Following their blowout victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott considers their upcoming tilt against the Washington Redskins as a crucial game, saying a win over their division rivals is “absolutely mandatory”.
“We need to. I think it’s absolutely mandatory that we do,”Elliott said, according to the Star-Telegram. “That’s our focus this week is going into this game, having great communication and starting fast, putting points on the board.”
Elliott knows that stringing together back-to-back wins is important especially after their big win over Jacksonville.
“It was a game we needed,” Elliott said.
“I’ve said it before – if we don’t build on it, everything we did last week really means nothing.”
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Wildcard Weekend Preview
These two division rivals will match up for a third time this season. The Colts and Texans split there match ups in the regular season. Both teams got off to slow starts, Texans stared 0-3 and then won 11 out of 13 games. The Colts started 1-5 then won 9 out 10 games.
Usually the first Saturday playoff game is not a good match up, but this game will be different. I feel this game will come down to the wire.
Colts Offensive line against the Texans defensive line. Andrew Luck only has been sacked 18 times this year, behind a rebuilt offensive line led by rookie guard Quenton Nelson. The Texans defensive front has 43 sacks on the season, led by JJ Watt with his 16 sacks. This is a heavyweight matchup in the trenches it will be really physical. It is safe to say whoever when this battle will win the game.
I like the Texans in this game 21-17. I feel there defensive line will apply some pressure on Luck and Deshaun Watson will make plays down the field to DeAndre Hopkins.
Seahawks at Cowboys
The Seahawks surprised a lot people this year by making the playoffs and playing well. They come into this game with the number one ranked rushing attack on the season averaging 160 yards a game.
The Cowboys struggled early in the season but when they acquired Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders they really took off winning seven of there last 8 Games. Seattle beat the Cowboys back in week 3 at home.
Dak Prescott against the Seahawks defense. Prescott has not fared well against the Seahawks so far in his career, a lot of it due to the pressure that the Seahawks defense put on him. Seattle sacked Prescott five times in there earlier meeting this year. Dak will need to make plays with his arm and legs if the Cowboys want to win this game.
I am torn on this game but i will go with the Cowboys at home 21-20. Dallas is 7-1 at home this season, i think Zeke Elliot will be able to run the ball run and Dak Prescott will make plays with his legs and find Amari Cooper down the field. I expect Dallas defense which is fast and athletic to slow down Seattle’s running game and Russell Wilson.
The Ravens come in with top ranked defense in the NFL. The beat the high powered Chargers 22-10 back in week 16. There is no secret what the Ravens want to do on offense , they want to run the ball and control the clock with Lamar Jackson. It will be Key for the Chargers to slow down the running game of the Ravens. Phillip Rivers will need to play better than he did back in week 16, must not turn the ball over. Melvin Gordon will be back so that is a added bonus for them. It will be important for the Chargers to get an early lead to force Lamar Jackson to pass more.
Lamar Jackson against the Chargers Rush Defense. The front will need to play a discpline style game up front to slow down the Ravens rushing attack. Each player needs to stay in there gaps and stick to there assignments to slow down the attack.
This is another tough game to choose, but I like the Ravens at home. 19-17. There defense will be tough at home and i think Lamar Jackson will surprise the Chargers with some timely passes.
Eagles at Bears
The Defending super bowl champs the Philadelphia Eagles head to Chicago to take on the Bears. The Bears come in with the number three ranked defense and will be tough to beat at home. Khalil Mack leads Bears defense that will put pressure on Nick Foles. Foles is trying to regain that same magic he had last year when he led the Eagles to the Superbowl.
Foles against the Bears defense. The Eagles really like to get the ball down the field when Foles is at quarterback. Against this Bears defense it will be hard to do with the pressure they apply. I think the Eagles will try to get the ball out Foles hands quick using screens and quick passes. I still think the Eagles will take some shots down the field, the Bears will need to watch out for Zach Ertz.
I am going with the Bears in this game 24-10. I think the Bears defense will be to much for the Eagles to handle. Mack will cause havoc and the Bears defense will pick off a couple of Foles passes. Mitchell Tribisky will play a solid game and help lead the Bears to victory.
Cowboys’ Jason Garrett Says Team Needs Mental Toughness
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett my finally receive his walking papers at the conclusion of the season, especially if the Cowboys flop in the playoffs, and Sunday’s no-show against the Indianapolis Colts has made Garrett’s seat hotter.
Garrett is calling for the team to gain mental toughness as the season winds down and they gear up for a playoff run.
“It goes back to mental toughness. I think we’re all challenged by those things in our lives, in our careers, and certainly a football team gets challenged, as well,” Garrett said, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer.
“It’s a matter of putting that last experience behind you and getting focused on this one and be your best for this experience through your preparation and through your focus and intensity when you’re locked in on it, and that’s critical. I think our team has actually done a really good job of that over the course of the year, handling some early adversity and came back and we won a few games in a row. I thought we did a good job handling that.”
Garrett has fallen out of favor with fans, analysts, and may have finally begun to do so within the organization, who has inexplicably kept him around for years despite Garrett showing very little to warrant the loyalty.
Still, Garrett is pushing his team to step it up.
“But it’s what challenges you every day. Certainly it’s challenging in this league. Every time the ball is snapped, there’s adversity or success waiting for you. You have to play that play and go to the next one. It’s a learning process, but it does go back to mental toughness.”
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