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GAMEDAY GUT-CHECK: Dallas Cowboys state-0f-the-star | Can America’s Team bounce back after the bye-week?

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The Dallas Cowboys and Jersey Giants meet again for the second time in seven weeks. Dallas won’t have Tony Romo to lead them on another game-winning drive in the final seconds as he did in the opener. It’s Matt Cassel’s show today. The 11-year veteran making his first start at quarterback for America’s team with Romo (fractured collarbone) still out a few more games.

Here are the gut feelings from a few local insiders/writers:

Phillips: For two weeks everyone has debated the differences between Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel. Will Cassel take chances downfield where Weeden checked down? There needs to be a balance between conservative and plain risky, and Cassel has to find it Sunday. With Dez Bryant out against the Giants, Cassel is likely to see the Giants crowd the line the way opponents did against Weeden. He’ll need to hit open receivers when they’re there, but a bunch of turnovers on forced throws won’t help the Cowboys’ cause. I think Cassel will indeed be efficient and effective enough to win this game, and he’ll get help from the Cowboys’ defense ending its three-game takeaway drought. Dallas outlasts the Giants, 23-21, despite a 250-yard effort from Eli Manning.

Broaddus: Gut feeling this week is that Rod Marinelli goes back to his 3-2-6 defensive scheme to attack this Giants offense. There are two things that he gets out of it that can help this defense. First he gets the one-on-one matchups across the board to attack Manning, which puts pressure on the offensive line, but more importantly Marinelli gets extra defensive backs on the field. To win this game I believe the Giants are going to have to win the battles on the outside. If Dallas can hold up in the secondary, then it’s going to be a long day for the Giants. Look for Marinelli to mix and match his fronts and coverage’s but the 3-2-6 look being a go-to one in this game. Cowboys win, 19-17.

Helman: There’s just enough different about this team to make me feel optimistic. No, I don’t think Matt Cassel is going to make anyone forget Tony Romo, but I do think he’s capable of sparking a more explosive passing game. No, I don’t think Christine Michael is going to have a 100-yard day, but I do think he can contribute enough to get the ground game out of its funk. On the other side of the matchup, the Cowboys have an absurdly favorable look against a leaky Giants offensive line. I don’t know if they’ll get five sacks, but Greg Hardy, Tyrone Crawford and Randy Gregory should be able to make life difficult for Eli Manning. And if Manning is struggling to find time, that should make it hard for Odell Beckham to hurt the secondary. It’s not going to be easy – it never is at MetLife Stadium. But I think the Cowboys have changed enough to make a push, even as Dez Bryant doesn’t play. I really think they can pick up their game and get out of New York with a win – something like 24-20.

Eatman: While it’s easy to say the Cowboys have the Giants’ number up in New York – winning the last three games in the Meadowlands – you could also say that perhaps it’s Tony Romo that has it, and not the Cowboys. We know this team is not the same without him and Dez Bryant in the lineup, so I think you have to throw out the history here, even if it’s recent history. The Cowboys certainly don’t beat the Giants in Week 1 without Romo. But, that being said, I still think the Cowboys can and will win this game. I don’t know if Matt Cassel lights the world on fire but I think he plays well. They’ve got to figure out how to get Jason Witten going and I can see him getting at least seven catches. Brice Butler will make some plays down the field and I think the Cowboys get their first 100-yard rusher, and don’t be surprised if it’s Joseph Randle. This guy might not get all of the snaps but he’ll run well with the ones he gets and might even break off a long one. The Cowboys are healthier than the Giants, they’re more desperate than the Giants and I still think they’re a better team. Like all of these games, it’ll be closer but give me Dallas, 21-20. 

