Dallas Cowboys Make Two West Coast Road Trips During Preseason

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Dallas Cowboys faithful can stop worrying about if Dez Bryant will be wearing the star logo on his helmet in the long-term, as the upper echelon receiver recently signed a five-year, $70 million contract to remain in Dallas. It was a tense back-and-forth between the two sides, even reaching the possibility that Bryant might hold out in the upcoming campaign.

The Cowboys moved on from DeMarco Murray, last season’s leading rusher, but still have their massive offensive line that should be able to pave the way for Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden, who was signed by the team this past offseason. Dallas is looking to get at least one spot further than last season, when they lost to the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round thanks to a controversial Bryant no-catch call on a ball that he appeared to haul in that would have set up the winning score.

It’s understandable that fans can’t wait until Week 1 of the regular season to watch the Cowboys take the field. With preseason approaching, below are secondary market ticket prices of Dallas Cowboys preseason games and some possible travel options for out-of-town fans.

8/13/2015 | San Diego Chargers vs. Dallas Cowboys | Qualcomm Stadium | Average Price: $88.81 | Get-in Price: $19

8/23/2015 | San Francisco 49ers vs. Dallas Cowboys | Levi’s Stadium | Average Price: $145.75 | Get-in Price: $37

8/29/2015 | Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings | AT&T Stadium | Average Price: $61.27 | Get-in Price: $2

9/3/2015 | Dallas Cowboys vs. Houston Texans | AT&T Stadium | Average Price: $55.66 | Get-in Price: $2

A California football vacation awaits Cowboys fans when they face the San Francisco 49ers in the team’s most expensive preseason game. Hipmunk.com’s San Francisco hotel guide can put fans near Levi’s Stadium or close to the airport for the most convenient trip.

The in-state rivalry game in the preseason finale between the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans has the least expensive average ticket price of the four options. Out-of-town Cowboys fans can use Hipmunk to book Dallas hotels starting from $69 to take in the final preseason action before the regular season begins the following week.

With get-in prices of $2 for each of the Cowboys’ preseason home games, getting a head-start on the NFL season can be extremely affordable against the Minnesota Vikings and the Texans.

Dallas Cowboys Rank In Top Third Of NFL In Estimated Travel Miles For 2015

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The Dallas Cowboys gear up for another postseason run, looking to put their controversial loss in last year’s playoffs to the Green Bay Packers behind them. They’ll have to do it without DeMarco Murray, who joined the division rival Philadelphia Eagles during the offseason.

The Cowboys are one of the teams that people want to see the most and fans will have the opportunity to do so. According to an article by CBSSports.com, the Cowboys are in the top third in the NFL in estimated travel miles this season at 17,148. Specifically, they rank 12th out of the 32 NFL teams, and have zero trips that exceed 2,000 miles.

With Cowboys secondary ticket prices per TiqIQ.com, below is a combination of the highest-priced Cowboys road games, with travel options provided by Hipmunk.com to evaluate some possible road trip destination for America’s Team this year.

12/13/2015 | Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys | Lambeau Field | Average Price: $385.01 | Get-in Price: $173

The Cowboys don’t have to wait long to get another shot at the Packers, as Dallas heads to Lambeau Field in December. Unless a 17-hour car ride is in the plans, round trip flights to Milwaukee are the option for this game. The travel time is cut down to just over four hours for nonstop flights and will cost about $170, which could be great value given the recent history between these two storied organizations, and their potentially high place in the standings.

10/4/2015 | New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys | Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Average Price: $363 | Get-in Price: $156

Flights to New Orleans are similarly priced on Hipmunk, coming in at about $150 for round trip options. The hour-and-a-half estimated flight looks to be a lot more favorable than the 500-mile, seven-and-a-half-hour car ride from Dallas to New Orleans. It’s not easy to win on the road against the Saints, who are desperate to turn things around after a down season in 2014, but no matter the opponent, attending a game at the Superdome is always a fun time due to the festive and live atmosphere.

