NFL 2017-2018 Preseason Schedule

 

By: Will Stevenson

Can you feel it? Just imagine the droughts and sounds of the NFL season. Two-a-days, minicamps, veteran camps, seven on seven drills, torn acl’s, Non-contact injuries, position battles, and most importantly: Expert analysis of guys in shorts.

There are countless things that could irritate a football fan, but actual football isn’t one of them. So between now and the first preseason game, we have months to comb through every team, transaction and predict who will do what when the season rolls around. It will be exciting to see how the top drafted rookie quarterbacks find their footing on teams that made the playoffs last season: Chiefs and Texans. We all know how the preseason goes: Stars play in one or two games for a few series, then the backups. I also have an interest in fringe plays attempting to made rosters within the new safety guidelines for special teams.

So let us take a look at the preseason schedule. The competition will be early as starters make their way off the field after a few possessions, but don’t let that deter you from consuming the whole game. Position battles, overall team health, sheer talent, and a basic understanding of the team’s philosophy will be on display. So it’s not the Pro Bowl, but it’s damn near close for those first few series.

Not need to worry. Football is own it’s way, and it starts with the Hall of Fame Game on August 3rd with the Cowboys and the Cardinals.

 

 

NFL/Hall of Fame Game – AUGUST 3
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
Thurs Aug. 3 Dallas Cowboys vs Arizona Cardinals 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM NBC
WEEK 1 – AUGUST 9-13
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET
Wed Aug. 9 Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 10 Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Friday Aug. 11 Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Friday Aug. 11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Friday Aug. 11 San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs 8:00 PM (CT) 9:00 PM
Sat Aug. 12 Tennessee Titans at New York Jets 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Sat Aug. 12 Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams 6:00 PM (PT) 9:00 PM
Sat Aug. 12 Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals 7:00 PM (MST) 10:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 13 Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts 1:30 PM (ET) 1:30 PM
Sunday Aug. 13 Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM
WEEK 2 – AUGUST 17-21
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
Thurs Aug. 17 Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 17 Buffalo Bills at Philadelphia Eagles 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM ESPN
Friday Aug. 18 Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Carolina Panthers at Tennessee Titans 2:00 PM (CT) 3:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Indianapolis Colts at Dallas Cowboys 6:00 PM (CT) 7:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 New York Jets at Detroit Lions 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Sat Aug. 19 New England Patriots at Houston Texans 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Los Angeles Rams at Oakland Raiders 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Sat Aug. 19 Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals 7:00 PM (MST) 10:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 20 Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:00 PM (ET) 4:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 20 New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM
Monday Aug. 21 New York Giants at Cleveland Browns 8:00 PM (ET) 8:00 PM ESPN
WEEK 3 – AUGUST 24-27
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET NAT. TV
Thurs Aug. 24 Miami Dolphins at Philadelphia Eagles 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 24 Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Friday Aug. 25 New England Patriots at Detroit Lions 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Friday Aug. 25 Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM CBS
Sat Aug. 26 Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Sat Aug. 26 New York Jets at New York Giants 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams 5:00 PM (PT) 8:00 PM CBS
Sat Aug. 26 Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Sat Aug. 26 Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos 7:00 PM (MT) 9:00 PM
Sunday Aug. 27 Chicago Bears at Tennessee Titans 12:00 PM (CT) 1:00 PM FOX
Sunday Aug. 27 Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins 4:30 PM (ET) 4:30 PM FOX
Sunday Aug. 27 San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM NBC
WEEK 4 – AUGUST 31
DAY DATE VISITOR HOME LOCAL ET
Thurs Aug. 31 Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers 6:00 PM (CT) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets 7:00 PM (ET) 7:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 New York Giants at New England Patriots 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7:30 PM (ET) 7:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints 7:00 PM (CT) 8:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs 7:30 PM (CT) 8:30 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos 7:00 PM (MT) 9:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM
Thurs Aug. 31 Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers 7:00 PM (PT) 10:00 PM

I seriously think you should jump on this wave!

By Lawrence Edwards

OK, before I get started let me tell you that this isn’t a fad that will quickly fade out, nor is it a get rich quick scheme. It’s simple, I am not forcing you or trying to persuade you to do anything. I just want to share with you something that I know sports enthusiasts every where will enjoy and offer you the opportunity to be apart of something or get ahead of everyone else on a trend that is about to take the world by storm. From Football to Cricket we have something every sports will fall in love with. You have two options: Affiliate or Player. I will go in to great detail about both and most importantly the coming of a game changing sports app by United Games that is going to absolutely blow your mind!

