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What Do The Cowboys Need From The Giants Over The Next 2 Weeks?

RJ Ochoa



Eli Manning, New York Giants

The Dallas Cowboys are the best team in the NFL. This is life in 2016, and it is awesome.

Some teams don't have the luxury of being 10-1 - what a bunch of losers - and are frantically trying to win every game in hopes of being relevant come playoff time. One of the teams that fits this description is our NFC East rivals, the New York Giants.

The G-Men are currently trailing the Cowboys in the NFL's most storied division and have a date with the Cleveland Browns today. They are 7-3 and a win, which they will get if we're being honest, would put them at 8-3. What does this mean beyond the obvious two-game gap?

Week 13 (next week for all those still full on Thanksgiving turkey) will see the Cowboys travel to Minnesota and the Giants travel to Pittsburgh. The Vikings will be coming off of seven days rest just like the Cowboys, and are in quite the tailspin. The smart person - which you are - would agree that Dallas will win this game and improve to 11-1.

After the Giants beat the Browns they'll have seven days of rest before they have to travel to Pittsburgh to face a Steelers team that will have been resting since Thanksgiving night. This spells trouble if you're Eli Manning (to be fair, basic English spells trouble if you're Eli Manning).

The Giants will likely be 8-3 (and favorites) when they take on the 6-5 Steelers. We saw in Pittsburgh's big win over the Colts that their offense is starting to come alive and that they are a very dangerous team... say the Giants lose (which is pretty conceivable).

This would all set up for a pretty epic Week 14 (Sunday, December 11th) showdown between the Giants and Cowboys in New York. The Giants would be 8-4 and the Cowboys would be 11-1 with that game and three more left in the regular season. If the Cowboys won that game they would improve to 12-1 and the Giants would fall to 8-5... all with three games left to play. A four-game advantage with only three left would make it mathematically impossible for the Giants to catch the Cowboys, and would secure an NFC East Championship for the best team in football.

So what do we need from the Giants over the course of the next two weeks? One loss. That's it. One Giants loss coupled with a win against the Vikings sets the Cowboys up with an opportunity to order their NFC East Championship merchandise on the victory plane ride home on Sunday, December 11th. Huzzah.

What do you think the odds are of the next two weeks setting up for a perfect opportunity on December 11th? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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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!

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  • Matt

    “…Cowboys would (edit: probably) be 11-1″…Don’t jinx us bro. It’s been too long. I feel like a freaking Cubs fan at this point. NFL years are like dog years, short windows for glory.

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Dallas Cowboys Have Missing Piece at Offensive Line

Jess Haynie



Dallas Cowboys Have Big Hole on Offensive Line
Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News

There are a lot of positions being talked about right now for the Dallas Cowboys. Upgrades are needed at several spots, but one critical position needs even more than that. Left guard is completely unmanned, and that could be a big problem for the 2018 offensive line if it's not addressed soon.

Last year's starter, Jonathan Cooper, is currently an unrestricted free agent. So are backups Joe Looney and Byron Bell.

Right now, Chaz Green is the only other non-starter under contract who has any NFL experience at left guard. Nobody wants to see him on the field next year.

Dez Bryant may be a big topic but at least he's under contract. The same goes for safety, where we at least have options to turn to if free agency or the draft don't yield anything.

Left guard, though? The cupboard is bare.

La'el Collins' Position Flex Could Come in Handy for Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys OT La'el Collins

One option could be to move La'el Collins back to guard, where many feel he has the most upside, and then find a new right tackle. But that would be changing two positions to fill one hole, and Collins was playing well at tackle by the end of the year.

And obviously, we don't want to see Chaz Green playing that spot either. Or any spot. Ever.

No, at this point it makes sense for Dallas to leave Collins where he is and either sign or draft a starting LG. The question is how much do they want to invest?

The Cowboys are already shelling out big bucks to Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin. Even Collins counts about $7 million against the cap. They have three first-round picks already tied up in the offensive line.

Some thought veteran free agent Josh Sitton would be a nice option, but he got picked up by the Dolphins today for about $8-9 million per year. That's more than Dallas can afford given their limited cap space and other needs.

No, the LG in 2018 is going to need to be a salary cap bargain. That means either re-signing Jonathan Cooper or Joe Looney on the cheap, or perhaps paying a rookie salary to a high draft pick.

Last year's 19th overall pick, O.J. Howard, counted just $2 million against the Bucs' salary cap in 2017.

There are some older veterans who could be cheap band-aid options, such as Matt Slauson or Evan Smith. But you don't get very far down some lists of available guards before you see Jonathan Cooper's name, and continuity is always a plus.

The point here is don't expect any big move, even with the enormity of the need. Dallas will likely reach an agreement with Cooper after he's tested the free agent waters a bit, assuming nobody else scoops him up.

If not, the need at left guard will become increasingly dire the further we get into the offseason.

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Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space

Sean Martin



Travis Frederick

Patience is a virtue for football fans everywhere this time of the year, especially those of the Dallas Cowboys. A team known for using free agency to deal with their own expiring contracts and players, Cowboys Nation has been anxiously awaiting an addition to improve this roster before the draft. While the wait will continue for outside help in Dallas, the Cowboys have created $7.5 million in cap space by restructuring the contract of Center Travis Frederick.

Jane Slater on Twitter

C Travis Frederick will restructure his deal to help clear up roughly 7.5M in cap space for the #Cowboys per source informed

Restructuring the contracts of their cornerstone players is nothing new for the Cowboys. Rarely doing so with a clear "next move" in sight, the market for top FA talent at WR and OL may have already passed the Cowboys.

Having the space to negotiate with available players now opens the door just slightly further for Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu acquisitions to become realistic. Reportedly, the Cowboys have inquired about both safeties (Thomas via popular trade talks and Mathieu as a free agent, released by the Cardinals) and have been met with price tags the Jones' were forced to turn away.

Giving up assets for players that will warrant large future contracts is not currently the Dallas Cowboys' way, but being able to sign somebody in free agency has been. To avoid a repeat of 2017, a season arguably derailed as soon as the team's free agent class failed entirely, the Cowboys will need to find proven players that can contribute on the market in the coming weeks.

With the help of the anchor to their star-studded offensive line, the Cowboys can come to this market with slightly thicker wallets now. Keep the optimistic tweets alive, and tip Travis Frederick accordingly.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Place 2nd Round RFA Tender on DL David Irving

Jess Haynie



David Irving

One of the more anticipated Cowboys free agency moves has finally happened. Defensive lineman David Irving has been given the 2nd-round Restricted Free Agent tender, which would result in a $2.91 million contract for 2018.

David Moore on Twitter

Source: the Cowboys have used a 2nd round tender on DT David Irving. The cost is $2.91 million.

If another team offers Irving a contract, that would have to send their 2018 second-round draft pick to the Cowboys.

There was no doubt that Dallas would extend an RFA tender to Irving, one of the bright young stars on their defense. The question was at what amount; they could have gone with the $4.1 million tender which raises the compensation to a first-round draft pick.

With a difference of only about $1 million, some might argue that the Cowboys went lower to entice other teams to try to sign Irving. Perhaps they don't foresee giving him a big long-term deal next year, so want to get something for him now.

It's a logical argument, and one that means there may be more to this story before the offseason ends. For now, though, David Irving's closer to remaining a Cowboy than he was yesterday.

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