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.
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.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Cowboys Negotiating Trade with Dolphins for DE Robert Quinn
According to a report just minutes ago, the Dallas Cowboys are visiting with Miami Dolphins' Defensive End Robert Quinn today as part of a possible trade. Miami is looking for a trade partner to try to get something back for Quinn before making him a salary cap casualty.
Quinn is in the final year of his contract and is set to count $12.9 million against the Dolphins' salary cap. Most of that is his base salary of $11.8 million, which Miami is reportedly willing to pay part of to help facilitate a trade.
Robert Quinn was spotted today on his way to visit the #Cowboys, who are in trade talks with the #Dolphins for the veteran DE, sources say. Quinn would need to agree to any deal. So, this is another step in the process, with a Dallas team that obviously needs pass rush.
The Cowboys need DE help with DeMarcus Lawrence's contract still unresolved and Randy Gregory now indefinitely suspended for another drug policy violation. They signed Kerry Hyder from the Lions yesterday, but he isn't a proven commodity like Quinn.
Turning 29 in May, Robert Quinn is a two-time Pro Bowler and former first-round pick of the Rams. He hasn't had the same production in recent years but still had 6.5 sacks for Miami in 2018 and 8.5 the prior year with Los Angeles.
Ever the bargain shoppers these days, Dallas is probably hoping to get Quinn for late-round draft pick or perhaps a pick swap.
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