Now what we are talking about here is an app that will let you enjoy your favorite sport interactively while watching the game. This app is going to bring a new dynamic way of playing of enjoying sports. It’s not just going to focus on the major sports but every sport.  The point is to get everyone to enjoy sports better, not just the people who have time for drafts and 4 different fantasy leagues or the ones who are good at selecting the right combination of players in order to enjoy the experience.

Now, as I previously mentioned you have two options to join this wave, either as a player or an affiliate. If you want to just be one of the first to enjoy the experience of this game changing app then sign up as a player for free. You will be a pre-registered player and once the app launches within the next 5 weeks you can begin enjoying your interactive sports experience and start earning some rewards and points. I don’t know about you but once I started playing fantasy football and basketball, the game became THAT much more interesting to me. I began to pay attention to things that I didn’t before. This interactive app will award every real sports fan the same experience but much better – did I mention that some of EA Sports former developers are building this thing? – Get ahead of the trend, this app is coming and it’s going to change the way we enjoy sports forever and it will be the first of it’s kind, share it with your neighbors, share it with your family, if they love sports, chances are they will love this!

Now if you are interested in becoming an affiliate of United Games and getting the opportunity to not only get ahead of the trend but earn some money while doing it, then this the route you want to go. Now let me tell you this isn’t a pyramid scheme or something wild like that, if you don’t want to be an affiliate then you don’t have to. We aren’t trying to recruit people for money, we are just offering an opportunity to earn some income based off of people just playing the game. Now when this was brought to me a few weeks ago I had my initial negative thoughts. I was told that I can become an affiliate for free, feel it out see if I like it and if I do I would have to pay a one time fee of $30 to stay an affiliate and $9.99 a month to maintain my affiliate site and if I don’t just simply cancel no harm done. Now I’m no easy person to convince to join things, so I did my own research before I agreed to sign up for anything. Now I hate selling things, I’m terrible at it, so the fact I didn’t have to sell a product and it was an app – I’m a huge tech junkie – helped me decide to really read up on it. So I did my research and found that this app could really be something special and I don’t have to pay my fee until the app launches in 4-5 weeks at the time of this writing. I figured, what can I lose? I can jump on board playing a new fantasy app and maybe earn some money while doing it. Every time you share the app and someone signs up, whether as an affiliate or a player, and starts buying or earning tokens, you get a piece of the pie, NICE! Another selling point for me was the fact that in order for you to earn income you have to fill out tax form 1099. That right there let me know it was legit. Now United Games is offering this opportunity only up until the app launches in 5 weeks. Once it goes live, the affiliate opportunity will be no longer offered. You will only be able to download and use the app.

Whether you sign up to be a player or an affiliate I can assure you that this app is going to change your sporta experience. The point of this blog is to get the word out that a Giant is coming and to offer, what I believe to be a grand opportunity to be apart of the next big thing. If you like what you heard here today feel free to drop a comment, email me (lawrence.edwards115@gmail.com) or if you got here through my Facebook link, just shoot me a DM and I will happily send you a link to be an affiliate or a free player so you will be all set to go when the app launches. Once you click the link there will be more information for you to read through to get an even better understanding. You’re going to love this!

Here is a one page info sheet you can look at to get more information. Feel free to contact me with questions.

 

Dallas Cowboys: Depth at Running Back

NFL: Dallas Cowboys-OTA
May 25, 2016; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) talks with running back Darren McFadden (20) during organized team activities at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

By Tony Macch

Even though this is a pass happy league, as a Cowboys fan, you can’t help but be excited about our line up at running back. With Elliott, McFadden, Morris, and hopefully a healthy Dunbar, we have one talented and diverse group.

As the most complete back, it’s expected that Elliott takes on the biggest role. Stephen Jones said it all “…at the end of the day it’s all about Tony’s health. We’ve got to keep him healthy. We did take a big pick in Ezekiel Elliott that I think really helps everybody. Not only going to help the rushing game, but because he is so gifted catching the ball out of the backfield, pass protection. I think all of that will do a lot to Tony and at the same time take a lot of the pressure off the defense in terms of controlling the ball like we did two years ago. We’re excited about where we sit right now as a team.”

