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Prescott Quiets the Haters in Wild Comeback Win Over the Falcons

The Cowboys looked like they were minutes away Sunday from starting the season 0-2, but like Clark Kent in a phone booth turning into Superman, the Cowboys turned to Dak Prescott.

The leader of the offense came out of nowhere to lead the Cowboys offense Sunday, picking up the slack for a team that played sloppy into the third quarter, only to rush for two scores and throw for a couple of more in a wild 40-39 win.

It wasn’t easy, and if you put money on the Cowboys you were sweating the entire afternoon, and likely still lost as Dallas didn’t cover.

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While it’s not unusual for teams to overcome big deficits, let’s take a quick look at how crazy it was that the Cowboys were able to rally.

The Falcons possessed the ball for 33:48 and won the turnover battle 3-0. According to the Elias Sports Bureau research, since 1933, when team turnovers were first tracked teams that scored 39 or more points and had no turnovers in a game were a combined 440-0.

That is until Super Prescott took over.

The second half belonged to Dak, throwing for 312 passing yards, a touchdown pass and three rushing touchdowns – ALL in the second half.

He ended the night 34-for-47 for 450 yards and no interceptions. The Cowboys put the ball on the turf four times in the first quarter, and also failed on two fake-punt attempts in its own territory.

Let’s just say that things were not going well for America’s Team.

But the good news that Prescott and the rest of the offense hung in, and he was able to get it together enough to lead the team all the way back in the final minute to allow Greg Zuerlein to place a field goal right down the middle as time expired.

It won’t be easy to duplicate the type of effort this week as Prescott and the Cowboys head on the road to take on the Seahawks, a team that plays just a different type of game at home.

It would be a lot better if the Cowboys play four quarters instead of falling way behind and then having to rally to try and score a ton of second half points to gain the win.

“Super” Prescott can be “Super,” let’s just hope it doesn’t come with the team needing huge comebacks in the future.

Wednesday’s Injury Report for Sunday Night’s Cowboys Battle with the Rams

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  Wednesday CB Jourdan Lewis (ankle)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Luke Gifford (hamstring)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Chidobe Awuzie (knee), WR Amari Cooper (hamstring)
 
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  Wednesday Practice Not Complete

Cowboys DT Dontrai Poe Says He’ll Kneel for the Anthem in 2020

Cowboys defensive tackle Dontrai Poe said he will kneel during the playing of the national anthem to protest police brutality and raise awareness for social justice, Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News reports. 

Poe will talk with Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones about it soon.

“Yeah, I do still plan on kneeling, but we haven’t had the conversation yet,” Poe said Sunday. “But we had a team meeting where he kinda expressed a couple of feelings, and he always told us he had an open door for us to talk to him at any time. So I look forward to taking advantage of that and just getting in his ear and seeing how he’s feeling about it.”

Whether you agree or not, the issue of NFL players fighting against racism and police brutality isn’t going away. It seems NFL players don’t care if you don’t plan on watching, because the issue is bigger than whether a television network gets big ratings.

NBA players and coaches continue to kneel and wear statements fighting for social justice on their jerseys in the playoffs. Two weeks ago, players from FC Dallas knelt during the national anthem and were booed in the same town the Cowboys train in.

This summer, several Cowboys players expressed outrage, privately and publicly, when George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis, was killed by a white police officer. The protests across the country and statements made by athletes from numerous sports called for change in the criminal justice system and police reform.

Jones approved a video statement by the Cowboys to support social justice reform. Several Cowboys players including Dak Prescott, DeMarcus Lawrence and Ezekiel Elliott offered support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The next step seemed logical for some, that once the 2020 season begins, Cowboys players would take a knee during the anthem to continue the protests.

No Cowboys player has knelt with the national anthem playing. In 2016, when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the anthem, Jones asked his players not to. Some on the outside believed this was a direct order despite Jones’ lack of authority to stop a player from kneeling. The consequence of kneeling is Jones has the power to release a player. But say a highly priced, highly valued player knelt. Would Jones really cut that player? Trade him?

It seemed no player wanted to challenge Jones’ edict, especially when he expressed his hope that players would have their “toes on the line” during the anthem.