11/22/2015 | Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys | Sun Life Stadium | Average Price: $359.25 | Get-in Price: $116

Another long trip for the Cowboys results in a game against the Miami Dolphins in the week before Thanksgiving. The 1,300-mile trip is recommended being done through the air, as the nearly-20-hour drive is a lot of mileage for any car. The nonstop flights last just under three hours and cost around $230 for a round trip.

Dallas Cowboys Ticket Prices High After 12-4 Season

Tony Romo almost led his Cowboys all the way in '14

After three consecutive 8-8 seasons, the Dallas Cowboys found their calling with a rebuilt offensive line and a rush-oriented attack. With the departure of DeMarco Murray, whom the Cowboys lost in free agency, Dallas looks to prove that the members of the offensive line were the true stars of last season.

Coming off a controversial defeat to the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs, Dallas will be seeking to take the next step after an impressive 12-4 season. Even with Murray bolting to Philadelphia, the Cowboys still possess an impactful offense, led by Romo and Dez Bryant. Those two alone boast the ability to lead a group that can shred any given defense that they square off against.

“America’s Team” is still one of the top draws around the NFL, at home or on the road. According to SeatSmart, below are the most expensive and least expensive tickets to Dallas Cowboys games this season.

Most Expensive: 11/22/2015 | Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys | Sun Life Stadium | Average Price: $417.24 | Get-in Price: $223

Speaking of Dallas being one of the top draws around the league, an away game in Miami being their highest priced ticket on the secondary market proves just that. Miami has been stuck in mediocrity since 2009, never winning more than 8 games, but never having over 10 losses. With a fan base that’s looking for a winner, it’s impressive that the Cowboys’ name value can turn this game into one of the best draws of the Dolphins’ season. Miami did make a splash during the offseason, signing Ndamukong Suh from the Detroit Lions, something that may transform them into a real contender. The Dolphins seem to be going with a defensive-oriented approach, as they once again replaced the weapons around Ryan Tannehill to try and find the perfect match. This should be a great matchup between the offensive line of Dallas and the defensive front of Miami.

Least Expensive: 9/27/2015 | Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons | AT&T Stadium | Average Price: $239.29 | Get-in Price: $56

After a 6-10 season and the firing of head coach Mike Smith, Dallas fans apparently aren’t too concerned with Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the rest of the Atlanta Falcons. Dan Quinn from the Seattle Seahawks looks to rebuild a defense that ranked as one of the worst in the league, as he is the new head coach. If it were 2014, you can bet that the Cowboys would’ve ran wild on their defense, but Quinn and his philosophies will get an early test at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys, obviously, have to keep an eye on Julio Jones, one of the most prolific deep threats in the NFL. His presence, along with the rest of this talented offense, has helped maintain busy activity for Falcons tickets for the upcoming season.

Cowboys Fans Look to Draft and Schedule Release After Offseason Flurry

Tony Romo almost led his Cowboys all the way in '14

The Dallas Cowboys surprised everyone in 2014 by finally committing to the running game on offense. Despite an 0-1 start, Dallas rounded into one of the more balanced team’s in the league and rode an extremely productive DeMarco Murray to a 12-4 finish and the NFC East title. The Cowboys didn’t stop there, as Jason Garrett’s crew even beat the Detroit Lions in the playoffs, before losing a close (and controversial) game at Lambeau Field.

While the ‘Boys allowed Murray to walk in free agency, they franchise tagged stud wide receiver Dez Bryant and brought in running back Darren McFadden to help replace Murray. Dallas will undoubtedly want to target an explosive young back like Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon in the 2015 NFL Draft, but for the moment they still appear to be a team very much on the rise. That may especially be the case considering their division still isn’t the strongest.

The key, oddly enough, may not reside in Murray’s replacement or the offense, in general. Murray was only half the story a year ago, as the Cowboys’ ability to control the clock helped a very average defense look borderline solid. Improving that defense will be one of their main objectives, and it looks like they’re already ahead of the curve after signing elite pass rusher Greg Hardy to an $11 million, one-year deal. The team will also get a healthy Sean Lee back, which should bolster a solid defense and make it even better.

