Star Blog Week 11 NFL Game Picks Published 2 years ago on November 19, 2015 By RJ Ochoa Share Tweet “What do you think RJ is going to do this week with his game picks?” I’m going to fry you up some tasty treats on Venus! If you’ve read my Game Picks before then you know I’m a bit unconventional. I avoid the popular picks a lot… I go with my gut! This week my gut is feeling some really crazy things (to be fair I’ve eaten about a pound of enchilada casserole since Sunday). We’re in store for a twisty week in the NFL! We’re going to shake things up, baby. Not just you and I… the Dallas Cowboys will be shaking up the NFC East – but we’ll get there. You look good. You’ve got me going. Just like I knew that you would, you sly dog. Come on baby, we’re going to have some fun. Allow me to commandeer the Week 11 Parade like my great pal Ferris. I’m going to do my best to put on an equally great show with these picks. I guarantee they’re just as wild and crazy. Ferris Bueller – Twist And Shout A Scene From Movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) A Song by The Beatles Thursday Night Football: Tennessee Titans (2-7) At Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6) This is the second “Color Rush” game of the season and the uniforms are visually offensive. These uniforms would actually be the most offensive thing in this game if it weren’t for the quality of football that is going to be played. Marcus Mariota has had an “eh” rookie year and sure the Jaguars have given fans interest in them thanks to fantasy football… but a spade is a spade. This game sucks. I’ve picked the Jaguars a lot this year because of their offensive firepower, so there’s not a whole lot of twisting on this pick. Hopefully your neck isn’t twisting either from constantly trying to avert your eyes from the horror of these uniforms! Prediction: Titans – 13, JAGUARS – 27 Indianapolis Colts (4-5) At Atlanta Falcons (6-3) In case you forgot, Andrew Luck is not playing for the Colts for the next few weeks… which means it’s Matt Hasselbeck time! The former Boston College QB is going to face off against another BC guy in Matt Ryan – which one is better? I’m of the opinion that Matty “Ice” is Matty “Massively Overrated.” In fact the whole Falcons team is overrated. Julio Jones is amazing, but that’s it. “They’re 6-3!” The Falcons have beaten: Philadelphia (barely in the waning seconds of Week 1’s MNF), New York Giants (thanks to Eli being Eli), Dallas (in their first game without Romo AND Dez), Houston (…it’s Houston), Washington (who took them all the way to overtime), and squeaked by the Zach Mettenberger-led Titans. This team is supposed to be good? Prediction: COLTS – 24, Falcons – 13 Denver Broncos (7-2) At Chicago Bears (4-5) Surely I’m taking the Broncos here, right? Negatory! The Broncos are between a Brock and a hard place here. They’ve now had to turn to their backup QB Osweiler while future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning sits and watches (while being coddled with injuries as an excuse for his terrible play lately). The troubling thing about this is the coaching staff in this game that knows Brock best controls the Chicago Bears. John Fox is out to send a message in this game at his new house, and hey Jay Cutler isn’t throwing 15 interceptions a game so that’s good. Prediction: Broncos – 9, BEARS – 23 Dallas Cowboys (2-7) At Miami Dolphins (4-5) I’m not the only one pretending he’s on a float singing his heart out now, am I? Dallas Cowboys fans EVERYWHERE are going to be at maximum happiness for the first time in what feels like forever when Antonio Ramiro Romo trots out onto the field. The Miami Dolphins could be the ’85 Bears and I still wouldn’t pick them in this game. There is a real, psychological, element to sports that cannot be explained in words, facts, or emojis. These Cowboys are not losing this game. No way, no how. This one’s for Tony. Prediction: COWBOYS – 31, Dolphins – 10 Oakland Raiders (4-5) At Detroit Lions (2-7) Hot tamale there are going to be points scored in this game! The Raiders are coming off of a poor showing against what are apparently the for-real Minnesota Vikings. The Lions are coming off of WHAT IN THE WORLD win at Lambeau Field (the first time they’ve done that since 1991). These two teams are both mysteriously bad, but have a lot of offensive firepower. This is going to be that game that keeps getting cut to while you’re watching the Cowboys and saying, “THEY SCORED AGAIN?!”