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Cowboys news: Merry Christmas everyone, here is the news

A holiday edition of the Cowboys news.

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Cowboys-Eagles Full Of Historic Milestones - Jeff Sullivan, The Mothership

The Cowboys rivalry with the Eagles has had plenty of big moments, strange moments and unforgettable moments. Check out a few.

Philadelphia and Dallas have played on Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. They have also played on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The rare Friday game came in 1960, just the second game in franchise annals. The Cowboys were a heavy underdog as Philly would win the league championship that season. But thanks in part to a 75-yard touchdown pass to Frank Clarke, Dallas almost pulled off the stunner before falling, 27-25, at the Cotton Bowl.

The largest margin of victory in franchise history came on Oct. 9, 1966 when the Cowboys defeated Philly, 56-7, at the Cotton Bowl. The Eagles weren’t a bad team, either, finishing at 9-5, just a game and a half behind Dallas at 10-3-1. This was just one of those gridiron perfect storms, the Cowboys putting up a still-standing, single-game record of 652 yards from scrimmage. Could have been worse if Dallas wasn’t flagged seven times for 104 yards. Don Meredith threw for 394 yards and five scores, three to Hall of Fame wideout Bob Hayes, while Dan Reeves caught four balls for 98 yards and a score, rushed nine times for 33 yards and a score and completed his lone pass for nine yards.

CowBuzz: Jourdan Lewis Giving Back For Holidays - Audrey Westcott, The Mothership

Cowboys corner Jourdan Lewis is into the holiday spirit.

As a cornerback, Jourdan Lewis uses his talent to anchor the Cowboys’ pass coverage, and as a proud Detroit native, he uses his heart to anchor positive change in the community.

Partnering with Detroit PAL, a non-profit organization that enables youth to find their greatness, Lewis anchored some relief this holiday season with a Turkey & Toys drive. Through his generosity Detroit families were able to take home a turkey for a holiday meal and toys for their children.

Lewis also sponsored families with $500 visa gift cards. “This really means a lot,” visa card recipient Tierra Hutchinson said while overcome with tears. “I just spent Christmas money on getting my car fixed, so this is a real Christmas miracle. …I didn’t know what I was going to do about Christmas with my boys, but I thank [Lewis] so much. I really appreciate it.”

Why Ezekiel Elliott’s status in Dallas will remain safe, no matter how loud his critics become - Calvin Watkins, DMN

Zeke is hearing the chatter but is not letting it get to him.

As the Cowboys enter the final two weeks of their disappointing season, the noise has increased to trade, release or bench Elliott for backup Tony Pollard.

Elliott is one of the highest paid players at his position, having signed a six-year contract extension worth $90 million with $50.05 million in guarantees. The holdout before the 2019 season allowed him the security he affords that upsets some Cowboys fans and media members.

“I don’t really pay much attention to it,” Elliott said. “I don’t really know what to say to it. Tony is a great back though. Tony is a great back. As you saw (last) weekend he’s special, can do some great things and I mean shoot, he’s a good back.”

The man people want to replace Elliott is Pollard. As the new People’s Champ, Pollard earned his first career start finishing with 69 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns. He also caught six passes for 63 yards. Pollard had rushed for just 29 yards against the 49ers before a 40-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run clinched the victory.

If Elliott is unable to play vs. the Eagles this weekend, Pollard will start again. Whether Pollard performed well enough to push Elliott out remains uncertain.

In a season of instability, Cowboys are finally experiencing consistency up front - Michael Gehlken, DMN

The Cowboys offensive line is starting to become a cohesive unit.

In a season of instability, the Cowboys finally have experienced consistency up front. The team is expected to start the same combination of offensive linemen for a fourth straight game Sunday when hosting the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium.

This is, of course, not the line Dallas envisioned when training camp started. Left tackle Tyron Smith (neck), right tackle La’el Collins (back) and right guard Zack Martin (calf) are on injured reserve. And when the league year began in March, Travis Frederick was thought to be the center; he announced his retirement that month.

But stability is stability. Left tackle Brandon Knight, left guard Connor Williams, center Joe Looney, right guard Connor McGovern and rookie right tackle Terence Steele have played 237 consecutive snaps together.

The streak began on Thanksgiving when Martin, playing at right tackle, exited on the final play of the opening drive. Coach Mike McCarthy has yet to rule out a Week 17 return for Martin.

Ron Widby, punter for Dallas Cowboys’ 1st Super Bowl title, dies at 75 - AP

The Cowboys punter in the first Super Bowl win passes away.

Ron Widby, the 1967 SEC Player of the Year in basketball and punter for the Dallas Cowboys’ first Super Bowl championship, has died. He was 75.

Widby, who was living in Allen, Texas, died Tuesday. He had been in poor health in recent years.

A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Widby played six seasons in the NFL, starting his career with the Cowboys after originally being drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1967. He played 81 games in the NFL, and his 84-yard punt in 1968 remains the Dallas record for longest punt.

Widby averaged 42 yards per punt for his career and finished his NFL career with two seasons in Green Bay. In his first season with the Packers, Widby completed the only two passes of his career, including one for a touchdown.

Eagles vs. Cowboys: Predictions, betting odds and broadcast info for Week 16 - Evan Macy, The Philly Voice

A look from the Eagles’ side of things.

For such a bad team, the Eagles carry a boatload of storylines with them into this game. Will Jalen Hurts continue to make a case that he’s the quarterback of the future? Will the young receivers, like Travis Fulgham, Jalen Reagor and Quez Watkins keep flashing their talent? Will the banged up defense hang tough against a talented Cowboys passing attack?

And off the field, are we reaching the end of the Doug Pederson era in Philadelphia? How about Howie Roseman?

Before what is sure to be an eventful offseason arrives, there is still some football to be played.

PICK: Eagles 31, Cowboys 21

The season sweep of the Cowboys is something right? I think Miles Sanders and Jalen Hurts will collect yards and time of possession and keep the Dallas wideout from doing too much damage. I think the Eagles will win and hurt their draft position, as I fully expect the WFT to beat Carolina to clinch the NFC East.

Still, as a sportswriter in Philly, another solid performance from Hurts will make for plenty of post-Christmas debating as the offseason of doom approaches.

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