Regardless of whether or not the Cowboys think they can take the next step in 2015, their fan base will surely be thinking Super Bowl or bust. That should play a helping hand in spiking the price of Cowboys tickets, although we won’t know just how much until the 2015 NFL schedule is officially released. We do already know, however, who Dallas will be taking on in 2015.

Along with their usual two games against the division rival Redskins, Giants and Eagles, Dallas will host the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and New York Jets. Dallas clearly doesn’t have it easy at home in 2015, and things don’t get much rosier on the road, either. The Cowboys will be tasked with taking down the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins away from home.

Thinking about taking in a Cowboys game? Hipmunk.com is your travel accommodation resource. Hipmunk offers flights to Dallas, along with having affordable or luxurious hotels in Dallas from $78 that will complete your trip to watch America’s team.

The Cowboys looked like a solid team on the rise a season ago, but will be out to prove that they weren’t just a one hit wonder. Doing so without Murray will be tough, but if Dallas can make the right moves between now and August, they just might prove to be the cream of the crop in the NFC East, yet again. If they can make that happen, that Super Bowl talk might not be so crazy, after all.

Cowboys Sign Spillman

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The Dallas Cowboys and former San Francisco 49ers safety C.J. Spillman have agreed to a deal.  Spillman, who is 28 years old, who played as mainly a special teams player, racked up a career-high 25 tackles last season and was released by the 49ers on Saturday.  Over the last four seasons of his career, he played 59 games for the 49ers.

Spillman began his career with the San Diego Chargers where he played for Cowboys current special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia. We expect the Cowboys to make a few roster adjustments to incorporate Spillman onto the roster.  They also signed linebacker Korey Toomer to a new deal, so a spot will need to be free’d up for him as well.

By releasing Spillman, the 49ers saved $1.25 million in salary and cleared up the $1.56 million salary cap hit.

“There are young players that are going to have to rise to the challenge,” coach Jim Harbaugh said Saturday. “It’ll be a challenge for our whole football team — the veteran players, young players, to get our special teams where we’re used to them being.”

It will be interesting to see if Spillman will inform his new team of any information that he can regarding the 49ers ‘plans’ in their upcoming game against the Cowboys on Sunday for the first regular season game of 2014.

Training Camp Day Two

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Training camp day two was another day of mental reps and pitch count for franchise quarterback Tony Romo.

Jason Garrett has toned down the practices for these first two days saying, “We want the players to have their feet under them after having four weeks off.”

Tony Romo was not participating for the afternoon sessions, but he was there to support his team.

The Cowboy way.

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America’s team made its way into Oxnard, California in the usual Cowboy way, with swagger and confidence. This will be the season they break the 8-8 curse.

The team that came into Oxnard for the 2014 training camp is not the same group that was here last year.

Dallas Cowboys heading into Training Camp

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The Dallas Cowboys will be returning to training camp in Oxnard, California next Wednesday. The team is scheduled to practice at 3:45 Pacific time the following day on the July 24.

The Cowboys parted ways with Kyle Orton and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. Brandon Weeden will handle the back up job for now, and we hope, as always, that Tony Romo will be able to play in all 16 regular season games.

 

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The running backs will be a very interesting position to watch. DeMarco Murray will be the number one guy, followed by Lance Dunbar and who ever wins that prized third spot, being it Ryan Williams, Joseph Randle or rookie Ben Malena.

I also expect the team will keep a full back this season, unless they fill that spot with newly added tight end Dallas Walker. Rookie fullback J.C. Copeland, whom I expect to make the squad, would be good addition to the running game, especially in the red zone.

The tight end position is loaded with Jason Witten, Gavin Escobar, and James Hanna. Hanna may find him self the odd man out here.

The wide receivers are also loaded with Dez, Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley returning for the first three spots. The competition is going to be fun to watch for the next available spots. Dwayne Harris will hold on to his spot because of his great play on special teams. LaRon Byrd, rookies Devin Street, L’Damian Washington and Chris Boyd will be competing for any remaining spots and this group could produce one very good player. Tim Benford will likely be on the outside looking in.

