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Xavier Su’a-Filo Doubtful: Connor Williams Key for Seahawks Matchup

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The Dallas Cowboys have had to adjust their offensive line for much of the season due to injuries or quality of play.  With Xavier Su'a-Filo doubtful for today's game against the Seattle Seahawks, the Cowboys will be forced once again to make an adjustment along their offensive line. Connor Williams will likely get the start agains the Seahawks and he's a key to what the Dallas Cowboys would like to do on offense.

Connor Williams has had some struggles this season, but he's gotten better as the season has gone along. While Su'a-Filo has had his moments as the starting left guard, he's also been an issue, particularly in pass blocking.

According to Pro Football Focus, Xavier Su'a-Filo allowed 20 pressures on 269 pass blocking snaps, or one pressure every 13.45. Connor Williams has been slightly better, allowing a pressure every 14.21 snaps. Su'a-Filo also allowed a sack at a higher rate than Connor Williams allowing a sack every 44.83 pass plays. While Williams has only slightly been slightly better than Su'a-Filo on pressures allowed, Williams has nearly doubled his sack rate. Williams is allowing a sack every 79.6 pass plays, on average.

Over the last five games especially, Williams has been much better at keeping Dak Prescott clean. On 156 snaps over the last five games, Su'a-Filo has allowed 5 sacks and 14 pressures. On 110 snaps, Connor Williams has only allowed two sacks and nine pressures.


Whoever starts at left guard, whether it's Su'a-Filo or Williams, will have their hands full tonight facing off against a powerful interior tandem in Jarran Reed and Poona Ford. Jarran Reed has double-digit sacks for the Seattle Seahawks this season. Poona Ford has been excellent as a run defender. Pro Football Focus has rated Ford as the third best interior defensive lineman in the NFL over the last five weeks.

Connor Williams may not have played well early in the season, but he was making a transition to a new position and having to deal with players that he may not have been prepared for quite yet. Well, with a little more seasoning, Williams has been performing well enough to possibly keep his starting spot at left guard. How well he plays tonight will go a long way in determining which team advances to the divisional round and the waiting arms of the New Orleans Saints or the Los Angeles Rams.

For the offense to keep humming the way it's been, they'll need Williams to step in on that left side without missing a beat.


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Report: Cowboys’ WR Amari Cooper Expected to Practice Friday

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Good News: Amari Cooper Expected to Practice Friday

 

Per Todd Archer from ESPN, Amari Cooper's MRI didn't reveal any structural damage in his knee and was diagnosed with a bruised knee. Cooper's now expected to practice on Friday as the Dallas Cowboys get ready to play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football.

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Amari Cooper is expected to practice Friday and play Sunday against Minnesota after an MRI revealed he has a bruised knee, according to a source. Cooper was examined by the team doctors on Thursday and did not practice after being listed as a limited... https://t.co/jNps7m7ThL

This is excellent news for the Dallas Cowboys. Since acquiring Cooper from the Oakland Raiders last year, his presence has made a huge difference. There's been a noticeable difference when Cooper hasn't been in the lineup and they can't replicate his ability on the field in the slightest. He changes everything for Dak Prescott and the passing game.

Cooper's been dealing with minor injuries since training camp and has had to miss time in some games, sitting out nearly all of the loss to the Jets. Getting Cooper back the next week against the Philadelphia Eagles had a huge impact on the outcome of the week seven game. While Michael Gallup's taken a huge step forward in 2019, he hasn't proven to be capable of flying solo as the lead receiver for the Dallas Cowboys.

Against the Minnesota Vikings, the Cowboys offense will need to get off to a hot start and click on all cylinders against the Vikings number four ranked defense.

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From Pro-Football-Reference.com

Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper have had an excellent connection in Cooper's now 17 games with the Dallas Cowboys. He's averaging 5.6 receptions for 83.9 yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game. His per 16 game average would be 89 receptions for 1,342 yards and 11 touchdowns. Those are elite numbers in a really good passing game.


The Minnesota Vikings pass defense is only allowing 225 passing yards per game. Against the likes of Julio Jones, Davante Adams, Darren Waller, Allen Robinson, Alshon Jeffrey, Marvin Jones, and Tyreek Hill the Vikings have allowed 8.42 receptions for 93.85 and seven touchdowns.

Against the Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, and Kansas City Chiefs in three of the last four weeks the Vikings have allowed 291.3 passing yards per game.

Amari Cooper and the Dallas Cowboys passing game could be in for a field day.

Each week, following Amari Cooper's injury status, is one of the most important reports. Getting good news on Cooper heading into the Cowboys final practice of the week on Friday is big news for the Cowboys in this huge NFC matchup.


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Report: Cowboys DT Daniel Ross Arrested in Frisco on Marijuana and Gun Charges

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Report: Cowboys DT Daniel Ross Arrested in Frisco on Marijuana and Gun Charges

This is definitely not the news the Dallas Cowboys wanted to hear. According to Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News, Cowboys Defensive Tackle Daniel Ross was arrested earlier this morning in Frisco on marijuana and gun charges.

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Frisco PD confirms backup DL Daniel Ross was arrested by Frisco Police Department this morning. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.

Ross appeared in 13 games in 2018 as a solid depth piece along the defensive front. He totaled 14 tackles, seven quarterback hits, three tackles for loss, one sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.


This was good enough for the Cowboys to sign Ross to a one-year deal worth 645,000 back in March. Unfortunately, he suffered a shoulder injury in late August that put him on injured reserve, ending his 2019 season.

You can bet some disciplinary action will be taken by the NFL on this matter as well as internally with the organization. Ross is set to be a restricted free agent in 2020.


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Report: Cowboys S Xavier Woods Named NFC Defensive Player Of The Week

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Report: Cowboys S Xavier Woods Named NFC Defensive Player Of The Week

The Dallas Cowboys picked up a big division win Monday night vs the New York Giants and today one of their most important defensive players was recognized for his performance.

According to Patrik Walker of CBS Sports, Cowboys Safety Xavier Woods has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

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Xavier Woods is the Week 9 #NFL Defensive Player of the Week. #Cowboys #ThroughTheWoods Hive.

Woods had four tackles, a pass defended, a forced fumble, and an interception. With the Cowboys down 12-10 just before halftime, Woods intercepted Daniel Jones returning it 29 yards to set up a Brett Maher field goal making it 13-12 heading into the third quarter.


Halfway through the third quarter, the Giants were driving to take the lead when Woods struck again and forced a fumble that was recovered at midfield which set up another Maher field goal. He was responsible for two turnovers that lead to points for the offense, which is exactly what you want to see.

The Cowboys will need Woods to play big again this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings who have the NFL's eighth-ranked offense.


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