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FOUR HORSES IN THE CORRAL: Meet your new Dallas Cowboys RB Rod Smith | RB Christine Michael brings power punch | RB Position Analysis | Boys Bye-Week Breakdown 2015

FOUR HORSES IN THE CORRAL - Meet your new Dallas Cowboys RB Rod Smith - RB Christine Michael brings a power punch - RB Position Analysis - Boys Bye-Week Breakdown 2015

The running back position stands to look drastically different than it did just a month ago. Continue reading →

VALLEY RANCH SHAKE-UP: Veteran QB Matt Cassel back in the saddle | Rookie La’el Collins rejoining the trenches | RB Christine Michael to get more reps | Dallas Cowboys bye-week report 2015

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IRVING, Texas – The bye week is typically a time to make some adjustments and even big changes. The Dallas Cowboys are doing just that. Continue reading →

DALLAS COWBOYS GAMEDAY PRIMER: The 2015 Bone Bowl–Broken Bryant and DeMarco’s Meat | Week #2 Practice & Injury Update | Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles

DALLAS COWBOYS GAMEDAY PRIMER - The 2015 Bone Bowl–Broken Bryant and DeMarco’s Meat - Week #2 Practice & Injury Update

With the Dallas Cowboys All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant sidelined by foot surgery, there was no crowd around his empty locker. Instead, scattered groups were talking to his fellow receivers – the ones who will be asked to fill his shoes in Philadelphia. Continue reading →

BACK IN THE SADDLE: Team adjusts sack leader salary | DE Jeremy Mincey back with the ‘boys | 2015-2016 Dallas Cowboys training camp

BACK IN THE SADDLE - Team adjusts sack leader salary - DE Jeremy Mincey back with the ‘boys - 2015-2016 Dallas Cowboys training camp

OXNARD, CA – Defensive end Jeremy Mincey spent the first few days of camp at odds with the Dallas Cowboys. In his first day back with the team, he was back to his team-leading, peace-making ways once again. Continue reading →

DALLAS COWBOYS OTA UPDATE: McClain in Pain, Hitchens Hobbled | Press-Packed Presser | Green in the green | Cowboy Buzz–Live sideline OTA reactions & comments | Purple Proposition

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There was a packed house for Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett’s OTA’s opening press conference. Listen (or download) the full MP3 from the new Dallas Cowboys Audio Archives page featured here on your The Boys Are Back website.   Continue reading →

HOW ‘BOUT THEM WOWBOYS?: Dallas Cowboys make sure La’el Collins has his moment in the sun; Rookie’s inspirational message sends shockwaves around Cowboys Nation | The trade-bait debate | A true-blue must-see video

HOW ‘BOUT THEM WOWBOYS - Dallas Cowboys make sure La’el Collins has his moment in the sun; Rookie delivers inspirational message to Cowboys Nation - The Boys Are Back website 2015

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What else can you really say about what has happened here this week, particularly on Thursday afternoon at Valley Ranch.  Continue reading →

MEET YOUR NEWEST DALLAS COWBOYS: Depth Secured–Five prospects roped and branded in Day-3 Finale | Pro Scouting Reports | Bonus Audio–Secret Calls and more | NFL Draft 2015

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The Dallas Cowboys continued addressing defense at the start of Day 3, selecting Minnesota linebacker Damien Wilson with their fourth-round pick at No. 127.  Continue reading →

MEET YOUR NEW DALLAS COWBOY: Swing Secured–OT Chaz Green grabbed at 91 | Pro Scouting Report | Bonus Audio–Secret Call and more | NFL Draft 2015

MEET YOUR NEW DALLAS COWBOY - Swing Secured–OT Chaz Green grabbed at 91 - Pro Scouting Report - Bonus Audio–Secret Call and more - NFL Draft 2015

After getting one of the better value players in the entire draft earlier in the night, the Dallas Cowboys came back in the third round to take offensive tackle Chaz Green with the 91st pick.  Continue reading →

MEET YOUR NEW DALLAS COWBOY: Sacker Secured–DE Randy Gregory slips to sixty | Pass rusher too good to pass, twice | Pro Scouting Report | Bonus Audio–Secret Call and more | NFL Draft 2015

