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Offense Quarterback Robert Griffin, III continues to make his way back from surgery on his knee and for his sophomore season he has not been nearly the running threat that he was as a rookie. Apparently heeding the advice of Dr James A...
Offense Quarterback Robert Griffin, III continues to make his way back from surgery on his knee and for his sophomore season he has not been nearly the running threat that he was as a rookie. Apparently heeding the advice of Dr James Andrews, the Redskins are focusing on Griffin's development as a pocket passer this season, rather than relying on his ability to get outside and make things happen with his legs. Of late the Skins quarterback has shown that he is still willing to take off with the football when needed, but as of now, his explosiveness has not returned. Considering that the Washington offense relies on RGIII to be a dynamic playmaker, it is not surprising that the team has experienced some issues. Offensive Line Up front, the weakest link for the Redskins is Tyler Polumbus, the right tackle. Pass protection has always been an issue for Polumbus; in 2012 he led the team with eight sacks allowed. The left tackle, Trent Williams is a much better pass protector than Polumbus, his biggest issue is penalties. He was flagged eight times last season. Inside Kory Lichtensteiger, the left guard, suffers from the same malady, he drew ten penalties in 2012. Center Will Montgomery and right guard Chris Chester are solid performers, each allowed only a single sack last year. With Griffin learning to climb the ladder up into the pocket, his pass protection should improve as the season goes on. Skill Positions The favorite weapon for RGIII this season has been Pierre Garcon, who is currently on pace to set a new Redskins record for receptions in a season. His other receiving targets will be Leonard Hankerson, Josh Morgan, and Santana Moss. This group has come under fire recently for their inability to take the load off of Garcon and to provide Griffin with options in the passing game. Moss, in particular, always seems to have a little something extra when he faces the Cowboys. At tight end, veteran Fred Davis is being pushed out by rookie Jordan Reed. Logan Paulsen is also an option at TE but could be out this game due to injury. In the backfield the Redskins feature second-year back Alfred Morris who, thanks to Griffin's knee, will be carrying the primary load in the running game. Roy Helu will be the secondary runner while fullback Darrel Young will serve as the lead blocker Defense Defensive Line Having fulfilled his suspension for substance abuse policy violations, right defensive end Jarvis Jenkins can be expected to see some action, and possibly even be the nominal "starter" on Sunday. Until he plays his way back in to game shape however; Kedric Golston will see the majority of snaps for Washington. Former Cowboy Stephen Bowen will man the other defensive end, while Barry Cofield will handle the nose tackle slot. Chris Baker and Chris Neild will also see some time in the rotation for the Redskins. The defensive line in Washington is more known for it's run stopping skills, rather than it's ability to generate heat on the passer. In 2012, they accounted for just 3.5 sacks among the starting trio of Bowen, Cofield, and Jenkins. Linebackers Outside the Redskins feature two of the better pass rushing linebackers in the league: Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo. Last season, without his running mate, Kerrigan accounted for 8.5 sacks. Having Orakpo back should free him up to generate more pressure since teams will now be forced to account for a pass rush from both sides. Inside, London Fletcher is back for another season along with Perry Riley. Riley is a decent piece in the middle, but time has taken a toll on Fletcher's abilities. The biggest thing he brings to the Washington defense is his experience in making pre-snap adjustments. His heir apparent, Keenan Robinson, is out with a torn pectoral muscle. Defensive Backs The glaring weakness in Jim Haslett's defense is the secondary. At safety, veteran Brandon Meriweather has returned, but he is fragile at best. Rookie Bacarri Rambo started the first two games in Meriwe
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Traitor or fan? We had this conversation a lot last year when a flame war broke out on 10-for-10. We had impassioned opinions flying about whether it was appropriate for a real Cowboys fan to pick the Cowboys to lose on 10-for-10. This w...
