Cowboys can clinch the NFC East by beating the last-place Commanders - The Associated Press, Stephen Whyno
Bad memories can create great learning lessons.
It should be, and the Cowboys could be celebrating their division title in the same visiting locker room the San Francisco 49ers did when they wrapped up the conference’s top seed. But Dallas — though not in the same circumstances — got whacked 26-6 by Washington at FedEx Field a year ago in the regular-season finale, and the memory of that game and what’s at stake now is plenty of fuel not to trip up this time.
“We’ve got an opportunity to win the division and go out there and make a statement win and get ready for the playoffs,” Pro Bowl linebacker Micah Parsons said. “We have to go make a statement that we are the better team, the more dominant and aggressive team. We just have to prove that.”
The Cowboys (11-5) have proved to be among the NFL’s elite even after some recent struggles. They beat Detroit and got a surprise loss by Philadelphia to Arizona last weekend to put them in line for the division crown and potentially two playoff games at home, where they’ve got a 16-game winning streak and are 8-0 this season.
There’s no place like home, but the road has not been so kind: The Cowboys are 3-5, though four of the losses have come to teams either in the playoffs or close to clinching. One more road victory clinches a third consecutive 12-5 record.
Win win for both sides, hopefully.
FRISCO, Texas — La’el Collins and the Dallas Cowboys **have officially renewed their football vows** for the coming playoff run, and the veteran offensive lineman is ecstatic, to say the very least. Following the signing on Thursday morning, it was all Collins could do to keep from blinding every person who encountered him with his pearly white ear-to-ear grin.
“It’s amazing,” he said. “Feels great. I could never have even dreamed of it. I’m super excited and looking forward to this opportunity to just be a great leader and whatever they need me to be here.”
Collins rejoins an offense that still features several familiar faces, from Tyron Smith and Zack Martin to Tyler Biadasz and, of course, three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Dak Prescott.
He and Prescott have long had a strong personal relationship, and a professional one, seeing as Collins was often viewed as one of Prescott’s biggest enforcers on the field prior to the split following the 2021 season.
“It’s great,” said Prescott of the reunion. “Just talking about friends away from here? That’s one of the guys. I think a lot of these guys are, but La’el, he’s always been that way.”
Dallas Cowboys RB Tony Pollard admits 2023 has been a personal disappointment - Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Clarence E. Hill Jr.
May have to prove it in 2024, or Dallas may be looking around for an additional back.
As the Dallas Cowboys head into the final game of regular season, one player, who was expected to have significant impact on their success in 2023, admits that his season has been a personal disappointment.
“I thought I would probably have a better year than I am now,” Pollard said candidly when asked about his season Thursday. “Where we are as far as playoffs and rankings, I couldn’t complain. With everything in front of us.”
A year after rushing 193 times for 1,007 yards and nine touchdowns in a backup role, Pollard has 235 carries for 935 yards and five touchdowns through 16 games in 2023.
“That’s an OK year for me,” Pollard said. “I hold myself to a higher standard. I try to be my hardest critic and my hardest judge before anybody else can. So I’m always hard on myself.”
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott authoring historic turnaround after leading league in interceptions last season - NFL.com, Grant Gordon
We all saw in real time how odd those interceptions were. And yet a narrative started.
Upon this time a year ago, consternation swirled regarding Dak Prescott’s mounting interceptions.
“At that time last year, I knew this is who I am, just as I talked about then,” Prescott said Tuesday, via ESPN’s Todd Archer. “Some things were tough, balls weren’t going exactly the way I wanted to, some crazy bounces here and there, and some tight throws that weren’t working in my favor. And then your occasional bad interception, which is still happening this year.”
Prescott, who has eight interceptions in 16 games, is approaching history as he and the Cowboys look to clinch the NFC East with a win over the Washington Commanders on Sunday. His 32 touchdown passes are tops in the NFL, with the San Francisco 49ers’ Brock Purdy, who isn’t playing, at second with 31. Trailing beyond that are the Green Bay Packers’ Jordan Love (30 TD passes) and three others tied at 28. Should Prescott finish the campaign with the TD toss crown, he would join Hall of Famer Roger Staubach (1973 season) as the only Cowboys QBs to lead the league in touchdown passes.
His 32 touchdown passes are tops in the NFL, with the San Francisco 49ers’ Brock Purdy, who isn’t playing, at second with 31. Trailing beyond that are the Green Bay Packers’ Jordan Love (30 TD passes) and three others tied at 28. Should Prescott finish the campaign with the TD toss crown, he would join Hall of Famer Roger Staubach (1973 season) as the only Cowboys QBs to lead the league in touchdown passes. He would also join another Hall of Famer, Bob Waterfield (1945-46), to lead the league in touchdowns a season after leading it in interceptions, per NFL Research.
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