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  • Cowboys – Giants Tip: Follow the Leader to Eli September 16, 2018
    The Panthers loss has produced a week of teeth-gnashing and angst among many Cowboys faithful. Much of the dismay has focused on the sputtering offense. With the Giants game a mere day away, let’s look at something that worked, a new-old defensive wrinkle that’s likely to be tried again, given Dallas’ strength and New York’s […]
    Rafael Vela
  • Panthers 16, Cowboys 8 – Feeling a Campo Era September 10, 2018
    We’re not the Bills. That’s probably one of the better things that can be said of the 2018 Cowboys debut. A team that kept many of its starters in the freezer this preseason took three quarters to thaw, falling behind 16-0 early in the 4th quarter before gaining some early season traction. The defense melted […]
    Steven Van Over
  • Cowboys WR Unit – Dak Friendly Time September 9, 2018
    Part three of SportTalkLine’s interview with ESPN analyst KC Joyner looks at the expectations fan can have for the 2018 receiving unit and what Dak Prescott can do to maximize their performance. Sports Talk Line: The Cowboys completely overhauled their receiving unit this year. Changed the position coach. Let Dez Bryant go. Cole Beasley is […]
    Rafael Vela
  • Back to the Bell-Cow: What the Old Zeke Elliott Could Mean to the New Cowboys September 7, 2018
    Back to the Bell-Cow: What the Old Zeke Elliott Could Mean to the New Cowboys Part two of Cowboys Nation’s interview with ESPN football analyst KC Joyner looks at the Cowboys’ offensive line metrics, Ezekiel Elliott’s lost 2017 campaign and what a return to his 2016 form could mean to the club. Sports Talk Line: […]
    Rafael Vela
  • X-ed Out: The Split End Killed the Cowboys’ 2017 Deep Passing Attack September 6, 2018
    K.C. Joyner has been a friend of my sites going back to the mid-2000s before he made his move to ESPN. This week, KC joined me for an interview to promote Scientific Football 2018, the 15th edition of his groundbreaking books, which inspired competitors like Pro Football Focus. In this edition, we take a deep […]
    Rafael Vela
  • Garrett Challenges His Cowboys – and Himself – to Chase the Playoff Cap September 3, 2018
    In one of his last speeches as President, John Kennedy cited the Irish author Frank O’Connor, who recalled a game he and his childhood friends played. When they encountered a stone wall they thought was too high to scale, one of them would throw his cap over it. The boys would then have no choice […]
    Rafael Vela
  • Waiting for a Second Chance: The Frederick Injury August 26, 2018
    Cowboys nation was set on edge this past week as news of Travis Frederick’s mysterious neck ailment evolved. At first, word broke that the Pro Bowl center was suffering “stinger-like symptomsâ€� which prompted a visit to Los Angeles-based specialist Robert Watkins on August 15th. While results were described as “positiveâ€� and fans were assured Frederick […]
    Rafael Vela
  • Four Left Feet – Cowboys Offense August 19, 2018
    Four Left Feet Can Help the Cowboys Offense Dance in 2018 The Cowboys offense lost its rhythm in 2017. Many factors led to the dissonance – Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension, a steep decline in the receiving corps’ performance, and most centrally, severe decay to the unit’s foundation, its offensive line. Ron Leary’s move to Denver and […]
    Rafael Vela
  • 2017 NFL Dallas Cowboys Week 4 w/Rafael Vela September 28, 2017
    2017 NFL Dallas Cowboys Week 4 Cardinals Win – LA Rams Challenge Rafael Vela is back in town and he takes time out to detail the state of Cowboys Nation. First up it’s time to digest the win over the Arizona Cardinals before diving headlong into the upcoming visit by the Los Angeles Rams. Rafael […]
    Rafael Vela
  • Washington Post Game – STL Conversation w/ Rafael Vela November 25, 2016
    SportsTalkLine Conversation Dallas Cowboys Edition SportsTalkLine Conversation – Dallas Cowboys Edition Join Host Steven Van Over and Rafael Vela as they do the Thanksgiving Day Post Game Reveiw of the victory over Washington. Dak and Zeke came out of the tunnel together and took care of business on the turf the same way. Kirk Cousins and […]
    Rafael Vela