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Cowboys – Giants Tip: Follow the Leader to Eli

The Panthers loss has produced a week of teeth-gnashing and angst among many Cowboys faithful. Much of the dismay has focused on the sputtering offense. With the Giants game a mere day away, let’s look at something that worked, a new-old defensive wrinkle that’s likely to be tried again, given Dallas’ strength and New York’s …

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Patriots Pass Rush Trending Upwards

One of the most significant weaknesses of the 2017 Patriots was their lack of a serious pass rush. Throughout the course of the season, there was not a single game where New England’s defensive line seemed to have an upper hand against an opposing offensive line, with the most obvious example being the Super Bowl. …

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Maliek Collins

Is Cowboys Maliek Collins Becoming Jay Ratliff v2.0?

At 13:24 in the 3rd Qtr of the Cowboys embarrassing loss last Sunday to the Panthers Malik Collins sealed his fate with a picture-perfect, Rod Marinelli designed sack on Carolina QB Cam Newton from the 1-tech position. Marinelli is known for his love of quick, undersized defensive linemen and even though the 3rd year player …

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Dak Prescott

Cowboys WR Unit – Dak Friendly Time

Part three of SportTalkLine’s interview with ESPN analyst KC Joyner looks at the expectations fan can have for the 2018 receiving unit and what Dak Prescott can do to maximize their performance. Sports Talk Line: The Cowboys completely overhauled their receiving unit this year. Changed the position coach. Let Dez Bryant go. Cole Beasley is …

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Cowboys Converge on Carolina for a Southern Start to the Season

The NFL football season, certainly when compared to MLB, NBA, and NHL schedules, always seems so fleeting. After (often literally) surviving a 4-5-game preseason gauntlet, 32 NFL teams have a meager 16-game regular season schedule in which to successfully trigger their playoff dreams. That feeling fades just as quickly once these gladiators start competing. Reality …

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Ezekile Elliott 1st Down

Back to the Bell-Cow: What the Old Zeke Elliott Could Mean to the New Cowboys

Back to the Bell-Cow: What the Old Zeke Elliott Could Mean to the New Cowboys Part two of Cowboys Nation’s interview with ESPN football analyst KC Joyner looks at the Cowboys’ offensive line metrics, Ezekiel Elliott’s lost 2017 campaign and what a return to his 2016 form could mean to the club. Sports Talk Line: …

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Dez Bryant

X-ed Out: The Split End Killed the Cowboys’ 2017 Deep Passing Attack

K.C. Joyner has been a friend of my sites going back to the mid-2000s before he made his move to ESPN. This week, KC joined me for an interview to promote Scientific Football 2018, the 15th edition of his groundbreaking books, which inspired competitors like Pro Football Focus. In this edition, we take a deep …

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Patriots Injuries To Watch Heading Into Week One

While the return of the NFL preseason is always a welcome occurrence for football fans, it can be a dangerous time for players. Injuries occur at a higher rate, likely due to players still getting into peak playing condition. Every year there seems to be a plague of ACL tears throughout the league during July …

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Bill Bilichick

Patriots “Draft Pick Problem” Is Overblown

Since cut down day, many in the Boston sports media have been expressing disappointment in the Patriots roster in regards to youth talent. Many believe that Bill Belichick has been unsuccessful during the NFL draft over the past few years, and his mistakes are going to set the team up for failure in the future. …

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