. Prediction: RAIDERS – 42, Lions – 37 St. Louis Rams (4-5) At Baltimore Ravens (2-7) I know, I know… Todd Gurley is amazing. I know, I know… the Ravens have been terrible this year. I told you that this week was going to be weird and that trend is going to continue when the Ravens drop a hammer on the Rams here. This Baltimore team is frustrated after losing a game they should have won against the Jaguars last week, and they’re about to take it out on someone. Oh and did I mention that Case Keenum is the quarterback for the Rams? Yes, that’s a real NFL person. I didn’t make that name up. Prediction: Rams – 16, RAVENS – 27 New York Jets (5-4) At Houston Texans (4-5) Ryan Fitzpatrick is out for revenge! Fitzmagic is taking on his 2014 team this Sunday when the J-E-T-S head down to Houston to give them a problem they haven’t seen before. Yea ok – the Texans beat the Bengals on Monday Night Football. Well one time I made a basketball shot with my eyes closed, it doesn’t mean I’m Michael Jordan. Houston is going to ride the Jets way back down to Earth this week. Not even Brandon Weeden can save them. Prediction: JETS – 26, Texans – 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) At Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) Jameis Winston versus Mark Sanchez… my oh my that is disgusting. This game will be particularly difficult for Cowboys fans to watch because: We like good football. These are two teams the Cowboys should have beaten recently. Did I mention who the quarterbacks were? The Cowboys are going to need some help in their quest to conquer the NFC East this year. It all starts with a swashbucklin’ victory by the Bucs on Sunday. YEA THAT’S RIGHT! Prediction: BUCCANEERS – 20, Eagles – 16 Washington Redskins (4-5) At Carolina Panthers (9-0) It’s really cute that Kirk Cousins dominated the Saints, but I could make a backwards basketball shot 10 times against a Rob Ryan-led defense. The Panthers are going to dominate this game. Cam Newton has had to endure a ridiculous onslaught of criticism for celebrating touchdowns – what a horrible thing for him to do! – and he is going to celebrate a lot on Sunday. The Panthers are going to move to 10-0 easily to set up quite the Turkey Day Showdown against the Cowboys. Prediction: Redskins – 13, PANTHERS – 30 Kansas City Chiefs (4-5) At San Diego Chargers (2-7) As surprised as I am about the Cowboys struggles this year, I’m arguably more surprised by the Chargers. The Cowboys have been without Tony Romo, but Philip Rivers? Dude. You’re pretty awesome. What’s happening? The Chiefs made a statement in the division last week when they went to Denver and broke the spirit of Peyton Manning. They’re in the race in the AFC West right now, but Philip Rivers IS awesome and is going to show it on Sunday. Prediction: Chiefs – 17, CHARGERS – 33 Green Bay Packers (6-3) At Minnesota Vikings (7-2) You did not misread those records. Weird, right? Olivia Munn is making the Jessica Simpson days in Dallas feel like a jolly walk in the park. She is NOT happy with being connected to the fact that Aaron Rodgers has kind of not been this ridiculously overrated guy that he’s been hyped up to be for a while. She needs a Teddy bear. A Teddy Bridgewater bear! Hey-O! RJ sure is slinging clever jokes today, isn’t he?! For real though the Vikings are 7-2. How did that happen? They’ll be 8-2 and we’ll definitely know how that happened Sunday night… Adrian Peterson will have given us the answer. Prediction: Packers – 24, VIKINGS – 30 San Francisco 49ers (3-6) At Seattle Seahawks (4-5) The 49ers are one game behind the Seahawks. This is not a drill. As completely terrible as the 49ers have been this year they have a chance to make a statement on Sunday! Blaine Gabbert has been playing we- Nope. I can’t do it. I’m feeling wild and crazy, but this is too far. Seahawks win this. Easy. Prediction: 49ers – 6, SEAHAWKS – 17 Sunday Night Football: Cincinnati Bengals (8-1) At Arizona Cardinals (7-2) The Red Ryder BB Gun, relax Andy Dalton it’s just a joke, looked like one of those little deals that shoots rubber bands on Monday Night Football against the Texans. AJ Green? Didn’t do a thing? Tyler Eifert? Oh just dropped three or so passes. The Arizona Cardinals, however, are ballin’. They sent a message to the NFL with their victory in Seattle that they are taking no prisoners this year. Carson Palmer is about to send his own message to his former team in this game… too da loo. Prediction: Bengals – 16, CARDINALS – 37 Monday Night Football: Buffalo Bills (5-4) At New England Patriots (9-0) Rex Ryan is like the big, bad wolf in the “Three Little Piggies” story with all of his huffing and puffing. Bill Belichick is like the three little pigs except he’s not three little pigs he’s a super genius