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Tweet Break: Young Cowboys Dominant in Statement Win over Bengals

Sean Martin

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The Dallas Cowboys are on top of the world! Well, at least the NFC East through the first five weeks of the 2016 NFL season. Entering Sunday with a three game winning streak, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott faced their toughest test yet in a home game against the Bengals.

Passing with flying colors, the Cowboys defeated Cincinnati 28-14, to send us into this #VictoryPoloMonday! Along with this occasion, we have another fresh edition of Tweet Break - featuring the best tweets surrounding another win for America's Team!

Ezekiel Elliott Knows No Limits

Ezekiel Elliott faced immense pressure from the second he was drafted fourth overall by the Cowboys, being brought in with his once in a lifetime skill set to run the football behind the best offensive line in the world.

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It may have taken some time for Elliott to get going, but now the 21 year old has run away from plenty of doubters with his league leading rushing performance. Some of you may know that I represent Cowboys Nation from New Jersey, meaning that I am very familiar with WFAN radio host Mike Francesca. In the above clip, you hear Francesca bash the Cowboys for passing on Jalen Ramsey for Elliott.

Yaya Dubin on Twitter

Also Zeke Elliott yards after contact/attempt. Week 1: 2.1 Week 2: 2.0 Week 3: 2.6 Week 4: 3.3 Week 5: 4.4 (halftime, before his 60-yd TD)

To put Elliott's 134 yard performance against a tough Bengals defense in perspective, check out these numbers that show clear improvement in two major areas for Zeke. Dallas' offensive line was dominant in this game, allowing Elliott to pick up a few yards on seemingly every carry before he faced contact, but Zeke banged out 4.4 yards after that contact in this game.

This kid is electrifying in the silver and blue.

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Mr. Reliable Jason Witten

In what was an all-around fantastic team win for Jason Garrett's squad, Jason Witten turned in one of the plays of the day with this stiff arm to put a defender on the ground and pick up a huge gain.

Joe Trahan on Twitter

This is what "Bengals DB Derron Smith's nightmares will look like tonight. https://t.co/l5wVlOfOFM

Witten has been a favorite target for Dak Prescott, who distributed the ball to six different receivers in this game for 227 yards. Even Zeke Elliott, featured in the first section here on Tweet Break, took to Twitter to give a shout out to the veteran tight end.

Ezekiel Elliott on Twitter

Old man stiff arm lol @JasonWitten #BigManWitten #GetTheManHisGoldJacketAlready

Cowboys Pass Rush Shows Up

Making this win even sweeter was the fact that the much maligned Cowboys defensive line was able to turn in a great performance, thanks in large part to the return of their best player in DeMarcus Lawrence.

Lawrence was used on situational pass rush opportunities, rushing as both a RDE and LDE and looking pretty good while doing so. Lawrence also helped free up the likes of Jack Crawford, Benson Mayowa, Cedric Thornton, and Terrell McClain to get after Andy Dalton.

Jack Crawford on Twitter

Great team win! Thank you #CowboyNation

Jordan Ross on Twitter

Benson Mayowa now has 2 sacks in the first 5 games this year. That's the same number of sacks he had in 30 games before joining the #Cowboys

The most emphatic sack of this game from the Cowboys was probably turned in by free agent acquisition Cedric Thornton, who shot through the middle to grab Dalton and drive him all the way back into the end zone.

DCBlueStar on Twitter

I think @MrICanDueDat was hungry. https://t.co/4wsJnrRkNc

It was plays like these that exemplified how the Cowboys were able to impose their will against the Bengals, earning the best win to date in a 2016 season that has already brought Dallas the same number of wins achieved in 2015.


Inside The Star will have much more on this game throughout the week, as the Dallas Cowboys prepare for another tough test on the road in Green Bay next week. For now, we thank you for checking out another #VictoryPoloMonday edition of Tweet Break, and remind Cowboys Nation that you can be featured here simply by using the #TweetBreak!

We look forward to having many "Mo" Mondays just like this throughout the season.

Thomas Thacker on Twitter

Soooo we should have a MO Monday.@ShoreSportsNJ #TweetBreak

Feel free to use the comments section below to share your thoughts on anything surrounding this Cowboys victory, or email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com!

Tell us what you think about "Tweet Break: Young Cowboys Dominant in Statement Win over Bengals" 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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Did a Year Away Help Rejuvenate TE Jason Witten’s Game?

