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Week 14 NFL Game Picks

RJ Ochoa

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Here are some interesting numbers for you.

  • 4 -- There are four regular season games left in the 2015 NFL season.
  • 3 -- There are three weeks left in 2015 altogether.
  • 2 -- There are two weeks left until Christmas.
  • 1 -- There is one last bit of nonsense until you get to my Week 14 NFL Game Picks!

It's crazy how fast time has flown by this season. It feels like yesterday that we were celebrating the draft and salivating over the newly released schedule.

As we enter the final quarter of the regular season there is still so much that can happen. This week will help shape the 2015 Playoff Picture that much more, so let's stop wasting time and get right to it!

Thursday Night Football: Minnesota Vikings (8-4) At Arizona Cardinals (10-2)

The dance in the desert is on!

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On paper this looks like a really tasty matchup between two of the NFC's top contenders. The Cardinals have a great shot of some serious postseason success, but the Vikings seem like they're on a trip back down to earth lately.

Minnesota had a nice humbling last week against the Seahawks, and Adrian Peterson wasn't happy about it. The Vikings are going to respond to AD's complaints and feed him the ball, but it's not going to be anywhere near enough. This Cardinals team is good, good I tell ya!

Prediction: Vikings - 13, CARDINALS - 26

Atlanta Falcons (6-6) At Carolina Panthers (12-0)

If you've been reading my picks for a few weeks then you know how overhyped I find the Falcons to be.

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These dudes were 5-0 (after five easy wins mind you) and have managed to turn that into an ugly 6-6 record. It is actually difficult to implode that much, but that's why the Falcons are the Falcons.

Matty Ice is going to be no match for Superman in this contest. The Panthers faced their, arguably, biggest challenge of the season last week when New Orleans went blow for blow with them offensively.

You can't talk me out of Panthers here. They're just too hot. And the Falcons are too Atlanta.

Prediction: Falcons - 16, PANTHERS - 31

Buffalo Bills (6-6) At Philadelphia Eagles (5-7)

I would not want to be in LeSean McCoy's way on Sunday.

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The Eagle-turned-Bill was in a feisty mood when asked about his return to Philadelphia this week. He is going OFF this game. If he doesn't it certainly won't be for lack of effort.

Chip Kelly is on the precipice of seeing everything he "built" come crashing down right in front of him. Sure the Eagles picked up a win in New England last week, but rumors right now are that DeMarco Murray wants to run back to the Cowboys.

The Chip Ship is about to sink, and LeSean McCoy is going to love being the one that pulls the plug.

Prediction: BILLS - 20, Eagles - 16

Washington Redskins (5-7) At Chicago Bears (5-7)

This is as interesting of a game as there is in the NFC this week.

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The Redskins are in the race for the NFC East and the Bears are on life support in the NFC wildcard hunt. Who wants it more?

Washington hasn't won a game on the road all season, but Chicago just got beat at home in overtime by something called Blaine Gabbert. My head hurts.

Jay Cutler gets a lot of flack, but he's played well this season. He just lost Martellus Bennett for the season though, and there just simply isn't enough firepower on the Bears offense for them to compete. Give me Washington in a close one.

Prediction: REDSKINS - 24, Bears - 23

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) At Cincinnati Bengals (10-2)

Here is the potential game of the week.

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AFC North battles are typically slug-it-out low-scoring contests - not this one.

The Steelers have the most dangerous offense in the NFL, that's without Le'Veon Bell, and the Bengals can put up points with the best of them.

Pittsburgh lost the first matchup, and the aforementioned Lev Bell, in the first meeting between these two. No way that happens twice in one year. No freakin' way.

Prediction: STEELERS - 33, Bengals - 27

San Francisco 49ers (4-8) At Cleveland Browns (2-10)

Blaine Gabbert v. Johnny Football... who wants it more?!

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San Francisco has been such a weird team this year. They're either disgustingly bad or kind of fun to watch. The Browns on the other hand don't belong in the NFL.