Tyron Smith, Travis Fredrick, Doug Free, rookie right guard Zack Martin, will anchor the offensive line along with whoever wins the left guard position between incumbent Ronald Leary and veteran Mackenzy Bernadeau. This year, the team has good depth on the offensive line. After these guys, the other backs up spots are up for grabs.

Rod Marinelli will be the new defensive coordinator and the defense will be a new look group with DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher choosing to move on to different teams.

That does not necessarily mean they will be worse up front. The addition of Henry Melton, Jeremy Mincey, and rookie DeMarcus Lawrence will add some excitement to this deep group of defensive linemen. Watch for Tyrone Crawford and rookies Ben Gardner and Ken Bishop to add their talents in the new “wave” mentality Marinelli will implement this season. Ben Bass, Martez Wilson, George Selvie, Terrell McClain, Nick Hayden, Cesar Rayford, Davon Coleman, Dartwan Bush, Amobi Okoye and Chris Whaley will all have a chance to shine in this style of defense.  Anthony Spencer may be the wild card, as he is reported to be closer to returning than earlier reports indicated.

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Bruce Carter will lead the linebackers. Kyle Wilbur holds the other outside job for now. No one is sure who will win the “mike” position. As it stands right now, I expect Rolando McClain to have every opportunity to win this position. He has the sturdy frame to play this position, but he has to improve his pass rushing abilities. Justin Durant also has a shot, but he needs to improve his cover skills. This may well be a position manned by committee. Do not count out DeVonte Holloman chances to win a spot, just not Bruce Carter’s spot. Rookie Anthony Hitchens remains a huge question mark IMO. Rookie Will Smith will turn some heads with his hitting ability. Even without Sean Lee, Matt Eberflus has a solid group to work with here.

The safeties will be led by Barry Church. J.J. Wilcox will have the inside track on other safety spot, and it will be his job to lose. Rookies Keith Smith and Ahmad Dixon will press Wilcox. Jakar Hamilton looked really good in mini camp and will have to maintain that level of play to hang on to a roster spot. Jeff Heath and Matt Johnson may be left without a job.

Brandon Carr and Orlando Scandrick will lead the cornerbacks. Strong showings from rookies Terrance Mitchell and Tyler Patmon will put Maurice Claiborne on notice, stay on the field or someone will take your job away this season. Sterling Moore and rookie Dashaun Phillips will compete for back up jobs and special team duties. IMO B.W. Webb will have a difficult time making the team.

This is all speculation until the pads come on and the fittest survive training camp and preseason. Keep you eyes and ears open fans, this is going to be an exciting season and it all begins in less than one week.

 

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Cowboys Conclude Mini-Camps

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The final days of the Dallas Cowboys mini-camp have concluded. Here are a few observations I made during the course of the last practices before we head into training camp in July.

Memorial Day

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We at 360Cowboys are sending our wishes for a happy holiday to you, fellow followers of America’s Team. Each year at this time, we are reminded to celebrate those in our lives who have passed.

It seems like a silly tradition. The reason is this, those who are close to us that have passed, are in our hearts each and every day. This is a good thing!

What seems amiss is that we do not have a special day for those who are still alive, but forgotten. It is my proposal that we set aside a couple days for the people who are alone, one in winter, one in summer.

This does not mean we should replace the Memorial Day Holiday, it just means we should be conscience of those who are alone and suffering with life’s hardships.

This will mean giving of one’s time to someone who is still breathing the earth’s oxygen, yet perhaps, does not have the same quality of life that we worship on a daily basis.Jerry Jones

On Memorial Day, we shed tears for those of us who have made it to the other side. Maybe, starting this year, you will find it in your hearts to reach out to those less fortunate, give them some encouragement and some love.

Remember, they are here now, it is not too late to give the old, sick, or alone a day to reap the bounty that most of us take for granted, even if they are not Dallas Cowboy fans.

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