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Did a Year Away Help Rejuvenate TE Jason Witten's Game?

Jason Witten is 37 years old, retired from the NFL after the completion of 2017 season to try his luck as an announcer in the booth, but has now decided to come out of retirement to rejoin the Dallas Cowboys? It seems a little unrealistic to think he can come back after a year away from the game and pick up where he left off, but it sounds as if he's like a Phoenix rising from the ashes.

Jason Witten has been the talk of Dallas Cowboys OTA practices so far. These practices are unpadded and basically just an opportunity to do install some of the offensive and defensive plays, but that doesn't make them any less important. One of the things that has been somewhat surprising though is how talked up the future Hall of Famer has become.

Here is what Head Coach Jason Garrett had to say recently about Jason Witten's return:

“Yeah, absolutely. He’s been excited about every part of it ever since I met him and that hasn’t changed,” coach Jason Garrett said. “The work that he’s done in the weight room in the off-season program has been outstanding. His testing numbers and all of that are what they’ve been or even better. And he just has an unbelievable way about him. Tremendous passion for the game. And he demonstrates that every day. Witt looks good. He’s excited to be back and we’re certainly fortunate to have him back.”

The main thing that stands out from Garrett's quote to me is how Jason Witten looks just as good, if not better after not playing at all in 2018. To think that his testing numbers are possibly even better is unfathomable. We typically don't see NFL players in their mid-30s retire from the game and then return just as good, or maybe even better than they were before.

It's inhuman!

Jason Witten, Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten

Maybe that's just what Jason Witten is, a little inhuman. Maybe he's found the secret to turning the clock back just a little bit. Or, maybe he found the fountain the youth and didn't tell anybody. Regardless, there's no doubt Witten will be a welcomed addition to the Cowboys offense, especially if he's gained a step.

I don't know about all of you, but I'm hoping the year away from the game did him some good. I honestly thought he made the right decision to retire prior to the 2018 season. It just looked like father time was catching up to him in 2017. But, hopefully all he needed was a little time away from the grind he's been putting his body through for over a decade.

Whatever he's done hasn't gone unnoticed though. Even Quarterback Dak Prescott has noticed and said he's on to Witten's scheme.

“I guess the trick is to take a year off because he’s definitely gotten better, stronger and faster,” Prescott said. “He hasn’t lost a step.”

I'm not afraid to admit I wasn't too excited to see Witten come out of retirement and rejoin the Cowboys at first. I was skeptical he could be the player he once was after a year away from the game. But, all of this talk about him looking as good as he once was, perhaps better, has me really looking forward to seeing him on the field once again.

Do you think a year away has rejuvenated Jason Witten's game?



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Cowboys en Español: El Verdadero Cambio en La Ofensiva

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Los Dallas Cowboys tuvieron un interesante 2018. La ofensiva dejo mucho que desear toda la primera mitad de la temporada cuando carecían de un receptor número uno. No fue hasta media temporada cuando consiguieron a Amari Cooper de los Oakland Raiders, que la ofensiva comenzó a verse realmente amenazante. Siendo sinceros, el cuerpo de receptores de los Cowboys lucía muy débil al inicio y Michael Gallup aún no conseguía mucho tiempo de juego en el emparrillado. Incluso una vez en el equipo, a pesar de las grandes hazañas de Cooper en Dallas, la ofensiva no terminó de dar el siguiente paso.

Sí, con Amari en el equipo vimos un equipo de Cowboys que movía constantemente las cadenas e incluso se convirtió en una de las mejores unidades en tercera oportunidad en la liga, pero no fue suficiente. Los problemas en zona roja persistieron y continuamos viendo una selección de jugadas muy cuestionable semana tras semana.

Es por eso que al finalizar la temporada, la administración de los Cowboys finalmente tomó una decisión muy anticipada. El entonces coordinador ofensivo, Scott Linehan, fue despedido.

En cuanto a talento, los Dallas Cowboys no verán un cambio mayor en su ofensiva. Cole Beasley, uno de los mejores WR slot en la NFL, firmó con los Buffalo Bills durante la agencia libre. A pesar de la llegada de Randall Cobb, la ofensiva probablemente extrañará bastante a Beasley. Además está el regreso de Jason Witten al campo, quien se repartirá el balón mucho con los jóvenes del equipo, principalmente con Blake Jarwin. Por último, Travis Frederick podría estar de regreso como el centro titular. Fuera de eso, no se anticipan cambios de jugadores en la ofensiva.