It's a joke the way the organization is run in Cleveland. Josh McCown, Johnny Football, Austin Davis, Johnny Football... make up your mind, folks.

Cleveland's incompetence is the one thing that remains constant in the NFL through December. You can count on it again here.

Prediction: 49ERS - 17, Browns - 9

Detroit Lions (4-8) At St. Louis Rams (4-8)

The Lions have had a long time to sit on their heartbreaking loss against the Packers last Thursday Night - almost enough time for people to start realizing Jeff Fisher isn't that great of a coach.

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The Rams are the same ol story every year under Fisher. They're kind of interesting for a few weeks, but they always hit midnight and turn back into pumpkins at some point. Not even Todd Gurley can keep this team exciting... that's how boring they are.

Detroit is a better football team than St. Louis. That's it. It'll be proven on Sunday.

Prediction: LIONS - 24, Rams - 10

Tennessee Titans (3-9) At New York Jets (7-5)

Marcus Mariota valiantly led his Titans to a victory last week! ...against the Jaguars. Yay.

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These Jets are feeling good. They beat their in-town rival Giants last week for the first time since 1993. Do you really think they are at all threatened by the Tennessee Titans? They probably had to be reminded that they were a real team.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker... the three best friends that anyone could have. This trio is going to score a lot of points on Sunday at the expense of the Titans. What else is new?

Prediction: Titans - 17, JETS - 34

Indianapolis Colts (6-6) At Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8)

The Matt Hasselbeck feel good ride is out of gas, ladies and gentlemen.

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The savvy veteran had enjoyed a nice run of wins while starting for the Colts this year, but against some pretty inferior competition. When Hasselbeck stepped under the lights last Sunday Night against the Steelers reality set in and it wasn't fun for him.

The Colts are arguably the most disappointing team in the NFL season. They were thought not only to be a Super Bowl contender, but an offensive juggernaut.

Ultimately though... they are, by virtue of common sense, better than the Jaguars.

Prediction: COLTS - 23, Jaguars - 14

San Diego Chargers (3-9) At Kansas City Chiefs (7-5)

I feel really bad for San Diego Chargers fans, man.

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Most of their star players have gone down to injury, what's left of the team has been terrible, and they could be losing their team soon. That's tough cookies.

On the flip side of things the cookies are nice and tasty in Kansas City as there doesn't seem to be a team hotter than the Chiefs right now.

It is beyond me why the fans in Philadelphia never appreciated Andy Reid. Look at what he's doing... with Alex Smith as his quarterback! And no Jamaal Charles!

Prediction: Chargers - 13, CHIEFS - 28

New Orleans Saints (4-8) At Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6)

In case you missed the news yesterday, Mark Ingram is out for the remainder of the season. Sad face.

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In the battle of teams that should have lost to the Cowboys earlier this season, it's hard to pick against Famous Jameis.

The Buccaneers are feeling good right now and just vanquished the Atlanta Falcons. While Drew Brees is still going to find a way to get his against them, Jameis is going to announce his team as the better one on Sunday.

Prediction: Saints - 27, BUCCANEERS - 33

Seattle Seahawks (7-5) At Baltimore Ravens (4-8)

The Legion of Boom.

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Matt Schaub.

That's all you need to know.

Prediction: SEAHAWKS - 26, Ravens - 12

Oakland Raiders (5-7) At Denver Broncos (10-2)

Earlier in the season when these two teams squared off I took the Raiders. I think this team has a lot of young and explosive playmakers, and they have a quarterback who gives them a chance to win.

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If you do something twice, it's a tradition.

Let the tradition be born! I love the Raiders in this game. The Broncos have caught an unbelievable number of breaks this season and there's no way that Brock Osweiler is going to just jump in and take them on the ride of their lives. His ride ends here.