Traitor or fan? We had this conversation a lot last year when a flame war broke out on 10-for-10. We had impassioned opinions flying about whether it was appropriate for a real Cowboys fan to pick the Cowboys to lose on 10-for-10. This week, I don't think any on here hoped for the Cowboys to lose, but three other perspectives were well-represented: picked Denver to win but hoped to be wrong; picked Dallas to win out of loyalty but expected to be wrong; and, those that picked Dallas to win because they believed that the Cowboys would win. This week was historic. I can't say that it never happened before, as I do not have access to KD's records (and, I don't know that I want to know the answer). There may have been a week during the Cowboys abysmal 2010 season when more 10-for-10 participants picked the Cowboys to lose than to win. It had never happened on my watch. This is my third year as KD's volunteer scorekeeper, and thirty-ninth regular season week to record and tabulate our entries. Some weeks, we are unanimous picking the Cowboys. In other weeks, a handful pick against them. Even this year, we have consistently and convincingly picked our team to win - 242-0 over the Giants, 193-10 over the Chiefs, 194-5 over the Rams, and 197-1 over the Chargers. Again, since I didn't participate in BTB until late-season in 2010, and didn't participate in KD's FanPost inaugural season of 10-for-10, I had never seen a week where the majority picked against the Cowboys. I have now seen it - 106-81 picked the Broncos - and, I hope I never see it again. Well, rant over. On to my weekly report... We added four new players this week, but we had a few more fall by the wayside. So, we dropped a little this week, but still have the seventh highest participation total in our four-year history. Here is the participation table: Participation Week Played This Week Missed This Week Total 1 242 0 242 2 207 49 256 3 199 60 259 4 198 67 265 5 189 80 269 Last week, I brought back a table of "worst unanimous 10-for-10 losses", as we came close in two games (all but one missed one game, and all but three missed another). I will not reprint that table this week, but we did it again (all but one missed one game, and all but three missed another). As a consensus, we got more right this week than wrong. We had a bunch of games that almost everyone played - same games, same winner. We usually have one or two that we split more evenly - either it's an even match and we can't all pile onto our favorite. Or, it's a matchup of two bad teams and we neither know how to predict or care about the result. This week, we had two bigger games that were tossups, with fairly heavy participation. We picked, by a narrow 60-58 margin, the Colts to give the Seahawks their first loss. We were even tighter in the match between our division friends. One person, not wanting to see either team win, instead of skipping that game, picked a tie. Ironically, that pick, if it had been for the Giants, would have made our consensus a tie, as the other ninety-seven were split 49-48. After those two close games, the next closest to evenly split was... Denver-Dallas (sigh). Here are our results this week: Week #5 Results (Home in CAPS) Win Winners (we're great) Lose 171 ST. LOUIS Jacksonville 3 130 GREEN BAY Detroit 15 125 Kansas City TENNESSEE 22 108 SAN FRANCISCO Houston 20 106 Denver DALLAS 81 102 New Orleans CHICAGO 26 66 CLEVELAND Buffalo 9 Win Losers (we're bleep) Lose 3 OAKLAND San Diego 167 1 New York Jets ATLANTA 165 42 CINCINNATI New England 99 25 Baltimore MIAMI 89 31 ARIZONA Carolina 65 Win Pretty Even (we're indecisive) Lose 60 INDIANAPOLIS Seattle 58 49.5 Philadelphia NEW YORK GIANTS 48.5 There are still four teams - Denver (another sigh), Jacksonville, New Orleans, and St. Louis - that we have picked correctly week as a gro
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Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman announced tight end Martellus Bennett will be a game-time decision for Thursday night's game against the New York Giants. Bennett continues to recover from a knee injury in the meantime. FANTASY ANA...
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman announced tight end Martellus Bennett will be a game-time decision for Thursday night's game against the New York Giants. Bennett continues to recover from a knee injury in the meantime. FANTASY ANALYSIS: Bennett suffered what appeared to be a not-too-serious injury last week against the Saints. In that game, he caught five receptions for a modest 56 yards. It's been a little quiet recently statistically for the former Dallas Cowboys tight end. Bennett remains a low TE1 and should be a starter in most leagues. The Bears' offense is playing much better football this season and it's best to keep the key playmakers like Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and even Bennett in the starting lineup every single week
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Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports For being proclaimed as “America’s Team”, the Dallas Cowboys sure are not playing like it.  And I am not only speaking of the 2013 season. Since 1997, the Cowboys have complied 130-131 re...
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports For being proclaimed as “America’s Team”, the Dallas Cowboys sure are not playing like it.  And I am not only speaking of the 2013 season. Since 1997, the Cowboys have complied 130-131 record including 1-6 in playoff appearances during that span.  The Cowboys have managed to create buzz surrounding their team nearly every season but have yet to live up their fan base expectations by not reaching the Super Bowl since 1995.  For a team which has the most appearances in a Super Bowl including winning five and being the first and only NFL team to post 20 consecutive winning seasons, this is a franchise which is losing its identity as one the elite teams the league.  But where did it all go so wrong so quickly?  When did mediocrity become an added word in Cowboys history? In the 1990s, the Cowboys were a team to be reckoned with.  Led by Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, and Larry Allen, the Cowboys captured five straight NFC East Division titles and won three Super Bowls going 11-2 in the postseason.  From 1990-1997, this tandem was 77-35 to instill the tagline “America’s Team” as their motto ever since.  Nevertheless, it is been a slow and painful decline as the Cowboys of 2013 are far removed from the image they once held. 25 years ago, a businessman named Jerry Jones, who had unsuccessful endeavors until he found his luck in oil, purchased the Cowboys for $140 million from H.R. Bright.  Today, business has never been better for Jones as the Cowboys are the first American sports franchise to be appraised at more than $2 billion.  However, the same can not be said about his popularity. Criticism has followed Jones ever since his poor handling of his relationships with former Dallas head coaches Tom Landry and  Jimmy Johnson.  It has been a trickle effect of one bad decision after another for Jones which has brought the Cowboys to their current unforgiving state.  Arrogance, inexperience, and his own pompous ego are the typical reasons for the watered down product Jones has provided for the faithful Cowboys fans on display every Sunday.  With zero NFL background, his unfortunate arrogance contributed to him continuing as the general manager rather than allowing an experienced general manager to come and to be the decision maker. This has been a constant gripe with fans and the media. By neglecting this factor to ensure the possibility of running of a winning franchise, his lack of knowledge has led to consistent risky offseason transactions with high salary contracts, questionable NFL draft picks, and the never-ending carousel of coaches with no end in sight. Can all of the failures involving the Cowboys, who generated a revenue of an astounding $539 million in 2012, be blamed on solely on Jones?  To be fair, the answer would be no, but not a resounding no.  It is ultimately the players who have to perform when it is all said and done.  However,  it’s the general manager, ahem Mr. Jones, who was fully responsible for constructing the players on the team in first place. Therefore, if the players he added to his team do not perform up to par, he should be held accountable for his actions.  Unfortunately, the owner cannot simply fire himself.  For now, Jones has to look in the mirror and figure out how he feels about his Cowboys team which faces a uphill climb this season sitting at 2-3 in a weak NFC East. So, Mr. Jones, how about them Cowboys? Ryan Neiman writes for Rant Sports covering Dallas Cowboys Football.  You can follow him on Twitter @FantasyUSports or @RyanNAnthony
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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones has stuck his foot in his mouth, again. A day after Jones’ own son, Stephen Jones, disagreed with what he said, Jones wanted to clear the air and reiterate what he trul...
