Titans Sitting Players, Sam Williams Released After Crash, Micah's New Move

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When the 2022 schedule was released, the Week 17 matchup between the Titans and the Cowboys had major implications for both conferences. But now the Cowboys are already in the playoffs, and Tennessee’s luck won’t change from victory to defeat. The Titans can rest a lot from their team, even as the Cowboys look to continue to build on Christmas Eve momentum into the New Year. Injury updates show who is likely to fall in line, including rookie Sam Williams, who had a dire situation just days ago.

Elsewhere, we have more information on Dallas’ big win over Philadelphia: a breakdown and alternate angle of TY Hilton’s defining moment, a hands-on look at how a play the Jaguars used against Dallas may have turned the tide for the Cowboys, the new Micah Parsons move that might seem familiar to fans of a certain age, and inside big games from Dak Prescott and DaRon Bland.

CeeDee Lamb climbs up in the Cowboys record books, AT&T Stadium’s lack of curtains may have cost Michael Gallup a touchdown and a deep dive into playoff scenarios that could still happen for the Cowboys. Here are the News and Notes.

Tennessee Titans’ Mike Vrabel Explains Whether Resting Players Against Cowboys Is The Right Choice :: The Tennessean

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Already on a five-game losing streak, the Titans may not be too motivated to break that slide when they host the Cowboys. Win or lose in Week 17, the AFC South will ultimately be decided by the Tennessee-Jacksonville slant at the end of the season. With several players out and nothing material to gain from the win in a short week, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel admitted that many of his players will be out Thursday night.

Week 17 Injury Report: RBs Pollard and Henry Miss Cowboys-Titans Practices :: Cowboys Wire

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Leighton Vander Esch’s neck injury kept him out of Monday’s stint. Tony Pollard has been sidelined with a thigh problem. Sam Williams, DeMarcus Lawrence and Jayron Kearse were all limited. Zack Martin, Dorance Armstrong and Noah Brown were estimated to be full participants. For the Titans, Derrick Henry, Bud Dupree, Amani Hooker and Ryan Tannehill were among 11 players who did not practice.

TY Hilton kills in Cowboys opener with claw 3rd and 30th: ‘That’s what I do’ :: Cowboys Wire

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Hilton’s first catch as a Cowboy — and his only catch on Saturday — was a 3-to-30 odd that proves that perhaps the entire league gave up prematurely on the 10-year veteran. “I can still play,” he said. “If you think I don’t know how to play, that’s up to you.” If first impressions are to be believed, his addition could be a huge playoff upgrade.

Clutch Prowess: Efficiency of Cowboys’ Elite Third Down Is Decisive :: Cowboys Wire

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The Cowboys are converting thirds at a higher rate than anyone and are producing bigger plays than anyone in the process. The offense has been especially effective on third down since Dak Prescott returned to center.

The red beam point end zone angle from Prescott to Hilton gives chills :; cowboy twine

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Of course, Prescott’s jump shot and Hilton’s catch were impressive when you saw it from your couch on Saturday. But you’ll get a whole new appreciation for the ridiculous play when you see the frontal video shot from the end zone by Fox photojournalist Chris Hanks.

See how Kellen Moore stole the sneaky run, allowing the Cowboys to turn the tide against the Eagles :: Cowboys Wire

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Hilton’s heroics aside, the actual play of the game may have been a 4-to-1 third-quarter run. The Cowboys started a play they’ve never done before… and likely stole Jacksonville after being beaten the week before. Detailed analysis shows a unique formation and unusual pre-snap movement that led to the Eagles biting. Then Dak Prescott turned a fake steal into a perfect throw, and Ezekiel Elliott did the rest for a 22-yard collection that helped set up a Dallas comeback.

Sam Williams on crash: ‘I could have walked away’ :: The Mothership

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Life flashed before the rookie’s eyes just a few days before Christmas, when another driver slammed into the side of his Corvette. “It could have been worse,” Williams said of the crash that wrecked his car and left him with a concussion. “I was thinking a lot about my son and his mother. I could have gone so fast without seeing them to say goodbye. I was going home to them — like five or six minutes from my house. Still hurt from the collision and the airbag deployment, Williams was cleared to return to practice ahead of Thursday night’s game.

‘Make one more stop’: Cowboys CB DaRon Bland says team mentality sparked key plays against Eagles :: Cowboys Wire

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The fifth-round rookie failed to snap a single defensive snap in five of his first six games. But he made up for lost time and now leads the team in interceptions. “Whenever the ball is in the air,” he said, “I think it’s mine.” But he credits his teammates with giving him the confidence to play as a potential Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate.

No Ordinary Bubba: Micah Parsons’ Newest Move Goes Back to the 1970s :: Yardbarker

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Brian Baldinger spotted a new move that Parsons seems to have added to his toolbox. The linebacker employed a momentary stutter on several Week 16 plays that caused real problems for the Eagles’ Jordan Mailata. Baldinger noted that Lions great Bubba Baker used the same technique in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s with great effectiveness. Parsons responded to the Twitter meltdown by jokingly berating Baldinger for revealing his secret.

‘Is this really happening?’ Dak Prescott gets rid of the ghost of first pick six in Cowboys victory :: Cowboys Wire

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It was déjà vu again as Prescott helplessly chased a quarterback into the end zone for the second week in a row. But, proving the coaching staff’s assessment that the man never blinks, Prescott rallied both himself and the offense to a sensational game that saw him post a season-high passing yards en route to a major division win.

CeeDee Lamb: Most yards in a single season since Dez Bryant :: Inside the Star

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Lamb had 1,207 receiving yards on Saturday night. That’s good for the 12th best season by a Cowboys wide receiver. This should put to rest any concerns about the Oklahoma product being able to display true WR1 numbers. With two games to go, Lamb has a very good chance of finishing third on the all-time franchise list.

NFL fans crushed the Cowboys and their stadium after the sun appeared to prevent a Dallas TD :: For the Win

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Michael Gallup looked to miss a likely touchdown chance in the glare of the sun shining directly through AT&T Stadium’s famous end zone windows. And yes, fans have once again unloaded about how the billion dollar venue could use a good set of drapes. But the photos sure are beautiful.

Cowboys-Eagles coverage, awards :: Cowboys Wire

Cowboys clinch first wild card, see how victory puts playoff pressure on Eagles :: Cowboys Wire

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Dallas can’t be worse than the 5th seed. But there’s still a shot at the NFC East title, and it’s even possible the Cowboys will finish No. 1 in the conference. Granted, there’s only a 0.8% chance of all seven required planets lining up correctly, but the way this season has gone around the league, crazier things have happened.

Report: Cowboys DC Dan Quinn Already Eyes Denver When Broncos Fire HC Nathaniel Hackett :: Cowboys Wire

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Quinn was a finalist for the Denver job when it opened in January, and his old friend George Paton will remain the Broncos’ GM. The ownership is believed to want a head coach who is familiar with quarterback Russell Wilson. In addition to knowing him well from his two Super Bowl runs in Seattle, Quinn could also theoretically bring current Cowboys consultant Brian Schottenhemier – the Seahawks OC from 2018 to 2020 – with him to sweeten the deal.

The story originally appeared on Cowboys Wire

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