MEET YOUR NEW DALLAS COWBOY - Sacker Secured–DE Randy Gregory slips to sixty - Too good to pass on the pass rusher - Pro Scouting Report - Bonus Audio–Secret Call and more - NFL Draft 2015

The Dallas Cowboys took another step toward fortifying their defense in the second round, selecting Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory with the 60th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.  Continue reading →

MEET YOUR NEW DALLAS COWBOY: Secondary Secured–CB/S Byron Jones snagged 27th overall | Pro Scouting Report | Bonus Audio–Secret Call and more | NFL Draft 2015

MEET YOUR NEW DALLAS COWBOY - Secondary Secured–CB S Byron Jones snagged 27th overall - Pro Scouting Report - Bonus Audio–Secret Call and more - NFL Draft 2015

IRVING, Texas – Having patiently waited throughout the opening night of the 2015 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected one of the best athletes in this draft class, snagging Byron Jones with the 27th overall pick.  Continue reading →

MARINELLI’S MAULERS & BALLERS: The Great “Chicken or Egg” Debate | Fast & Furious Front-Four Freak Formula | Building the Dallas Cowboys Texas-2 Defense | Promising Players & Prospects | 2015 NFL Draft primer

MARINELLI’S MAULERS & BALLERS - The Great Chicken or Egg Debate - Fast & Furious Front-Four Formula - Building the Dallas Cowboys Texas-2 Defense - Promising Players & Prospects - 2015 NFL Draft primer

Editor: What came first … the chicken or the egg? When debating how to build a dominate defense in today’s NFL, this question comes to mind. What’s Rod Marinelli’s first priority … what must come first … the rushmen or the defensive backs? History shows us that a defense can succeed either way. But, the hearts and minds of True Blue fans of the Dallas Cowboys straddle both sides of this fence … with equal conviction.  Continue reading →

BRING BACK R-BACK ATTACK: Debating DeMarco Devoid–Missing Murray | Brewing Backfield Battles | Promising Players & Prospects | 2015 NFL Draft primer

BRING BACK R-BACK ATTACK - Debating DeMarco Devoid–Missing Murray - Brewing Backfield Battles - Promising Players & Prospects - 2015 NFL Draft primer

Editor: The general consensus is that the Dallas Cowboys needs going into the 2015 NFL Draft are defensive, based on last year’s overall performance and outcome. The offseason loss of DeMarco Murray further complicates the matter by throwing an offensive void into the mix. Factoring in the age of storied veterans Tony Romo and Jason Witten brings more into the equation. Today’s feature is about filling the vacuum of losing last seasons leading rusher and NFL Offensive Player of the Year.  Big hole. Big shoes. Big questions.  Continue reading →

BOYS LACK D-BACK ATTACK: Seeking Seriously Solid Secondary–Brewing Backend Bubble Trouble | Promising Players & Prospects | 2015 NFL Draft primer

BOYS LACK D-BACK ATTACK: Seeking Seriously Solid Secondary–Brewing Backend Bubble Trouble | Promising Players & Prospects | 2015 NFL Draft primer

IRVING, Texas – For quite a while now, it’s been a yearly source of consternation for the Cowboys and their fans: the lack of a top-notch, dependable safety in the Dallas secondary.  Continue reading →

TRENCHES–REINFORCING ROMO’S WALL: Dallas’ Depth Debate | Building on the Cowboys Offensive Line-han plan | Promising Players & Prospects | 2015 NFL Draft

TRENCHES–REINFORCING ROMO’S WALL - Dallas’ Depth Debate - Building on the Cowboys Offensive Line-han plan - Promising Players & Prospects - 2015 NFL Draft

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys had plenty of question marks surrounding the offensive tackle spot entering free agency, and all of them haven’t been answered just yet.  Continue reading →

BOYS BIG BRITISH BRUTE: Dallas Developing Defender–DE Efe Obada | From home hopping to home shopping | Living the American Dream with America’s Team | Cowboys commit to promising prospect with 3-year contract