Prediction: RAIDERS - 20, Broncos - 16

Dallas Cowboys (4-8) At Green Bay Packers (8-4)

If you're living by Plan IV for this game then you know what's at stake.

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The Cowboys, miraculously, are only one game back of first place in the NFC East. They know that just as much as you do.

It's hard to call this a total revenge game for last year's playoff loss because Tony Romo won't be playing, but this one means a lot.

The Cowboys have the most momentum going into a game that they've had all season. Couple that with the poor play of the Packers over the last six games and you've got a recipe for a great game.

Dez Bryant is going to do something special in this game. Mark my words.

Prediction: COWBOYS - 23, Packers - 20

Sunday Night Football: New England Patriots (10-2) At Houston Texans (6-6)

The whole world thought that the Patriots were going to respond to their first loss of the season with a drudging of the Philadelphia Eagles. Turns out that sometimes the whole world can be wrong.

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However angry you think the Patriots were after their loss to the Broncos you can quadruple it. They are out for blood. Those poor Texans.

Houston still has a great shot at winning the AFC South, but they needed that game against the Bills last week. They drew the Patriots on a week where they are going to obliterate someone, and not even JJ Watt is enough to stop that.

Prediction: PATRIOTS - 27, Texans - 17

Monday Night Football: New York Giants (5-7) At Miami Dolphins (5-7)

Get ready to see a ton of pregame footage of Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry making catches in sweatpants on the Worldwide Leader in sports.

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ESPN has been waiting all year to hype up the battle of former LSU wide receivers, who would have thought that they'd both be 5-7 and needing a win more than ever?

The Giants are on a terrible skid right now. They had to have the Jets game and they know it. After the battle in Miami they have to take on the Panthers and Vikings. That's no bueno.

Tom Coughlin seems like he has one more hurrah left in the tank. This is it. Enjoy it, New York.

Prediction: GIANTS - 22, Dolphins - 17

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Dallas Cowboys “All or Nothing” Series to Shed New Light on HC Jason Garrett

Sean Martin

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You likely already know by now that the 2017 Dallas Cowboys season -- by all accounts, a forgettable one for fans, coaches, and big-name players -- will be documented forever thanks to NFL Films' latest All or Nothing series.

Effectively, All or Nothing is a new spin on the popular Hard Knocks series with one major difference. This Amazon Prime exclusive doesn't just follow a team through training camp, as NFL Films gets inside team meetings and games throughout the entire season.

The 2017 Cowboys yielded just nine wins, creating more than enough drama for television along the way. This was yet another season where Head Coach Jason Garrett's job was put on the line, although early reviews of All or Nothing (available to the public April 27th) paint Garrett as the lead antagonist.

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Jason Garrett drops at least 10 f-bombs in the first show. Before the Broncos game in Week 2: "You want to quiet the game down? Hand the f---in' ball to 21 and knock their ass off the ball.

Watching the Titanic and expecting a different outcome is a surefire way to set yourself up for disappointment, as will be reliving a frustrating season in Dallas. By the end though, Cowboys fans will have a much better understanding of where the 2018 team stands - particularly in the eyes of a Head Coach they looked to fire once again this offseason.

Jason Garrett has long been described as a "players coach", one that his Cowboys teams want to fight for. Whether or not the Cowboys have gone too far in constantly churning their roster in Garrett's image for little end result will likely be determined this season.

This is a Head Coach that has been in place for the departure of DeMarcus Ware, Tony Romo (serving as a pivotal decision maker for the Cowboys choosing Dak Prescott as their full-time starter in 2016), and most recently Dez Bryant.

An added bonus to All or Nothing will likely be that it captures Dez Bryant's final moments with the Cowboys.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Garrett to Zeke at practice after Broncos loss: "I want that f---in guy at Ohio St. who was running down on that kickoff. Remember after you played your 2nd play in the NFL against the Seahawks, you came over to me and you said, 'Give me the f---in ball!'

