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Blogging The Boys 12 hours ago
Things are very different from the last time Colt McCoy started a game against the Cowboys

Things are very different from the last time Colt McCoy started a game against the Cowboys

Thanksgiving is bringing back an old friend. Sunday was a big day for the 2018 Dallas Cowboys as they got a huge win on the road against the Atlanta Falcons. Right about the time that Leighton Vander Esch intercepted Matt Ryan in the game, something big was happening elsewhere within the NFC East. Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith broke his tibia and fibula during the team’s loss to the Houston Texans. With only a game lead on the Dallas Cowboys and a date against them on a short week this Thanksgiving, this is one of the biggest things to happen across the division this...
Blogging The Boys 18 hours ago
Cowboys news: Leighton Vander Esch receives the love; Swaim to miss games

Cowboys news: Leighton Vander Esch receives the love; Swaim to miss games

Cowboy news is here. ‘Sky’s the limit’ for Cowboys’ Leighton Vander Esch - Kevin Patra, NFL.comRookie Leighton Vander Esch’s play is gathering notice around the league. The rising star in Dallas, however, is linebacker rookie Leighton Vander Esch. The first-round pick stood out once again, filling the stat sheet, gobbling up eight tackles, three passes defensed, one QB hit and an interception. The INT marked the first time in five seasons a Cowboys linebacker had interceptions in back-to-back games. ”It was right place at the right time,” the modest rookie said of the pick...
SportsDay Nov 19, 2018
There are plenty of legitimate reasons for the Cowboys' reversal. This one isn't getting enough traction

There are plenty of legitimate reasons for the Cowboys' reversal. This one isn't getting enough traction

FRISCO -- An unexpected rise in the standings has created a rush to identify the reasons for the Cowboys' reversal.Ezekiel Elliott's dominance, a resurgent offensive line, the impact of Amari Cooper and the emergence of the Wolf Hunter -- known as Leighton Vander Esch in some circles -- in an already strong defense gets the most traction. All are legitimate.But let's narrow the scope a bit. The Cowboys boast a winning streak, modest as it is, for the first time this season due to their play in the fourth quarter.Quarterback Dak Prescott led the offense on an eight-play, 75-yard touchdown...
SportsDay Nov 19, 2018
Is Leighton Vander Esch in the lead for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?

Is Leighton Vander Esch in the lead for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?

Jean-Jacques Taylor, Cowboys insider for NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS-TV) and host of JAM Session 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays on 103.3 KESN-FM, answered your Cowboys questions recently. Here are some highlights.Is Leighton Vander Esch in the lead for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year?JJT: Leighton Vander Esch is one of the guys competing for Defensive Rookie of the Year, but the reality is it doesn't matter. He's playing well and making plays for the Cowboys. That's what matters. He's changing the game for the Cowboys and he's lessened the loss of Sean Lee. He's been everything the Cowboys...
SportsDay Nov 19, 2018
Film room: 3 things we learned from Cowboys-Falcons, including why Leighton Vander Esch is undoubtedly a Pro Bowl LB

Film room: 3 things we learned from Cowboys-Falcons, including why Leighton Vander Esch is undoubtedly a Pro Bowl LB

One year after a game against the Atlanta Falcons (4-6) ruined their season, the Dallas Cowboys (5-5) were able to escape Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a 22-19 win over their NFC foe. Missed opportunities killed Dallas' ability to put the game out of reach on multiple occasions, but in the end, the Cowboys were able to do just enough to eek out the victory.Led by fantastic performances by DeMarcus Lawrence and Leighton Vander Esch, the Cowboys defense put up an admirable performance, holding the Falcons offense under 20 points for just the third time this season. Another dominant performance...
SportsDay Nov 19, 2018
A seismic shift in the NFC East, Leighton Vander Esch continues to ascend and more analysis from Sunday's win -- Your Cowboys Catch-Up

A seismic shift in the NFC East, Leighton Vander Esch continues to ascend and more analysis from Sunday's win -- Your Cowboys Catch-Up

Nov. 19, 2018Here's everything you need to know to stay up to date with all things Dallas Cowboys.Next gameWashington Redskins at Dallas -- 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22 -- FOX.Today's top storiesA seismic shift in the NFC East took place Sunday afternoon, one that had seemed so unlikely for the CowboysAs Dak Prescott found Cole Beasley for a 17-yard gain on third-and-7, more than 600 miles away Washington quarterback Alex Smith was being placed on a cart.Defense is keeping the Cowboys in games. Their best rookie defender since DeMarcus Ware may be the reason whyOf the 18 players selected...
SportsDay Nov 18, 2018
Defense is keeping the Cowboys in games. Their best rookie defender since DeMarcus Ware may be the reason why

Defense is keeping the Cowboys in games. Their best rookie defender since DeMarcus Ware may be the reason why

ATLANTA -- Of the 18 players selected before Leighton Vander Esch in April, only a handful have justified the oversight. And if he keeps playing like he has in his last two starts -- which coincides with the Cowboys' modest little winning streak, by the way -- we'll have to widen our parameters to encompass more than just the last draft.Candidates for the last Cowboys rookie to look as good on defense as the one who made the difference in a 22-19 win over the Falcons before 74,447 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium:DeMarcus Lawrence in '14? Only played seven games because of a broken leg.Sean Lee in...
Blogging The Boys Nov 18, 2018
Cowboys vs. Falcons: 10 thoughts including Leighton Vander Esch strikes again, Dak Prescott shows up when it counts

