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Welcome to the 2017 DallasCowboys.com Writers' Blog, your daily resource for up-to-date news and notes throughout the season. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – It’s not often you’re presented with such wildly different ideas of what a team might be. Read

That’s the main conclusion I keep coming to after watching two Cowboys games this season. It’s normal to see teams win and lose games, given the parity in the NFL. The Cowboys are 1-1, which means they’re exactly like 12 other teams in the NFL right now. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – One cornerback returned, but the Cowboys were still without two others on Thursday morning. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – Surrounded by reporters on Wednesday afternoon, Orlando Scandrick got straight to the point. Read

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DENVER – The story of this game is written on the stat sheet, but Sean Lee spelled it out anyway, just to be clear. Read

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DENVER – The Dallas secondary was already facing a steep challenge before Sunday’s game kicked off, and it got steeper quite quickly. Read

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DENVER – The Cowboys hadn’t been handled in a game like this for at least two seasons. So it was unfamiliar territory for a team that had such a one-sided victory in Week 1.  Read

The Cowboys staff writers all predicted a Dallas win, among other observations on Friday. Here’s the initial analysis following Denver’s victory. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – It’s way too early in the game to nitpick. At this point, I’m still just thankful to have football back. Read

But, man – that was bad. In the era of pure parity, where every team is supposed to have a chance, that was about as boring an opening NFL weekend as I can remember. I tuned in expecting heart-racing finishes and game-breaking plays, and most of what I got was lopsided blowouts and sloppy football. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – Dak Prescott smiled slyly and completely undersold this story. Read

“Everything happens for a reason,” he said to the mob of reporters assembled at his locker on Wednesday afternoon. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – Everyone knew Jaylon Smith was going to play Sunday night against New York. That part wasn’t a surprise. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – For at least a few hours, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett will spend his Monday night like everyone else. Read

The vast majority of the time, an NFL head coach would be immersed in game tape of the upcoming opponent on Monday, leaving him far too busy to watch the final game of the week. Read

In this particular instance the Cowboys’ Week 2 opponent, the Denver Broncos, don’t play their season opener until 9:20 p.m. on Monday night. So while he gets ready for the week ahead, Garrett will be watching on ESPN just like any other fan. Read

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ARLINGTON, Texas – It’s strange to think that plowing straight into the teeth of one of the NFL’s toughest defenses would be a welcome relief. Read

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ARLINGTON, Texas – The Cowboys were able to avenge two losses to the Giants last year and kcik off 2017 in the right way, beating their New York rivals in convincing fashion. Read

Before the game, the writers of DallasCowboys.com gave their gut feeling predictions. Here’s how they reacted instantly after the game Sunday night. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – Following a three-day deliberation, federal judge Amos Mazzant has granted Ezekiel Elliott a preliminary injunction, preventing the NFL from enforcing its six-game suspension of Read

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FRISCO, Texas – Keep it simple, play fast. Read

Boiled down as basically as possible, that’s the gist of Rod Marinelli’s defensive scheme and how he approaches his duties as the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator. The idea is that the less a player has to think, the faster he can react. The faster he can react, the more likely he is to make a play. Read

It’s pretty straightforward, and that’s fortuitous for a guy like Bené Benwikere, who needs to have it all figured out by Sunday night – just seven days after he arrived in Dallas. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – I’m always going to be torn about the realization that my profession is incredibly important and utterly meaningless – all at once. Read

That sounds dramatic, so let me explain. Read

It’s just that football means the world to me. It was one of my first hobbies. It was my first love and my first genuine heartbreak. And the day I realized I wasn’t going to be big enough or fast enough to play it for a living, I set my sights on a way to center my career around it. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – Regardless of the rest of the confusion surrounding his ongoing conflict with the NFL, one thing became clear Tuesday evening – Ezekiel Elliott is eligible to play Sunday night a Read

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FRISCO, Texas – The grind of training camp has come and gone, and game week has arrived – but the Cowboys aren’t quite ready to declare a starting left guard. Read

It’s been one of the few true position battles on this roster for the last six weeks, and it’s certainly the only one that hasn’t been decided as of yet. To hear it from Cowboys officials, it’s something that’ll be decided as practice goes along heading into Sunday night’s season opener against New York. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – At long last, the Cowboys have a 53-man roster. Read

Now, obviously that’s just a starting point. An NFL roster is never truly finalized, and the Cowboys proved that on Saturday afternoon by trading a conditional draft pick for veteran corner Bene Benwikere. Read

The roster can and likely will change again before too long. But for the time being, here is a closer look at the Cowboys’ active roster heading into Week 1: Read

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DALLAS, Texas – Everything is a competition on this roster – even giving back. Read

It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that 90 men, hardwired to compete at the highest level of football, would bring a competitive effort to everything they do. Read