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s on Sunday Womens Zack Martin Jersey , the Dallas Cowboys will travel to take on the Los Angeles Rams in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Buckle up, amigos.The Rams were crowned Super Bowl LIII champions before the season began thanks to the massive roster additions that they made. Los Angeles added names like Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, Brandin Cooks, and Ndamukong Suh. They already had Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, and Sean McVay... it seemed like a foregone conclusion that they’d win it all.Maybe this year’s title will ultimately belong to the Rams but in order for that to happen they’ll have to get through the Cowboys first. This game is going to be massive, and here are nine reasons why.The Cowboys in Los AngelesJerry Jones is perhaps the biggest reason for the NFL’s return to Hollywood. It was the cherry on top of his Hall of Fame rsum.Dallas played in the first game back in LA and you’ll remember that they even returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Shout out to Lucky Whitehead!It’s the NFL’s dream to have a playoff game on a Saturday night in Los Angeles that features the Dallas Cowboys. The stars will be out. Actors, actresses, musicians, other athletes... the place will be swarming.For what it’s worth the Los Angeles Lakers are off on Saturday night and at home on Sunday. LeBron James is a noted Cowboys fan. I’m not saying, I’m just saying.Jerry Jones once compared the Cowboys to the Rams, kind ofRemember back in September when Jerry Jones wanted the Cowboys to be like the Rams? We now get a chance to see these two squads up against one another. That’s delicious. Jerry must be hyped.Tavon Austin revenge gameWhen the Dallas Cowboys traded for Tavon Austin during the draft they did so with none other than the Rams.Tavon’s coming home.Wade Phillips revenge gameThe defensive coordinator of the Rams just so happens to be Wade Phillips. This is the very same Wade Phillips who just so happens to be Jason Garrett’s predecessor as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.Buckle up.Dak Prescott is returning to where it all beganThe Cowboys believe in Dak Prescott as their leader and who he is really all began in the Coliseum.During his very first preseason game Womens Cole Beasley Jersey , the aforementioned one with the Lucky Whitehead kickoff return, Dak impressed and gave life to the notion that Dallas might have a future quarterback on its hands.Of course the future started a lot sooner than later.Dak Prescott vs. Jared GoffHe’s so often compared specifically to Carson Wentz, but Dak Prescott also shares a draft class with Rams quarterback Jared Goff. Obviously, Goff was the draft’s first overall pick.It would be quite the statement if Dak could take down Goff given everything that’s happened to them throughout the course of their young careers.Ezekiel Elliott vs. Todd GurleyZeke was named as a second-team All-Pro last week as the first-team running back was Todd Gurley.Elliott led the league in rushing yards and has done so in two of his three seasons in the NFL. These are perhaps the two best backs in the game and it will be quite the treat to see them square off against each other’s defenses.Who would you take?Zack Martin vs. Aaron DonaldYou’ll remember during the 2014 Senior Bowl that there was one person who Zack Martin struggled with... Aaron Donald.Zack will have hope in taking on Aaron in Joe Looney and Connor Williams, but Aaron will have a friend in Ndamukong Suh working next to him. The Cowboys have already defeated Suh in a playoff game before, this matchup is going to be huge.Jason Garrett is returning to the scene of the crimeDuring the Cowboys bye week Jason Garrett took his talents west and attended the longest game in World Series history. He even sat next to Brad Paisley.Garrett was ridiculed for this, including by Jimmy Johnson, and things didn’t get much better for him when the Cowboys lost their first game back against the Tennessee Titans.Ever since then the Cowboys have won eight of their last nine, including their playoff victory over the Seahawks. Brad must have had some good advice. Now that the Cowboys have begun their offseason and, for all intents and purposes, finished reconstructing their coaching staff, the team shifts its focus to free agency and the draft. While Dallas will certainly look to keep several of their own free agents, there are other players they could look to sign Womens Tyron Smith Jersey , and this series will focus on potential free agent targets at each position of need for the Cowboys. Today’s focus is on the need at safety.Earl ThomasTroy Wayrynen-USA TODAY SportsLet’s go ahead and get this one out of the way first. The Cowboys almost traded for ET a couple times last year, but Seattle reportedly asked for too much in return. Thomas, a lifelong Cowboys fan, went on to pick off Dak Prescott twice in Week 3 and take a bow in front of the Dallas bench. The next week, he fractured his left leg and was placed on the injured reserve. Now, Thomas enters free agency