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Why The Number “4” Is So Important To The Dallas Cowboys

Kevin Brady



Dak Prescott, Eagles

The number 4 has taken a special importance for the Cowboys over the last couple of seasons.

Last year, it was their total number of wins. The 2015 Cowboys were plain bad, finishing with that infamous 4-12 record and facing tremendous quarterback problems.

This year, rookie quarterback sensation Dak Prescott wears it. The man who has solved any of those quarterback woes. The man who has outdone himself week after week, making everyone wonder just how he lasted until the 4th round.

As of November 22nd, 2016, the number 4 means even more than expected. It is the Cowboys magic number to clinching the NFC East.

That's right, we can already start talking about their magic number. This year has been absolutely insane.

What's a magic number, you ask?

Simply put, it is the combination of Cowboys wins and New York Giants losses which are required for another NFC East crown. The Giants currently sit at 7-3, 2 games behind Dallas, and will face the Cowboys on Sunday Night football in just a few weeks. Before that meeting, the Giants face the winless Cleveland Browns, and the ever-dangerous Pittsburgh Steelers.Cowboys Headlines - The Science of Winning: Jason Garrett Leads Cowboys to 9-1

Staff writer Jess Haynie will get into the nuts and bolts of the entire playoff picture later this week, but as it stands right now that December 11th battle could ultimately decide the division. However, it is still highly likely the Cowboys could win the division even if they end up being swept by the second place Giants.

No matter how they get there, the Cowboys can just about guarantee themselves as division champs if they finish the season 4-2. I know, 2 losses seems absurd right now based on how they are playing, but at some point there will be another loss. Right? Maybe not.

Washington (6-3-1) also poses a threat to the Cowboys division title hopes, but will need to defeat the Cowboys this Thursday to keep those aspirations realistic. If they were to lose Thursday, it would be nearly impossible for Washington to pass the Cowboys with 4 losses.

Of course, the year the Cowboys start off 9-1 is the one year the rest of the NFC East decides not to be totally mediocre. Regardless, the Cowboys have a chance to run away with this thing, starting with a potentially huge win on Thanksgiving.

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and am currently a college student. Lets get going.

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



Jamize Olawale, Raiders

Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.

To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.

In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.

Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.

Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.

Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.

Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.

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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018 1

Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.

Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.

Todd Archer on Twitter

Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of...

While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018

Dallas Cowboys LS L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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