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones has stuck his foot in his mouth, again. A day after Jones’ own son, Stephen Jones, disagreed with what he said, Jones wanted to clear the air and reiterate what he truly meant by his moral victory comment and he did so Wednesday during his weekly spot on KRLD-FM. “The promise of things to come was brighter when that game was finished the other day than when it started,” Jerry Jones said, per The Fan Shows. “The promise was because we see a lot coming together with our offense — with Tony [Romo].” Tony Romo seems to get the blame placed onto him most of the time, but the loss to the Denver Broncos wasn’t entirely his fault. Yes, Romo threw for 506 yards and five touchdowns. Some Dallas fans would say the interception late in the fourth-quarter at their own 24-yard line, which led to a game-winning field goal, sealed their fate, but remember, Dallas’ defense gave up 517 total yards in the loss. With the game on the line and the pressure mounting, Romo can’t seem to come through. After the game, NBC broadcaster Rodney Harrison nailed what is wrong with quarterback Tony Romo right on the head when he said that Romo is “thinking about making a mistake, not about making a play.” Maybe instead of focusing on what he should have said, Jones needs to realize that maybe rewarding Romo with that six-year, $108 million contract wasn’t the smartest thing to do.
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin practiced Wednesday for the first time since his Week 3 hamstring injury. After a promising Week 1 which he saw 12 targets and 10 receptions for 72 yards, Austin hardly contributed in the followi...
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin practiced Wednesday for the first time since his Week 3 hamstring injury. After a promising Week 1 which he saw 12 targets and 10 receptions for 72 yards, Austin hardly contributed in the following games. FANTASY ANALYSIS: Dallas got a huge contribution from WR Terrance Williams last week. The rookie caught all four of his targets for 151 yards and a score. That averages out to 37.8 yards per play. For comparison, Austin has only one reception that went for more than 40 yards since Week 1 of 2012. Williams is a great add in deeper formats since Austin can't seem to stay healthy for more than a week or so at a time. Dez Bryant continues to be biggest beneficiary as most of the offense travels through him.
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IRVING — Miles Austin returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since he strained his left hamstring in a Sept. 22 victory over St. Louis. Austin had missed the last two games because of the injury. While Austin was back do...
IRVING — Miles Austin returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since he strained his left hamstring in a Sept. 22 victory over St. Louis. Austin had missed the last two games because of the injury. While Austin was back doing drills, three other players were not seen participating. Defensive end Edgar Jones and linebacker Justin Durant, who were inactive last Sunday after suffering groin injuries, did rehabilitation work off to the side. Running back Lance Dunbar, who strained … [visit site to read more]
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While watching the Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday, did you notice Jerry Jones using a flip phone? Nothing against the product, but they appear out-dated. Many believe a billionaire like Jones, who just signed a lucrative stadium naming ri...
While watching the Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday, did you notice Jerry Jones using a flip phone? Nothing against the product, but they appear out-dated. Many believe a billionaire like Jones, who just signed a lucrative stadium naming rights deal with AT&T, should have something more modern. Well, on Wednesday, the Cowboys owner and general manager had a good laugh while explaining why he doesn’t have something more up-to-date. “I don’t know what to say other than, I can … [visit site to read more]
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Jerry Jones is not someone you would call a Washington Redskins supporter, but that doesn’t mean the Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager necessarily thinks their NFC East rivals need to change their team name. The Redskins name has ...
Jerry Jones is not someone you would call a Washington Redskins supporter, but that doesn’t mean the Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager necessarily thinks their NFC East rivals need to change their team name. The Redskins name has become such a hot topic that even President Obama recently weighed-in, saying if he owned the franchise that he’d consider a name change. During a Wednesday radio interview, Jones didn’t say whether Washington should change the name or not. Jones’ … [visit site to read more]
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