A Complete Team Effort in First Home Victory in over a year

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Victory has been restored at AT&T Stadium.  The Dallas Cowboys stood their ground and defended the home turf in a fashion that made America proud, once again.  Led by a vigilante mentality, the Cowboys beat back a Chicago Bear attack with authority, a well executed game plan, and the desire it takes to win in the NFL.

In many ways this 2016 Cowboys’ team reminds me a lot of the 2014 team.  The offense is the most complete unit on the team.  This offense can move the ball at will.  Load the box, and Dak Prescott is going to pick apart the middle of the field.  Double down on Dez Bryant, Jason Witten or Cole Beasley and the running game will shred and tire out defenses all season long.  Keeping this offense on the field will ensure another victory.

And that is exactly what happened on Sunday against Chicago.  Ezekiel Elliot had his break-out game while in the National spotlight.  Zeke toted the rock 30 times for 140 yards.  His tough-minded running was showcased and so was his athletic ability when he hurdled a would be tackler.

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Dak Prescott is making a statement.  NO, the game is NOT too big for him.  Yes, he has it!  Regardless of where you stand as a fan of Tony Romo, you have to admit, these are the best two quarterbacks we have had together since Troy Aikman and Steve Walsh.  This is the first time since Romo took over the reins that he is going to be challenged for his starting job.

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Romo will likely get his job back, but one mistake and the fans will be crying for Dak to come back.  We have a great chance this year to get into the playoffs with this group, and get at least one victory in the process.

Alfred Morris gives this team a  real one~two punch.  Morris had hurt the Cowboys in the past, but now he wears the Star.  Morris was undervalued in Washington.  He has found a new home in Dallas.  Morris gives Zeke a chance to catch his breath without losing much at the position.  Morris scored his second touchdown in as many weeks.

Cole Beasley continues to grow, not in height, but in stature.  Cole has been a security blanket/weapon for Dak Prescott.  Beasley continues to get open and find that first down marker.  Cole caught his first pass over 21 yards on Sunday evening.  It was the longest of his career with the Cowboys.

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None of this would be possible without the best offensive line in the NFL.


The Defense

Hats off to Rod Marinelli and Matt Eberflus.  This front group of defenders are starting to gel and they only have one more game to play without the talented DeMarcus Lawrence.

Tyrone Crawford and Benson Mayowa  are picking it up on the edges.  Malik Collins and Terrell McClain are keeping the middle jammed up.  David Irving and Cedric Thornton are getting valuable reps and making the most of them.

Sean Lee – what more do I need to say.  He is the ultimate linebacker.

Morris Claiborne has certainly gained back the respect he lost in prior seasons.   Mo is playing as if on a mission.  He has been everything, this season, we had hoped for all along.

Rookie corner Anthony Brown received more playing time because of Orlando Scandrick not being active.  Brown has some real upsides.  This kid will only get better as he gets more playing time.

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Barry Church and Byron Jones have the safety position playing the best in many seasons.  Church continues to be tough in the box and his coverage has been better.  Jones is a superior athlete who just keeps showing up and making tackles.  J.J. Wilcox has come in on dime packages and make his presence felt with some crushing hits.

The Cowboys corralled the Bears with little trouble. The score was 31-17 but it was much more lop-sided than the score shows.  The defense made plays, special teams made plays, and the offense continues to throttle their opponents.  Next up, the 49’ers in San Francisco.  The ‘boys are hungry for another victory.

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