The Cowboys did not just lose Ezekiel Elliott in 2017 (serving his six game suspension), and All or Nothing will remind every one of just how much talent came off the field for Garrett's team last season. Coming out at the same time as the Dallas hosted 2018 Draft, Cowboys fans can build their excitement for a 2018 triumph back to the playoffs.

Anything short of this likely costs Jason Garrett his job, although everything he means to the Dallas Cowboys will be put in better-than-ever perspective by All or Nothing.

David Helman on Twitter

I don't wanna spoil the "All or Nothing" TV show more than what you've already seen or heard. But if you watch it, you're going to get a great look at: 1. Jason Garrett's actual persona 2. The dynamics of Dez's relationship within the team 3.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys “All or Nothing” Series to Shed New Light on HC Jason Garrett" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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Cowboys en Español: Definiendo la Urgencia por un WR este NFL Draft

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Pre-Playoff 7-Round Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft
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El líder en recepciones de anotación en la historia de la franquicia más emblemática en la historia de los Dallas Cowboys, Dez Bryant, ha visto su tiempo portando la estrella solitaria llegar a su fin. Un fin, por cierto, que dejó a algunos cuantos aficionados, administrativos y jugadores en un estado de descontento.

Por más que me gustaría entrar a detalle de si el veterano receptor merecía ser recortado o no, si el equipo tomó la decisión correcta o no, el NFL Draft está a menos de una semana de distancia. Así que, en vez de hablar de lo que pudo haber sido, hablemos de lo que puede ser. 

Los Cowboys, a pesar de ser conocidos como una potencia ofensiva en las últimas temporadas, necesitan a un wide receiver. Sí, Dallas consiguió al agente libre de Jacksonville Allen Hurns, pero siendo honestos, no parece ser suficiente talento para un equipo que quiere construirle una ofensiva amigable a su quarterback, Dak Prescott.

Si el roster sólo tiene a Allen Hurns, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown y Deonte Thompson; se necesita un WR. Incluso con Bryant en el equipo, se necesitaba un receptor. Lo cual lleva a la gran pregunta: ¿el despido de Dez significa que a los Cowboys les urge aún más un receptor? ¿Significa que definitivamente buscarán mejorar la posición con su selección de primera ronda?

Algo queda claro, la administración sabía lo que sucedería. Dez Bryant no estaba en los planes para el 2018 y claramente sus planes para abordar el NFL Draft no se verán cambiados por la partida del apasionado #88.

Estas estrategias se plantean por meses y más meses. Los Cowboys se han fijado mucho en la posición de receptor, desde que fue el NFL Combine hasta las visitas privadas que toman lugar a lo largo de Abril.

Es un hecho que tienen en la mira a los receptores. Claramente, quieren añadir más talento a la ofensiva para Dak Prescott.

En una clase de prospectos que cuenta con bastantes receptores, otra pregunta naturalmente, es ¿lo harán en primera ronda o más tarde? Me sorprendería demasiado si el equipo espera hasta la tercera ronda. Sin duda, es algo que tienen que atender con una de sus dos primeros picks.

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En el primero, la selección #19 global, podrían encontrar a uno de los tres mejores receptores del año. Calvin Ridley, de Alabama; Courtland Sutton, de SMU; DJ Moore, de Maryland. Si buscarán el "remplazo" de Dez Bryant en uno de estos tres jugadores, definitivamente será uno de estos tres prospectos.

Todos tienen lo suyo. Sutton es un receptor estilo "X" (como Dez Bryant) mientras Ridley, por ejemplo, es claramente un receptor "Z" (como Terrance Williams). DJ Moore brinda un poco de versatilidad entre ambos roles, y podría ser un jugador de impacto en cualquiera que se le juegue, aunque probablemente brillaría más si se le permitiera jugar como un "Z."

Afortunadamente para Dallas, el recién firmado Allen Hurns también es capaz de tomar cualquiera de los dos roles. Esto le da flexibilidad a los Cowboys de tomar al que más les guste, o en su defecto, a quien esté disponible.

