Through the first three weeks of the season the Cowboys’ offense had been unimaginative at best as Head Coach Jason Garrett and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan had designed offensive attacks that more closely resembled mild affronts. The absences of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten have clearly impacted the passing game, or lack thereof, in Dallas but there has been a lack of creativity to fill those voids and at least give the Cowboys a semblance of a multi-dimensional attack.
Those concerns melted away on Sunday as Dak Prescott easily eclipsed his previous season high of 170 passing yards to ring up 255 in the Cowboys’ 26-24 win over the Detroit Lions.
Prescott was 17-of-27 with two touchdowns and averaged 9.4 yards per throw. He wasn’t perfect but he was better – oh, so much better – than he has been and conjured images of his brilliant rookie campaign in 2016. It was a fine aerial performance against a Detroit passing defense that trails only Jacksonville in passing yards allowed per game. But without incorporating Ezekiel Elliott into the mix, chances are much would have stayed the same and Dallas would be 1-3 instead of 2-2.
Ezekiel Elliott was a one-man wrecking crew with 152 yards rushing and 88 yards receiving (including a touchdown) and became the first player in almost seven years to combine for more than 150 rushing yards and 80 receiving yards in a game, since the Raiders’ Michael Bush did exactly that against the Chargers back in 2011.
Moreover, it was Zeke who caught the crucial 34-yard pass to set up the game-winning field goal by Brett Maher.
Speaking of the Dallas kicker, Maher was perfect on all four field goal attempts as well as the two extra points. It was a refreshingly new and creative game plan that may have saved a few coaching jobs as well as the season, if Elliott can continue to thrive in this expanded role.
Despite all the good news coming out of Dallas, it wasn’t such a great day for those who invested in a Cowboys’ win against the all-important point spread. The oddsmakers had this one down cold as Dallas was tagged as a 2 ½ point home favorite and all it took was that hook to send all those Boyz’ bettors home with no money in their pockets after the two-point win over Detroit.
Speaking of oddsmakers, if there is one thing we know it’s that all things are not created equal, including online sportsbooks. If you don’t mind sweating the game but not the pay out then go to where both the recreational and professional sports bettors go to place their wagers, 5Dimes. Not only is 5Dimes among the most trusted and reputable online sportsbooks according to its review, but they offer point spreads, totals, money lines, and prop bets on the NFL as well as virtually any other team and individual sport in the world.
As we look ahead to next week we see that Dallas will travel to see their neighbors in Houston and, according to the oddsmakers, the Texans have been installed as three-point favorites over their Lone Star State rivals.
However, it should be noted that in addition to a more comprehensive offensive game plan, the Dallas defense has been among the elite ranking third in sacks, sixth in passing yards allowed, and seventh in points allowed. Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence has been an integral part of the Cowboys defensive success with 5 ½ sacks already on the season and averaging a sack per game over his last 20 games.
The Cowboys look like a live dog against a Texans’ squad that was handed a win by Indianapolis last week in overtime. Back the Boys on Sunday and get on over to 5Dimes to do it!
Dallas Cowboys: 3 Schedule Predictions Ahead Of Wednesday’s Release
Wednesday night the official 2019 NFL schedule will be released, and we will know the exact times and dates of each of the Cowboys' upcoming games.
We already know the opponents, however, and we know how the NFL typically likes to schedule games week to week. Based on both prior history and future opponents, here are 3 predictions for tonight's schedule release.
1. Cowboys Open Up With The Giants
I didn't say the predictions would be bold, did I?
The NFL loves to have the Cowboys open up against the New York Giants, and I see that being the case here again. Dallas/New York will always bring about solid ratings, but scheduling this game before the Giants (likely) fall out of contention is a smart move as well.
This game will be in Dallas at 4:25 eastern time, occupying that "America's Game of the Week" slot during the opening weekend. Because as much as everyone says they hate watching these NFC East games, the numbers bear out a different story.
2. Cowboys Play @ Saints Thursday After Thanksgiving
We know the Cowboys will play in an extra Thursday or Saturday night game this season. They always do.
Lately the league has liked to schedule them as the Thursday night game following Thanksgiving, and I don't see them breaking that trend this season. Dallas has played the Vikings, Redskins, and Saints in this game the last three years, with the Cowboys/Saints game being one of the best of last year's Thursday slate.
Why not run it back at the Superdome this November?
3. Cowboys Close The Season With A Brutal December
This is broad prediction, so let's narrow it down a bit. I think the Cowboys will play three critical NFC games in December, at the very least. These games will include NFC East battles with the Washington Redskins (week 17) and Philadelphia Eagles, as well as a game at Chicago to face the Bears.