Y a pesar de esto, la afición de los Cowboys espera ver un cambio grande entre la ofensiva del 2018 y la de 2019. Si las cosas salen bien, así será. Pero más que por el talento del equipo, que ya está ahí y es un muy buen talento, deberá ser por el hombre al mando.

Kellen Moore

Kellen Moore ha tomado las riendas como el nuevo coordinador ofensivo y finalmente podremos ver su potencial. Muchos han criticado a Moore, en gran parte por nunca haber sido un quarterback exitoso en la NFL. Sin embargo, hay muchas razones por las cuales deberíamos estar emocionados.

Desde que Moore salió de la universidad de Boise State, se le veía como un prospecto muy inteligente. Incluso analistas como Jon Gruden (en ese entonces conductor del programa de ESPN Gruden's QB Camp) mencionaban que Moore probablemente no sería un gran mariscal, pero que tenía la mente de un coach.

En Boise, Moore trabajaba con la ofensiva del actual coach de los Washington Huskies, Chris Petersen. Esta ofensiva es una muy complicada que le exige al mariscal saber casi tanto como un jugador profesional. Muchos han descrito a Moore como un genio ofensivo que será un gran coach en el futuro.

Para los Cowboys, Kellen Moore será una pieza clave en 2019. Si vemos una ofensiva realmente diferente, será gracias a su creatividad y filosofía que implementa a un grupo bastante talentoso en Dallas. Los jugadores están ahí, ¿sabrá el coordinador ofensivo de 30 años aprovecharlos?

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: El Verdadero Cambio en La Ofensiva" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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NFL to Study Marijuana Use, Will It Impact Randy Gregory’s Status?

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Cowboys Headlines - Rubbing Salt In The Wound That Is Randy Gregory

The NFLPA and the NFL have reached an agreement to research alternative pain-management tools for the players. They'll form joint medical committees to study different strategies, among which will be the use of marijuana. It's important to make it clear that said committees will not be exclusively about marijuana, but a lot of different issues related to pain-management in the league. However, it'll likely be one of the most important aspects of their work.

Marijuana continues to be a highly debated topic and it's no different when discussing the NFL. Dallas Cowboys fans should be very familiar with the situation. Earlier this year, David Irving "quit" on football during an Instagram live stream while smoking weed. In the video, Irving talks about how he thinks it's better to be addicted to marijuana rather than certain medications used by NFL teams to treat their players.

Although David Irving is not an authority on substances, that is where all of this debate centers around. Throughout the league, players are given strong medication to deal with injuries and the physical pain of playing pro football. I'm not an expert either, but it's more than fair to say there's a strong argument here. Specially in a country where marijuana has already been legalized in 10 states and the trend points toward legalization continuing.

The current CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) between the NFL and NFLPA will expire after the 2020 season and how the league's drug policy looks like in the new agreement will be a huge factor for reaching a satisfactory CBA for both sides.

Of course, the fact that the NFLPA and the league are working together on such an important task doesn't mean we will see any immediate changes or that the NFL's ban on marijuana will be lifted anytime soon. Many big question marks will have to be answered before we hear about teams implementing this substance as a pain management tool.

For the Dallas Cowboys, this will be a relevant narrative down the line. Pass rusher Randy Gregory was reinstated after serving an indefinite suspension due to substance abuse prior to the 2018 season. After a dominant year, Gregory was suspended again by the NFL and it all points toward him sitting out this upcoming season and perhaps even more.

Even still, the Cowboys are still standing behind their 2015 second round pick. If the league ends up lifting its ban on marijuana, they'll have to decide what they will do with players already serving a suspension for this reason. Guys like Randy Gregory, for instance. If it's decided they'll be reinstated to the NFL, the Cowboys will sure be glad to have supported Gregory all throughout the process.

Last year, the pass rusher proved how effective he could be even with a short period of time training. Hopefully, the Cowboys are able to get him back on the field eventually, where's been consistently dominant. In the meantime, we'll see how recently acquired Robert Quinn does in Dallas.

The NFL won't be lifting its ban anytime soon, but it's good to know they're at least open minded to changing the league's policy and consider alternatives that could benefit the players' health. We'll see how these new medical committees work and keep you updated here at Inside The Star.

Tell me what you think about "NFL to Study Marijuana Use, Will It Impact Randy Gregory’s Status?" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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