Alfred Morris, who had three 1,000 yard seasons out of four with the Redskins, is working on being a more complete back as well. Morris states “I want to be a complete back. That’s something I’d not been able to do in the previous four or five years, just get more involved in the passing game. I feel like there’s a unique opportunity to build that trust and faith with the coaches and quarterbacks.” With Dunbar’s return still up in the air, Morris could easily fill that role, as well as being a short yardage power back.

Darren McFadden had a slow start last season, possibly due to the running back by committee approach, but finished the season with over 1,000 yards in the last seven games. He was not the power back we needed, and certainly isn’t a great blocking back. His quickness in the open field is a plus, but his age and ability to break tackles leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe it’s me, but he always seems to quit as soon as he’s touched. His best chance of remaining with the Boys may be dependent on Dunbar’s forecast, and his own trade value.

So, with the talent in our backfield, and the talent on the offensive line, and the willingness to run the ball, this should be a season to be excited about. Lets just see if the owners, coaching staff, and players can all come together to give us the season we’ve been waiting for.

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Dak Prescott: Not Just a Bridge Gap, But the Dallas Cowboys’ Next Star Quarterback.

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Written by Micheal Hester

If you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan, you’re more than knowledgeable of the prestigious list of quarterbacks who’s played under center with a star on their helmet. From the days of Eddie “Little General” LeBaron to the legendary Roger “Captain America” Staubach, to the heroic backup, Clint “The Mad Bomber” Longley and Don Meredith, to the 3-time Super Bowl champion Troy Aikman, and the ageless bridge gap, Vinny Testeverde, and the up to the current lightning rod passer to helm the star, Tony Romo. Dallas has had it’s fair share of playmakers under center but also, there’s been a fair number of disasters at the position for America’s Team, who we’ll avoid naming. (deep sigh inserted here)
For the past decade plus, Dallas has failed to groom a backup quarterback to take the role of starter one day. Scouting issue or coaching issue, or perhaps both? Instead, the Dallas way of the backup quarterback has been to pursue and use veterans who’s often passed their prime. And while it worked at times in the past, the 2015 Cowboys saw their season crumble slowly and painfully with Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel under center.

So the proof was loud and clear: Romo isn’t immortal and Dallas needs to search for its future quarterback.

Rayne Dakota “Dak” Prescott. The Louisiana native and former Mississippi State Bulldog quarterback left college as one of the best players in SEC football history. And if you’re a college football junkie as I am, you know that the SEC is one of, if not THE, toughest conference in CFB. And if you’re a stats nerd, this is for you:

9th player in SEC history( remember, this is a conference that Cam Newton and Tim Tebow played in ) with 7 touchdowns in a single game.

2-time All-American All SEC quarterback.

One of 10 players in FBS history to pass for 8,500 yards and rush for over 2,000 yards.

114 career TDs, ranks 4th in SEC history.

Ranks in the top 20 in SEC history in rushing TDs, a stat dominated by running backs.

Finished 6th nationally in total offense per conference game.

Tallied 11,897 yards of total offense, third most by a QB in SEC history.

First SEC player since Cam Newton to account for 6-plus scores in a single conference game.

23-10 record as a starter in 49 career games.

There’s so many more but I’ll just leave those there for you to look over. Now, Dallas had former Memphis quarterback as a clear 1st rounder on their board, according to S.I’s Peter King. After attempting to trade back into the first round and declining the Seahawks’ offer of trading away their 2nd round pick, Dallas settled for Dak Prescott in the 4th round. Prescott spent more time during predraft scouting period with the Cowboys coaching staff. The impressions of him were high, and when the 135th pick of the draft came around, the pick was in.

Obviously, the transition from college to pro football is one that hundreds have struggled to accomplish. Dak has the physical tools, but it’s his work ethic and dedication to his craft that had him on the draft radars of the Cardinals, Jets, Browns and Cowboys, pre-draft. At 6’2, 230…he was the NFL-esque size. The Cowboys offensive coaches knew that going from spread offense to playing a pro-style offense would take time but no longer than 3 days ago, former Cowboys executive and NFL senior analyst Gil Brandt had this to say about Prescott at the second week of Cowboys’ OTA’s:

“The Cowboys knew Prescott would be a work in progress but I’m not sure if they expected to come this early. Credit should go to offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan and quarterbacks coach, Wade Wilson for getting Prescott up to speed so quickly”.