Jones is passionate and loyal about supporting his players for whatever causes they care about. He encouraged players to educate themselves about fighting for social justice. During an Aug. 13 video conference call, Jones said he didn’t have anything to prove about his own beliefs or support for his players.

Cowboys Add Former Vikings DE Everson Griffen

Former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has a new home, and it’s in the heart of Texas with the Cowboys.

The signing of the four-time Pro Bowler who spent the last 10 years with the Vikings is a big one for the Cowboys, as many are surprised at the move, thinking he would end up in Seattle with the Seahawks.

Reports say that the Cowboys were able to swoop in and ink Griffen while he and the Seahawks went “back and forth” on money for a deal.

On paper at least, Griffen transforms the Cowboys’ defensive front into an imposing attack as he’s set to join Demarcus Lawrence, Gerald McCoy, Tyrone Crawford and Aldon Smith. While there will obviously remain ample question marks about how the new additions such as Griffen, Smith and McCoy mix into a unit led by Lawrence, the talent and past production is impressive.

While Griffen moves on from the Vikings despite a 2019 Pro Bowl campaign in which he tallied eight sacks and 11 tackles for a loss, there’s likely to be some familiarity as his debut season in Dallas will also be the first year for Mike McCarthy, who’s set for his opening campaign with the Cowboys following his days with the Packers and seeing Griffen twice a year.

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Speaks On How His Team Will Treat the National Anthem

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke to the media on Wednesday, and among the topics were how the team was going to treat the national anthem this upcoming season.

Jones says that the club will treat the anthem with “grace,” but stopped short of saying that he was going to force his players to stand.

“I have nothing to prove regarding my players and my support of our players,” Jones said.

“What I do want to show and want us all to be a part of is a word called ‘grace’. Grace. Not only grace in our actions, but grace in our understanding, where they’re coming from. I want our players to understand the perception and where they’re coming from regarding the flag and the sensitivity there and the many memories there.

Jones also spoke about being open to conversation about the anthem, and that he is more than willing to listen to the players on the roster.

“My job is to run the Dallas Cowboys, my job is to do what’s right. We’ve asked for all of this interest, and we’ve asked for all of our players to give everything they got. And I want to sit down, when I have an issue and I have a decision to make, I want to show the world that I can do it with grace and come up with the right solution,” Jones said.

“I don’t know what we’re going to be faced with here a month from now or two months from now. When it happens, I’m giving you the backdrop of how I’ll make the decision at the time or encourage our players. Our players have always been open ears for anything that I have to offer and I’ve been open ears for what they have to offer and that’s what we’ll do.”

Schefter: Prescott to Ink Franchise Tag Today for $31.4 Million

While a long term deal is still the ultimate goal, for now the Cowboys are going to have to settle for quarterback Dak Prescott to ink a $31.4 million exclusive franchise on Monday according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

As Schefter points out, the two sides can still chat about a long-term deal until the 15th of July.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus

The Cowboys are about a month away from starting training camp, and while it wasn’t highly publicized, a report from Ian Rapoport states that running back Ezekiel Elliott is a player who has tested positive for the Coronavirus.

The good news as stated in the tweet is that Elliott should be okay and ready for the 2020 season, and that his agent says he feels good.

If the Cowboys do something to keep him away from other players is up to them, but it sounds like it’s not likely that the running back can spread the disease at this point.

Report Claims QB Prescott Offered Five-Year Deal Worth $175 Million

It’s been somewhat quiet on the Dak Prescott front as of late, but the latest numbers that are being thrown around are staggering if true.

The rumor comes from an PFT’s Chris Simms, who made an appearance on 105.3 The Fan’s K&C Masterpiece.

“From what I know of the situation, and I know from some people who are in the know that he’s been offered five years, $175 million,” Simms said.

“He wants a four-year deal. If they do agree to a five-year deal they would like a really big number at the end of that fifth year to cover their butts for what the market might be at the position five years from now. And I’ve heard he’s asking for somewhere like north of $45 million in that fifth year.”

That’s a lot of dollars to be turning down, and if Prescott does, you have to wonder what exactly it is going to take to keep him in Dallas.