plus an elite receiver. Hut, hut, hut and a few clouds of smoke later the Cowboys would be moving the chains or celebrating in the endzone.

Brown and Cooper would be a devastating combination with Ezekiel Elliott coming out of the backfield. Brown was made for Dallas, it gives him an even grander stage than the one he shared with Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell in Pittsburgh.

Despite the fact that the 'Boys haven’t won a Super Bowl since Barry Switzer was roaming the sidelines in the mid-90s, America’s Team still resides in Dallas. But we need a game-changer and Brown is just such an athlete. But what do we give in return and will that cost be worth whatever productive years Brown has left after this one? Let’s not forget that the mercurial Miami native will be 31 when the season begins and men who make a living with their legs don’t get better at that age. But Brown is so good and so unique that, even if he drops half a click, he's still amongst the best in the game.

That level of talent is hard to replicate and it could be the missing piece which allows Dallas to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season and the year after.

However, up to this point, we’ve been very good at dreaming of a Brown to Dallas trade but haven’t quite worked out the details. It takes two to tango and if we expect to get the Steelers’ attention we need to give them something valuable in return. Dallas surrendered their first-round pick (27th) this season when they traded for Cooper so that’s no longer an asset.

Pittsburgh would be vying for a first-round pick (and likely more) for Brown's services but some have speculated Dallas would consider dealing rookie-standout Leighton Vander Esch.

Wait... what? We know, you’re clutching your pearls, and the words are stuck in your gasp. We get it. The kid was a home run this past season, leading the Dallas defense in tackles and earning a Pro Bowl invitation in his inaugural NFL season. But this would be a Faustian deal.

The Cowboys give up a player who is poised to be a stud for years to come for a playmaker in Brown that could render a Super Bowl in the immediate future. Brown's expiration date will surely turn his milk sour sooner rather than later, but in the here and now, Antonio Brown could be the bell cow who leads the Cowboys to the promised land before he’s put out to pasture.

Just something to think about...



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2018 In Review: CB Anthony Brown Bounces Back

Kevin Brady

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Anthony Brown's Resurgence A Great Sign for Cowboys Defense
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To say it's been an up-and-down start to the career of young cornerback Anthony Brown would be an understatement.

As a sixth round pick in 2016, everything Brown contributed during his rookie season was a plus. Due to injury he was asked to step into a greater role as the season went on, and he performed well enough to make the front office comfortable allowing multiple veterans to walk for nothing in free agency the following Spring. Brown looked like a legitimate starting cornerback in the league, and when Dallas brought in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis during the next draft, the young secondary seemed set.

Then 2017 happened. And Anthony Brown struggled. Really struggled.

These struggles, coupled with the emergence of both Lewis and Awuzie during their own rookie seasons, made Brown's status heading into 2018 rather uncertain. Some wondered if they would trade him for a day three pick, others thought Brown could even end up being cut. Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were slated to compete for the nickel cornerback job in training camp, and as it turned out, all Brown needed was that one extra chance to compete.

Brown won the job outright during the preseason, and began 2018 as the starting nickel. A fan favorite, most thought Lewis would reclaim his rightful spot on the depth chart sooner or later, but Anthony Brown's play (and Kris Richard's preferences) kept Lewis on the bench for much of the season.

Simply put, Anthony Brown balled in 2018, and was the Cowboys' second best corner for most of the year. By the end of the season Chidobe Awuzie had regained form, but Brown and Byron Jones were the most consistently reliable corners on the roster all of 2018.

Brown tallied 44 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception in 2018, and finished third on the team in pass breakups with 8. As the slot corner Brown had an excellent season, especially for a former sixth round pick.

Now he enters a contract year, and with the Cowboys having so many guys to pay over the next two offseasons, he could find himself as an unrestricted free agent in 2020. And if he can keep up his play from last year moving forward, he could be in for a nice payday that Spring.



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