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Report: Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett Wants Retired TE Jason Witten to Come Back and Help the Team

In an interesting story today about the Cowboys and head coach Jason Garrett, Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting the head coach has been asking an old friend, tight end Jason Witten, to come out of retirement and help the team as they look to get to the postseason.

Here’s the report from ESPN:

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has made multiple attempts this season to get former Dallas tight end Jason Witten to come out of retirement and help the Cowboys in their postseason push, league sources told ESPN.

Witten has resisted those overtures, some of which came in recent weeks, as tempting as it might have been to help his former team, sources said.

Dallas has struggled at the tight end position because of poor performance and injury, and Garrett was convinced that Witten could step right back in and become another asset on an offense that has come alive in recent weeks since the acquisition of wide receiver Amari Cooper.

Witten, however, ultimately is committed to the Monday Night Football booth and to his new craft as a broadcast analyst, according to sources.

Witten, 36, retired from football earlier this year after spending his entire 15-year career with the Cowboys. He finished his career second in NFL history in receptions (1,152) and receiving yards (12,448) by a tight end, trailing only Tony Gonzalez in both categories.

Can the Cowboys Send a Message to the Rest of the NFL with a Win in New Orleans Tonight?

The Cowboys season has taken a turn thanks to a huge Thanksgiving win at home over the Washington Redskins, but also due to the division they play in, the NFC East, and the injury to Redskins quarterback Alex Smith.

Coming into Thursday’s game, most sports books, such as bet-bonuscode.co.uk has the Saints as a favorite, a big favorite like 7 to 7.5 points to take out the Cowboys and win their 11th game in just 12 tries.

For Dallas, they have plenty of confidence going into this game, as defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence already threw down the hammer this week, stating “We’ve been talked up as being the difference, they’re going to have to match our intensity, (expletive), for 60 minutes straight. If you hit (expletive) in the mouth they ain’t doing what they regularly doing, and putting up 50 points, and they start to get a little distressed. So now you got them where you want them at and then (expletive) choke they (expletive) out.”

It is interesting to think that the Saints might have more pressure coming into this week 13 game, but the Cowboys, who are still looking at trying to be the top dog in the NFC East, have just as much pressure on them heading into Thursday’s battle.

They have to find a way to get pressure on New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, who is having not only a historic season, but is also getting a lot of help from that offensive line that Lawrence has called out.

They have to make sure to tackle two elusive Saints running backs in both Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, two players who have been playing well, and making it long days for the first 12 weeks of the season for opposing defenses.

Kamara is on a pace for over 20 scores, and could be the biggest and best touchdown scorer in the game today. He has a nose for the end zone almost like no other player in the league.

If Brees and Kamara get going early against the Cowboys, it could be a long night in New Orleans.

On offense, the Cowboys best formula for a win would be to use a ball control on offense and make sure they get a big game from their offensive line against the Saints.

Ezekiel Elliott and the offensive line got the Cowboys off to a good start against the Redskins last week, scoring on their opening drive, and having that type of success would go a long way to getting a win on the road.

Look for a fun shootout between two teams that have their eyes set on bigger and better. It won’t be easy, but if the Cowboys can get a road win in New Orleans, it would set a huge message to the rest of the NFL.

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence Takes a Shot at the Saints O-Line “They Ain’t Faced Us”

The Cowboys defense will face its toughest test of the season against the high-flying Saints on Thursday, but their confidence heading into the affair seems sky high.

One matchup to watch is the game-wrecking Cowboys defensive front versus the Saints’ stout offensive line. New Orleans’ O-line is one of the best units in the NFL, plowing open holes for Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, and giving Drew Bress plenty of time to dice up secondaries.

On Tuesday, Dallas defensive end Demarcus Lawrence took a shot at the Saints offensive line when asked if it’s the best he’s faced all season, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

“I don’t know, (expletive) I got to see first,” he told Calvin Watkins of The Athletic. “They ain’t faced us. We don’t know yet, we can talk about it afterwards. I’ll be honest with you too.”

The fifth-year pro knows that to slow down Brees, et al., the Cowboys defensive front will need to be a difference-maker Thursday.

“We’ve been talked up as being the difference,” he said. “They’re going to have to match our intensity, (expletive), for 60 minutes straight. If you hit (expletive) in the mouth they ain’t doing what they regularly doing, and putting up 50 points, and they start to get a little distressed. So now you got them where you want them at and then (expletive) choke they (expletive) out.”

Cowboys LT Tyron Smith Expected to Be Able to Play Against Redskins

Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith is expected to suit up for the team’s critical NFC East showdown against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day according to Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.

Smith suffered a neck stinger on the final game-winning drive against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday and has also been dealing with back spasms.

But neither Smith nor owner/GM Jerry Jones have expressed any concern about Smith’s availability for Thursday. Trailing the Redskins by one game in the division standings and with the Redskins reeling from losing their starting QB Alex Smith to a career-threatening leg injury, the Cowboys are in prime position to steal the division and return to the playoffs despite a season full of mediocre play and dysfunction.

They need their stud left tackle on the field to do it.

Cowboys Rookie WR Michael Gallup to Play Thursday Against Redskins

Cowboys rookie wide receiver Michael Gallup plans to suit up for the team’s Thanksgiving Day game against the Washington Redskins despite his family tragedy according to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News.

Gallup was informed of his brother’s suicide after the team’s game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday and stayed in Atlanta to assist in funeral arrangements and spend time with his family. He has not yet rejoined the team and not a soul would blame him for sitting out but he wants to play. A third-round pick out of Colorado State this May, Gallup has caught 16 passes for 285 yards and one touchdown in ten games.

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Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott Declares Sunday a Must Win Against the Eagles

The Cowboys have fallen two games below .500 for the first time in nearly three years.

Ezekiel Elliott knows they can’t afford to dig the hole deeper and have any hope of winning the NFC East, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports.

“We definitely have talked about it,” running back Ezekiel Elliott said. “We’ve definitely talked about kind of just having that mentality of us vs. the world.

“We’ve got to go out there and win as many ballgames as we can to give ourselves the opportunity to get in the playoffs. We need to attack that the right way and prepare so we’re ready.”

Does that make Sunday night’s game against Philadelphia a must win?

“One hundred percent a must win,” Elliott said.

Dak Prescott Gets a Vote of Confidence From Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones

Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones gave quarterback Dak Prescott his full support after Prescott turned the ball over twice in Monday night’s damaging 28-14 loss at home to the Tennessee Titans before a national television audience and he doubled down on that support on Tuesday according to David Helman of dallascowboys.com.

“Dak is the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys,” Jones said in his weekly radio spot. “He’s young, and he’s going to get extended.” There is no ambiguity in Jones’ statement despite the fact that Prescott’s play has visibly deteriorated since his rookie season. Prescott is first eligible for an extension this offseason and the Cowboys would have the option of using a franchise tag if nothing gets done after the 2019 season, so the two sides have plenty of time to get something done.

Perhaps Jones realizes that Prescott does not have the same level of talent surrounding him as he did during his rookie season. Ezekiel Elliott is still there but Dez Bryant and Jason Witten are gone and the offensive line has crumbled in 2018. Those are all issues out of Prescott’s control that the GM needs to address. Most importantly, if Jones wants Prescott to be the longterm answer in Dallas, he needs to address an ineffective head coach and a coaching staff that has grown stale.