Football fans everywhere have been counting down the days until football season, and it’s finally here! Of course, Dallas Cowboys fans are still hoping for a championship trophy – but could this year finally be the year it happens? Rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot stole the show last year, and they’re expected to return better than before. Plus, Dez Bryant will make his debut back on the field.
The Cowboys are opening their preseason against the Arizona Cardinals in Canton, Ohio to kick off the Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend. What do we expect from the ‘Boys? Let’s map out all the facts.
Last season, rookies Prescott and Elliot led the Cowboys’ offense and won 13 games – exceeding all expectations for the ‘Boys. This year, they’re under more pressure than ever before since they’ve already set a standard for themselves. The Cowboys have one of the best offensive lines in the league. Let’s not forget the rest of the line: Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, Zack Martin, and Travis Frederick.
Dak Prescott, NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, is one of the main reasons people expect the Cowboys to make a strong run at the NFC title this year. He says he has a lot of work to do, but we probably won’t se that work at play during the preseason opener. Unfortunately, Tony Romo won’t be around as a backup.
The downside for the Cowboys is they have a horrible preseason record under Coach Jason Garrett, 9-16. On the plus side, preseason is just the preseason.
Last year, the Cardinals missed playoffs for the first time since 2013. However, they have a decent preseason record under head coach Bruce Arians, 7-9, who has only been leading the team for four years.
Coach Arians has already said that he will not be playing starting quarterback Carson Palmer or starting wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. He may even sit out linebacker Karlos Dansby. Some even think Palmer, 37 years old, and Fitzgerald, 33 years old, could retire after this season.
During the preseason opener, we will be keeping a close eye on linebackers Jarvis Jones and Haason Reddick. They have the potential to be large influencers on defense.
It’s hard to predict anything during the preseason. We haven’t seen the teams play in months, and they’re adding new players to their lineups. However, most teams tend to sit out their starting players this early in the preseason because they don’t want to risk injuries to their key players. Coaches like to give non-starters a chance to earn their position and get real playing time.
When it comes to predictions, it ultimately depends on how well the back-up players or rookie players will play. Of course, we like to think the Cowboys will come out on top. If we look at last year, the Cowboys rookies dominated the field. However, Arizona has a better preseason record. We’ll just leave our money in our pockets for now.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Weekend
Professional football was born in Canton, Ohio, and football greats are returning to the beloved city. The NFL has held their first exhibition games of each summer in Canton since 1962. Every year during the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony, the field gets torn up. Unfortunately, last year the Colts and Packers game was canceled because the field was so damaged. There wasn’t enough time to get the field ready, and clumps of paint and rubber pellets began to form.
Usually, the NFL will select teams for the game who have ties with one of the Hall of Fame inductees. This year, former Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner and current Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones are being enshrined. Thus, the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals were chosen to kick off the preseason. These teams also get a little head start and were able to start training camp earlier than the other teams in the league.
This year’s Hall of Fame class includes placekicker Morten Andersen, running back Terrell Davis, safety Kenny Easley, owner Jerry Jones, defensive end Jason Taylor, running back LaDainian Tomlinson and quarterback Kurt Warner. Each Hall of Famer gets to choose someone to present them, and this year, there are two wives in the mix: Gene Jones and Brenda Warner.
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