and seems unlikely to return to Seattle. Back when Dallas was engaged in trade talks, they were unsure of Xavier Woods’ ability to play the center field kind of role Thomas did in Seattle for so long, but Woods used the 2018 season to prove himself. Still, adding a guy like Thomas would give Dallas a lot of versatility with their safeties, as Woods has good experience in the box, having switched out with Jeff Heath often this year. The biggest question with Thomas would be about his value. Thomas has carried a cap hit of $10 million or more for the last three years, so he might ask for more money than Dallas is willing to offer. There’s also the issue that ET will turn 30 before training camp begins and he’s coming off his second season-ending leg injury in three years. There are certainly younger options out there. Landon CollinsBrad Penner-USA TODAY SportsCowboys fans are certainly familiar with Landon Collins, as he’s been with the rival Giants the last four years. At six feet and 222 pounds Youth Anthony Brown Jersey , Collins fits the bill of a box safety with the coverage skills to also contribute as a free safety, giving the Cowboys versatility on the back end with Woods. Collins brings many of the same traits as Thomas, and he played at Alabama so his connection to Nick Saban probably makes him even more appealing to Jason Garrett. But Collins has one downside as a free agent prospect. Just coming off of his rookie contract, Collins will be looking for a big contract, and he’ll certainly get offers from other teams. Dallas may not be looking for a bidding war after the big contract they’ll give DeMarcus Lawrence. Add to it that Collins has been put on the injured reserve the last two years in a row, and his durability may be called into question. Kenny VaccaroChristopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsKenny Vaccaro is a player the Cowboys have expressed interest in before. In the 2013 draft, Dallas was reportedly targeting the Longhorn, but when Vaccaro got picked up by New Orleans the Cowboys traded back and selected Travis Frederick. And this past offseason when Vaccaro entered free agency, Dallas was rumored to be interested in signing him before opting to stick with Woods and Heath. Maybe the third time can be the charm. Coming out of college, Vaccaro was considered an ideal strong safety type. His first three years with the Saints showed that, and in 2015 Vaccaro’s 104 tackles was second best on the team. But over the next two years, nagging injuries limited him to just 23 games total and his production dropped as a result. He joined the Titans during the regular season but will be back on the market this offseason. It should be noted that his best year came after New Orleans switched to a 4-3 scheme that used Vaccaro more as a traditional box safety, and he would fill a very similar role in Dallas. The biggest question with him would revolve around health. HaHa Clinton-DixDouglas DeFelice-USA TODAY SportsHaHa Clinton-Dix is more than just a funny name Womens Ezekiel Elliott Jersey , he’s a highly underrated safety. Clinton-Dix possesses rare playmaking abilities, and has notched 14 interceptions in his five years in the NFL. More than that, Clinton-Dix has never missed a game, and started 74 of the 80 games he’s played in. As they say, availability is the best ability. While Clinton-Dix has traditionally played a free safety role in Green Bay and Washington, he’s exhibited the traits that Dallas wants in a strong safety too, and is willing to go up and make tackles. He had over 100 tackles each of his first two years in Green Bay, and had 93 in 2018 while playing for two different teams. It came as a surprise when the Packers traded him away as many think highly of Clinton-Dix. Much like Thomas, Clinton-Dix would give Dallas a coverage ace who’s unafraid of playing in the box. However, at just 26-years-old, Clinton-Dix might be too costly for the Cowboys. DeShawn SheadMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsDeShawn Shead may be the most realistic free agent safety for the Cowboys, not counting any camp bodies that Dallas will inevitably sign. Undrafted out of Portland State, Shead spent the first six years of his career in Seattle under Kris Richard Womens Travis Frederick Jersey , and he was cut only after Richard left the team. He had a short and minimal stint with Detroit in 2018, but is a free agent again. In Seattle, Shead was initially brought in as a backup safety but later moved to cornerback out of necessity. He was never the best in deep coverage situations, but Shead’s size (6’2” and 212 lbs) gave him advantages over smaller receivers. Shead thrived the most in run defense, though, and he used his big frame and strength to carve out a productive tackling role. Shead seems intent on staying at corner, but for a reunion with his former position coach he may be willing to play in the box as a safety. It would certainly fit his skill set, and his familiarity with Richard’s tendencies is a big plus. Custom Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys

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