football coach with an army of football monsters trained to destroy everyone else at all costs. The Patriots will be without the services of Julian Edelman, but does it really matter? Tom Brady is going to embarrass Rex Ryan like he usually does. Sure the Bills might get a score or two, and Rex will boast about it later, but the Patriots have kept quiet while Rex has barked. That always means one thing. Prediction: Bils – 16, PATRIOTS – 44 [td_smart_list_end] ~ Follow RJ Ochoa on Fancred ~ Do you like to Twist and Shout? Who do you think is winning in Week 11? Email me your thoughts at Roel.Ochoa.Jr@Gmail.com or Tweet to me @rjochoa! Tell us what you think about “Week 11 NFL Game Picks” in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa! ADVERTISEMENT Related Topics:Aaron RodgersAndy DaltonNFL PicksPeyton ManningTony Romo Up Next Christine Michael Finds Spot on Washington Redskins’ Practice Squad Don't Miss WATCH: Joseph Randle Underwear Theft Video RJ Ochoa I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout! Advertisement You may like Tony Romo’s Last TD With Cowboys Terrance Williams’ As Well? The Seattle Seahawks Remain Critical To Recent Cowboys History Family Squabble: Tony Romo, Deion Sanders Trade Shots on Television Dak Prescott Embracing Criticism From Tony Romo Vs Chiefs Hidden Yards: Cowboys Must Limit Aaron Rodgers’ Free Plays Flashback: Cowboys And Broncos Compete In An All-Time Shootout 7 Comments https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece Sure is a nice score for the Cowboys @ Dolphins. I hope this week the 'Boys can finally pull it off. Not so sure the Packers fall to the Vikes, though. RJ Ochoa Olivia Munn has angered the Viking lords. That's enough to pick them in my eyes. Skol, Vikings! https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece Hater And it's Vikings, btw, not Vikigns haha https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece And there you go changing things. Anyway, your typo doomed the Vikings. Packers win, 27-24. http://PigskinHub.com Zac Fields It was nice this morning when updating my fantasy teams to see a projected score for Tony Romo again. Surprised me a little bit, and I would love to see the Cowboys put up 31 points after so many weeks of low scores. https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece Oh yeah. I got Romo in 3 of 4 leagues. Thanks for reminding me. http://PigskinHub.com Zac Fields I had a league where someone actually released him. And me, having Marcus Mariota and Peyton Manning in that league… of course I jumped on that. Star Blog Dallas Cowboys’ 2017 Rookies Need to Avoid Sophomore Slumps Published 1 day ago on January 20, 2018 By Mauricio Rodriguez Dustin Bradford / Getty Images Right now, it’s pretty tough to predict how the 2018 Dallas Cowboys’ season will turn out. Even with Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan and Rod Marinelli all returning for next season, there’s a lot of change going on in Dallas. The Cowboys will have to deal with a lot of new position coaches as they try to get back to the top after a 9-7 season in 2017. Obviously, there are a lot of things that’ll impact the outcome of this season. Will we see a better version of Dak Prescott after a year which seemed to be his learning curve? Will Dez Bryant even be here next season? Will the front office be able to keep DeMarcus Lawrence, David Irving and Anthony Hitchens? One of those questions hasn’t been discussed much. That question is: how will the 2017 rookie class fare in their sophomore seasons? In 2016 and 2017, rookies were very important for this franchise. Two years ago, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott took the NFL by storm, ending the season with a 13-3 record and the #1 seed in the NFC. Anthony Brown looked to be the Cowboys’ future shutdown cornerback, and Maliek Collins looked very promising. Last season, the Cowboys didn’t have rookie seasons as spectacular as Dak and Zeke had in 2016 (I don’t think we’ll see anything similar in the NFL for a long time), but the rookie class ended up being a very important one for sure. After letting a lot of veteran players walk in free agency, the team went ahead and fixed the secondary by drafting Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis in consecutive rounds, and trading up to get Xavier Woods in the sixth. Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis, CB Chidobe Awuzie, S Xavier Woods (AP Photo / Ron Jenkins) Jourdan Lewis made his presence felt early in the season, while we had to wait a bit to see Chidobe Awuzie in action. Both of them had surprising rookie seasons and they truly look like the future in Dallas’ secondary. Both have shown what they’re capable of; we’ve seen them make plays and turn their heads to the ball… really, something we hadn’t seen in a long time. Ryan Switzer didn’t get a chance to play as a wide receiver that much, but he was very impressive as a returner. He still has a long way to go, but I’m betting on Switzer to remain among the NFL’s best returners for a long time. After seeing him replace Cole Beasley in the season finale, I’ll be shocked if Dallas doesn’t give him more playing time on offense next year. He deserves a more important role. Taco Charlton still has a lot to improve on, but surprisingly, he did a nice job during the final games of the season. It’s always premature to call a player a “bust” after a single season, and Taco’s been called a bust since the moment he was drafted. Let’s give him a chance. For 2017, we set the bar high for the Cowboys’ sophomores. We thought Dak Prescott would be among the best QBs in the league, that Ezekiel Elliott would pass the 2,000-yard mark, that Anthony Brown would be an ideal CB1, and that Maliek Collins could even lead the team in sacks as a defensive tackle. There are a lot of reasons this team struggled in 2017, and some of those reasons still preoccupy us when thinking about next season. The Cowboys will definitely need their 2017 rookies to continue playing quality football. It will be key if they want to leave a painful 9-7 season behind and get back to winning this year. Here’s to hoping the Cowboys’ 2018 sophomores avoid the “inevitable slumps.” In a season filled with uncertainty, they’ll sure be needed. Tell me what you think about “Dallas Cowboys’ 2017 Rookies Need to Avoid Sophomore Slumps” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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! ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Star Blog Cowboys en Español: ¿Estará Dez Bryant de Vuelta en el 2018? Published 2 days ago on January 19, 2018 By Mauricio Rodriguez Dez Bryant es ese jugador que incontables veces me hizo gritar y saltar de alegría con sus excepcionales recepciones y su manera de pelear el balón en el aire. Tantos momentos tan memorables con Tony Romo e incluso algunos con Dak Prescott lo han vuelto uno de mis jugadores favoritos… Pero ahora, después de una difícil temporada de los Dallas Cowboys, los sentimientos están encontrados. En muchos momentos, no parece que estamos viendo al Dez Bryant de antes. Claro, podemos decidir recordar esa recepción de touchdown que rompió el récord de la franquicia contra los Redskins, o esa escapada de 50 yardas en New York en la semana 14. Pero Dez no ha sido el mismo las últimas tres temporadas. Y este 2017, todos los momentos de frustración culminaron en el partido que eliminó a los Cowboys de la temporada. Cuando los Cowboys se enfrentaron a los Seattle Seahawks, un fumble acompañado por un pase soltado de Dez que resultó en una intercepción, todos nos pusimos a pensar. La cosa no es que Dez Bryant sea un mal receptor. El talento está ahí, y es fácil verlo en ciertas jugadas. A veces es visible cuando atropella a algún defensivo, a veces cuando busca el balón y consigue atraparlo de una manera impresionante. Quizá el próximo año se sacuda la mala racha que ha tenido los últimos años y encuentre una manera de ser el jugador que alguna vez fue… el problema es la cantidad de dinero que se le paga. Después de la temporada del 2014, cuando Bryant terminó el año con 16 touchdowns y más de 1,300 yardas, el receptor estrella firmó un contrato por $70M. Los Dallas Cowboys tienen frente a ellos una pregunta muy importante que resolver este offseason. ¿Deberían Deshacerse de Dez Bryant? A pesar de tener una mala racha, la razón por la cual Dallas le diría adiós a Dez es su contrato. Dez está listo para cobrar $16.5M en el 2018 y otros 16 millones y medio en el 2019. De ser cortado, los Cowboys se ahorrarían ocho millones y medio la próxima temporada. Suficiente dinero para firmar a un jugador que realmente haga impacto esta agencia libre. Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (Brad Penner / USA TODAY Sports) Normalmente, cuando hablamos de jugadores como él, hay muchos conflictos para los aficionados. Vaya, yo mismo acabo de plantear que es uno de mis jugadores favoritos, pero quizá a veces el cambio es necesario. Sí, la producción de Dez Bryant no ha sido la misma desde la última temporada que tuvo con Tony Romo. Pero ¿es eso excusa suficiente? Basta pensar en jugadores como Larry Fitzgerald y DeAndre Hopkins para darse cuenta de que no. Aún con quarterbacks mediocres, ambos se mantienen como receptores de elite en la NFL. Es cierto que Dak Prescott no es el mismo QB que Romo era, y no es un jugador que vaya a lanzar pases profundos tan frecuentemente como Tony lo hacía, pero eso tampoco significa que sea algo malo necesariamente. Este equipo le construyó un equipo a su ex-mariscal para sacarle todo el provecho al #9. Es hora de hacer lo mismo por Dak Prescott. Insisto en que los Cowboys tienen que buscar a un WR tan pronto como en la primera ronda del NFL Draft o incluso hasta en agencia libre. Los Dallas Cowboys tienen tantas cosas que hacer antes de la próxima temporada y decidir que hacer con uno de sus jugadores más emblemáticos de la actualidad, Dez Bryant, es una de ellas. ¿Les gustaría ver a Dez Bryant de vuelta en el 2018? Tell me what you think about “Cowboys en Español: ¿Estará Dez Bryant de Vuelta en el 2018?” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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! ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Star Blog Will Ryan Switzer see an Increased Offensive Role in 2018? Published 3 days ago on January 18, 2018 By Brian Martin The Dallas Cowboys clearly had a specific role in mind for Ryan Switzer when they drafted him 133rd overall in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Come to find out, that role didn’t include being involved much on the offensive side of the ball, at least not as a rookie. After watching the way the Cowboys utilized Ryan Switzer in 2017, it’s pretty obvious the sole purpose he was drafted was to improve the special-teams play in the return game. They clearly didn’t envision him being a part of the game plan on offense, despite the continuous outcry from fans. Like most rookies, Ryan Switzer didn’t really get off to a fast start, and took a while to get used to the speed of the NFL. But, once he calmed his nerves and regained his confidence, he proved to be an upgrade in the return game. Switzer ended up ranking third in kickoff returns, averaging 25 yards per return in 2017 and 12th in punt returns with almost 9 yards per return. He also became the first Dallas Cowboys player to return a punt for a touchdown since 2013. He accomplished this against the Washington Redskins, in Week 13 when he took an 83-yarder to the house. Surprisingly enough, using Ryan Switzer solely as a return specialist wasn’t enough for a lot of Cowboys Nation. A lot of fans wanted to see his talents utilized more on the offensive side of the ball as well, but were only left disappointed. Dallas Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer Getting Switzer involved in the offensive game plan just wasn’t in the cards in 2017. He only managed to catch six passes for 41 yards and rushed four times for 5 yards. This isn’t exactly what Cowboys fans envisioned after hearing Switzer was opening a lot eyes in training camp and organized team activities (OTAs). That was the main problem. He was hyped up so much heading into the season that fans expected to see him involved much more on offense. The Cowboys, on the other hand, had something else in mind, but I doubt that’s the case for the upcoming 2018 season. I really think we’re going to see an increased role for Ryan Switzer next season. The Cowboys coaching staff should have a much better understanding of his strengths and weaknesses now that he has a year in the system under his belt. And, they’ve seen firsthand how explosive he can be with the ball in his hands. What the Cowboys coaching staff will have to determine this offseason is just how big of a role Switzer will have next year. Should Switzer take Cole Beasley‘s job? Cole Beasley, like the rest of the Cowboys receivers, had a down year in 2017. We shouldn’t assume that his job is safe, especially with someone like Ryan Switzer waiting in the wings. But, is Switzer ready to take over full-time? Tough decisions will have to be made eventually, but such is life in the NFL. Will Ryan Switzer see an increased offensive role in 2018? ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Sportsbook odds for all Dallas Cowboys games Reader Survey Want to help make Inside The Star better? We’re collecting feedback from our readers about the site. It only takes <2 minutes to complete, and can be done from any device. > Take the survey now Don’t worry, your information will not be shared with anyone but me (Bryson T.). Advertisement Advertisement Enjoy 40% commissions on officially licensed products as a FanPrint affiliate. You can even make your own, fully licensed Cowboys and player designs! 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