Leader by nature, great work ethic, quick learner. While we have to wait until a month or two to see Dak on the field against a opposing defense, it’s not a stretch to say that, on-paper, he’s looking like the Cowboys’ best #2/#3 quarterback they’ve had in years now. I’m not big on bold predictions and definitely no future reader, but Dak’s tools, mentally and physically, can land him in the cockpit of the Cowboys’ quarterback position one day in the near future. The question is, will the team be patient enough with him and his progression while getting to that point.

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Where’s Rolando???

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Picture from Insidethestar.com

Written by Tony Macch
June 4th 2016

Ok, so two weeks of OTA’s have passed, and still no Rolando McClain. All we’re being told is this is due to “family issues.” Seriously?  Don’t all families have issues? I know mine does. He is a middle line backer in the NFL, time to man up!!!

This is sounding all too familiar. McClain missed the 2015 OTA’s due to a knee scope, was suspended his first four games of that season, and wasn’t prepared enough to really “show up” until arguably his third game. His injury record alone supports his need to be in strengthening and conditioning ASAP. A family emergency is one thing, but “family issues’ just seems a bit to vague.

When healthy, and mentally in the game, he is without a doubt a difference maker. Is it any wonder a man of his talent would continue to get one year contracts? His 2016, $4,000,000 contract guarantees $750,000. With a $750,000 signing bonus, a $1,250,000 base salary, a $125,000 per game bonus, and an extra cool $1,000,000 to play 75% of the snaps, those issues ought to be serious.

With all that on the line, not to mention our 2016 season, its time to not only man up, but SOLDIER UP!!! He needs to take the battlefield with a keen mind, a healthy grasp of the battle plans, a conditioned physique prepared to not only take his punishment, but deliver one. His platoon is relying on him. General Garrett “want(s) all our players here.” OK, enough of that.

Mandatory or not, OTA’s are an important part of a player’s mental, and physical conditioning. His teammates need to know he’s going to be there for them. So do us fans.

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Dallas Cowboys 2016: Expectations vs. Reality

By Micheal Hester

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We heard it last season: “Dallas Cowboys/Super Bowl contenders”. How did it end? 4-12 record with a somewhat reward in the form of the 4th overall pick in the draft.

Now, was it absurd to think that the 2015/2016 Dallas Cowboys would be “contenders”? After all, the team does have a 23-11 record in the past 3 years when Tony Romo, the oft-criticized but elite lightning-rod playmaker quarterback, is healthy. Wait…let’s rewind. “When healthy”. We’ll come back to that one.

In the 2014/2015 off season, Dallas let 2014 NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray walk. They reloaded their defensive front with the risky free agency signing of then-former Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy and using their 2nd round pick on former Nebraska defensive end, Randy Gregory, which was another risky move. With a free agency signing of Darren McFadden and the hopes of a fully healthy squad out of training camp, the Cowboys seemed reloaded and poised to take the NFC East crown for a second season in a row. Then the first domino fell: cornerback Orlando Scandrick suffered an ACL tear in camp. The second domino was already in place: All Pro wide out Dez Bryant, who just ended a holdout over contractual dispute, never really got into football shape and what seemed to be minor in camp became major in a week 1 dual vs. the New York Giants. The third domino that sealed the Cowboys faith, unbeknownst to the team at the moment: Tony Romo goes down and suffer a broken clavicle in week 2 vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.

So, here we are in 2016. The Cowboys, like every other NFL team, are going through the early stages of the off-season prep for the upcoming season. What can we expect vs. what will happen? Expectations are high. The hope is that Tony Romo( and his collarbone ) can stay intact. Hope is that Dez Bryant return to his dominant, All-Pro form and an nightmare once again for opposing secondaries. Hope is that Jason Witten doesn’t age. Hope, is that Orlando Scandrick and Sean Lee, both coming off a surgery and a injury…not to mention a Pro Bowl season for the Penn State product…lead a unproven, unnamed defense to the helm under one of the most respected defensive coordinators in the NFL as of now. Hope, is the #4 overall pick, Ohio State turned Dallas Cowboy running back Ezekiel Elliott, will live up to the hype and have the best rookie running back season since Edgerrin James. But we can all “hope”. And if you’re a realist, you will also know that this is the National Football League. There’s a thick, bold line between expectations and reality. Every fan “hope” their team goes 16-0. What can we expect from the 2016 Dallas Cowboys? 4-12 or worse minus Tony Romo? 8-8 with Tony Romo, minus a defense that can make a game-sealing stop? 11-5 plus if aforementioned hopes become reality? Dallas Cowboy fans, you will have your answer between December 2016 and February of 2017.

Stay Tuned.

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