It's likely the Cowboys, Bears, and Eagles will be fighting for playoff positioning (or playoff births) down the stretch in December. Plus, anytime a combination of these three teams play, ratings will be drawn. I think they'll have Prescott battle Mitchell Trubisky and Carson Wentz this December, as he and the Cowboys look to clinch a consecutive playoff birth.
Cowboys en Español: Lawrence Extendido, ¿Sigue Prescott?
La saga más importante en este offseason de los Dallas Cowboys llegó a su fin la semana pasada cuando DeMarcus Lawrence por fin firmó su extensión. Tras semanas de estar en un "punto muerto" en las negociaciones, se reportó que ambas partes habían retomado las pláticas el viernes pasado y el mismo día se anunció el trato.
El ala defensiva de 27 años consiguió un contrato de cinco años y 105 millones de dólares. Esto convierte a Lawrence en el tercer defensivo mejor pagado de la liga en promedio por año, detrás solo de Khalil Mack y Aaron Donald. Con 21 millones anuales, muchos no están de acuerdo con pagarle esta cantidad de dinero a un defensivo como D-Law.
Es entendible, dado que nunca es fácil hacer a un jugador uno de los mejores pagados en la liga. Sin embargo, DeMarcus Lawrence lo vale. Pidió dinero del calibre de Von Miller y otros defensivos elite porque ha producido a ese nivel.
No sólo eso, sino que realmente se ha perfilado como el mejor en su posición contra el juego terrestre. El valor que aporta al equipo logra justificar lo que se le pagará. Además, la estructura del contrato realmente ata al equipo solo por tres años a Lawrence. Esto es una victoria para la administración de los Jones.
¿Quién Sigue? Dak Prescott.
Como bien sabemos, DeMarcus Lawrence no era el único jugador que necesitaba recibir una extensión. Pero ahora que está fuera de los quehaceres, Dak Prescott es el centro de atención en Dallas.
En sus primeros tres años en la NFL, los Cowboys han ganado dos veces el título de la NFC East. Ha demostrado ser un líder capaz de dirigir al equipo y ganar en los momentos importantes. De hecho, Prescott es el quarterback con más series ganadoras desde el 2016, cuando entró a la liga. Por si fuera poco, ningún mariscal de campo ha conseguido tantas series así en sus primeras tres temporadas.
DallasCowboys QB Dak Prescott * Most game-winning drives (14) since 2016 * Most game-winning drives in first 3 seasons (14) of any QB since 1950 @dallascowboys @dak
Y no hay que confundirnos. La pregunta no es si lo van a extender o no. La pregunta es: ¿Cuánto le van a pagar al quarterback de 25 años? Sabemos que la administración confía plenamente en Dak para ser el futuro. Le van a pagar. Para darnos una idea, veamos los mejores pagados actualmente según Over The Cap (en promedio por año):
- Aaron Rodgers - $33.5M
- Matt Ryan - $30M
- Kirk Cousins - $28M
- Jimmy Garoppolo - $27.5M
- Matt Stafford - $27M
Muchos ven a Dak como un jugador que merece menos de 25 millones al año, pero no es así como funciona el mercado. A mi parecer, el contrato no bajará de 25 y se acercará a los 30 al año. ¿Mucho? Quizá. Pero en esta liga, si te quieres quedar con un mariscal franquicia, tienes que pagarle bastante para evitar que llegue a la agencia libre.
Y sí, Prescott sigue bajo contrato en 2019 pero la extensión seguramente vendrá antes. El valor por un QB sube cada año al igual que todas las posiciones y con un jugador como Patrick Mahomes en la AFC, habrá un brinco considerable el próximo offseason.
Cuando Prescott firme una extensión, habrá mucha división entre los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys. Personalmente, veo a Dak como un jugador franquicia. Por ahora, estemos contentos porque Lawrence se queda en casa.
Cowboys Come Out In Full Force To Support Dirk Nowitzki In His Final Home Game
Last night was a major one in the NBA, with two legends and future Hall of Famers playing in their last respective home games. Of course, the legend which means the most to Dallas-area sports fans is Dallas Mavericks great Dirk Nowitzki, who gave a teary-eyed farewell to the Dallas faithful on Tuesday night, finally admitting "it's time."
It's no secret that Nowitzki has been supportive of all DFW teams while apart of the Mavs organization, and last night the Cowboys returned the favor, showing up in full force to support Nowitzki in his final game.
Dallas Cowboys at tonight's Mavericks game: Jason Garrett, Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, Sean Lee, Connor Williams, Joe Looney, Jeff Heath, Travis Frederick, La'el Collins, Randall Cobb, Allen Hurns, Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, Tavon Austin https://t.co/546B30dqPY
Dirk Nowitzki put up 30 points and 8 rebounds in the Mavericks 120-109 win, an excellent way for the future Hall of Famer and fan favorite to go out in front of his home fans.
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