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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 been a tale of two weeks for the Cowboys’ defense. Read

Week 1 against the Giants: three points allowed, a franchise-low since 2013, in a decisive 16-point win. Read

Week 2 at Denver: 35 points allowed, discounting Aqib Talib’s exclamation-point interception return for a touchdown, in the franchise’s worst loss since 2013. Read

As the Cowboys prepare for the Cardinals in Week 3, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli on Friday cited breakdowns in his group’s fundamentals that led to the Broncos gaining 380 yards of total offense, including 180 rushing yards. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – The Denver film is done with. Watched, corrected, filed away. Read

The Cowboys took the practice field Thursday prepping for the Arizona Cardinals, not lamenting last Sunday’s 42-17 loss to the Broncos – their largest margin of defeat in four years. Read

“That ballgame is behind us,” head coach Jason Garrett said. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – Damontre’ Moore says he became a better student of football in the offseason. Read

Back from a two-game suspension, the Cowboys’ defensive end is ready to apply his work to the field. Read

“It was a long time waiting,” Moore said Wednesday. “I feel like I was in prime condition before I left and I stayed working with (strength and conditioning) coach (Mike) Woicik and kept working hard. I feel like honestly I can hit the ground rolling.” Read

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FRISCO, Texas – Like the rest of the Cowboys, team owner/general manager Jerry Jones never expected a 28-point loss in Denver – the franchise’s largest margin of defeat since the Saints dismantled Dallas 49-17 in the Superdome four years ago. Read

Jones was surprised by how efficiently the Broncos’ offense performed and how thoroughly Denver’s defense shut down the Cowboys’ typically balanced attack. Read

He doesn’t expect to see another struggle like that one. Read

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(Editor’s Note: DallasCowboys.com senior writer and pro wrestling aficionado Rob Phillips’ new column, “Figure 4,” identifies four key statistics each week that impact the Cowboys’ on-field performance.) Read

FRISCO, Texas – Two games, two confusingly conflicting results. Read

The Cowboys looked symptom-free in their season-opening win over the Giants. Seven days later, the general reaction to their 42-17 drubbing in Denver was about as sunny as Stephen King’s “It” remake. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – Dak Prescott stood at the post-game podium Sunday night in Denver and took full responsibility for the Cowboys’ offensive struggles in a 42-17 blowout loss to the Broncos. Read

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DENVER – Ezekiel Elliott can’t recall, at any level of his football career, gaining as few as eight yards on nine carries. Read

“Never,” the All-Pro running back said. 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 – The legal developments continued in the Ezekiel Elliott case Friday, as reports surfaced that the NFL has filed an emergency motion for a stay of the injunction that is currently blocking the All Read

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FRISCO, Texas – If the Cowboys planned to change anything about Ezekiel Elliott’s 2016 role in the offense, the 2017 season opener didn’t show it. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – Wide receiver Terrance Williams is expected to be limited at most in Wednesday’s practice due to a sprained ankle, head coach Jason Garrett said. Read

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FRISCO, TexasCole Beasley’s spectacular juggling, behind-the-head catch against the New York Giants has gone viral in the last 48 hours. Read

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(Editor’s Note: DallasCowboys.com senior writer and noted pro wrestling aficionado Rob Phillips' column, “Figure Four,” identifies four key statistics each week that impact the Cowboys’ on-field performance.) Read

FRISCO, Texas – The most important numbers to the Cowboys this season are well established: 4, 88, 50, 82, 21, 77, among others. Read

Allow me to offer a few more. Read

Fresh off the Cowboys’ first win of the season, let’s examine some key statistics that present a clearer view of where this team stands, and where it might be headed, here in the first month: Read

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FRISCO, Texas – Orlando Scandrick was scheduled for surgery Monday afternoon to a repair a fracture in his left hand, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said, with no clear timetable for t Read

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ARLINGTON, Texas – As the Cowboys’ victorious locker room began to empty out, Jaylon Smith exited, smiling, walking beside the teammate he’s known his entire life: his brother, fullback 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 – La’el Collins has spent nearly four months learning a new position on the Cowboys’ powerful offensive line. Read

He’s waited nearly a year to play a regular-season game again. Read

The wait ends Sunday night against the New York Giants’ vaunted defensive line. Read

Collins missed all but the first three games last season due to a toe injury. When he returned healthy for OTA’s this past May, he moved from left guard to right tackle in place of retired veteran Doug Free. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – For the 15th straight year, Jason Witten has a single focus: the next opponent. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – Ezekiel Elliott practiced Wednesday, as he’s eligible to do the rest of the week. He's also eligible to play in Sunday’s season opener against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Read