Cowboys vs. Falcons: 10 thoughts including Leighton Vander Esch strikes again, Dak Prescott shows up when it counts

Here are 10 thoughts from the Cowboys 22-19 win over the Falcons. Ladies and gentlemen, the Dallas Cowboys have themselves a winning streak. It only took 10 games into the season, but it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. At least that’s how Cole Beasley felt after the game. It’s not about how you start...it’s how you finish. #resilience— Cole Beasley (@Bease11) November 18, 2018 Not only have the won two in a road, but they’ve been able to do so on the road. After dropping their first four road games of the season, Dallas now looks like the road warriors with two...
SportsDay Nov 18, 2018
WATCH: Cowboys rookie LB Leighton Vander Esch grabs his second interception after pass goes through Calvin Ridley's hands

WATCH: Cowboys rookie LB Leighton Vander Esch grabs his second interception after pass goes through Calvin Ridley's hands

When the Cowboys selected linebacker Leighton Vander Esch over receiver Calvin Ridley in the 2018 NFL draft, some thought it was a mistake. With Sean Lee out with an injury and the Cowboys traveling to Atlanta, it set the stage for Vander Esch and Ridley to meet for the first time this season.And Vander Esch made the most of it.Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw a pass that deflected off Ridley's hands and Vander Esch intercepted the pass off the deflection. It was his second straight game with an interception. The Cowboys went on to score after the interception off a 23-yard rush from...
FOX Sports Nov 18, 2018
NFC Defensive Player of the Week Leighton Vander Esch shares his key for the Cowboys vs. the Falcons

NFC Defensive Player of the Week Leighton Vander Esch shares his key for the Cowboys vs. the Falcons

The Cowboys rookie LB take you behind the scenes pregame, courtesy of PROcast.
SportsDay Nov 16, 2018
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones dishes on why the team passed on Falcons WR Calvin Ridley for Leighton Vander Esch in NFL draft

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones dishes on why the team passed on Falcons WR Calvin Ridley for Leighton Vander Esch in NFL draft

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan to talk about the team recently. Here are some highlights. On the game against Atlanta: "It does, and I think that there were so many things about that outing [in 2017] that we wanted to redo that it gives us a great template to be sure we're working on those things. But of course as we all know these teams evolve, both the Cowboys as well as our opponent, and so there's a lot of current things that they've exhibited over the last nine ballgames, eight ballgames that we've got to keep our eye on. Still, they've added that other receiver...
The Falcoholic Nov 16, 2018
Falcons vs Cowboys: keys to a critical game on our podcast

Falcons vs Cowboys: keys to a critical game on our podcast

Playoffs? Win this game first. With both the Falcons and Cowboys at 4-5, the playoff race in the NFC could be dramatically impacted by the winner of this game. For the Cowboys, the NFC East is still in play while Atlanta’s only real hope is through a wild-card berth. Jeanna and DW discuss this game with the Producer at Blogging the Boys - R.J. Ochoa. Topics include: Will the Cowboys defense be healthy for the game on Sunday? The emergence of players like Byron Jones and Leighton Vander Esch and why they’ll be critical to slowing down Atlanta’s offense Why Calvin Ridley was a better...
SportsDay Nov 16, 2018
Why Leighton Vander Esch playing well doesn't mean the Cowboys were 'smart' to pass on Calvin Ridley

Why Leighton Vander Esch playing well doesn't mean the Cowboys were 'smart' to pass on Calvin Ridley

Tim Cowlishaw, sports columnist for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions in a recent mailbag. Below are highlights, edited for clarity:Will be fun to watch Leighton Vander Esch defend Calvin Ridley. What do you think of the Cowboys' LB vs. WR draft debate now?Cowlishaw: "Oh, I don't think the Cowboys want that matchup, not literally. He may bump into him on a crossing route but if the Cowboys have a linebacker actually covering the Alabama receiver, they're in trouble. It's going to be an ongoing discussion. Just because Vander Esch is playing really well does...
Blogging The Boys Nov 16, 2018
Cowboys vs. Falcons: Official Blogging The Boys video preview! And podcasts!

Cowboys vs. Falcons: Official Blogging The Boys video preview! And podcasts!

Falcons week. Hopefully you’re ready to go back to Atlanta. It has to be done. Thankfully there’s no Adrian Clayborn waiting for Dak Prescott in the ATL, but there is indeed a high-flying Falcons offense that’s going to test the reigning Defensive Player of the Week in Leighton Vander Esch and his Hot Boyz teammates. It’s going to be fun. Make sure you get ready for Sunday’s action by checking out our preview video on the official Blogging The Boys YouTube Channel. We’ve re-launched the channel and have a lot of things in store, including these weekly preview videos, and we want...
Blogging The Boys Nov 15, 2018
Celebrate Leighton Vander Esch’s DPOW performance with a brand new “Wolf Hunter” shirt from BreakingT!

Celebrate Leighton Vander Esch’s DPOW performance with a brand new “Wolf Hunter” shirt from BreakingT!

Team LVE. Leighton Vander Esch recorded the first interception of his career last Sunday night when he picked off Carson Wentz. The first-round linebacker also locked in what might be the most impressive tackle of his young career so far when he pushed Philadelphia back five yards with the game on the line. This play by Leighton Vander Esch was unreal. Part of what won the game. Look at that tackle. pic.twitter.com/yOCIIO5R1t— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) November 12, 2018 Leighton also won Defensive Player of the Week. He’s the first Cowboys rookie to do that since Sean...

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