En mi segundo Mock Draft del año, simulé a Courtland Sutton, producto de SMU a los Cowboys con el pick #19. Los coaches de la Estrella Solitaria han mostrado bastante interés por el producto local y no me sorprendería nada verlos aterrizar un receptor como él la próxima semana.

Ahora bien, si Dallas decide esperar hasta la segunda ronda para conseguir a un par de manos confiables, encontrarán talento. Definitivamente. James Washington, DJ Chark, Michael Gallup, Anthony Miller, entre otros podrían estar ahí en la selección #50 (segunda ronda).

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Oklahoma State WR James Washington (Rob Ferguson / USA TODAY Sports)

Si el equipo quiere tomar talento para otra posición en la primera, lo podrán hacer sabiendo que encontrarán un WR talentoso al día siguiente.

Afortunadamente, esta ofensiva se basa en Ezekiel Elliott y el juego terrestre detrás de la línea ofensiva. Los receptores son importantes, por supuesto, pero no es necesario tener algo tan dominante como lo fue Dez Bryant en el 2013 y el 2014, por ejemplo.

Por ahora, sólo falta esperar como abordan los Cowboys esta necesidad la próxima semana cuando el NFL Draft del 2018 tome lugar en el mismo lugar en el que este equipo juega sus partidos e intenta pelear, el AT&T Stadium.

Con un poco de suerte, estrenaran el campo este 2018 obteniendo su primer victoria del año la próxima semana.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Definiendo la Urgencia por un WR este NFL Draft" 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!


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Kris Richard Taking Over For Rod Marinelli Earlier Than Expected?

Brian Martin

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How Much Input Will Kris Richard Have in Cowboys Draft?

Believe it or not, a lot of Cowboys Nation has grown tired of Rod Marinelli's simplistic and predictable 4-3 defensive scheme. Dallas Cowboys fans are ready for a change and quite a few of them believe that Kris Richard is the answer.

The Dallas Cowboys hired Kris Richard earlier this offseason to become the new defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator. Almost immediately, rumors and speculation began to circulate that he would be the next defensive coordinator, taking over for Rod Marinelli once he retires.

It's really not that big of a reach to see such a promotion happen, especially since Richard has found previous success as a defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks. But, as things stand right now, Rod Marinelli still has the title of DC in Dallas, but for how long?

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We have already seen a few changes being made to the Cowboys defense that seem to have Kris Richard's fingerprints on them. Moving Byron Jones from safety to cornerback for instance is a perfect example.

Of course, we could see even more of Richard's imprint on the Cowboys defense next week when the 2018 NFL Draft gets underway. I think he will have a big say in the types of players they select if he is indeed expected to become the next defensive coordinator.

Further evidence Kris Richard will have quite a bit of input on the Cowboys defense this season is the fact that a lot of players have been watching game film of the Seahawks' defense.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Sean Lee said the Cowboys have been watching film of the Seahawks' defense. Said it's been fun being around new DB coach/passing game coordinator Kris Richard

I don't know about you, but for me this is pretty solid evidence the Dallas Cowboys are going to make some changes on the defensive side of the ball and that Kris Richard will have a lot of say in those changes.

I may be reading too much into all this or I may be hitting the nail right on the head. But, there's no denying there seems to be a renewed energy from the Cowboys defensive players. Maybe it's the hiring of Kris Richard or something else, but I personally find it intriguing.

I'm really looking forward to finding out how all of these pieces end up falling into place. I really don't care who holds the title of defensive coordinator in 2018 as long as we see improvement from the Cowboys defense.

For the Cowboys defense to improve from last season it's going to take a collaborative effort from the entire coaching staff, not just Rod Marinelli and Kris Richard. That's just the way things work in the NFL, but it's never going to stop us from speculating when some new blood is brought in.

Do you think Kris Richard is taking over for Rod Marinelli earlier than expected?


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