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Dallas Cowboys Most Difficult Games in 2020 - Merlin Edwards III, The Last Word on Sports

The eight hardest games on the Cowboys schedule.

Week 13: at Baltimore Ravens

It was hard to pick between this game and the San Francisco 49ers game to be the hardest game on the schedule. The Ravens edge out the Niners by a small margin because the game will be in Baltimore. I don’t see the Ravens offense slowing down. They have speed all over the field and the Cowboys struggled with fast teams in 2019. Lamar Jackson and company will be able to light up the scoreboard. The silver lining for the Cowboys is their ability to put up points in a hurry. This may be able to keep them in the game in Baltimore.

Week 15: vs San Francisco 49ers

This Week 15 Sunday Night Football matchup will pose huge problems for the Dallas Cowboys. The reigning NFC Champion will most likely be vying for a playoff position this late in the season. The Cowboys will have to bring their A-game to compete in this game enough to have a shot to win. Luckily for Dallas, they will have the help of their home crowd in a playoff atmosphere.

Dallas Cowboys Easiest Games in 2020 - Merlin Edwards III, The Last Word on Sports

The eight hardest above, and now the eight easiest.

Week 5: vs New York Giants

The Giants seem to play well against the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, but this year might come down to talent. The Cowboys will be starting to find their groove in Week 5 and will look to continue their six-game winning streak versus New York. Dak Prescott should have the new offense mastered by this point in the season, which does not bode well for the Giants.

Week 12: vs Washington Redskins

The Cowboys will be coming off of a huge game against the Vikings in Week 12. The Redskins might run into a buzz-saw if Dallas were to lose the game the week before. Even if the Cowboys win though, they are the better team and should win this game with relative ease.

ST: How Much Will Kai Forbath Push Zuerlein? - Nick Eatman, The Mothership

The idea of a kicking competition at training camp seems implausible given the contracts, but you never know.

When the Cowboys re-signed Kai Forbath early in the month of March, it was expected the team might still be looking at options. However, Forbath had done enough in his quick time in Dallas – making all 10 of field goal attempts and 10 extra points as well – to get the shot to compete.

And then, in a surprising move, the Cowboys signed Greg Zuerlein, a former Pro Bowler with the Rams who has experience with special teams coach John Fassel.

Considering the difference in contracts – Zuerlein getting three years for $7.5 million while Forbath received a one-year, $1.18 million deal – it would seem like the Cowboys have made up their mind.

Plus, look at the guaranteed money in the deals. Zuerlein will automatically earn $2.25 million while Forbath has just $137,000 in guarantees.

But before you call this a slam dunk – remember one important thing about kickers: they better make the kicks.

UDFA Profile: Former TCU RB Elusive, Explosive - Kyle Youmans, The Mothership

UDFA running back Darius Anderson is looking to make his mark.

The Good: They call him ‘Jet’ for a reason. Anderson’s explosiveness is incredible to watch when he cranks it all the way up and is the most likely reason he’ll have a future in the NFL. In the open field, Anderson is just as tough to bring down as any back in the country with 43 missed tackles coming on just 153 carries (according to PFF). The ability he possesses to make defenders miss comes from a vast arsenal of moves as a ball carrier along with his innate balance in the middle of traffic. His athleticism was on full display at the NFL Combine when he landed a 36-inch vertical and a 10-foot 8-inch broad jump. Each very impressive for the running back position.

The Project: There are times on film, you’ll see Anderson be extremely picky on the hole he wants to select. While that may not sound like such a bad thing, it’s a sign that his vision and patience at the position are just a few seconds behind what it should be. If he hesitates behind the line of scrimmage against NFL competition like he did in college, he’ll be swallowed up. There are times when that decision-making leads Anderson to the outside, which doesn’t play to his strengths as an explosive player. He is much more successful attacking the middle of the line but loses ground and leverage the closer he gets to the sideline.

NFL coaches allowed to return to team facilities on Friday - David Moore, DMN

Coach Mike McCarthy will finally get things going at the Cowboys headquarters, but will still be without the players.

Sources said that McCarthy and his staff were all making travel arrangements and will report to work at The Star on Friday morning.

It will be the first time the coaching staff has been assembled at the Cowboys headquarters since early March before Covid-19 forced everyone to scatter.

Beginning Friday, the league will allow up to 100 employees at each facility. The Cowboys are believed to be right at that number and have split their staff between The Star and AT&T Stadium.

No date has not been established for when players — other than those cleared for rehab purposes — will be allowed to return, although it appears that will be when teams report to training camp in late July. The memo clubs received Thursday stated that the league will implement a Covid-19 testing program for coaches and other football personnel prior to the players’ return.

Mailbag: Giving The Rookies A Leg Up? - David Helman, Rob Phillips

The new coaching staff, and the lack of offseason activities, alters the equation for rookies and vets.

With a new coaching staff and system being installed, does it level the playing field with the bottom of the roster rookies and veterans? Does it take away any advantage a vet might have over an undrafted rookie as far as making the roster?— JARAD HARTMAN / READING, PA

Rob: I get your point, but the lack of in-person training and practice due to the pandemic probably affects rookies more than veterans, at least for now, simply because they don’t have any experience at this level yet. Mike McCarthy talked last week about the volume of information that comes with new installs. The virtual program has been smooth, but nothing can fully simulate true on-field reps - especially for rookies who are just getting started. That’s just not possible right now. But every team is going through it.

David: I don’t know about rookies, but I think a new coaching staff levels the field among veterans that are already on the roster. All of the old preferences and biases from the previous regime are gone, so maybe that will give some players a better chance than they had before. But it’s hard to imagine a rookie having an advantage over a veteran when there hasn’t been an offseason program.

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