BOYS BIG BRITISH BRUTE: Dallas Developing Defender–DE Efe Obada | Promising prospect goes from home hopping to home shopping | Cowboys commit with 3-year contract

IRVING, Texas – Not only did the Dallas Cowboys have a productive week in London last fall, which ended with a victory over the Jaguars, but they might have found an interesting prospect along the way. Continue reading →

MUSCLE IN THE MIDDLE: Rolando McClain retained with 1-year contract | 2015-2016 Dallas Cowboys

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2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS: GM swaps DM’s–From DeMarco Murray 2 Darren McFadden | Scouting Report–Then & Now | The Fiscal Free-Agency Formula | Jerry Jones official statement | RB ROPES RIVAL–DeMarco Murray officially a wealthy Philadelphia Eagle

2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS - The GM DM swap–From DeMarco Murray 2 Darren McFadden - Scouting Report–Then & Now

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2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS: ROSTER ROUNDUP N REVIEW | First-Week Free Agency Frenzy | NFL Salary Cap reset | Diamond Dez Bryant & Cole Beasley | Keith Rivers | Doug Free & Jeremy Parnell | Dwayne Harris | Justin Durant & Bruce Carter | Jed Collins | Henry Melton

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2015 DALLAS COWBOYS: Trust in Dustin–QB Plans | All aboard the McClain train | Think OT-Reinforcing Romo’s wall | Free-Agency solutions | Offseason LB decisions | Combine notes

2015 DALLAS COWBOYS: Trust in Dustin–QB Plans | All aboard the McClain train | Think OT-Reinforcing Romo’s wall | Free-Agency solutions

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2014 GAME 9 PRIMER: Arizona vs. Dallas | ‘Round the Roster update–Linebacker lumps; Leary bumped | Meet your new Cowboy | DeMarcus Lawrence debut | Melton on the Mend

2014 GAME 9 PRIMER - Arizona vs. Dallas - ‘Round the Roster update–Linebacker lumps; Leary bumped - Meet your new Cowboy - DeMarcus Lawrence debut - Melton on the Mend

IRVING, Texas –  The Dallas Cowboys are already without their most productive linebacker for the rest of the season and today, received another scare when Bruce Carter left practice with a finger injury.  Continue reading →

2014 GAME 9 INJURY UPDATE: Arizona vs. Dallas | OLB Justin Durant season ends; MLB McClain sits | LB Tim Dobbins signed | Breaking down the breakdown | Emphasis placed on solid tackling | Cowboys-Cardinals Injury and Practice Report

2014 GAME 9 INJURY UPDATE - Arizona vs. Dallas - OLB Justin Durant season ends; MLB McClain sits - LB Tim Dobbins signed

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys have signed linebacker Tim Dobbins to the active roster and moved Justin Durant to season-ending injured reserve.  Continue reading →

2014-2015 GAME 8 RECAP: Washington vs. Dallas | Tuesday’s Monday Morning Quarterback Report | In-Depth insider viewpoints and analysis of the Cowboys loss | Game takeaways and talking points | Moving on to the next game

2014-2015 GAME 8 RECAP: Washington vs. Dallas | Tuesday’s Monday Morning Quarterback Report | Insider viewpoints and analysis of the Cowboys loss

ARLINGTON, Texas – The capacity crowd at AT&T Stadium buzzed when Tony Romo returned to the Cowboys’ sideline – it downright roared when he returned to the field in a tie game.

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‘BOYS BACKUP BACK IS BACK: Humbled Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle addresses teammates and media | Team disappointed and embarrassed | Club imposes significant fine and internal discipline

Joseph Randle statement after returning to team - The Boys Are Back blog 2014

IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys running Joseph Randle will be fined “significantly” for his arrest Monday evening, but is still expected to play Sunday against the New York Giants. Continue reading →

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